Author: Janine John

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 […]

Coniston Power Boat Records Week

Coniston Power Boat Records Week

Autumn is well and truly upon us here in the Lake District, and one of my favourite places to photograph the colours is Coniston Water. Last year I took an autumnal tour of Coniston on board Steam Yacht Gondola to find some lovely photographic subjects, and a couple of weeks […]

10 easy-to-reach Lake District viewpoints

One thing I’ve learnt about the Lake District over the years is that however familiar you think you are with a particular area, there’s always something just around the corner that you’ve not seen before – and then you get home and read about it in a guidebook somewhere and […]

Shap Abbey's west tower

A gem-hunter’s guide to Shap Abbey

If you enjoy seeing the remains of once grand historic buildings and imagining what might once have been, you’ll definitely want to stop off at Shap Abbey by the side of the River Lowther near Shap, approximately 10 miles south of Penrith. Where else would you go on a gorgeous […]

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 […]

View along Windermere from the Windermere Jetty

The Windermere Jetty project: An update

Last September on the blog, regular readers may remember that I visited the Windermere Jetty construction site on a guided tour for the Heritage Open Days weekend. Windermere Jetty is currently being built by Lakeland Arts on the site of the original Windermere Steamboat Museum, and when finished, will house […]