Coniston Water from Brantwood, with the National Trust's Steam Yacht Gondola passing by

In search of peace and tranquility at Brantwood, Coniston

Recently I wrote about my rediscovery of the Coniston area after not having visited for some years. I enjoyed the scenery from on-board the National Trust’s Steam Yacht Gondola so much that I returned just two days later to visit another of Coniston’s local gems, Brantwood. Brantwood is a house and 250-acre fellside estate which […]

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Tour of Britain, Windermere

In pictures: The Tour of Britain 2016

Today, the Tour of Britain once again passed through the Lake District, this time setting out from Carlisle and finishing in Kendal, and climbing the fearsome ‘Struggle’ up to Kirkstone Pass! It was a shame that once the riders reached the South Lakes they were greeted with rain, but it didn’t stop a number of us from […]

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The Lingholm Kitchen, Portinscale

In Beatrix Potter’s footsteps at The Lingholm Kitchen and Walled Garden

If, like me, you’re interested in all things Beatrix Potter, the Lingholm Kitchen and Walled Garden at Portinscale – which is on the north-western shore of Derwentwater, near Keswick – should be high on your list of places to visit next time you’re exploring the Lake District. The main house at Lingholm was built in […]

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The Lake District Sheepdog Trials, Ings

Exploring the Lake District’s sheepdog trials

One of the great things about the Lake District calendar is that there are still a number of traditional events each year which have been taking place for generations, particularly amongst the farming communities. As well as the bigger agricultural shows, you can also look out for smaller gatherings such as the local sheep dog […]

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The platform on the first floor of Claife Viewing Station

A look through the square window: Claife Viewing Station on the western shore of Windermere

Claife Viewing Station, on the western shore of Windermere, has been on my gem-hunting list for some time now. The remains of this historic viewing station were recently restored by the National Trust, and last weekend I finally got to see it for myself. According to the National Trust, Claife Viewing Station dates back to […]

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Baby woodpecker in tree

Return of the woodpeckers

I absolutely love wildlife – animals can be such good fun! The garden suddenly seems much quieter now that this year’s baby woodpeckers have grown up and moved out – an event that happened a couple of weeks ago now. Before that, I couldn’t step into the back garden without ‘daddy’ woodpecker scolding me for […]

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Judith Wants to Be Your Friend novel

Book review: Judith Wants to be Your Friend

If you follow Lake District Gems on a regular basis, you may remember that last year I wrote a post featuring novels based in the Lake District, or which have a strong Lake District connection. You sent me lots of further suggestions on social media for novels based in the Lakes and Cumbria (perhaps I’ll […]

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Go Herdwick lamb at LPC Furniture, Windermere

The lambs have arrived! The new Go Herdwick Hide and Seek trails

Back in March, I wrote a blog post about Go Herdwick, a public art trail made up of 60 life-size, colourfully decorated ewes, which have been sponsored by businesses and organisations around the Lake District to raise money for the Lake District Calvert Trust. The trail has really captured people’s imaginations, and has proved very […]

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Bench at Stagshaw Gardens, Ambleside

Pictured in bloom: Stagshaw Gardens, Ambleside

In a recent post, I visited the National Trust’s Stagshaw Gardens, near Ambleside, for the first time. Stagshaw Gardens is very much a spring woodland garden, with a host of camellias, azaleas and rhododendrons and other woodland planting, and although it was beautiful, it turned out I had visited a little too early and the […]

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