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By davidchadwick, Jul 22 2017 08:43AM

This charming little town in the Eden Valley is all about the great outdoors, with the Lake District on west side and the equally beautiful and far less explored North Pennines on the east side. Penrith boasts a good selection of independent shops and galleries, from a gentlemen’s shaving shop to reassuringly old fashioned clothing stores. Penrith is 40 minutes away by car from Lothlorien.

By davidchadwick, May 29 2017 07:42AM

The Beach Hut Gallery is based at the Kents Bank railway station. Founded in 2008 by a co-operative of artists, the gallery exhibits some of the finest art in Cumbria. Throughout the year the gallery hosts group or solo shows offering a fresh and unique experience of contemporary art in Cumbria. The Beach Hut Gallery is open from Wednesday to Sunday 10.30am to 5 pm.

By davidchadwick, May 13 2017 01:40PM

Levens Hall is an Elizabethan house about 12 miles east of Lothlorien near Kendal. The hall has fine panelling, plasterwork and furniture and a world famous 17th Century topiary garden laid out by Monsieur Beaumont

The gardens at were laid out in the 1690s and much remains of the original spirit, including more than 100 pieces of enormous quirky topiary – some dating back to the original plantings.

By davidchadwick, May 4 2017 06:42PM

I have had great pleasure in visiting the Safari Zoo in Dalton today. There has been a massive amount of negative publicity in the press over the last few months following a critical government report into the running and former management of the zoo. From what I saw today, the new management team are doing a brilliant job making improvements to the zoo’s layout and addressing the animal welfare recommendations made in the government report.

I also met with a number of the zoo staff who are so passionate and dedicated to the animals I truly hope the new management team gets the support and backing to turn this sorry story around and get the zoo back to being a high-quality major tourist attraction in the Furness area.

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

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:

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, 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.

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