Cleator Moor has been declared the sixth most affordable place in the UK to buy a house.

Zoopla, which provides information online on UK properties, has compiled a list of the top 20 budget-friendly locations for people to buy a home.

Cleator Moor comes in as the sixth most affordable place to live, being the most cost effective in Cumbria.

Egremont also makes the list, coming twelfth in the ranking, at a cost of £1,122 per square metre for a property.

The company, which provides information on properties available for sale or rent, area trends and statistics and value estimates for house and business properties, analysed average property prices and average earnings in more than 1,000 UK towns in May this year.

From this they could calculate a price-to-earnings ratio.

The Cleator Moor figure revealed an average property price of £93,000, with a property price ratio of 2:61 and an average annual earnings per person of about £36,000.

Cleator Moor was also listed as the most affordable town in the north west region, ranked third in the list behind the north east and Scotland.

At the top of the list and ranked as the most affordable place to live in the UK is Shildon in County Durham, which costs an average of £60,000, with annual earnings per person estimated to be £28,000.

This gives a property price to earnings ratio for Shildon, famous for its railway history, of just 2.11.

The report also showed that England was on average about £100,000 more expensive to buy a house in than Scotland or Wales.

Data was sourced from the annual survey of hours and earnings 2019. Figures for cost per square metre was based on average property prices and average property sizes according to Hometrack UK.