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By davidchadwick, Apr 15 2018 05:00AM

The Irish pop band - Boyzone will be making their first appearance in the South Lakes this summer.

The concert takes place during the June Meeting on Friday June 29. The open-air concert will begin after the racing and will undoubtedly form one of the highlights of Cartmel’s summer racing fixtures.

By davidchadwick, Mar 23 2018 11:00PM

If you want to experience the stunning beauty of Morecambe bay in a completely unique way, why not take part in a Cross-Bay walk?

Crossing the sands with an experienced and knowledgeable guide you will traverse the ever changing sands and channels in the bay. Cross-bay walks are internationally renowned for their historic value as people have been crossing the bay with a royally appointed guide since the 1500s.

There are about 30 walks during the Spring and Summer of 2018. Most walks cross the sands between Arnside and Kents Bank and are led by Cedric Robinson MBE, the Queen's Official Guide.

By davidchadwick, Mar 18 2018 07:00AM

Furness Abbey near Barrow in Furness was once one of the richest Cistercian monasteries in England, exceeded only by Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire. The soaring ruins of red sandstone soak up the grandeur of this 900 year old site.

Located in a peaceful valley, the majestic remains of Furness Abbey once housed the flourishing community of a wealthy order. Many of the buildings are still standing which made up the Abbey, including the Outer Court, the Church with its North and South Transept and Tower, the Cloister Court, Chapter House, the dormitory, infirmary and kitchen.

The Abbey was founded by Count (later King) Stephen of Boulogne c.1125, but much of the structure is the later Cistercian, as opposed to the original Savignac.

The Abbey developed a harbour on Walney Island to promote its trade in wool and iron, and built a castle at Piel for protection.

Furness Abbey is 40 minutes away from Lothlorien by car.

By davidchadwick, Mar 15 2018 07:00PM

Grange-over-Sands is first mentioned in the ancient Cartmel Priory Registers of the 15th or 16th century, when it was recorded as ‘Grange-with-Kentisbank’.

It is generally believed that the name derived from the old French ‘Graunge’ meaning ‘a barn’ or ‘granary’ where the monks of Cartmel Priory stored some of their grain (or possibly ‘Grancia’ – meaning Grain).

Grange is a quiet seaside resort with an Edwardian flavour and a mild climate. It has some of the finest parks and gardens on the Cumbrian coast.

By davidchadwick, Mar 10 2018 05:20AM

Grange-over-Sands railway station was designed by architects Paley, Sharpe and Austin for the Furness Railway Company and opened in 1877. It was renovated in 1916 with its distinctive architecture with glass canopies and cast iron columns again restored in 1997.

There are currently proposals to bring the station into the 21st century by Arriva Rail North with new ticket machines, WiFi, upgrade to the toilets and baby changing facilities planned.

By davidchadwick, Mar 4 2018 05:00AM

Holker Hall is a privately owned country house located in Cark in Cartmel, Cumbria. In its day the hall was “the grandest building of its date” and the house stands in an estate of about 80 hectares surrounded by formal gardens, parkland and woodland.

There are many events and activities throughout the year including the Holker Hall Antiques & Fine Art Fair from March 16-18th 2018. The house, gardens, café and local produce shop are open to visitors.

By davidchadwick, Feb 28 2018 11:06AM

Brigflatts Friends Meeting House of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), is a mile or so outside of Sedbergh. This beautiful building which was built in 1675; it is the second oldest Friends Meeting House in England.

By davidchadwick, Feb 25 2018 12:32PM

If you are interested in the Quakers, Firbank Fell (about 40 minutes away from Lothlorien by car) is well worth a visit. On this remote fell side is a place of pilgrimage for Quakers, known as Fox’s Pulpit. Here, in 1652, fresh from his vision on Pendle Hill, George Fox addressed a multitude of up to a 1000 followers, and thus began the Quaker movement, ‘The Society of Friends’.

By davidchadwick, Feb 19 2018 12:24PM

A hike over Hampsfell is a perfect way to see the panoramic views of Morecambe Bay stretching from Yorkshire all the way around to Barrow in Furness.

Hampsfell stands at only 220 meters high, yet is boasts some of the finest views of any fell in the Lake District. On the top of the fell stands the Hospice. This solid stone shelter was built in 1846 by the vicar of Cartmel and is an ideal shelter from inclement weather.

Above the door is a Greek inscription which apparently reads “Rosy-fingered dawn” and seems to puzzle many people; maybe because it faces East and therefore, directly into the rising sun. Inside the Hospice are several other inscribed panels telling more about the history of the site.

By davidchadwick, Feb 1 2018 04:31PM

William Wordsworth described Grasmere as ‘the loveliest spot that man hath ever found’, which may explain why the Romantic poet made his home here.

There are superb walks with stunning views in all directions leading from the centre of the village. If you fancy enjoying one of his Wordsworth’s favourite walks there is an easy walk along Loughrigg Terrace around Rydal Water with superb lakeland views in all directions.

A slightly more strenuous hike is the short sharp ascent to the impressive rocks at the top of Helm Crag otherwise known as the “The Lion and the Lamb” or the “Old Lady at the Piano”, which are names derived from the shape of rock formations on the summit.

Grasmere is 45 minutes away from Lothlorien by car.

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