Lake District, South & Central: Selected 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 lakes in the South and Central area.

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

See also:
Cumbria, Northern & Eastern Lakes
Cumbria, North Western Lakes

Blog posts on individual lakes in
the South and Central Lake District:

Coniston Water
Grasmere
Rydal Water
Windermere

The Ruskin Museum, Coniston

December 28, 2009

The Ruskin Museum has developed considerably over the years that I have known it. Nowadays it covers a wide range of local themes and deals extensively with the lives of two great men, from very different spheres of activity, associated with Coniston in the English Lake District. John Ruskin, the eminent nineteenth century literary and […]

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Landscape Photography and Coniston Water

December 23, 2009

Recently I’ve posted several articles here with reference to Coniston. They’ve included one on visiting Coniston in the winter, another linking to our lake district site about the Coniston Coppermines, and yet another with photos of the John Ruskin monument in Coniston churchyard. I was reminded again of Coniston yesterday when I picked up my […]

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Grasmere Gingerbread

December 21, 2009

Next to the entrance into Grasmere village churchyard is an old house.  It was once a schoolhouse but in 1854 Wilfred and Sarah Nelson moved in with their family of two daughters, and this became the home of Grasmere Gingerbread. Sarah was at this time in her late-thirties, and had been employed in a number […]

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Visiting Coniston in Winter

November 25, 2009

As I started to write this item for our blog the newspapers, radio and TV, both local and national, were full of Lake District and wider Cumbrian stories.  More than a foot (>300 mm) of rain in little more than twentyfour hours had swollen rivers, formed lakes where previously there were none, and generally made […]

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Coniston Coppermines

November 23, 2009

The copper mines around Coniston were worked from at least the middle of the 16th century and, with a number of breaks in production in between, up to end of the 19th when competition from high-grade ore imported from overseas killed this local Lake District industry. Coniston Old Man, the mountain behind Coniston village, was […]

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The Ruskin Monument – Coniston

November 13, 2009

This morning while working on preparations for another new site, very little to do with England and nothing at all to do with the Lake District, I was searching through a crate of old photos. Yes, I do mean crate! I have several of them, and in this one I was digging for pictures from […]

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Dove Cottage, Grasmere on Old Postcards

November 3, 2009

Many years ago I started to collect postcards, both old and new. Lake District postcards were a part of that. From time to time I go back to it.  Recently I was looking at an album containing several cards of Dove Cottage, Grasmere which 200 years ago was the home of the poet William Wordsworth.  […]

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Changing Moods of Windermere Weather

October 31, 2009

During the past few days I’ve noticed quite a lot of comments on social sites such as Twitter about the Lake District weather.  From some it has been, “Arrrgh! It’s raining! I don’t like this!” From others it has been more like, “”It’s raining, but beautiful nonetheless.” The three photos below illustrate the final day […]

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Grasmere Revisited

September 8, 2009

It is difficult to believe that already more than a month has passed since I spent an afternoon in Grasmere.  The Lake District memory is very fresh. It was a pleasant afternoon, dry but not too hot.  We had people with us who could not walk too far so we kept ourselves to the village […]

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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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