Hesket, Cumbria

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The Salutation Inn, High Hesket - geograph.org.uk - 956487.jpg
The Salutation Inn, High Hesket
Hesket is located in Cumbria
Location within Cumbria
Population2,588 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceNY4744
Civil parish
  • Hesket
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtCA4
Dialling code01697
AmbulanceNorth West
EU ParliamentNorth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
54°46′N 2°48′W / 54.77°N 2.80°W / 54.77; -2.80Coordinates: 54°46′N 2°48′W / 54.77°N 2.80°W / 54.77; -2.80

Hesket is a large civil parish in the Eden District of Cumbria, England.[2] It was formed in 1934 by a County Review Order which merged the 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.[3] (The settlement of Plumpton Head is within the neighbouring civil parish of Penrith.) There are primary schools at Plumpton, Calthwaite, Armathwaite, Ivegill and High Hesket, and roughly halfway between High and Low Hesket is a doctor's surgery.


An electoral ward in the same name exists. This ward stretches south to the boundaries of Penrith and had a total population taken at the 2011 Census of 3,193.[4]


The Settle and Carlisle Railway runs through the parish with a station at Armathwaite. The West Coast Main Line also runs through the parish at one time there were stations on this line 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. There is also a bus route which runs through the villages of Low Hesket and High Hesket, it is ran by Stagecoach and is the 104 service from Carlisle to Penrith

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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Ordnance Survey Election Maps". www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk. Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  3. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 86 Haltwhistle & Brampton (Bewcastle & Alston) (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2014. ISBN 9780319231661.
  4. ^ "Ward population 2011. Governance section added". Retrieved 21 June 2015.