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By davidchadwick, Apr 4 2017 08:33PM

Since 1812, the dramatic Gothic profile of Lowther Castle has graced the park at Lowther. The castle is the third or fourth grand building to inhabit the spot. Behind the castle, the extensive gardens keep many secrets.


Lowther Castle gardens were first laid out in the 17th century and that formal structure remains. Over the years, the 130 acres have been improved and neglected according to the times. In the early 20th century, the Yellow Earl – an exuberant spender – added many extravagant touches including a Japanese Garden, an Iris Garden and mile-long borders of perennials.


Come the 1930s however and as for many other grand country houses, Lowther was hit by extensive change. The Yellow Earl shut up the Castle and left. The gardens, open briefly to the public, were closed. In 1942 the 49th tank regiment moved in and, pursuing a secret weapon experiment, covered much of the grounds in concrete. Once the army left in 1945, the gardens were left to their own devices. In 1957, the Castle’s fabric was dismantled and sold and the house became a ruin.


Fifty years of neglect came to an end in 1999 when English Heritage began to show an interest. Since then, steady work has taken place with the aid of numerous organisations including the Northwest Regional Development Agency and the European Regional Development fund – the aim, to bring the castle and gardens back to life. Lowther Estate Trust, now firmly at the helm, is stepping up the pace and Lowther Castle and Gardens are in the process of becoming a major visitor attraction for years to come.


By davidchadwick, Mar 28 2017 10:34AM

The Westmorland Gazette reports that the best-selling author – Bill Bryson has placed Cartmel Priory on his list of favourite churches.


Giving his reasons for choosing Cartmel Priory, Mr Bryson said “I came across this ancient and memorable priory by accident years ago when I was exploring the western Lake District by car and I was simply looking for somewhere to spend the night. Cartmel is a lovely village, so it and its church were both delightful surprises and I have returned several times since. The church dominates the village and is notable for its unusual diagonal belfry tower which gives it a jaunty air”


A special page on ‘ExploreChurches’ featuring Mr Bryson’s favourite churches goes live this Friday to start the English Tourism week.


The page will be at www.nationalchurchestrust.org.uk/explore-chursches/bill-bryson


By davidchadwick, Mar 22 2017 02:03PM

Ulverston WalkFest 2017 returns this spring with the organisers hoping for another bumper walking season. Since 1999, Ulverston WalkFest has grown from a small gathering of keen walkers to attracting hundreds to the area over year.


Now in its 18th year the event’s organisers have announced new themed walks which are set to take place over the 10-day festival. During the festival there will be 32 walks taking place over 10 days beginning on Saturday April 22nd.


For further information about the Walkfest visit: www.ulverstonwalkfest.co.uk


By davidchadwick, Mar 11 2017 05:07AM

Hawkshead Brewery, based in Staveley Yard, near Kendal, is set to grow further after agreeing to an investment deal with Liverpool drinks company - Halewood Wines and Spirits. Under the deal, Hawkshead will build a new brewery, expand production and find new routes to market its popular beers.


Hawkshead was founded in 2002 and currently brews one million litres of beer a year. In 2006, the brewery moved from its original base in Hawkshead to Staveley and built the very popular beer hall (pictured) winning numerous brewing awards along the way.


By davidchadwick, Mar 5 2017 10:22AM

It's not unusual to have a great day at Cartmel races - but to have a great afternoon at the races followed by a fantastic concert from Tom Jones in the evening...


Yes, it's true. Sir Tom Jones is coming to Cartmel to play on the big stage in the centre of the course during the evening after racing. Exact times are still to be confirmed, but racing is expected to take place between 2.00pm and 5.45pm, with music starting roughly 45 minutes or so after the end of racing.


Tickets can be purchased online from Monday 6th March. There will be a limited number of early-bird adult tickets priced at £40. Advance tickets will cost £45 each after the early-birds have all sold. If there are any tickets remaining on the day, these will be available at £55 each.


By davidchadwick, Feb 27 2017 03:20PM

Discover the Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal.


One of the leading arts centres in the UK. Presenting a year round programme of exciting, diverse, top quality events and performances, exhibitions in all art forms. From film to art exhibitions to restaurants and bars, the Brewery has something for everyone.


By davidchadwick, Jan 23 2017 06:12AM

Esthwaite Water is a first class, well managed Trout fishery close to Hawkshead. It is a beautiful natural 280 acre water situated in the heart of the English Lake District with excellent facilities for boat or bank fishing.


It is regularly stocked with quality Trout throughout the season and whether you are an expert or beginner, their friendly, knowledgeable staff offer a warm welcome to ensure your visit is a memorable one!

Esthwaite Water in only 30 minutes away from Lothlorien. We also offer free storage of fishing tackle.


By davidchadwick, Nov 6 2016 12:21PM

Competitors and officials from across the world arrived in Coniston last Monday for the 46th Power Boat Records Week. Coniston is seen as the spiritual home of record-breaking so everyone wants to come and try and break a water speed record here. It is a wonderful occasion seeing people achieve their very best on the water.

By davidchadwick, Oct 29 2016 12:35PM

The South Lakes area was made for cycling. From the Morecambe bay cycle route to more challenging off road mountain biking to gentle country lanes that are all here on the doorstep of Lothlorien.


Grizedale and Whinlatter forests offer man-made off-road trails. Grizedale’s trail will take you through the forest by way of a winding single-track,which offers leg burning climbs and adrenalin fuelled descents. If that is not enough, there are lots of rewarding views and many bridleways to extend your route.


Whinlatter Forest is home to the longest purpose-built mountain bike trail in the Lake District. The forest offers stunning views, fantastic walks, exhilarating mountain biking and rare wildlife. For younger cyclists, Allithwaite (only a mile away) has its own pump track where you can cycle free of charge.


We even have the UK’s largest cycle store nearby at the foot of the glorious Kentmere valley in Staveley near Kendal which is approximately 15 miles away.


We also offer free cycle storage for the duration of your stay.


Finally, thank you to Anthony Armstrong for this fantastic photo of his bike.


By davidchadwick, Oct 21 2016 07:00AM

Situated between Hawkshead and Coniston, Tarn Hows is a beautiful place and sometimes very busy. Once there you can walk the 11/2 mile path around the tarn and explore the woodland, quiet bays or admire the mountain views. It may be popular but it is easy to find a cosy corner to sit and watch the world go by.


Tarn Hows is a very well known Lake District visitor attraction. What is less well known is that the tarn used to be three smaller ones called High, Middle and Low Tarn. In 1862 James Marshall gained the land and set about building a dam to raise the level, and with other landscaping largely created the Tarn Hows we see today. Later he sold it to Beatrix Heelis, better known as Beatrix Potter, who passed it eventually to the National Trust for safe keeping.


Thanks to Linda Davison for sharing her stunning photograph.


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