St. Cuthbert's Church - Lorton
We stumbled upon St. Cuthbert's Church on our first afternoon in the Lake District. We arrived at Winder Hall early in the afternooon, had a delicious snack of tea and scones, and then went for a walk to explore the area and relax. Following roads and public footpaths brought us to St. Cuthbert's. The church is unassuming, but beautiful in a simple way, especially the belltower.
We wandered around the grounds and the cemetery, which was also fascinating. The graves were old and beautiful.
Buttermere Lake Hike
Hiking around Buttermere Lake is an invigorating way to spend a morning regardless of the weather. It is a 4.5 to 5 mile easy hike that takes 2 - 3 hours. The terrain is mostly flat and the trail in good condition.
Start out by finding a place to park in Buttermere (this may be the most difficult part of the adventure) and walking behind the Fish Hotel (stop to learn a little about this hotel's interesting history) to find the broad path that takes you to Buttermere Lake. Just past the east end of the lake you will find an old stone arch bridge over a small stream. Cross the bridge after taking a picture or two and veer to the left (another path heads to the right away from Buttermere Lake). This will put you on the path around the lake. As you walk along the north end of the lake you will have a choice of staying down by the lakeside or walking higher up along the fells. We chose lakeside.
Your hike will go on pretty much unobstructed until you reach the tunnel at Hasness, which is below in my pictures. The tunnel was blasted through the rocky hillside to aid in traveling around the lake and it serves much enjoyment for children and adults as well for that matter.
There is no better way to end your hike than with a stop at Syke Farm Cafe for their authentic Buttermere Ayrshires ice cream. Tip below.
We used to walk past it to and from the town square every day. I couldn't help but admire the lovely pinkish-toned brickwork.
St John's Church was designed by Anthony Salvin, and the material selected for the construction was from quarries in the Eden Valley. The site for the Church was chosen by the founder, John Marshall, Lord of the Manor of Castlerigg. Salvin worked for John Marshall's brother William at Patterdale Hall, and later for another brother Henry, on rebuilding the house on nearby Derwent Isle. Sir John died before building was started, but the project continued, and his remains are interred below the centre aisle of the nave. It was consecrated on St John's Day, December 27th 1838.
The building, in the Old English style, originally comprised the west tower and spire, and what is now the central nave and vestry. The son of the founder decided to enlarge the building, and in 1862 a north aisle was added, and columns were introduced to support the roof, so that the walls and windows could be moved outwards. 20 years later, the south aisle was added, and in 1889 the chancel was created.
There is an interesting selection of stained glass by Henry Holiday. The east window, containing 20 panels, is said to be one of his best, and should be viewed early on a sunny morning. It is a memorial to John Marshall, the Church's founder, who died in 1836. Hanging above the North aisle, is a banner depicting the young Saint Herbert who lived on an island in Derwentwater during the seventh century. It was created by the internationally renowned sculptress Josefina de Vasconcellos, who was born in Brazil, and has lived in Cumbria most of her life.
Outside the Church there are seats on the terrace for you to sit and enjoy one of the finest views of the hills around Keswick. In the graveyard is the grave of Sir Hugh Walpole, the novelist, who lived in Grange.