Author Archive | Janine John

A stack of Lake District books

8 of my favourite books about the Lake District

I absolutely love books, and have collected quite a few about the Lake District over the years – especially while I’ve been writing the Lake District Gems blog! There are a few titles that I return to time and time again for information, whether I’m looking for ideas, places to go, or just to seek out a curious fact. […]

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The best of 2017 on the blog

It’s hard to believe that we’ve reached the end of 2017, but here we are! And as I’ve done in the past two years, I thought I’d take a brief look back at some of the best of the past year’s gem hunting on the blog… Most unusual gem This year, the most unusual Lake […]

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High Lickbarrow Farm

A farming gem in Windermere: High Lickbarrow

High Lickbarrow Farm is a traditional Lakeland farmhouse set in a peaceful location just outside the village of Windermere. A relatively new addition to the National Trust’s collection of Lake District properties, it’s also a very unusual one. Although it isn’t open to the general public in the same way as most NT properties, you […]

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The entrance to Sizergh Castle

10 reasons to visit Sizergh Castle near Kendal

I’ve visited Sizergh Castle many, many times over the years, but have stepped inside the castle itself just twice. That’s because there are a whole host of reasons to spend time at Sizergh that not everyone may be aware of (although visiting the castle itself is a good start!). Here are 10: 1. A tour […]

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The Double Boathouse at Wray Castle from the jetty

Heritage Open Days 2017 in the Lake District

Heritage Open Days is an annual festival of history and culture held across England for four days every September. The event brings together over 2,500 organisations who open their doors to the public for FREE – some well-known, and some less so. In 2017, it’s taking place between Thursday 7 and Sunday 10 September (although […]

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The Langdale valley

27 things to do on a rainy day in the Lake District

One of the very first posts I wrote for the blog was a list of 10 things to do in the Lake District on a rainy day. We do get quite a few wet days here, but, as they say, the Lake District wouldn’t be the Lake District without them! Since writing that post however, […]

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The meadow at Mirehouse, Bassenthwaite

10 reasons to visit Mirehouse alongside Bassenthwaite Lake

I’ve wanted to visit Mirehouse for a long time, and one beautiful sunny Saturday in July, my gem-hunting companion and I decided we’d risk the busy weekend traffic (which curiously turned out to be almost non-existent that day) and head north to Bassenthwaite. We thoroughly enjoyed our look around Mirehouse, but the house itself forms […]

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Yew Tree Farm, Coniston

Will the Lake District become a World Heritage Site?

For some time now, organisations from around the Lake District have been working together on a bid to make the Lake District a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There have been previous bids to achieve World Heritage status over the years, but suddenly the decision on the latest attempt is just around the corner, with the […]

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The ground floor inside Stott Park Bobbin Mill

10 ideas for Father’s Day in the Lake District

With Father’s Day just around the corner, you might well be looking for places to enjoy a leisurely day out in Lake District, so in this post I thought I would put together a few ideas especially for dads! I’ve thrown in a couple of events, as well as recommendations for local attractions. Fingers crossed […]

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