Category: Cumbria

Over Kirkstone Pass in the Vauxhall Mokka X

In Cumbria there is a road that captures the imagination of all who drive over it. Kirkstone Pass! It is the highest pass in the Lake District, UK with what you could call a major road over it. It is quite simply a stunning drive whatever the weather. The gradient reaches 1:4 so be prepared for low gears, but also be prepared for amazing views. The altitude at the top of the pass is 1,489 feet (454m). As the driver you of course need to concentrate on these kind of roads, but it was a great opportunity to enjoy it in...

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Cumbria Adventures in The Vauxhall Mokka X

When someone asks me if I fancy a challenge or an adventure then those that know me I can never resist. So, when Vauxhall challenged me to have as much adventure as possible in 48 hours with the new Mokka X I was sure to say ‘bring it on, let’s go!’ Of course Cumbria is one of my favourite places on earth so where better to combine the adventures, driving, views and miles. It was time to head off to the Lake District. I must say the drive up there was made a whole lot easier than I am...

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A Stay at Combe Leigh Lodge, Orton, Cumbria

The beautiful, picturesque village of Orton, Cumbria combined with a luxury little cottage to stay in, what more could I ask for? Those that have followed me a while will be well aware of my love for Orton and the surrounding area so it is always a pleasure to get back there as often as I can. Now I have found the perfect place to stay whilst there, Combe Leigh Cottage. If you want to be situated in a gorgeous part of Cumbria then this is a spot to head to. Perfectly situated too as a gateway to the Lake District,...

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Wildflower Wanders in the Eden Valley

We live in a lovely valley in the North of England called the Eden Valley. It is perhaps less well known than it’s near neighbour the Lake District National Park. The valley’s rolling drumlins, rich agricultural grasslands, hedgerows and stonewalls present a less rugged landscape than the high fells and deep lakes of the Lake District itself but, in my view anyway, it’s equally beautiful – but then I was born and bred here – so I’m biased. One of the valley’s great joys is the abundant wild flowers on the road side verges. The road verges of Cumbria...

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Gardencam Highlights – A Summer in Cumbria

It was my final Summer living in Cumbria, but still plenty of time to keep the gardencam rolling. And yet again there was no end of surprises and variety of bird feeder visitors to light up the days. You may recall the Spring highlights from earlier this year… snow still on the ground at times and young birds tentatively.. or bravely flying in for the nuts and seed. Well Summer here brought colours upon colours, of both birds and scenery. When I post these pictures as I get them, on social media, I am often asked again how it...

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Lodore Falls – The romantic waterfall of Borrowdale

Lodore Falls has been a must see waterfall in Cumbria for many a visitor to the lake District. No great climb to make, no many miles to walk to them. The falls are not the largest by any stretch of the imagination but when you see the waterfall in full flow after rain you can most definitely see the natural beauty in abundance and why it has captured the heart of so so many people. I decided to go camera in hand this time…. They are situated literally right behind the Lodore Falls Hotel,  take the B5289 from Keswick to...

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