The village of Coniston lies at the southern end of the Lake District National Park to the west of Windermere and on the north-west shore of Coniston Water. On arrival at his beautiful Lakeland village take a look at the scenery – it’s impossible not to be amazed by the impressive Coniston Old Man towering over the village! This Lake District fell has several well-marked paths to the 803m summit and is really popular with walkers. Continue reading
Cumbria – Battling back from the floods
As you are probably aware early last December Storm Desmond caused much damage & flooding in many parts of Cumbria. Kendal was particularly badly affected with many homes and businesses suffering.
We consider ourselves very lucky indeed to have been spared any damage here both on the caravan park and to our home. Cumbria however was left with big problems including some bridges & roads around The Lake District being closed and it has obviously taken time to begin repairing the damage.
It is great that the county is now recovering well and is gradually getting back to normal. Many bridges, such as Victoria Bridge in Kendal, have already been repaired and are now open again. Continue reading
Amazing scenery & beautiful lakes undoubtedly make The Lake District National Park an extremely popular tourist destination. Before the days of tourism Cumbria’s natural resources were used in many different ways to boost the county’s economy. Cumbria has plentiful supplies of water, woodlands, limestone, slate, wool fleeces & also goods historically imported from the West Indies such as sugar, spices & tobacco creating an interesting industrial heritage.
Circular drive from Kendal through The Lake District to Keswick, Ullswater, Bowness-on-Windermere & back to Kendal.
This circular route takes you through The Lake District with some of the most beautiful lakes & magnificent mountains & much to see along the way.
From Kendal take the A591 to Windermere then continue to Ambleside along the side of the lake. Continue reading
Five great pubs within a few miles of Kendal.
One of their most popular dishes is homemade ‘Steak n Blond Witch Ale Pie’ and customers love ‘Fish n Chunky Chips’ or home-made ‘Creamy Lasagne’ with Monty’s revenge garlic bread. Hard to choose the best. Continue reading
2015 Main Events in Cumbria
Spring Beer Festival, Hawkshead Brewery in Staveley
Friday March 6 – Sunday March 8; Beer festival featuring delicious drinks brewed by several different breweries.
Kendal Festival of Food
Saturday March 7 and Sunday March 8; Two day celebration of food and drink with loads of locally sourced Cumbrian goodies.
Events this summer in The Lake District and Cumbria
Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th July
A great event for steam enthusiasts but there’s much more on show here! A huge, colourful and noisy weekend event with a variety of entertainments, the Steam Gathering features splendid steam engines and vintage commercial vehicles, as well as hundreds of classic transport favourites including cars, motorcycles, military vehicles and pedal cycles. Being situated in a mainly agricultural area, tractors, farm machinery and stationary engines are well represented and always attract considerable attention.
As the days get longer and the weather warms up what could be nicer than spending the day at a country fair or an agricultural show in Cumbria?
Dogs, local food, kite flying, sheep shearing, country crafts & stalls – something for everyone. Relatively new as shows go but it’s always really busy – a grand day out.
31st May & 1st June 2014
Traditional large show in the north of the county and a real celebration of all things food and farming. Set off early & join the queue to get parked.
14th June 2014
Special places in Cumbria for gardeners who love to seek out new plants for their own gardens and enjoy a bit of a nosey around in other people’s gardens.
Enthusiastically run by this green-fingered couple, the nursery is a fusion of traditional nursery values with modern approaches to the display, growing, use and experiment of the plant material.
A full range of perennials, trees and shrubs can be seen growing alongside one another in themed borders be they shady damp corners or south facing hot spots. Continue reading
Looking ahead here are just some of the great events that are definitely worth visiting this spring. There’s always something interesting going on in Cumbria, The Lake District and The Yorkshire Dales.
Marmalade aficionados are in for a treat at Dalemain when who else but Paddington Bear is a patron of these prestigious awards. A celebration jam packed with all things marmalade and much more at the Dalemain Marmalade Festival on Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 March.
A varied and interesting programme of events are planned including a Food Fair, speciality foods, Cookery Demonstrations in the private kitchen at Dalemain, crafts, live music, Paddington Bear, treasure hunt in the historic and award winning gardens, archery, 1914 War Exhibition, Ullswater Steamers Cruises on Lake Ullswater, Laithwaite’s wine tasting demonstrations, Mackays marmalade tasting, over 200 competition marmalades to taste with freshly made toast served by The Girl Guides, meet the WI judges, marmalade shop including Artisan Award Winners.
New for this year is the Marmalade Run on the Saturday morning! Refreshments hot food, home-made soup, cakes and of course marmalade and more marmalade in the beautiful surroundings of Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens.
Kendal Festival of Food takes place on Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 March and invites you to taste the very best of England’s North Country. Two days of treats including food demonstrations from top local chefs, tutored tastings, talks and pop-up restaurants from a whole host of Cumbrian chefs and artisans and a few famous faces too. ‘Ask a Farmer’ is back with a Farm to Fork roadshow.
The Lyth Valley hosts the Damson Day Country Fair on Saturday 12 April. Of course it’s much too early for damsons but the Westmorland Damson Association invite you to celebrate the beautiful damson blossom which should be in full bloom. There will be local crafts, entertainment and refreshments too.
ride2stride is a festival of walks, talks and music along the fabulous Settle-Carlisle railway line.It’s a week-long celebration of the wonderful landscape and culture of the western Dales and Eden Valley. The Settle-Carlisle Walking Festival starts on Tuesday 29 April, is made up of lots of events & activities and things will be happening along the length of the line. Walks will be led from stations by experienced walk leaders. Speakers will share their local knowledge and love of the area, and the pubs will be buzzing with music and song.
ride2stride is for everyone who loves the Yorkshire Dales. Whether you travel to an event by train, live along the line or book your holiday to take advantage of the festival, we’re sure you’ll have a great time.
Printfest 2014 will take place on Saturday 3 May & Sunday 4 May 2014 from 10am to 5pm with artwork exhibited from more than 40 national and international artists. The lovely town of Ulverston comes alive with artists and their work.
Printfest is the UK’s only artist led printmaking festival. It celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2011 and is dedicated to the exhibition and sale of contemporary prints. It offers the opportunity to view and purchase art works, meet the artists and find out more about printmaking.
The Freerange Comedy Festival has fantastic comedians, sketch shows and comedy theatre performing at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal and at venues around the South Lakeland, as well as performing on mountain tops or out on the lakes themselves. From Monday 12 to 18 May be amused by famous comedians such as Omid Djalili, Lucy Porter, Paul Chowdhry and co-host of The Xtra Factor Matt Richardson.
So now you need to make plans, book your tickets and here’s where you can do this!