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Lake District - Shap
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Shap, which is situated on the eastern edge of the Lake District amongst mountains and secluded valleys in the Eden district in Cumbria, is a linear village. A linear village is a settlement that is normally formed around a transport route, such as a road, and is often only a single street with houses on either side of the road. This village, which straddles the A6 road, is close to the M6 motorway and situated approximately 15 miles from Kendal and approximately 10 miles from Penrith. However, although Shap is a small village, technically this is a market town as it has a charter which dates back to the 17th century.
Village: Shap

OS grid ref: NY565155

Coordinates: 54° 31' 58" N, 2° 40' 25" W

Nearest lake/tarn: Haweswater reservoir
Unfortunately, Shap railway station was closed in 1968, although recently there have been calls to reopen it, this used to run along the eastern edge of the village. This west coast main line was originally opened on 17 December 1846 by the Lancaster and Carlisle Railway. Granite has been extracted at Shap since the mid 19th century and used in public buildings in London and other parts of Britain. Today, however, these extractive industries tend to be restricted because of their impact on the environment. These granite works, which are approximately a mile outside the village, used to be a separate community with it's own co-op store. This village, which is on the Coast to Coast Walk, has a small supermarket, four pubs, butcher's shop, fish and chip shop, newsagents, an ethnic restaurant which serves Mexican, Turkish, Caribbean and Italian, police and fire station as well as both a Methodist and an Anglican church. This small village also has a variety of bed and breakfast, guest house, hotel as well as camping and hostel accommodation on offer. This beautiful village has spectacular scenery and is the perfect base for your visit to The Lakes.

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