The definitive tourist guide to the Western Lake District
- May 2013 (1 post)
- Head straight for it: The Beacon, Whitehaven
- April 2013 (4 posts)
- March 2013 (3 posts)
- February 2013 (1 post)
- January 2013 (2 posts)
- December 2012 (2 posts)
- November 2012 (2 posts)
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- May 2012 (9 posts)
- April 2012 (2 posts)
Our incredible coast
Whether you enjoy birdwatching, invigorating coastal walks or sampling the finest, freshest local seafood, this beautiful, coastal landscape has something to tempt you.
9th May 2013Head straight for it: The Beacon, Whitehaven
There is so much history and culture in the Western Lake District that it is easy to wonder whether you will ever find time for it all. But there’s nothing like arriving home with some interesting historical facts to drop nonchalantly into conversation over dinner, or some cultural knowledge to fragrantly show off with.
23rd April 2013Classic viewpoint: Black Combe
Black Combe's lonely position out on the south western edge of the Western Lake District seems to live up to its slightly moody name. Its domed peak, rising above the Irish Sea like the prow of an enormous ship, seems to be giving the rest of the fells the cold shoulder as it sits isolated and glowering across the waves.
16th April 2013Discover Clocktower Arts & Crafts, Broughton-in-Furness
Far too often, I pop into an interesting-looking shop for a 5-minute browse and end up staying for hours. The latest example of this daydreamer phenomenon is Clocktower Arts & Crafts in the enchanting Western Lake District town of Broughton-in-Furness.
3rd April 2013Beauty spot: The Western Lake District’s own Blea Tarn
The Western Lake district is home to so many tantalising and breathtaking giant peaks that it is sometimes easy to overlook the places that are a little bit easier to get to and offer panaromas that are just as pretty.
Similarly, while many know of Blea Tarn in the Langdale area of the Central Lake District – a gem tucked between Little Langdale and Great Langdale – not so many know of the Western Lake District’s answer to it. Our Blea Tarn is a gem in its own right, nestled between Eskdale and Wasdale.
22nd March 2013Hidden Treasures in Cockermouth: The Trout Hotel
Every time I arrive in Cockermouth, I get that hidden treasure feeling. What’s round that corner? What nugget of local knowledge will I uncover today? And which eatery to try next?
7th March 2013Meeting people: Jorrit and Nicky of Millican, Keswick
Ever since I first clapped eyes on a Millican bag, I’ve been keen to meet the characters behind this distinctive Lakeland brand. And it’s not just about the beautiful products – rucksacks, luggage and accessories - it’s the feelgood idea that two people were so inspired by one Lakeland lifestyle that they upped London sticks and followed their dream in the Western Lake District. I think Jorrit and Nicky are just as inspiring as their brand’s namesake, so I arranged to ask them some questions and share their story with you.
Eskdale is one of our favourite places to visit in the Western Lake District and until last weekend The Woolpack Inn was the only pub we still needed to tick off our list. The Woolpack Inn being fully booked (a common occurrence and I now know why) we were offered a room 10mins down the road at The Woolpack Inn’s sister property, Stanley House.
8th February 2013A mountain I love: Snowy Skiddaw
Last Saturday was an outstandingly beautiful day in the Western Lake District. Crisp, cold and bright sunshine. Not much of the white stuff on low ground, but up on high it was a different story.
To take advantage of such a clear day, Giles and I decided to take a hike up Skiddaw – a mountain loved by many for the incredible panoramic views enjoyed from the summit.
29th January 2013The undiscovered lakes: Wastwater in winter
Perhaps Wastwater isn’t quite undiscovered, but it always amazes me how many people have visited the Lake District and not made time to admire it.