The village is situated in the beautiful Lorton valley which runs from Cockermouth in the west to Lake Buttermere in the east. A pretty village it is divided into two parts known as High Lorton and Low Lorton though both are within easy walking distance of each other.
High Lorton clings to the edge of Whinlatter Pass and provides the bulk of the village including a shop, post office a craft centre, village hall and a café.
Low Lorton which sits alongside the River Cocker is home to the local pub, a hotel and the village church. There are several B&Bs and small guest houses in the village as well as caravan and camping sites.
Picturesque and quaint Lorton provides an ideal stopover for tired cyclists.