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1st June 2012Drop in: Millstones Barn


Millstone Barn shopping

Millstones Barn is already one of my favourite places to stop off during a day out in this area of the Western Lake District. You’ll find it on the A595 heading north from Millom, just outside Bootle village, and on your way to Ravenglass.

29th May 2012Stay the night: The Pheasant Inn

Pheasant Inn, great food, West Lake District, Bassenthwaite Lake

Ask any poet, rambler, historian or’s the contrasts that make the Western Lake District special. Rugged fell against shimmering lake, sandy beach against wild waves, lonely roads into lively villages…these things make a place unique.

28th May 2012Best fest is a west fest: Words by the Water

Melvin Bragg speaks is his inimitable style about his latest work, Book of Books.

Lovers of the arts will hardly be surprised to experience a spectacular setting recreated on a stage. But anyone will be inspired by the scene at Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake, before they even reach the foyer. The theatre perches on the shores of Derwentwater where the scenery is simply spellbinding. And as one national newspaper printed it: “There is surely no lovelier nor more dramatic setting for a theatre in Britain.”

28th May 2012Ravishing Ravenglass – a lazy spring Sunday at the seaside

Ravenglass West Lake District coast

March might seem a bit early for a trip to the seaside, but frankly, I’ve been desperate since an earthquake booted me out of my seaside pad in New Zealand last February. And the weather’s been fantastic. So I decided to spend a deliciously lazy spring Sunday in Ravenglass – one of the most adorable spots on the Western Lake District coast. Prepare to fall in love.

24th May 2012The best fest is a west fest: Tall ships and towering sopranos…Whitehaven Festival has something for everyone this year

Ever since world-class mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins confirmed her performance at the Whitehaven Festival 2012, I’ve been eagerly waiting to hear what else the festival has lined up for audiences this year.

20th May 2012World-record kite flying on the Western Lake District coast!

Kite flying, Haverigg

I’ve never been an enormous fan of kite flying. When I was a little girl, there was something about high winds that made me go a tad skittish – like a crazy horse. So after several years of politely accepting kiddy kites as gifts but never actually using them, I gave up and left kite flying to juvenile boyfriends and competitive dads. Or so I ignorantly assumed.

18th May 2012All is not as it seems at Wellington Farm, just outside Cockermouth

I’d been looking for an excuse to visit Wellington Farm for ages. It’s a dairy farm with a difference, stunningly located with gorgeous views and home to a fine herd of pedigree jersey cows. If you think like I do, the tinkle of an ice-cream van is probably ringing in your ears.

4th May 2012The Western Lake District: Where on earth do I start?

There is no right answer to this question. I thought long and hard and then decided to kick-start this blog the way I would anything else worth writing – with a decent cup of coffee.

1st May 2012Whisky and a wild escape at the foot of Black Combe

Mountains are humbling, but strangely motivating.“The experienced mountain climber is not intimidated by a mountain; he is inspired by it. The persistent winner is not discouraged by a problem; he is challenged by it.”

Whitehaven - the perfect day out
Millom & Black Combe

Brian Sherwen Photography

Many images on this website have been supplied to us by Brian Sherwen.