Cumbria

Across the North – January 2013

January 15, 2013

It’s time for another news post. I haven’t done one for some time. Starting with the North West, the big news in recent days has been the Lake District National Park Authority’s rejection of an eighteen month trial installation of a Zip Wire at Honister Slate Mine, a centuries old industrial site on the side […]

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New Year’s Day at Pooley Bridge, Ullswater

January 4, 2013

Leaving Appleby the sun was shining. By Penrith it was raining. At Dalemain it was bright. At Pooley Bridge there was light drizzle. And so it went on, oscillating between bright patches and light rain. Familiar Lake District weather at this time of year. Pooley Bridge, the village, was looking a little sorry for itself. […]

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By the Lyvennet Beck at Maulds Meaburn

November 3, 2012

Lyvennet Beck flows down from Crosby Ravensworth Fell where it rises close to one of the country’s many “graves of Robin Hood”. After passing Maulds Meaburn and Kings Meaburn it takes the name River Lyvennet before joining the Eden. Here at Maulds Meaburn it passes through one of the most beautiful villages in Cumbria, if […]

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Northern England – Land of Rivers and Castles

October 30, 2012

Last updated: The North of England is rich in scenic landscape, ranging from historic coastlines with fishing villages and castles to mountains, moors and lakes. Last week I was speaking at an event in Babes Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, the second city of Romania. Many people asked where in England I lived. On being told […]

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Crummock Water Today

October 10, 2012

“Around-England” temporarily moved office today to The Rock, Hause Point, Crummock Water. Back in my usual base at Appleby in Westmorland tomorrow morning!

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Ullswater on a Misty Morning

October 9, 2012

Here is one of my shots from this morning. Until almost eleven o’clock there was quite a mist over the water. This was taken as it lifted.

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The River Eamont – Ullswater to Eden

August 17, 2012

The Eamont is one of Northwest England’s shorter rivers, rising among the Lake District mountains at Ullswater and flowing northeast to join the Eden, which then flows north and west into the Solway Firth and the Irish Sea. Ullswater looking southwest from Pooley Bridge From where it leaves Ullswater at Pooley Bridge (the photo above […]

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Buttermere and Haystacks; Fleetwith Pike and Honister Crag

July 31, 2012

Yesterday afternoon, using a free afternoon between meetings in Keswick, and following a wet drive from the Newlands Valley over to Buttermere I decided to pay a quick visit to the Honister Slate Mine. First, though, even in conditions far from ideal for photographing mountains, I could not resist a shot over the head of […]

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Keswick Mining Museum [SADLY, NOW CLOSED]

July 25, 2012

Yesterday morning I was sitting on a wall outside the big tent at the Keswick Convention drinking a cup of Tearfund tea when I got into conversation with the man sitting next to me, a visitor from Switzerland. He was interested in knowing what there was in the area that would interest his young sons. […]

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More Photos from the 2012 Cockermouth Woolfest

July 2, 2012

Cockermouth ‘Woolfest’ this year was another outstanding illustration of how wet weather does not need to dampen enjoyment of a Lake District holiday. Thousands of people made their way through the rain to a splendid event which was a credit to the organisers. I have already written about it here, but looking through my photos […]

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