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13th December 2013Hunday Sunday and scallops from heaven

If you are anything like me, then Sunday is probably one of those days when you are in need of a bit of a treat. As the door of freedom closes on the weekend and the chasm of Monday yawns ever closer it can be easy to get a bit down in the mouth. 

So last weekend, in search of an antidote to blue Sunday, we headed off in search of a bit of luxury in the form of the Hunday Manor Hotel. 

6th December 2013Beaches, mountains, Chianti and pizza: Guess where I am...?

After a morning spent wandering on the beach in the sun I settled down for a glass of Chianti and a delicious pizza while enjoying a view of snow-capped mountains. It may sound as though I am describing a relaxed lunch in Italy, but in fact I was nowhere else but Gosforth in the Western Lake District.

What with it being December, I had not been tempted to take a dip during my visit to Seascale beach, but had instead enjoyed the kind of bracing, cobweb-clearing wander that gets your tummy rumbling.

29th November 2013Muncaster Castle: Christmas the way it should be

Call me a Scrooge, but the fact that Christmas seems to come earlier every year doesn't really put me in the festive spirit. Yuletide adverts seem to begin dominating the airwaves after the summer is barely over, while the 'It's Christmas' plays in every shop you visit. However, despite all this, Christmas does bring out the best in some places. 

26th November 2013Liar, liar sets the world on fire

We are all used to hearing a few tall tales down the pub, but it is not often we go specifically to get lied to. However, last week that's exactly what myself and a happy crowd of revellers went to the Western Lakes to do. The Bridge Inn at Santon Bridge is well worth a visit for a pint on any occasion, but on Thursday everyone was enjoying a side order of porky scratchings too.

15th November 2013Whinlatter Forest: Trails, tracks and treetops

With so many wonderful wide open spaces in the Western Lake District, I have to admit that I have sometimes doubted whether there is much point going for a walk in the woods. In an area that has fine coastal and mountain views in spades, I have been reluctant to enter the forest in case my vista is reduced to ranks of tree trunks.

8th November 2013Watendlath: A pool of tranquillity

There are some places in the Western Lake District that are given a special frisson of magic in the golden light of autumn. The payoff for the chill that afflicts the nose and the toes is a feast of colour for the eyes as myriad hues of ochre, chestnut and saffron dapple the woodland.

Watendlath, the Western Lake District

1st November 2013Lazy Sunday: The Wheatsheaf Inn, Low Lorton

There are some Sundays when the day just revolves around lunch. These are the kind of days when a lazy morning is followed by a short walk to whet the appetite and a long lunch precedes an afternoon snooze.

Key to this kind of day are a nice place to wander and a lunch that does it justice and the Wheatsheaf Inn, at Low Lorton, in the Western Lake District has both in spades.

22nd October 2013Special guest blog: The Thirty Nine (thousand?) Steps

Avid walker and peripatetic Whitehaven resident Charlie Brown writes about a classic ridge walk above one of the Western Lakes’ most picturesque valleys.

Inspired by Giles Brown’s epic 24 Peaks Challenge I decided to go walking near Buttermere and do the first three peaks on his route - Red Pike, High Stile and High Crag. As always my two companions were Dee the Labrador and Dot the Terrier. This was not 24 peaks in 24 hours but was more three peaks in five hours.

18th October 2013Wonderful things to look forward to in Wasdale #2: The World’s Biggest Liar!

Yesterday, I was walking in Wasdale when a sheep trotted over, stood on its hind legs and told me where to go. But before I could go anywhere, a UFO landed outside the Wasdale Head Inn and I was promptly abducted by aliens. It’s all go in the Western Lake District!

Ok, ok. None of this is true. But I am flexing my imagination (ok, so there’s a bit of a way to go yet) and getting into the spirit of the Wasdale Valley’s most talked about event of the year, the World’s Biggest Liar Competition.

7th October 2013Taste Cumbria: In the mood for food

There is a lot to eat in the Western Lake District. The sea and fells are a bountiful home for some of the greatest produce the region's talented chefs could hope to work with and its towns and villages are dotted with cafés, pubs and microbreweries...not to mention superb restaurants.  

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