When travelling as a passenger in a car or on public transport, there are all sorts of unusual landmarks and intriguing features to be spotted around the Lakes. Here are the stories behind them.
If you enjoy exploring villages, you’re sure to want to visit Grasmere during your time in the Lake District. Completely surrounded by colourful and atmospheric fellsides, it’s a great base from which to begin one of several walks, or the ideal place to explore as part of a slightly less […]
In previous years I’ve visited various parts of the Lakes in search of the best autumn sights, so here is a selection of just some of my favourite places at this time of year.
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! […]
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 […]
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 […]
Although I’m not a dog owner myself, I do rather like the idea of recruiting a four-legged gem-hunting companion – I think we’d make a good team, so maybe one day soon! In the meantime though, I know that many of you like to bring your own dogs on holiday […]
William Wordsworth has to be one of the most iconic names associated with the Lake District. Most of us know that he was a poet, and that he lived at Dove Cottage, near Grasmere, as well as at Rydal Mount, but far fewer know the detail of his life. Here […]
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 […]
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 […]
A couple of weeks ago I needed to take a trip to the market town of Keswick, in the north of the Lake District. Because of the temporary closure of the A591 (still on course to be fully opened at the end of May), I decided that rather than drive […]
Which is your favourite season? A long time ago I would have said that my preferred time of year is spring, but since taking up photography in recent years, my appreciation for autumn has grown and grown. I don’t know whether this year is exceptional for colour, but it certainly […]