WITH a new year upon us – many will be turning their thoughts to how to make the most of 2022 while living in one of the country’s most beautiful counties.

We are spoiled for choice when it comes to wonderful days out on our doorstep.

But if the fells sound a little too energetic after the excesses of Christmas - how about a gentle stroll around the lovely little market town of Brampton.

It’s showing how individuality can be the key when it comes to creating a bustling town centre.

Close to the historic city of Carlisle and Hadrian’s Wall, Brampton is an ideal base to explore the area’s stunning scenery and historically significant and culturally important sites.

But it’s also full of little gems when it comes to browsing the high street.

Sharon Jackson runs the Vintage North Antique Centre, close to the town’s famous Moot Hall, which sells anything from teaspoons to ball gowns.

“We always say if you come and have a look around and you have enjoyed yourself – you go away and tell your friends.

"And that is what a visit here is all about.

“When anyone comes to Brampton they realise what a wonderful hidden gem it is and they always come back.

"It really is a lovely place to visit.”

Brampton’s high street has that independent air that makes it a day out to remember.

There’s something different about time spent mooching around shops here.

Karen McLaughlin runs Wish Strings gift shop and gallery which showcases crafts and arts created by local artists.

“The local community around here is wonderful and we all support each other,” says Karen.

“All the independent shops make it a day out to remember.

There are places to get a nice coffee and a cake – or a beer in the pub.”

With many high streets struggling to survive – Brampton is an example of how independent shops can add a special identity to a town.

In Cumbria we have mountains and fells that are world famous – but don’t overlook the little market town of Brampton.

It can supply a day out on your doorstep that will have you planning a return trip as soon as possible.