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28th March 2014The Best of the West: Fifteen Western Lake District sweet spots

It is hard to believe it has been nearly two years since I started this blog. We have been to so many lovely places and done so many great things (it is a hard job I know!) that it has flown by in a bit of a blur. So I thought it was probably a good time to take a breath and look back over some of the top spots from the last two years.

Days out:

The La’al Ratty, Eskdale

19th March 2014How to climb a classic: Scafell Pike

Spring seems to be on the way in the Western Lake District, the snow is thinning on the fell tops, the Snowdrops are thickening in the dales and the weather is getting warmer. As summer approaches so does the season when thousands of people set out to "bag" the highest peak in England: Scafell Pike.

Scafell Pike, the Western Lake District

21st February 2014Filming the Scafells: A labour of love

Terry Abraham is someone who has most definitely fallen in love with the Western Lake District - and one area of it in particular. Since April 2013 Terry has been spending days and nights camping out high on the fellsides around Scafell Pike, England's highest mountain at the head of Wasdale, as he gathers footage for his latest film Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike. I caught up with Terry recently to ask him why Scafell Pike and the mountains neighbouring it had such a pull on him.

15th February 2014Newlands Adventure Centre: Bows and arrows, boulders and belays

You may remember that my last blog was all about relaxation and quality time at the lovely Graysonside B&B near Cockermouth. Well, it was just as well we had the chance to relax while we could, as the next day we set off for a day of 'Hunger Games' style training in rock climbing and archery. 

Newlands Adventure Centre, near Keswick

13th February 2014Special Guest Blog: Memories of Millom, Norman Nicholson, Shire Horses, Mackerels & Puffins

The writer and poet Geraldine Green reminisces about days spent on the Western Lake District coast at Silecroft beach and Fleswick Bay, and also recalls the childhood memory of a visit to Millom and seeing Norman Nicholson 'the whiskery man'.

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Silecroft Beach (Photo credit: Jan Fialkowski)

Shire Horses, Mackerel and Memories

6th February 2014Quality time at Graysonside

One way or another it has been a busy few weeks for Giles and I since the beginning of 2014 and so last weekend we decided we were overdue some "quality time" together. "Quality time" is a much used phrase these days that people seem to apply to a whole range of things. But to me spending quality time with someone has always meant being one-on-one and basically being left to your own devices without the interference of other people and the world in general. 

3rd February 2014Millom’s Most Famous Son: In Search of Norman Nicholson

The more time you spend in the Western Lake District, the more you will come across the name of Norman Nicholson. A native of Millom born in 1914, Nicholson used his lifetime of poetry to explore the history and nature of the area, as well as the character of the people who live there.

Industrial places like Whitehaven, Egremont, Bootle and Millom were his subjects, and his descriptions of fells like Black Combe or places like the Duddon Estuary are unsentimental and filled with a bitter-sweet mix of beauty and bleakness.

24th January 2014Walk and a pint? If only...

As the season to detox continues Giles and I have been trying - and occasionally failing - to treat our bodies like temples. Not only has this involved temperance but also regular bouts of exercise (after which we try and discourage each other from going to the pub).

Irton Pike blog.. Walk and a pint? If only...

10th January 2014The Western Lake District workout

Well 2014 has arrived and with it the annual feeling that I need to get out, do some exercise and begin the year with healthy habits. So I thought this was a timely opportunity to try and inspire you with some of the great places in the Western Lake District where you can burn off the Christmas calories. 

Pumping iron

20th December 2013An ideal winter stroll: Muncaster Fell

With the shortest day and winter weather upon us we are in the season of the short stroll rather than the day-long wander. For me walks at this time of year are ideally not too long and, even better, not too far from a pub.

Muncaster Fell, the Western Lake District

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