Retirement Properties in Cumbria

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Retire to Cumbria

Lake Buttermere


If you're looking to retire near the coast, mountains and  lakes, then our retirement properties in Cumbria fit the bill. 

From the mountains, forests and open waters of the enormous Lake District to the historic city of Carlisle, our retirement properties in Cumbria provide  some of the most spectacular scenery in England. Cumbria is the perfect place for a busy and active retirement. From our retirement homes, you can take a boat on Lake Windermere, visit the Solway Coast or explore Furness Abbey. You’ll never run out of fun things to see and do when you retire to Cumbria.

McCarthy Stone Developments in Cumbria

Mountains in Cumbria


If you love the lure of fresh air, there's plenty to keep you busy around the county. It's perfect for an active retirement.

You can hike in the thrilling scenery, take a walk alongside Hadrian's Wall, or enjoy a leisurely bike ride down country lanes .Grizedale Forest allows you to explore at your own pace, wandering between the sculptures, zooming through the assault course or cycling on the dedicated trails. 

You'll also find water sports, horse riding, fishing and even archery in the Lake District. Alternatively, you could take advantage of Cumbria's 30 golf courses and 20 different tennis clubs.

Carlisle Citadel


Just 10 miles from the border with Scotland, the city of Carlisle covers 400 square miles of land, making it the largest city in England by area. The only city in the county, here you'll find more than 70 big names in the huge Lanes Shopping Centre. You can also discover a wide variety of local produce at the Market Hall, one of the last remaining Victorian covered markets in England.

Outside the city centre, you'll find the historic Carlisle Castle, a 900-year-old strategic site that was in a crucial position near the border between Scotland and England. You can explore its dark dungeons, or see hundreds of years' worth of weapons and vehicles at the Museum of Military Life. Alternatively, head to Castlerigg Stone Circle. One of the earliest megalithic structures in England, the exact purpose of the ancient construction continues to be debated.

A view of Scafell Pike in Cumbria


With more than a third of the county taken up by the world-famous Lake District, our retirement properties in Cumbria allow you to get close to this stunning glacial landscape.

Cumbria is the home of Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England, with views from the summit stretching as far as the Irish Mourne Mountains and the Welsh Snowdonia. You can visit both the deepest and the longest lakes in the country – Wastwater and Windermere – or explore the extensive woodlands, where you can spot rare red squirrels.

Retire to Cumbria for a coastal retirement in Mayport


You’ll find plenty to see and do outside of the Lake District. For example, you can visit the charming Victorian seaside resorts of Seascale, St Bees and Allonby, with their sandy beaches, swimming spots and coastal walks along the Cumbria Coastal Way. Each of these seaside towns has their own thriving local community and there are plenty of picturesque villages to explore too.

You can see the coast in style by taking a train along the Cumbrian Coast line. One of the most scenic rail trips in the country it goes through Ravenglass, Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport.

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