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Cherry Tree Park, Gretna - Local Area

Cherry Tree Park is situated on the border of Scotland and England just of the A74M making all the attractions of the area easily accessible.

Gretna and Gretna Green are famous the world over for weddings and romance, and a visit here allows you to soak up the history of runaway marriages and witness some contemporary ones at the registrar's office or local marriage rooms. A prestigious visitor attraction the site has been built around the original Blacksmith's Shop.

The Lochmaben Stone or Clochmabon Stane which is just outside Gretna is a Neolithic granite boulder over 2 metres high has been dated to around 3000 BC. and boasts legends back to the time of King Arthur.

Unknown to many during the First World War a huge Cordite Factory was constructed along the shores of the Solway Firth, and was called H.M. Factory Gretna. Its purpose was to produce large quantities of Cordite to propel the High Explosive Shells, and to speed up the war effort. More of the history of Gretna including the terrible Gretna Railways disaster of 1915 can be found by visiting 'The Devils Porridge Exhibition' in St. John's Church, Dunedin Road, Eastriggs which is open from 20th May to 31st October each year.

Carlisle, the great historic Border city is 8 miles away providing many historic monuments and museums for viewing as well as being a major shopping centre offering high street name stores. Carlisle also offers a variety of eating places to snack and entertain suiting all palates with a variety of cuisines.

The Solway Firth noted as an area of outstanding natural beauty of shimmering seas and peaceful bays is also world renowned for its birdlife and spectacular sunsets provides the parkís residents with stunning views and The Solway Coast Heritage Trail. The 190 mile route starts at Gretna and travels through the beautiful scenery of the Solway coast to Scotlandís most southerly point the Mull of Galloway. Along the trail there are historic monuments, dramatic castles, gardens and visitors centreís to tempt you out of the car.

The peace and serenity of the spectacular mountains of the northern parts of the Lake District are also just a short and pleasant drive from the park providing yet more visitor attractions, English Heritage and stunning countryside in which to walk or spend a relaxing day.

For the neergetic type the area offers a Sports centre at Annan run by the Annadale and Eskdale Sports Leisure and Leisure Trust.

The area around Cherry Tree Park offers a wide variety of interesting and exciting visitor attractions and days out to occupy your leisure days. Golf courses are avialable in Gretna, or at Carlisle Country Club. Fishing in the Gretna area is boasted to be the best anlging in South west Scotland along the rivers Annan, Nith and Border Esk.

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Views and attractions of the area around Cherry Tree Park, Gretna, Scotland

Views and attractions of the area around Cherry Tree Park, Gretna, Scotland

Views and attractions of the area around Cherry Tree Park, Gretna, Scotland

Views and attractions of the area around Cherry Tree Park, Gretna, Scotland

Views and attractions of the area around Cherry Tree Park, Gretna, Scotland

Views and attractions of the area around Cherry Tree Park, Gretna, Scotland

Views and attractions of the area around Cherry Tree Park, Gretna, Scotland