Author Archive | Janine John

The Langdale valley

27 things to do in the Lake District when it’s raining

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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Overlooking Grasmere lake from the lawn at Allan Bank

Where the National Trust began: Allan Bank, Grasmere

I always love hearing which are your favourite Lake District Gems, and it was thanks to the recommendations of two blog readers that I recently visited somewhere new to me: Allan Bank in Grasmere. Allan Bank is a relatively recent addition to the National Trust’s visitor offerings in the Lake District, and was opened to […]

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The bluebells from Loughrigg Terrace, overlooking Grasmere

The bluebells of Loughrigg Terrace

One of the things I like most about spring is that it’s a season of many layers, with each spring flower and plant taking its own star turn – daffodils, camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas and tulips… and now it’s the turn of the delightful bluebell. Famous places to see great displays of bluebells in the Lake […]

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The Lake District Quiz Book by David Felton, Inspired by Lakeland

Book review: The Lake District Quiz Book

When I was asked if I would like to review a new book, The Lake District Quiz Book by local publisher Inspired by Lakeland, there was only one possible answer. A book? Involving quizzing and the Lake District? That’s three of my favourite things rolled into one! And if you’re a fan of curious Lake […]

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The Annie Garnett exhibition at Blackwell

A stitch in time: The story of Annie Garnett and her Bowness spinnery

Have you ever wondered why the recently opened Arts Bar and Grill in Bowness-on-Windermere was previously a restaurant with the name The Spinnery? It turns out there’s an interesting piece of local history behind the name. Blackwell, The Arts and Crafts House, just outside Bowness-on-Windermere, is currently running an exhibition about historic figure and talented […]

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Fireplace in the White Drawing Room at Blackwell

A house for all seasons: Blackwell, The Arts and Crafts House

At the end of the season, a number of the Lake District’s historic houses shut for the winter, however, Blackwell, just outside Bowness-on-Windermere, is an exception that is well worth visiting at any time of year. Blackwell is a famous example of a house from the Arts and Crafts movement, and was built in 1900 […]

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Windermere Lake Cruises

10 great ways to find discounts during your time in the Lake District

There’s no doubt that the costs of holidaying anywhere in the UK can easily mount up if you take into account admission prices, food and drink, public transport and parking. If you know where to look though, there are a few things you can be doing to save those pennies on your visits to the […]

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The view from what will be the café at Windermere Jetty

Windermere Jetty: a new Lake District gem due to open in 2017

If you’ve been visiting the Lake District for some years, you may remember the Windermere Steamboat Museum, which was situated on the eastern shore of Windermere, just outside the centre of Bowness-on-Windermere, on Rayrigg Road. I must have been really young when I last visited, but I do have a vague memory of wandering round […]

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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 […]

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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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