The definitive tourist guide to the Western Lake District
- March 2014 (2 posts)
- The Best of the West: Fifteen Western Lake District sweet spots
- How to climb a classic: Scafell Pike
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Our incredible coast
Whether you enjoy birdwatching, invigorating coastal walks or sampling the finest, freshest local seafood, this beautiful, coastal landscape has something to tempt you.
22nd March 2013Hidden Treasures in Cockermouth: The Trout Hotel
Every time I arrive in Cockermouth, I get that hidden treasure feeling. What’s round that corner? What nugget of local knowledge will I uncover today? And which eatery to try next?
7th March 2013Meeting people: Jorrit and Nicky of Millican, Keswick
Ever since I first clapped eyes on a Millican bag, I’ve been keen to meet the characters behind this distinctive Lakeland brand. And it’s not just about the beautiful products – rucksacks, luggage and accessories - it’s the feelgood idea that two people were so inspired by one Lakeland lifestyle that they upped London sticks and followed their dream in the Western Lake District. I think Jorrit and Nicky are just as inspiring as their brand’s namesake, so I arranged to ask them some questions and share their story with you.
Eskdale is one of our favourite places to visit in the Western Lake District and until last weekend The Woolpack Inn was the only pub we still needed to tick off our list. The Woolpack Inn being fully booked (a common occurrence and I now know why) we were offered a room 10mins down the road at The Woolpack Inn’s sister property, Stanley House.
8th February 2013A mountain I love: Snowy Skiddaw
Last Saturday was an outstandingly beautiful day in the Western Lake District. Crisp, cold and bright sunshine. Not much of the white stuff on low ground, but up on high it was a different story.
To take advantage of such a clear day, Giles and I decided to take a hike up Skiddaw – a mountain loved by many for the incredible panoramic views enjoyed from the summit.
29th January 2013The undiscovered lakes: Wastwater in winter
Perhaps Wastwater isn’t quite undiscovered, but it always amazes me how many people have visited the Lake District and not made time to admire it.
15th January 2013Hidden gem: The Santon Bridge Gift Shop and Woodlands Cafe
Back in 1954, passers-by bought hot drinks served from a flask at the bottom of a garden in Santon Bridge – a small village just west of Wastwater and the breathtaking Wasdale Valley.
Now, on the same spot, you’ll find the much-loved Santon Bridge Gift Shop – a treasure trove of local art, local treats, walking socks to designer crafts, OS maps to candles and cakes…the list goes on. It’s funny how, as you explore the shop,you can imagine the array of items being added to the range over the years.
10th December 2012Local legend: Michael Moon’s Bookshop, Whitehaven
“Michael Moon buys & sells old books, and has done so for longer than anyone can remember.”
6th December 2012The undiscovered lakes: Ennerdale Water
Last weekend, Giles and I were lucky enough to enjoy a very indulgent evening of seafood dining at The Waterfront restaurant in Whitehaven (blog to come!). The next morning, a good walk was most definitely in order. And, given that each of our 8 taster menu courses was matched with a carefully chosen wine, we were after a place that would soothe and clear our slightly foggy heads.
In Whitehaven, echoes of the town’s important maritime history are clear - the quayside warehouses, Custom House and the gorgeous architecture of the era. But I’d ask you to look a little closer to discover the ‘seafood revival’ that’s causing a bit of a stir in the area today.
14th November 2012The Gincase, Silloth-on-Solway: Welcome to my new favourite place.
You know what it’s like when you discover a new haunt that you love so much you think “My life would be so much better if this place was at the end of my road.”? The Gincase is one of those places. A cosy, homemade cakey haven in winter, a garden of delights in summer and a treasure trove of crafts and treats to delve into whenever life needs a little colour.