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By davidchadwick, Oct 9 2018 11:47AM

An interesting place to visit and not very well known is Acorn Bank which is a beautiful sandstone Manor House, park and woodland situated in the Eden Valley near Temple Sowerby. Travel time from Lothlorien is about 45 minutes. The house dates back to the 13th century when it’s first owners were the Knights Templar in 1228.

With 180 acres of park and woodland a restored Watermill and a walled garden there is plenty to see and do. The tour of the house is fascinating hearing about its history from it being a Hospital of St John in 1323 through to it being owned by a local landowner called Thomas Dalston and finally being given to the National Trust by the Yorkshire writer, art collector and traveller called Dorothy Una Radcliffe in 1950.

By davidchadwick, Oct 4 2018 08:17PM

Tarn Hows is a very popular Lake District attraction close to Coniston and Hawkshead. 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 eventually passed it to the National Trust for safe keeping.

By davidchadwick, Sep 26 2018 09:52AM

It is remarkable that this prehistoric stone circle, on Birkrigg Common near Ulverston, has been here for over 3000 years. Known as The Druid’s Temple, the site consists of rare concentric double stone circles in use from the late Neolithic to the end of the early Bronze Age. To think how the world has developed since they were placed here is absolutely incredible.

By davidchadwick, Sep 18 2018 08:18PM

Morecambe Bay remains one of the last remaining wildernesses in the country. A massive sand plain of one hundred and twenty square miles with even more revealed with the ebb and flow of each tide. Channels and quicksand come and go moving overnight after being dormant for decades.

The River Kent flows into the bay near Arnside carving deep, ever shifting channels into the sand.

Cross Bay Walks are led by Cedric Robinson MBE the Queen’s Official Guide who navigates walkers safely over the treacherous sands from Arnside to Kents Bank. Over the years, the sands have claimed the lives of hundreds of people from fishermen to travellers who have fallen victim to the dangerous tides and quicksands.

Morecambe Bay has a fascinating coastline with its ever shifting sands surrounded by gently rolling farmland and classic seaside towns.

By davidchadwick, Aug 31 2018 10:35AM

The beautiful market town of Ulverston is busy getting ready for Tour of Britain which passes through the town on September 7th. Festival flags and bikes dressed by local families are being displayed on the Tank Square roundabout on the A590 approach into town.

By davidchadwick, Aug 27 2018 08:23AM

Shap Abbey was built in 1199, and was the last Abbey to be founded in England, and the last to be dissolved by Henry VIII in 1540 Located in a secluded but stunning setting by the River Lowther, it can be accessed easily from the main A6 road through Shap. The 15th century tower and other remains can be explored with the help of information boards all around the site.

By davidchadwick, Jul 23 2018 07:07AM

We will be sad to say goodbye to our first ever Swedish guests in the morning. Thomas and Maria Sidhage are from Falun in Sweden who've had a great few days exploring the Lake District including walking on Helvellyn

By davidchadwick, Jun 19 2018 05:19PM

Windermere Lake Cruises is the most popular attraction in Cumbria, operating cruises on England’s largest lake - Windermere, in the heart of the Lake District.

Boarding in Lakeside, Bowness or Ambleside, the cruises offer magnificent views of mountain scenery, secluded bays and the many wooded islands. Add to this the opportunity to break your journey with some fantastic local attractions such as, Lakeside & Haverthwaite Steam Railway, The Lake District Visitors Centre (Brockhole), Fell Foot Country Park, The Lakeland Motor Museum, Wray Castle and Ferry House for Hilltop and Hawkshead, and you have the makings of a perfect day out.

By davidchadwick, Jun 13 2018 10:14AM

High Dam is a picturesque tarn above Finsthwaite at the southern end of Windermere. A dam was built across the southern end of the tarn in the early 1800s to supply water to the bobbin mill at Stott Park a few miles away. The dam is surrounded by mixed woodlands of oak, birches, larch and Scots pine to name a few. The woodland floor is scattered with bilberry, bracken and heather.

Scott Park bobbin mill, in nearby at Lakeside, is the only working bobbin mill left in the Lake District and is open to the public for tours.

By davidchadwick, Jun 7 2018 08:39PM

Gypsies and travellers have arrived in Appleby for the start of the annual Appleby Horse Fair.

Members of the gypsy and traveller community have travelled from far and wide to attend the event, from all over the UK, Ireland and further afield.

An additional 20,000 people are expected to attend for three days of trade, competition and festivities

The fair runs from today (7th)until the 10th June.

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