Not Only The Lake District – Blog Posts

Crummock Water from the Loweswater road
Glimpse of Crummock Water
from the Loweswater Road

On this page we show a selection of items from the Around-England blog relating to a variety of individual lakes.

Subsets of these are also found at:
Cumbria, Northern & Eastern Lakes
Cumbria North Western Lakes
Cumbria, Southern & Central Lakes

See also:
The Lake District Directory
for “Where to Go in the Lake District”.

Keswick, Cockermouth and the Northern Lakes

August 4, 2009

My time in the Lake District has been very limited so far this year but I did get three days there last week, the primary reason for the visit being to visit elderly relatives. In addition to an overnight in Workington I managed to spend two nights in one of the sleeping ‘pods’ of a […]

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The Great North Swim returns to Windermere

March 5, 2009

It was announced a few days ago that The Great North Swim, organised by Nova International, a company founded by Brendan Foster the 1976 Olympic bronze medallist, is to be held again at Windermere in the English Lake District. Last year was its first, and was oversubscribed at 2,500 entries.  This year it will be […]

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Windermere Speed Limit

March 4, 2009

The High Court has ruled in favour of the Lake District National Park Authority and its Windermere lake speed limit. A group known as the Keep Windermere Alive Association had attempted to trigger a full legal review of the speed limit which was imposed four years ago. The response to this will inevitably be mixed, […]

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Must Lake District Photos be in Colour?

February 26, 2009

I’m old enough to remember when colour photographs, either Lake District photos or any others, were rare. Nearly all of us had black and white film in our cameras, and such colour photos as there were tended to have very poor colour quality. Then along came affordable good quality colour film. Like many others I […]

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A Stunning Lake Distict Photograph

February 24, 2009

I came across a Lake District photograph this afternoon and felt I had to share it here. The site on which I saw it gave permission to use the photos it displays. Just in time I discovered that my latest “find” had in fact been stolen from someone’s portfolio, should not have been on the […]

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Windermere – The Great North Swim

September 1, 2008

In the past I’ve mentioned here a variety of energetic activities in the Lake District – running, walking and cycling.  On September 13th, however, there’s a new one.  It’s the “Great North Swim” – a mile in Windermere.  (No, I won’t call it “Lake” Windermere as in some of its publicity; there’s only one lake […]

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Windermere and the Ice Age

September 1, 2008

It was the year before I was married. (I’ll let you work out when that was; I’m just indicating that it was well within living memory). Windermere was frozen over for several weeks during that winter, and for the first time in many years it was safe to skate over large areas of its surface. […]

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Developments at Waterhead

July 8, 2008

The redevelopment of Waterhead, Ambleside, was bound to be controversial. Reconciliation of the many inevitably conflicting interests are difficult enough in an ordinary town or village but when it’s in a national park, and especially when it’s by Windermere, you can guarantee a good debate. The Westmorland Gazette a few days ago published an article […]

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Ospreys at Rutland Water

June 24, 2008

In an article about Bassenthwaite Lake on my English Lakes site I mentioned the Lake District Osprey Project, and provided a link to the video camera. The watchers up in the Lake District this year believe (from observing the behviour of the parent birds) that at least one chick has now hatched. Down at Rutland […]

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Keswick used to have a railway station

June 19, 2008

What is now the Keswick Country House Hotel was originally built by the company that in 1865 launched the Cockermouth, Keswick & Penrith Railway. As their new railway line into the northern Lake District replaced the previous three-hour (minimum!) journey from the Penrith mainline station by horse-drawn coach, the tourist trade expanded rapidly. A new […]

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