The Lake District


Why I like LoweswaterWhy I like Loweswater

Loweswater is a cute lake but not many people can be bothered to go there and have a look – and that’s good for those of us who can. Here’s a few reasons why I like Loweswater.

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October in The Lake DistrictOctober in The Lake District

I love The Lake District all year round, but I think October is one of my favourite months. This is not going to be me poo pooing the tourists because I like the tourists. This is about trees and remoteness and Mars Bars and crispiness...

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There's Four Kendal Mint Cakes in KendalThere's Four Kendal Mint Cakes in Kendal

Did you know there are four different mint cakes produced in Kendal? I’m a Cumbrian and I didn’t know this. I don’t know why I didn’t know because from birth every time I went outside or was exposed to hills and fields my Mum shove a piece in my face - ‘that’ll keep yer going, lad.’

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The 'Barren and Frightful' Lake DistrictThe 'Barren and Frightful' Lake District

Those old Lake District poets liked to exaggeration a bit but how dare they call our beautiful national park a ‘barren and frightful’ place... unless of course it was.

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My Best Lake District PubsMy Best Lake District Pubs

Thought I'd compile a list of my best Lake District pubs. A lot of these choices are based on the places I go hiking, cycling or camping the most, which is Langdale and Borrowdale and various places that force me to go to Tweedies Bar afterwards.

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2 Hour FellFix - Stony Cove Pike2 Hour FellFix - Stony Cove Pike

At least once a week I need to get out into The Cumbrian Fells or I start feeling a bit rambunctious, but often with kids and work and hoovering, there isn’t enough time to get out there for a good six hour hike so this has been my solution over the years - a 2 Hour FellFix

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Wainwright - The Miserable YearsWainwright - The Miserable Years

Alfred Wainwright didn’t start work on his first pictorial guide until he was 45 years old, what was he playing at? What was he doing for those 45 long years? The answer is: being miserable...

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Lake District BlogsLake District Blogs

I have a few favourite Lake District blogs that I look in on frequently and I've listed them below. But I was having a look around for more blogs that concentrate on The Lake District just to see what was out there...

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Food on The FredFood on The Fred

I did the Fred Whitton Challenge in 2012. It's a cycling challenge that includes Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Hardknott and Wrynose passes and a 112 miles of amazing Lake District county side. I'm happy to use the word 'gruelling', I could even stretch to 'excruciating' if you pushed me (and I wish you had when I got to Hardknott), here's what got me through it....

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Real Windermere Mythical Creature (we have the evidence)Real Windermere Mythical Creature (we have the evidence)

The Lake District has a lot of myths and strange creatures. We have ghostly armies on Souther Fell, we have scary monks, we have horses dragging coffins and stone circles that will come to life if you count them. But where’s the evidence?

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Keswick Mountain Festival - 15th - 19th May 2013Keswick Mountain Festival - 15th - 19th May 2013

It’s the Keswick Mountain Festival again, how did that happen so quickly. I love the Keswick Mountain Festival, but, like all big events, you need to bring both your spirit of adventure and your Vango Contour 60L rucksack full of money (it’s sturdy and will carry up to 30Kg). But don't panic there's loads of freebies...

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Wild Camping in The Lake DistrictWild Camping in The Lake District

You know when a total stranger camps in your garden without permission, in full view of your patio doors, then starts a fire on your lawn, then stuffs a few empty beer cans into your rockery then leaves it all for you to tidy up the next day, that’s a little bit annoying isn’t it? But some people think that’s okay. It's not...

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Grasmere -it's not all daffodils and WordsworthGrasmere - it's not all daffodils and Wordsworth

Grasmere isn't all about William and his opium-eating friends, it's not about daffodils, it's about death and fighting and poking out people's eyes

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Microadventure: Cooking Sausages in the RainMicroadventure: Cooking Sausages in the Rain

I love Alastair Humphreys’ microadventures idea and it works great with my kids. If I say ‘let’s go for a walk’ it’s the same as if I’d said ‘please hack your leg off with a blunt sabre’. If I say ‘let’s have an adventure’ at least they ask what kind of adventure, then it’s a discussion. Here's our microadventure...

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Walking with ChildrenWalking with Children

I am currently undertaking the most difficult challenge of my life – getting my kids to walk for more than an hour. We’ve been walking in the fells for years and some days it’s great and others, like last night near Caldbeck, it’s not so great. Here's my findings...

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Shock News: It's Cloudy in The LakesShock News: It's Cloudy in The Lakes

I spend a lot of time in the outdoors and I spend even more time staring out of my office window, so I should know more about clouds than I do. Right now there’s some dark grey fluffy ones, one looks like Concorde with spines, another looks like a cow giving birth. In between these there is lighter grey whispiness. What the ‘eck are these things?

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Derwent Water Derwent Water - Some fact about the lake to impress your friends

Remember a few of these Derwent Water facts and your friends and family might finally think you're clever. It didn't work for me - but I won't stop trying.

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Things to do in The Lake DistrictThings to do in The Lake District

Stuff that I think will be great to do in The Lake District this month...

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The Lake District Weather Forecast
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