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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?

Cockermouth, the Western Lake District

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.

4th March 2013Something a bit different: Stanley House and The Woolpack Inn, Eskdale

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

 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

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.”

 Michael Moon’s Bookshop, Whitehaven

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.

 Ennerdale Water

28th November 2012One to watch: Laal Taste of Solway Seafood Festival at The Waterfront, Whitehaven

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.

 Laal Taste of Solway Seafood Festival at The Waterfront, Whitehaven

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.

 Welcome to my new favourite place.


Whitehaven - the perfect day out
Millom & Black Combe

Brian Sherwen Photography

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