Penrith is located just off Junction 40 of the M6 and has excellent cross country links with the east and west coast via the A66. Lying just north of the River Eamont and close to the Lake District National Park, our town was once the capital of Cumbria and is still the regional centre for trade, industry and services in the Eden Valley. Suburbs include Castletown, Townhead, New Streets, Scaws, Carleton, Pategill and Wetheriggs.
The Town Council, which was formed in 2015, is the third tier of government in Penrith. The others are Cumbria County Council and Eden District Council. All three tiers have different responsibilities. Some of the town’s assets are now devolving from the District and County Councils to the Town Council. The Town Council provides funding to support the work of many community and voluntary groups and grant funding helps support a variety of projects in the town.
Education – Primary schools include: Brunswick School, Beaconside Primary, North Lakes School, St Catherines Roman Catholic School and Hunter Hall. There are two secondary schools: Ullswater Communty College and Queen Elizabeth Grammar School (QEGS). Newton Rigg Agricultural College is a campus just outside Penrith.
Sport and Leisure -Penrith Rugby Club home games are played at Winters Park, while Penrith Town F.C. play in the Northern Football League. The skatepark at Penrith Leisure Centre is popular with young people. Also popular is the Golf Club and Driving range and the Bowling Club.
Children’s Play Areas
- Carleton Heights – open space adjacent to Birch Close
- Castle Park – park opposite Penrith Railway Station
- Castletown – playing field, Mill Street
- Fairhill – open space corner off Salkeld Road
- Milton Street – open space adjacent to Milton Street
- Pategill – open space off Prince Charles Close
- Scaws – open space adjacent to Pennine Way and multi-use games area
- Skate Park – by Penrith Leisure Centre
- Wetheriggs – open space off corner of Clifford Road/Wetheriggs Lane
Green spaces, Recreation and Nature – Penrith benefits from a wealth of green spaces, including Castle Park, Coronation Gardens, Fairhill, Frenchfield and Thacka Glen. Allotments can be found at Salkeld Road, James Street, Brackenber Close and Folly Lane. Thacka Beck flows through the centre of the town and provides Penrith’s main water supply.
Demand for more water as the town grew in the 14th Century led to increased chances of flooding over the years. However, the flood risk to the town was cut from 20% to 1% after the Environment Agency completed construction of a flood alleviation scheme in 2010.
Thacka Beck Nature Reserve provides flood storage to protect homes and businesses in the town and is also a haven for wildlife. Accessed from Cowper Road or Bowerbank Way, the Nature Reserve is now a popular area for local people and visitors to enjoy a walk and observe wildlife. Waymarkers provide information about wildlife and flora and fauna along paths meandering through the reserve.
Events – There is a busy and varied calendar of events, including Winter Droving, Penrith on a Plate and May Day, in addition to theatre productions, concerts and specialist markets.
Social Networks – The town has strong social networks and a notable sense of community, with many organisations working together and sharing community assets, i.e skills and abilities, to improve the town or support others in the community who are doing so.