Friday Five: Lakeland Gardens

For such a northern county, Cumbria has some amazing gardens to visit. Perhaps because of all the rain they seem to be lush green oases in a sea of, well, lush green scenery! I love wandering round them whatever the weather; here's a handful of my favourites. Acorn Bank Technically just outside the Lake District... Continue Reading →


Two have a summer stroll in Coniston

Yesterday we took a break from endless chores and gardening and drove over to Coniston, which we hadn't visited for nearly a year. The forecast was for warm sunshine. In the event it clouded over and the light was a bit flat for decent photography, but we still enjoyed a lovely walk down to the... Continue Reading →

A nice spot for a walk

There's a lovely piece on the BBC website today about Britain's favourite locations to start walks from. Top of the list is Edale in Derbyshire's Peak District national park, but coming in at number five is Ambleside right here in the Lake District. This is virtually on our doorstep and is a real favourite with... Continue Reading →

Friday Five – unusual street names

The UK's towns are full of history, often reflected in their odd street names. Here's a small collection I've gathered on my travels around the country over the last few years: High Wiend, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria Appleby used to be the county town of Westmorland and mostly dates from the early twelfth century when the castle... Continue Reading →

Monday mystery: what is this building?

When we visited Grange-over-Sands the other week I was intrigued by one particular building. This was a fairly substantial stone-built barn or workshop, on a corner of Hampsfell Road just off the main 'drag' of the town centre but still close by. The building had me puzzled for a number of reasons. It was large... Continue Reading →

Daffodils, alpacas and fords…

We're between storms at the moment, with a wild afternoon yesterday and the sixth named storm of the winter promised for later today. To make the most of the quiet(er) conditions this morning we headed to Hawkshead, hoping to fit in a walk - and were reasonably successful. Coffee first, in a fairly new little... Continue Reading →

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