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Welcome to The Tarn District

Welcome to The Tarn District – Doesn’t have the same ring as Welcome to The Lake District does it? Here we are living our best lives surrounded by Waters, Tarns, Meres and Lakes and all wondering what’s the difference. All are more or less the same, yet only one Lake by name exists in The […]

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Our Lakes: Rydal Water

Our Lakes series pays a visit to pint- sized Rydal Water which was often an inspiration for one of our country’s greatest poets. It might be less than a mile long but small is no less beautiful when it comes to this little gem. Rydal Water is both fed and drained by the River Rothay […]

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Ullswater – Our Lakes series

Ullswater – Our Lakes series – The second largest lake in the Lake District is described by its own visitor centre as the most beautiful. They would say that of course, but anyone who stands on Ullswater’s shores would be hard-pressed to dispute the claim. Whether the beauty of the surroundings played any part or […]

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A Path Less Trodden – Walking in Cumbria

A Path Less Trodden – Walking in Cumbria We normally tend to feature popular Cumbrian walks, but for social distancing measures, we’ve dug around for the hidden jewels where tourists are few and you won’t come across many people.  We kept families in mind and both walks are relatively easy with moderate climbs, the first […]

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Thirlmere – Our Lakes series

Thirlmere – Our Lakes As you drive by Thirlmere you can be forgiven for thinking this peaceful location hasn’t changed much over the centuries. A casual glance suggests that except for a handful of farms, a couple of churches and the road beneath you, the valley once known as Wythburndale, has retained a timeless quality. […]

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Derwent Water – Our Lakes series

Images by Andrew Locking If it wasn’t for the passage of time, weather and erosion we may never have ever featured Derwent Water as part of ‘Our Lakes’ series. It was once part of a much larger lake which would have merited nothing more than a few extra words in our Bassenthwaite feature earlier this […]

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Crummock Water – Our Lakes series

Crammed between its upstart neighbour of Buttermere and the tranquil Loweswater, our lakes series casts its eye over Crummock water. Like Loweswater further down the valley, Crummock is often overlooked by visitors who tend to stick to nearby Buttermere.   But Crummock is dramatic and it has much to reward those that can break themselves […]

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Buttermere – Our Lakes series

A favourite of tourists and a hideout from Norman invaders…. Craig Wishart explains how Buttermere has seen it all. If you wander around Buttermere the sheer number of visitors can be a bit overwhelming. That’s because Buttermere is undoubtedly one of the jewels in the crown of the Lake District.  At just over a mile […]

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Bassenthwaite – Our Lakes series

In a series called ‘Our Lakes’, Craig Wishart finds it strange that by the fourth installment we still have not yet covered a lake.  He’s seeking to rectify that with this visit to Bassenthwaite. Bassenthwaite has a couple claims to fame.  It’s the most Northerly lake in the National Park for starters, and surprisingly, it’s […]

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Loweswater – Our Lakes series

It may lack the grandeur of Wasdale or the drama of Ennerdale but Craig Wishart explains why Loweswater has a charm of its very own. It’s a rare when you stumble on a place the modern world has left largely in peace. Technology, traffic, relentless development and our own electronic devices infiltrate our lives further […]

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