Gosforth is a Cumbrian village on the edge of the Lake District. It has a population of just over 1,200 and is close to Wast Water, the deepest lake in England. A unique collection of Norse artefacts can be found in the area around St Mary's Church, such as Gosforth Cross, the country‚Äôs tallest and oldest Viking cross. The church also has two large Anglo-Scandinavian tombs known as hogbacks. In the heart of the village, the Globe Inn is an old-fashioned pub with an open fire, serving a selection of local ales. Just outside the village, close to holiday cottages in Gosforth, The Stanley Arms is another popular place for a pint, with a river-fronted beer garden and a menu of classic pub fare. 

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Self-catering holidays in Gosforth are perfect for exploring both the countryside and coast. It is a five-minute drive from the village and beach of Seascale, facing the Irish Sea. A 30-minute drive north along the coast from Gosforth leads to St Bees Head, a dramatic series of cliffs with beautiful rock formations. It is the only stretch of Heritage Coast on the English coastline between the Welsh and Scottish borders, and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. North Head, the most westerly point of northern England, is the site of St Bees Lighthouse. The Lake District National Park is a stone's throw from your holiday cottage in Gosforth.

A 15-minute drive leads to Wast Water. Surrounded by stunning mountains and countryside, this glacial lake is almost three miles long and 79 metres deep. The towering mountains of Scafell Pike and Great Gable can be seen from the lake. A scenic one-hour drive through the Lake District leads to Ambleside, a picturesque Cumbrian town, famous for its connections to William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. Historic buildings and a 70-foot waterfall are among its top attractions, as well as neighbouring Lake Windermere.