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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
Murton Pike is an unmistakeable conical hill sitting at the foot of the Northern Pennines in the Eden Valley, Cumbria. A tempter for many a quick ramble, family walk, dog walk or for the keener, a fell run sprint. Being only a 5 minute drive from Appleby in Westmorland it is a big local favourite as well as a draw for visitors wanting a shorter climb in the area. There are fewer summits that give such vast views from a relatively low height. lets take a look at the views and why there are some uniquely rocked and shaped peaks...Read More
Barrow is a small fell in the Northern Lake District that height wise reaches just 1,494 feet (455 metres). But, the short walk up its ridge from the village of Braithwaite gives some spectacular views over the vales of Keswick and Newlands. This photo above shows the view looking back from just half way up, just half an hour steady easy climbing. Already here it commands views back down over Braithwaite to Bassenthwaite Lake behind, with Skiddaw towering in the background. You will see this is a gem of a climb for many standards. A fantastic first climb for the...Read More
Pendragon Castle, one off the beaten track and set in the beautiful surroundings in Mallerstang Dale, near Outhgill, Cumbria, not too far from Kirkby Stephen. I drive past it often on the road over towards Hawes and the Yorkshire Dales. Quite a favourite drive to be honest, always quiet, away from tourists and a pure vast wildness about the area. Why the name Pendragon Castle? Well, folklore and legend has it that Uther Pendragon (the father of King Arthur) built a castle here first, and tried (yet failed) to change the direction of the River Eden to create the moat…...Read More
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