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    Graythwaite Hall Gardens.

    by nickandchris Updated May 9, 2015

    We visited this garden simply because we had never been before and it was on our doorstep, so to speak.

    Tucked away on the western side of Windermere, it is not too easy to find. There is a car park and an honesty box for the gadens which I think informs you of the rate.

    We appeared to be the only folks looking round and it is certainly a lovely garden to meander in.

    The garden is open April to August and spring time is said to be the best time to visit, when it is a riot of colour from the Rhododendrons, azaleas and spring flowers.

    The variety of trees is quite substantial with some very large beeches, oaks and Douglas Firs.

    We found the pet grave yard which is quite moving.

    You are allowed to wander right up to the hall, which is not open to the public but is available for functions and weddings etc.Outside the front entrance is a huge wooden chair, not sure what the history of it was.

    I think I saw a sign for teas in one of the buildings.

    There are a number of cottages on the estate that are available for holidays.

    An altogether great little find.

    Graythwaite Hall Interesting trees Red hedge. A glimpse of the hall through the gardens. A seperate, smaller garden.
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    Askam- in -Furness

    by nickandchris Written May 6, 2015

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    Askam is a small village in the Furness peninsula, not far from both Barrow and Dalton. It lies on the Duddon Estuary and is an area of special scientific interest. The slagbanks from the old iron ore workings are a popular breeding ground for all number of birds. The natterjack toad is also a resident here and is found in the various ponds around the area.

    The whole area was founded on iron ore and the second largest deposit in the country was workd here in the 1850's.

    Askam has some lovely sandy beaches and sand dunes but swimming is not recommended due to it being an estuary with strong currents. The tide receeds completely, leaving the sands bare with excellent walking to be had but please be aware of how quickly the tide comes in here, people often become trapped and have to be rescued.

    The "pier" here is built from slag and is quite an amazing place. On one side a collection of both seaworthy and unseaworthy boats sit on the grass at low tide, and look unbelievably landlocked. When the tide is in, the scene looks rather more realistic!

    The views from the beaches at Askam are magnificent, all the way across to Millom and Hodbarrow and round to Blackcombe and the Lake District mountains.

    Askam is on the Cumbrian Coast railway from which Barrow can be reeached, south and to the north, to Millom and beyond.

    The Cumbrian Coastal path passes through Askam and there is a basic camp site at Marsh Farm.

    Sandy beach at Askam Looking to the Lake District mountains. Askam Houseboat afloat.Blackcombe behind. Not the Med, just Askam. Looking to Askam from the pier.
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    Walk

    by cleocat Written Oct 16, 2013

    The Newby Bridge area is very quiet with only a few residences and some farms. The winding roads, going uphill will provide you with great views and a spectacular view of the little station where a steam engine trains still operates.

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    Wasdale Head Shepherds' Meet & Show

    by into-thin-air Updated Sep 12, 2012

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    In My oppinion one of the BEST days out in West Cumbria is "The Wasdale Head Shepherds' Meet and Show", I have to much information on this event to put it all into one tip so I have decided to add it as a travelogue on My Cumbria Page -- Please check it out as this really Is a Fantastic Day Out with something for Everybody !!!!
    It is always held on the second Saturday in October -- I hope to see you there !!

    Herdwick Sheep on Show - Great Gable in Background Fordson Rowcrop tractor winner of vintage class 06 Shepherds Sticks on Show Shepherds Dog on Show Best Motorcycle on Show 06
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    The Rum Story

    by into-thin-air Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    In Whitehaven you can visit The Rum Story, This is a great museum that tells the history of Whitehaven, The Jefferson Family, their links with the Slave Trade and the Rum Trade – a Great Day out

    For More details see the attached web-site

    The Rum Story
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    Only if you are Very Lucky !!!

    by into-thin-air Updated Jan 11, 2011

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    When visiting Lakeland you will no doubt take a tour around as many lakes as you can, If you are interested in wildlife then you will be keeping your eyes open but Only if you are Very Lucky will you se what I saw in Windermere in January this year – Otters at Lakehead near Ambleside.
    So – Always make sure that you have your camera with you because you really never know what you might see.
    Good Luck
    Rob

    Otters at Lakehead Otters at Lakehead Otters at Lakehead Otters at Lakehead Otters at Lakehead
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    Talkin Tarn Country Park.

    by nickandchris Updated Sep 29, 2010

    This is in the north of the county and on a recent stay near Brampton, we took a look at Talkin Tarn.
    Our initial impression of this tarn was that it was rather uninteresting but after setting off on the circular walk of 1.3 miles around it, our minds were changed.

    The tarn covers some 65 acres and is surrounded by farmland and woodland. It was formed over 10,000 years ago from glacial action and it is believed a village lies beneath it's depths. All the way round, we noticed water bubbling on the surface in certain places and couldn't work out what was occuring. I have since read the tarn is fed by underground springs so that could explain what we saw.

    Beech and oak trees are predominant, often overhanging the water as you follow the path. Attractive wooden seats have been positioned all the way round. These all had memorial plaques on them, obviously the park was a treasured place for these folks.

    We were impressed by a couple of wooden carvings we noticed, a sausage dog type one and a lovely children's chair carved out of a whole tree trunk where the arms consisted of snakes heads!!!

    Rowing boats and sailing dinghies can be hired and regattas are held regularly.By the boats is the boathouse tearoom which serves local beers and ciders as well as snacks and ice cream.There is also a gift shop and behind here is a fenced off area dedicated to feeding birds. A camp site is also somewhere in this vicinity.

    It is a lovely place for families, the surfaced path being ideal for pushchairs as well as wheelchairs and small bikes!! And of course, there are the ducks to feed!!

    For more information on this area, please look at my Brampton page.

    Fancy a row? Reflections on the tarn. A peep at the tarn.... Beautifully sculptured chair by Talkin Tarn. Natural habitat for fungi.
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    Dentdale.

    by nickandchris Updated Jul 24, 2010

    Dent village is in Dentdale, on the western slopes of the Pennines in Yorkshire, but is actually a Cumbrian village today.It owes it's origins to the Vikings who settled here in the 10th century. Today,the area exists from a life of farming and tourism as well as a few cottage industries and undoubtedly many of the properties are holiday lets or second homes.In the 18th century practically everybody knitted,men included, even in church and in the fields and socks and gloves were a big cottage industry.

    It is an immensely pretty village with it's three cobbled streets meeting by the village's two pubs, the Sun and the George and Dragon. Driving through the village is tricky in large vehicles and not encouraged.The pretty houses cling to the sides of the narrow streets with some intriguing architecture to be noted. Also in the village, is a memorial stone to Adam Sedgwick, a first class geologist born here in 1785.

    Dentdale has it's own brewery, further along the valley, at Cowgill and provides for the valley's three hostelries. The valley is even served by the rialway, with the Settle to Carlisle line stopping at England's highest station, Dent, some four miles outside the village.

    The area is hugely popular with walkers and cyclists with the Dalesway long distance path running the length of the valley. For the not so ambitious, there are many walks along the banks of the River Dee, a tributary of the Lune, which runs through Dentdale.

    Accommodation is provided on three campsites, a Camping Club certified site (5 units only), a hostel and B&B's.

    For more info on this area, please look at my Dent page.

    Camping at Dent. Typical scenery Dent village Out in the wilds, Dent station. Dent Head viaduct on the Settle/Carlisle railway
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    Dentdale.

    by nickandchris Updated Jul 24, 2010

    Dent village is in Dentdale, on the western slopes of the Pennines in Yorkshire, but is actually a Cumbrian village today.It owes it's origins to the Vikings who settled here in the 10th century. Today,the area exists from a life of farming and tourism as well as a few cottage industries and undoubtedly many of the properties are holiday lets or second homes.In the 18th century practically everybody knitted,men included, even in church and in the fields and socks and gloves were a big cottage industry.

    It is an immensely pretty village with it's three cobbled streets meeting by the village's two pubs, the Sun and the George and Dragon. Driving through the village is tricky in large vehicles and not encouraged.The pretty houses cling to the sides of the narrow streets with some intriguing architecture to be noted. Also in the village, is a memorial stone to Adam Sedgwick, a first class geologist born here in 1785.

    Dentdale has it's own brewery, further along the valley, at Cowgill and provides for the valley's three hostelries. The valley is even served by the rialway, with the Settle to Carlisle line stopping at England's highest station, Dent, some four miles outside the village.

    The area is hugely popular with walkers and cyclists with the Dalesway long distance path running the length of the valley. For the not so ambitious, there are many walks along the banks of the River Dee, a tributary of the Lune, which runs through Dentdale.

    Accommodation is provided on three campsites, a Camping Club certified site (5 units only), a hostel and B&B's.

    For more info on this area, please look at my Dent page.

    Camping at Dent. Typical scenery Dent village Out in the wilds, Dent station. Dent Head viaduct on the Settle/Carlisle railway
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    Kendal Overnight or Pause.

    by alectrevor Written Jul 15, 2010

    Kendal Cumbria is a good place to stay for visiting the lake district if you don"t want the bussle of loads of other tourists. I stayed at the County Hotel. Kendal has a train service to Windermere town on the branch line . From Kendal bus station in town buses go to Keswick via Grasmere and Windermere, also Barrow in Furness. This town is the place to buy Kendal Mint Cake, White or Brown, it is not a cake more a confection or biscuit. made localaly in Kendal by Romneys.

    Kendal Kendal Kendal

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    Englands Outpost Carlisle

    by alectrevor Updated Jul 15, 2010

    Carlisle is one of Englands oldest cities near the Scottish border. It is an English outpost NOT in the Doomsday book. It has a castle and Cathedral and good shops including the Lanes a covered area of shops. Carlisle is on the main West Coast railway line, with a line across to Newcastle and the Cumbrian Coast line to Barrow in Furness. Carlisle is handy for exploring the Hadrians Wall Country and the Lake District.

    Citadel Castle English street Carlisle Cathedral founded in 1122 AD

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    Wordsworth Country Grasmere.

    by alectrevor Updated Jul 15, 2010

    Grasmere is a lakeland village where William Wordsworth is buried. The bus from Kendal to Keswick stops in Grasmere number 555.. In summer an opentop bus runs from Bowness, The place is lovely, be aware there are no footpaths you walk on side of the road. Gingerbread is a local treat.

    Grasmere Grasmere church William Wordsworth grave

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    Walk, Sail, or just Look.

    by alectrevor Updated Jul 15, 2010

    The English Lake District is in the county of Cumbria and is beautiful. The largest lake is lake Windermere , the busiest resort is Bowness , which is at lakeside, the town of Windermere is about one and half miles from the waterside. There are regular buses around the district in summer [ not so many in winter]. The town of Windermere has a railway station to Kendal and on to main line.

    Bowness Lake Windermere

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    Kirkby Stephen

    by nickandchris Updated Jul 1, 2010

    Kirkby Stephen lies at the head of the Eden Valley (which used to be in the old county of Westmorland but is now part of Cumbria)on the A685 and is on the edge of the Lake District.The Pennines, Swaledale in Yorkshire and the Howgill fells are all close. It is a market town, it's charter granted in 1361 and market days are held on Mondays. Much of it's main road offers parking in cobbled bays.Today's industry is mainly from farming and tourism. The closest large towns are Penrith and Kendal.

    Kirkby Stephen has an unusually large parish church, known as the cathedral of the Dales. We were amazed at it's size and had no idea of it's existence. Entrance is via the cloisters, built in 1810 to provide shelter for church goers and market people.

    Kirkby Stephen's station is half a mile out of town where the re-opened Settle to Carlisle railway line runs.

    We noticed plenty of fish and chip shops, cafes and pubs but were warned that all the "chippies" close by 7.30pm.

    Along with B&B's and hotels, there is a youth hostel and a caravan site.

    The area surrounding Kirkby Stephen offers ideal walking opportunities, both for the fit and not so fit. The famous Coast to Coast walk passes through here.

    For more on this area, please look at my Kirkby Stephen page.

    Cloisters, Kirkby Stephen Parish church, Kirkby Stephen Kirkby Stephen Town from the cloisters Very fitting....!
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    Giant Carboot Venue.

    by nickandchris Updated Jul 1, 2010

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    During the summer,large car boot sales/market are held on the old airfield in Flookburgh, a few miles from Grange-over-Sands. I think they begin at easter and are held Bank Holidays up to July, then weekly until October.

    Like most of these giant car boots, there are those stalls that are there every week, which we tend to avoid. They generally overprice items. The real bargains are found on the stalls where folks have just had a once a year clear out and generally just want rid of stuff.

    Some days we can come away with absolutely nothing, other times we strike lucky.What we refuse to do is pay over 50p for a paperback and even that is our top whack. For that price, it has to be a book we've been searching for!

    This venue gets busy during the school holidays with the caravan site providing a lot of custom. Always plenty of children about.

    At this sale, there are plenty of snack vans and places for a coffee. Oh, and there's always an ice cream van! Usually there are small quad bikes to ride on and a large inflateable Titanic bouncy castle.

    A couple of portaloos are on hand for anyone who gets desperate.

    The good thing is pitches are all on a hard surface so no mud involved for either sellers or buyers!

    If the weather is calm, you'll be able to watch the planes taking off and the parachutes land. It's quite exciting.

    Cark carboot entertainment. Titanic at cark.
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