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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 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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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 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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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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Stagshaw Gardens looking towards the lake

A secret haven near Ambleside: Stagshaw Gardens and Skelghyll Wood

You can also see more recent images of the beautiful Stagshaw Gardens in a further post, Pictured in Bloom: Stagshaw Gardens, Ambleside. I’ve been looking forward to visiting Stagshaw Gardens near Ambleside for some time now, and it turns out the garden really is a hidden gem. Owned by the National Trust, Stagshaw isn’t particularly […]

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The A591 between Grasmere and Keswick

The North and South Lakes reunited

A sudden flurry of tweets appeared on Tuesday afternoon to announce that the A591 – the main road between Keswick and Grasmere, which was severely damaged by the December floods – was opening earlier than expected, on Wednesday morning. The road is the main link between the north and south of the Lakes, and although […]

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Rosemaaaary, The Souper Ewe outside Smallwood House Hotel, Ambleside

Spotted ‘ewe’! The Go Herdwick Lake District sheep trail

Anyone spending time in the Lake District over the past few days may have noticed some peculiar goings on, with some very brightly coloured sheep appearing in the most unexpected places, from driveways to B&B gardens. The reason? It’s the start of the Go Herdwick public art trail to raise money for the Lake District […]

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The exterior of Stott Park Bobbin Mill

Linking past and present: Stott Park Bobbin Mill

There is a densely wooded and highly atmospheric area of landscape to the south and west of Windermere which, to me, is quite distinct from other parts of the Lake District. I include in this description places such as Newby Bridge, Backbarrow, Lakeside and Finsthwaite, and I always enjoy spending time there. Stott Park Bobbin […]

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