Lorton is a spreadout village (or pair of villages) at the western end of Whinlatter Pass, and is the main settlement in the Vale of Lorton. Behind Yew Tree Hall (the village hall) is a yew tree where George Fox, founder of the Quaker movement, preached to crowd of local people in front of Cromwell's soldiers, celebrated in Wordsworth's poem Yew Trees.
The hall was the original home of the Jenning Brewery, which was founded in Lorton in 1828. It moved to Cockermouth in 1887, and is still going. The hall still has some traces of its original use. The village also contains a small shop, on the road between the two halves of the village.
The church of St Cuthbert was built in the early nineteenth century, in the fashionable gothic revival style.
Directions: Lorton village is spread out between the B 5289 (the main road down the Vale of Lorton) and the B 5292 Whinlatter pass.
Grid Reference: NY 153 256 (on main road)