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.
29th October 2012Beer n Bangers, Millom: Traditional Cumberland Sausages, Contemporary Cumbrian Beer.
The annual Beer ‘n’ Bangers festival took place in the South Western Lake District earlier in October. The festival has a winning formula, and its simple. Discover the best authentic Cumberland sausages, the best locally brewed beer, and try out any number of scenic walking routes to work up an appetite for, or work-off an excess of, the above. There couldn’t be a better place for it.
Contemporary beer, traditional Cumberland Sausage!
11th October 2012The undiscovered lakes: Buttermere ‘by the dairy pastures’
After a breathtaking drive from Keswick and Borrowdale over Honister Pass (one of the Lake District’s most scenic and exciting mountain passes - no speeding!) the serene sight of Buttermere is a welcome sight indeed. Like so many of the Western Lake District’s most special places, Buttermere lake and the little hamlet of the same name are well worth the detour off the beaten track.
Syke Farm Tea Room: Inside the shop, you’ll find a whole ice-cream counter full of creamy, locally made flavours
Sometimes it’s hard to tear yourself away from the wild and wonderful landscapes of the Western Lake District, and turn your attention to the area’s industrially important towns. But I challenge you to wander around the historic port town of Maryport and not be intrigued - by its important history, its dramatic location on the Solway Estuary and the array of hardy fishing boats found resting in the harbour.
14th September 2012Connecting Light - An art installation spanning Hadrian’s Wall
You’ve probably heard of Hadrian’s Wall. Built in Roman Britain, it’s remains now stand to represent the first of such fortifications built to span the width of the land.
11th September 2012Well worth finding: The Blacksmiths Arms, Broughton Mills
Today I’m delighted to give you a great reason to head a little way off the beaten track.
7th September 2012Rannerdale: A ‘secret’ valley with an ancient story
As you pootle along the crooked eastern shores of Crummock Water, allow some time to stop off and walk in the Rannerdale Valley. There’s a small car park just off the B5289, about halfway up the length of the lake.
31st August 2012Spend some time: Bootiful Boot in Eskdale
By the end of a recent day walking in the area, I’d already fallen in love with the Eskdale Valley, dramatically overlooked by the rocky crags of Scafell’s eastern flanks but so delicate and ‘pretty’ in its own special way. All the valleys of the Western Lake District are unique in their character, but there is something so welcoming about Eskdale. So, I decided to return and linger a while and show you a little more of the historic hamlet of Boot.
31st August 2012Bank Holiday Monday: Black Combe Country Fair
Firstly, my apologies are in order. I wrote a post a while back about the Black Combe Country Fair, having heard about the Cumberland Rum Butter Competition taking place at the fair this year. At the time I wanted to tell you a bit more about the fair itself, to give this quirky foodie challenge a context! But unfortunately, I came across outdated information about the celebrity opening the show.
10th August 2012Cockermouth Rock Festival at Wellington Farm
By the time we pulled up at CockRock with our Sunday day tickets, ready to listen, a refreshing wind was breezing through the long hair of festival-goers who’d clearly already enjoyed two days of solid festival fun (and pretty good weather). The smiles and the eager, early-rising crowd was evidence enough of that.
Early risers supporting a local act on the Session Stage.
1st August 2012Stay the night: West Cumbria's first community-run pub
I'm sure you'll agree, there's real magic to a true local pub. Genuine pride in service, genuine hospitality and plenty of banter fuelled by genuinely local ale. You can't beat it. And luckily for us, the Western Lake District has plenty of legendary locals to enjoy. But the Fox and Hounds in Ennerdale Bridge is special in its own way. Here you’ll follow in the legendary footsteps of both Alfred Wainwright and William Wordsworth…but you’ll also discover what community hospitality is all about.