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1st October 2013Autumn excitement: Wonderful things to look forward to in Wasdale #1

Well, the summer’s waved us goodbye. But if you’ll forgive me, I’m quietly excited by the prospect of the exhilarating Wasdale valley on a chilly day. In my opinion, Autumn and Winter are the seasons when this striking setting has its most impact.

Autumn excitement in Wasdale, the Western Lake District

24th September 2013Special guest blog: Remembering Summer days at Ennerdale & St Bees by Blaize Davies

With the arrival of the cool September air I found myself thinking back to my Summer stay in the Western Lake District.

Myself and friends had been planning a walking holiday together for some time and we had talked about a number of different options, one of which being the Coast to Coast, but I must confess that I was looking more for relaxation than endurance and so this is when we discovered Ennerdale.

6th September 2013Tour of Britain 2013 Stage Two: What’s en-route in the Western Lake District?

The Tour of Britain 2013, Stage 2, comes to Cumbria and The Lake District on Monday 16th September. And what’s really rather exciting for me, is the fact that the route whizzes through some of the best of the Western Lake District. I hope that Sir Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome and company realise that they’ll be treated to a glimpse of some of my favourite places and views… just in case they don’t (and I’m sure they’re reading this) here are just a few.

2nd September 2013Beauty and the beach: Hodbarrow RSPB Nature Reserve

Just as some beauty spots in the Western Lake District are great because of their remoteness, others are just as wonderful because they are only a stone's throw from civilisation. 

19th August 2013More festival fun: Rubber, lycra and a giant cage

Just as promised in my last blog I made sure to get up to Whitehaven on Friday to catch the last of the Lakes Alive performances. Dancers and street performers have been lighting up towns from Cleator Moor to Millom all week and on Friday a crowd at Whitehaven Harbour got to witness the talents of The Maniax, Bernie Bennett and Motionhouse Dance.

15th August 2013Festival fever: in the Western Lakes

FESTIVAL season is continuing in the Western Lake District this week.

El Foc del Mar, the Western Lake District

The Maryport Blues Festival hit the town in July and later this month people will descend on Aspatria for the colourful and tuneful Solfest.

7th August 2013A great stay in Seaton: Armidale Cottages

On our recent trip to the Maryport Blues Festival (blog to follow later!) we dropped in on Sue Dahl at the Armidale Cottages B&B.

The beautiful cottage is set in a pretty half acre of garden and ideally situated for easy travel to the towns of Maryport, Cockermouth and Workington (as well as the fells of the Western Lake District).

Armidale Cottages B&B, the Lake District

30th July 2013Buttermere revisited: Camping between two lakes

We visit the Buttermere area quite regularly, and this time was so that Giles could begin the rather ridiculous challenge he set himself - to hike up 24 of the Lake District’s highest peaks within 24 hours. He did it to raise money for Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team - one of the Western Lake District teams and a cause that any fellwalker should be aware of.

11th July 2013A walk from Whitehaven to St Bees

These last few days I have had to take time out to remind myself that I haven't just died and gone to heaven. With the sun beating down and the mercury regularly hitting the mid-twenties, the Western Lake District is like paradise and I have taken every chance to make hay and explore. 

Looking toward St Bees Head from Whitehaven, the Western Lake District

4th July 2013Woolfest: an expert’s view

Woolfest 2013 was a lot of fun this year, but to give you an expert’s eye on things we thought we would let Giles’ mum Pat - who is a knitting fanatic - give her take on how it went from the eye of a needler.

Woolfest, Cockermouth, Western Lake District

I knit a bit and, as my family know, no birthday is safe from one of my creations.


Whitehaven - the perfect day out
Millom & Black Combe

Brian Sherwen Photography

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