Update: I am planning my itinerary for a later summer visit. Right now I am still half way across the planet with a stack of OS maps and GoogleEarth!
For my first day of three perambulating around tenth-century Cumbria, I am considering a westward route from my base in Penrith, along the A66.
I definitely want to see the Penrith St. Andrew’s cross and hogback, the so-called Giant’s Thumb and Giant’s Grave, if I am not able to catch sight of them on my way in the day before.
Next or first stop, Dacre (Bede’s Dacore, HE iv.32) to see the cross monuments there as well as “bear” hogbacks (thanks, Senchus, for this lead).
From there, I will pretty much head for Workington, but may do a drive by of the Roman ruins just past Troutbeck, and maybe go over the Derwent bridge at Keswick just for the fun of it.
Otherwise, my lunchtime goal is Workington, specifically St. Michael’s church and the launch site for St. Cuthbert and crew on their aborted attempt to take his body to Ireland.
The afternoon is a southward journey toward Furness and Morecambe Bay, the alternate destination of the drenched but not waterlogged Lindisfarne Gospels, as proposed by Dan Elsworth. I will be going on land, though, not via water!
Along the way, I may stop at St. Bee’s, but definitely at Gosforth to see this cross.
How long I spend in and around Ulverston and Consishead will determine how much more I can do in one day.
I do intend to visit Heversham and Kendal, doable on a less direct route back to Penrith, but if it is too late in the day, I may save one or both for a day two circuit of the Kent and Eden valleys.