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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.



By davidchadwick, Jun 6 2018 05:54AM

The 2018 OVO Energy Tour of Britain cycle race will take place in the UK between Sunday 2 and Sunday 9 September 2018.


The Cumbrian stages will take place on September 6th starting in Cockermouth and Stage 7 beginning in Barrow which is easily accessible by train from Kents Bank railway station.


We currently have availability from Monday September 3rd to Monday September 10th (7 nights).


By davidchadwick, May 30 2018 06:23PM

Carnforth Railway Station’s main claim to fame is for its use as the location for David Lean's 1945 film 'Brief Encounter’. Today it is still an important station being on the West Coast Main Line.


Carnforth Station Heritage Centre is well worth a visit as is the themed 1940s cafeteria capitalising on the film.


Your visit would not be complete without seeing the famous Carnforth Station clock made by Joyce of Whitchurch in the late 19th century. During the shooting of the Brief Encounter the clock was covered in canvas with painted numbers and moveable hands so the time could be manipulated


By davidchadwick, May 18 2018 09:18AM

The areas around Arnside are renowned as designated Areas of Outstanding Beauty and Sites of Scientific Interest because of the rare butterflies and alpine succulants that shelter amongst the limestone pavements. There are many lovely walks around Arnside Knott and up to the Pepper Pot at Silverdale.


A quaint former fishing village, Arnside has a charming promenade with independent shops, pubs and cafes. The fish and chip shop sells the best fish and chips for miles around.


From the promenade the sunsets are spectacular and from the pier watching the tide roar in on the bore never fails to fascinate.


Arnside is two stops by train from Kents Bank Station.


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.


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