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21st February 2014Filming the Scafells: A labour of love

Terry Abraham is someone who has most definitely fallen in love with the Western Lake District - and one area of it in particular. Since April 2013 Terry has been spending days and nights camping out high on the fellsides around Scafell Pike, England's highest mountain at the head of Wasdale, as he gathers footage for his latest film Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike. I caught up with Terry recently to ask him why Scafell Pike and the mountains neighbouring it had such a pull on him.

15th February 2014Newlands Adventure Centre: Bows and arrows, boulders and belays

You may remember that my last blog was all about relaxation and quality time at the lovely Graysonside B&B near Cockermouth. Well, it was just as well we had the chance to relax while we could, as the next day we set off for a day of 'Hunger Games' style training in rock climbing and archery. 

Newlands Adventure Centre, near Keswick

13th February 2014Special Guest Blog: Memories of Millom, Norman Nicholson, Shire Horses, Mackerels & Puffins

The writer and poet Geraldine Green reminisces about days spent on the Western Lake District coast at Silecroft beach and Fleswick Bay, and also recalls the childhood memory of a visit to Millom and seeing Norman Nicholson 'the whiskery man'.

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Silecroft Beach (Photo credit: Jan Fialkowski)

Shire Horses, Mackerel and Memories

6th February 2014Quality time at Graysonside

One way or another it has been a busy few weeks for Giles and I since the beginning of 2014 and so last weekend we decided we were overdue some "quality time" together. "Quality time" is a much used phrase these days that people seem to apply to a whole range of things. But to me spending quality time with someone has always meant being one-on-one and basically being left to your own devices without the interference of other people and the world in general. 

3rd February 2014Millom’s Most Famous Son: In Search of Norman Nicholson

The more time you spend in the Western Lake District, the more you will come across the name of Norman Nicholson. A native of Millom born in 1914, Nicholson used his lifetime of poetry to explore the history and nature of the area, as well as the character of the people who live there.

Industrial places like Whitehaven, Egremont, Bootle and Millom were his subjects, and his descriptions of fells like Black Combe or places like the Duddon Estuary are unsentimental and filled with a bitter-sweet mix of beauty and bleakness.

Whitehaven - the perfect day out
Millom & Black Combe

Brian Sherwen Photography

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