Wigton is a charming market town near the northern edge of the Lake District, in the county of Cumbria. It lies in the heart of the Solway Plain, a wonderfully unspoiled coastal plain which stretches from west of Carlisle to near Gretna and Annan, across the Scottish border. Wigton is close to some of the region’s most spectacular countryside, with the Solway Coast to its west and the Caldbeck Fells to its east. This thriving market town has regular livestock auctions held at Hope Auctions. Largely untouched by tourism, it is the perfect place for visitors seeking an unspoiled Cumbrian community as a base from which to explore the region.
Foxgloves Cottage is a delightful rural cottage set on a working farm near Wigton in Cumbria and the Lake District. The pet-friendly cottage at Greenrigg Farm promises fresh air and countryside views and offers a farmhouse kitchen with Aga, a delightful garden, thoughtful design and a log fire.
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On the doorstep of your holiday cottage in Wigton, the historic town centre is best explored by foot. In and around High Street and West Street, you will discover a range of family-run businesses. There are some great places to eat, including Royal Outpost, which has a reputation for outstanding Thai food, and Monkey Tree, where delicious Mediterranean dishes are prepared with the finest local ingredients. The Hare and Hounds, Throstle Nest and Lion and Lamb are among Wigton’s welcoming pubs. The Granary is a popular café serving good coffee and homemade cake, and the Bread Basket is an excellent option for walkers who want to pick up a freshly prepared baguette before heading to the coast or lakes.
There are several independent shops to peruse, including Toad Hall giftshop, Bron-Ja of Wigton clothing, and Woolsty Crafts. The Fountain Gallery features paintings by local artists, and is not to be missed on self-catering holidays in Wigton. Historic landmarks to look out for include an intricately decorated fountain at the triangular marketplace, which is overlooked by graceful Georgian terraces, many of which have been painted in striking colours. St Cuthbert’s and St Mary’s are both impressive churches in the town centre.