Hesket, Cumbria

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The Salutation Inn, High Hesket
Hesket is located in Cumbria
 Hesket shown within Cumbria
Population 2,363 (2001)
OS grid reference NY4744
Civil parish Hesket
District Eden
Shire county Cumbria
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CARLISLE
Postcode district CA4
Dialling code 01697
Police Cumbria
Fire Cumbria
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Penrith and the Border
List of places

Coordinates: 54°46′N 2°48′W / 54.77°N 2.80°W / 54.77; -2.80

Hesket is a large civil parish in Eden District, Cumbria, England. It was formed in 1934 by a County Review Order which merged the civil parishes of Hesket in the Forest and Plumpton Wall.

Villages in the parish[edit]

Within the parish are the villages and hamlets of High Hesket, Old Town, Low Hesket, Aiketgate, Armathwaite, Plumpton, Plumpton Street, Plumpton Foot, Ivegill (part), Calthwaite, Petteril Green, Southwaite, Morton and Thiefside. (The settlement of Plumpton Head is within the neighbouring unparished area of Penrith.) There are primary schools at Plumpton, Calthwaite, Armathwaite, Ivegill and High Hesket, and roughly half way between High and Low Hesket is a doctor's surgery.


The West Coast Main Line (WCML) and Settle and Carlisle Railway both run through the parish with a station at Armathwaite. At one time there were stations on the WCML at Plumpton, Southwaite and Calthwaite. The M6 motorway and the A6 road run parallel to each other through the parish with a motorway service area at Southwaite.

Places of interest[edit]

At Castlesteads or Old Penrith just north of Plumpton are the remains of a Roman Fort known as Voreda.

In the Middle Ages the area was the heart of the Royal hunting ground known as Inglewood Forest.

The village and former market town of Hesket Newmarket is not within Hesket parish and is situated about 10 miles (16 km) to the west and within Caldbeck parish in Allerdale borough.