Features and information about the English Lake District
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Mist Below...

Dramatic inversion below Red Pike caught in superb picture by @adrianstrand

The Roman Fort on
the mountaintops

Hardknott roman fort in its fantastic setting in the mountains

A rare chance to see a giant bust of the Emperor Hadrian comes to Cumbria...find out more at foot of our Romans in Cumbria page.

Learn to Speak Cumbrian?

Find out what it means to be Gattered and the many other dialect Cumbrian words that hark back to the days when the Vikings were the main farmers in the Lakeland dales. Such words as Knock and knash, neb, mush and scran are just some of those explained on this Dialect Dictionary web site.

Foxhunting in the Lakes..

MPs brought an end to John Peel's sport in February 2005. Follow this link to find out more about the Lakeland hunting packs and to hear John Peel's song.


The Real Bluebird
Pic Mike Bull and the Bluebird Project
Find out about the restoration of Donald Campbell's K7,
not to be confused with the K777 replica that has been
controversially in the news.

Cumbria's Lord of the Runes


Was this Cumbrian find the inspiration for J R Tolkien's epic tales?

National Trust under Fire

This message posted on FB by the Herdwick Sheep Breeders Assoc.28/8/2016 : Thorneythwaite Farm Borrowdale is no more thanks to the National Trust coming straight in with a bid of 950,000 for the fell land at the recent auction. This blocked local farmers from any chance of buying the farm as a whole. The farmhouse was subsequently sold separately. There are 413 hefted Herdwicks now left on the fell without shepherd. Another farm lost. Hopes that the farm could be taken on by a new young fell farmer have been dashed. Another blow to the community of Borrowdale. SHAME on the National Trust
The Trust does not own the land until October 14. In the meantime, the Trust said, the flock of sheep are still the responsibility of the local tenant. After that date they said they would talk to other agricultural tenants from Borrowdale about helping to manage them. More....

Touch a Truck Show 2016

And in September great Family Fun day as Cockermouth stages its Touch a Truck Day...Sunday September 11 2016...find out all about the show here.

Shame! The Lake District National Park supports New Nuke Reactors

Shocking news that the supposed guardians of the Lakes national park will be raising no major objections to plans for Europe's biggest nuclear plant just miles outside the National Park. The LDNPAuthority states in its Moorside nuclear consultation response: "We support the principle of a new build nuclear power station adjacent to Sellafield. The proposal would continue the long tradition of the nuclear industry in Cumbria and benefit the national and Cumbrian economy. Our support, is consistent with that offered in 2011 when this Authority commented on the National Policy Statement for Nuclear Power Generation. "

We are forced to pay £300 million to help freshwater Mussels


Read on as Lakestay raises concerns...

*Cumbria's own 'Brunel'
Keswick Convention...what's it all about?
Saving the Lakes from an Army of Conifers
A Tale to amuse Jonathan Swift?
How they took the first elephants to Australia!
The quiet shores of the Solway
St Bega's Walk
Find out about the inter-Irish 'Murphy Riots'
Ennerdale, the quiet valley
Lakeland Breweries
Lakeland Gardens
Cockermouth after the Floods

Cold War Cumbria

Find out some of the ways Cumbria was embroiled in the Cold War...Read on

Borrowdale's Caveman

The eccentric pioneering rock climber and Borrowdale caveman Millican Dalton...more .

Nuke Dump for West Lakeland ?

Nuclear caverns the view in Finland

The granite under parts of Eskdale and Wasdale may end up hosting the UK's proposed underground nuclear dump(estimated cost so far £4.3 billion). Meanwhile the guardians of the Lakes, the National Park Authority says it's inappropriate to object...Lakestay disagrees and says it is much better to keep the waste above ground where it can be monitored. But huge community 'bribes' may cloud Cumbrians' judgement and Copeland and Allerdale councils have said they want to 'take the money'.....Read more on this important issue...or see the video
Meanwhile the quango, West Cumbria Tourism was part funded by Nuclear Management Partners, former operators of Sellafield, until they got the sack.




Wasdale Shepherds Meet enjoyed late summer sun. Trail hounds race for the finish (Pic M.McKenzie) Meanwhile Cumbrian foxhunting packs wait to see if the new government rescind the Foxhunting Ban?

The Doomed Hamlets

Mardale before the flooding of  valley
This was the last sermon at the church before the reservoir flooded the valley. Read about another chapel lost forever.


Wildlife in your parish


Tullie House at Carlisle has this excellent web site which tells you which rare species live in every parish of Cumbria...
http://www.lakelandwildlife.co.uk/


Child Labour in Cumbrian Mines
Life was cheap as coal was hewn under the Irish Sea..Learn more at our web site

The Coniston postman always....
takes a picture of the wonder of the Lakes each day..join him at www.lakelandcam.co.uk