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28th June 2013This weekend: Woolfest!

This weekend I am looking forward to getting a bit woolly-headed in the Western Lake District. Every year dozens of stallholders come to Cockermouth to show off their woolly wares and have a good yarn at Woolfest (sorry).

Woolfest, Cockermouth, Western Lake District

14th June 2013Plan your Western Lake District Rugby League World Cup 2013 experience!

Along with the proud industrial heritage of the Western Lake District comes the strong tradition of people getting behind their local rugby league team.

Plan your Western Lake District Rugby League World Cup 2013 experience

6th June 2013Special guest blog: Wandering into Whitehaven by Charlie Brown

Sailing across the Solway Firth from Kirkcudbright Bay to Whitehaven the West Cumbrian Fells rise in the background. Whitehaven, in the Western Lake District, is to be our new home port. We are excited and looking forward to being in a place from where we can explore the cruising grounds of the Irish Sea. Where else can a cruising yachtsman be that offers the opportunity to visit four countries and an independent island?

25th May 2013This week: Muncaster Festival at Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass

Muncaster Castle is the kind of place where its annual schedule is just as full as its history. Records show the castle, which is believed to have been built on Roman remains here in a part of the Western Lake District rife with Roman history, has definitely been the home of the Pennington family since 1208 and there are even suggestions the family could have lived there since as early as 1026.

9th May 2013Head straight for it: The Beacon, Whitehaven

There is so much history and culture in the Western Lake District that it is easy to wonder whether you will ever find time for it all. But there’s nothing like arriving home with some interesting historical facts to drop nonchalantly into conversation over dinner, or some cultural knowledge to fragrantly show off with.

23rd April 2013Classic viewpoint: Black Combe

Black Combe's lonely position out on the south western edge of the Western Lake District seems to live up to its slightly moody name. Its domed peak, rising above the Irish Sea like the prow of an enormous ship, seems to be giving the rest of the fells the cold shoulder as it sits isolated and glowering across the waves. 

Black Combe, the Western Lake District

16th April 2013Discover Clocktower Arts & Crafts, Broughton-in-Furness

Broughton-in-Furness, the Western Lake District

Far too often, I pop into an interesting-looking shop for a 5-minute browse and end up staying for hours. The latest example of this daydreamer phenomenon is Clocktower Arts & Crafts in the enchanting Western Lake District town of Broughton-in-Furness.

3rd April 2013Beauty spot: The Western Lake District’s own Blea Tarn

The Western Lake district is home to so many tantalising and breathtaking giant peaks that it is sometimes easy to overlook the places that are a little bit easier to get to and offer panaromas that are just as pretty.

Similarly, while many know of Blea Tarn in the Langdale area of the Central Lake District – a gem tucked between Little Langdale and Great Langdale – not so many know of the Western Lake District’s answer to it. Our Blea Tarn is a gem in its own right, nestled between Eskdale and Wasdale.


Whitehaven - the perfect day out
Millom & Black Combe

Brian Sherwen Photography

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