Broughton in Furness is a thriving market town and is in a good location for Coniston and the Lakes. Broughton has some specialist shops and still holds a cattle market every fortnight. Farming is the main industry around Broughton with sheep farming in the valleys where Herdwick sheep still graze the upland commons. The local trade in wool, cattle, iron ore, copper mining and woodland products helped build it into a thriving town and it was granted its Market Charter in the Elizabethan era.
On the 1st of August every year while standing on the steps of the Obelisk in Market Square, a proclamation is read to the people , warning everyone to keep the Queens peace and never to short change any customers. Anyone breaking the rules used to be placed in the stocks. The Obelisk was built in 1810 to mark the jubilee of King George III. Fish, caught in Haverigg and from the local rivers were placed on the slate fish slabs in Market Square to be sold.
Broughton is an excellent base for walking due to the footpaths, tracks and bridleways made from years of work in the woodlands, quarries and mines. There are plenty of eating and drinking establishments in the town. A short distance from Broughton is the Duddon Ironworks which is considered the most complete surviving charcoal fired furnace in England and shows how very large quantities of coal were used to fuel the furnaces to make pig iron. Broughton in Furness is a very popular area for cycling and walking with pleasant walks along the River Duddon. The Cumbria Cycle Way and Coastal Way are both near.
Broughton in Furness
Driving out of Broughton in Furness you can see a fantastic view of the Fells.
The Broughton Information Centre is the second in the line of Information Centre’s that is run by the local community as a not for profit business showing the dedication of the local people in the Furness area. The information centre is welcoming, friendly, full of information on the local area and beyond and also has a gift shop. The staff are very knowledgeable and will go out of their way to help get you on the right track. The information centre is situated in the Old Town Hall in the main street in Broughton in Furness. For further information go to the website
Broughton Information Centre
A very scenic and friendly railway travelling through some of the most beautiful country in the North of England. The railway travels from Ravenglass through the hills, on the way are 7 request stops. At times the railway will travel along a 1:55 gradient and ending at the final destination of 7 miles up the line to Delegarth for Boot Station. This was one of Wainwright’s favourite journey’s. There is also the Ratty Kids Club, group packages and the Turntable Café which is also available for functions. For further information please visit the website www.ravenglass-railway.co.uk
Traction Engine Experience days are available from March to October for those enthusiasts that want to combine a trip to a beautiful area of the Lake District with the thrill of driving a real steam traction engine. For more details on times, dates and pricing please go to the website for the Steam Traction Engine Experience
A view of Broughton from one of the many public footpaths.
There is plenty to keep you busy in and around Broughton in Furness like the guided walks with a National Parks Ranger. If you want information on the next guided walk then contact us on 01229 716115. The surrounding Fells have many routes for road and of-road cycling and the coast to coast cycle rout passes through the area. The off road routes area available from the Broughton Information Centre. The Duddon is rated as one of the best rivers for canoeing in the Lakes and has a great variety of rapids and a range of grades to suit different groups.
The area around Broughton is a place to be seen and experienced. The outdoors activities offer some of the most fantastic views and scenery like the Duddon Valley offering a huge scope for hill walkers. These walks also give access the peaks such as The Old Man of Coniston, Dow Crag, Harter Fell, Greyfriar and Caw Fell. There are also walks somewhat less challenging, walking the Licle Valley and over the Dunnerdale Fells or Beacon Tarn from the quiet Woodland Valley. There are also shorter walks following footpaths through woodland and farms and along the river.
Broughton Information Centre & Gift Shop in the Old Town Hall
This is the oldest building in Broughton in Furness. The church first being built in Saxon times has been re-built several times and expanded in the 18th century due to the prosperity in the wool trade. The current church is a restoration by Paley and Austin of 1873. There are some beautiful stained glass windows. While here in Broughton, pay it a visit.
Swinside Stone Circle is one of three important stone circles in Cumbria. It has a total of 55 stones set in a 90ft diameter circle. The circle is on private ground but it can be viewed from a nearby public footpath and the walk from the nearest parking area will take about half an hour there and back. For more information on the Swinside Stone Circle please visit the website
Kepplewray is a place you can take your group and they will work with you to give you a perfect mix of team building, challenging activities and environmental studies all year round. They also offer evening activities and Disability Awareness Training with an opportunity to work towards an AQA qualification through the youth inclusion project. The Kepplewray Activities Centre has a lot to offer so contact them for more information or go to the website