Egremont, which is a traditional market town with a long historical and industrial heritage in Cumbria, is located on the A595 road south of Whitehaven and on the River Ehen. This town, which lies at the foot of Uldale Valley and Dent Fell, has a layout today which is much the same as it was imagined by Richard de Lucy in c.1200. It is similar to Cockermouth, having a wide main street, which opens out into the market place, and is overlooked at one end by a ruined Norman castle – to which there is free access at all time.
This town is home to an annual Crab Fair, which originated in 1267, during the fair you can also watch the The World Gurning Championship and as a town it has over 1000 years of history. Dyeing and weaving were the traditional industries which were based around the River Ehen. Quarrying and iron ore mining were also established in Egremont for approximately 800 years.
Egremont is home to the Florence Mine, which is the last deep iron ore mine in Western Europe. This market town has many interesting and unique places for it’s visitors to enjoy, these include Egremont Castle, Hartleys Ice Cream, Florence Mine, Clints Quarry, Lowes Court Gallery, cycle paths, many walks and much, much more.