100 years of bringing the forests to life

Whinlatter Forest Park In September 1919 the Forestry Commission was founded to restore the nation’s woods and forests following the First World War. They are now England’s largest landowner and look after over 1,500 forests to benefit people, nature and the economy. Throughout 2019 the newly named Forestry England will celebrate 100 years with a […]

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Unwind with Forest Bathing at Whinlatter

Shinrin-Yoku, the Japanese art of Forest Bathing, comes to Whinlatter led by Jen from Lakeland Wellbeing. Imagine walking slowly through the quiet forest, your feet lightly compressing the soft pine needles underfoot, breathing in the fresh clean air, feeling the breeze and the delicate brush of leaves against your skin as you move gently through […]

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Cumbrians generosity to help save Red squirrels

In the last edition of the Guide, we ran a feature about the West Lakes Squirrel Initiative. This small group of volunteers protect Red Squirrels in our area and the charitable organisation, headed by Peter Armstrong and Steve Tyson, cover a huge area from Maryport to Muncaster.   They rely solely on donations and sales of […]

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Cumbria Industrial History Society Series – It’s a Gas

The industrial revolution shaped our lives in West Cumbria.  Its impact was significant and the Cumbria Industrial History Society reveals how it affected our modern world. In the days before electricity, everything was lit by gas.  Every town had its own gasworks where coal was baked to release crude gas. This went through a series […]

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Cumbria’s Great Indoors – Get the kids out

Feature image by Gav Grozier Cumbria’s Great Indoors So the kids have been on holidays for a couple of weeks now and it’s got to the point that you just need to get them out of the house for the sake of your sanity.   Queue the bad weather for the weekend.   Suddenly the […]

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Take to the skies this summer

Some of us may soon be jetting off for our holidays from the newly opened Carlisle Airport but the site is also home to the fascinating Solway Aviation Museum. The museum is home to a collection of aircraft, artefacts and displays reflecting Britain’s position as a world leader in aircraft design and innovation at the […]

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It’s better when we work together

Ennerdale brewery Harbour Master It’s easy to get a bit lost in the modern world. Our food and drink gets shipped and flown in from all over the place, which is not only environmentally unsound but also has a dramatic impact on traditional industries. It may be a great big interconnected world out there but […]

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Unique collaboration brings some colour to Whitehaven

In a unique collaboration between Young Cumbria, The Colourful North and BEC, Whitehaven’s harbourside now has a colourful new addition.     West Cumbrian teenagers from Young Cumbria have taken three days to transform a dreary sandstone wall into their own creative expression.  Young Cumbria is one of our leading youth charities and they provide services […]

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Carlisle’s Turkish Baths – Moorish, and moreish

Carlisle’s Turkish Baths Eighteenth-century hammams are associated with places in the Islamic world, not exactly what you expect from a modern swimming complex in Carlisle. Even more extraordinary, this beautiful Edwardian suite dedicated to health opened on 20 September 1909 and has not changed since its construction, although the space has recently been repaired and […]

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Running the Gauntlet – RAF Spadeadam Half Marathon

Spadeadam half marathon 22nd of September The Ministry of Defence does not generally open up one of its bases to the general public. Chances are that if you turned up uninvited to RAF Spadeadam under normal circumstances, it wouldn’t be long before you were given your marching orders.  But that’s what makes the Spadeadam Half […]

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