Penrith is nestled at the head of the lush Eden Valley, and was once the capital of Cumbria and still remains an important commercial center. The town’s main sight is Penrith Castle, originally built in the 14th century to resist Scottish raids. The town’s name derives from an Old Celtic word meaning “red fell” since most of the town’s buildings are built from the same rust red colored sandstone. One of these is the St. Andrew’s Church, where legend has it there is a giant buried in the churchyard. If you go just 2 miles west of Penrith you will reach Rheged, a large screen IMAX cinema and the Helly Hansen National Mountaineering Exhibition, which includes a collection of artifacts belonging to George Mallory, the British mountaineer who dies climbing Mt. Everest in 1924.