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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 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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Brougham Castle, near Penrith

Spiral stairs and stone passages: exploring Brougham Castle

My first visit to Brougham Castle was on a coach trip while I was at secondary school. Digital cameras were not mainstream then, but I proudly took photos of the castle’s many wonderful features with my point-and-click film camera, and thought it strange that when I’d taken 26… 27… 28… photographs, the film still hadn’t […]

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