Green Man in the Woods?
Cumbrian Plant Invasion...
Imagine if you will a plant that can cause cancer and is rich in
cyanide. It is a plant which has gradually taken over vast areas
of one of our most popular National Parks. Its foliage strangles
upland grass growth reducing the productivity of pasture for fell
Yet man appears to do little to limit
the spread of this plant. The plant in question is of course bracken.
Find out more...
Dramatic inversion below Red Pike caught in superb
picture by @adrianstrand
Child Labour in Cumbrian Mines
Life was cheap as coal was hewn under the Irish Sea..Learn
more at our web site
The Real Bluebird
Find out about the restoration of Donald Campbell's
not to be confused with the K777 replica that has been
controversially in the news.
Roman Fort on
Truly magnificent setting for this Roman fort in the mountains...find
out more at 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.
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.
Trail Hounds ban by National Trust Defeated on Close Vote
The popular Cumbrian sport of racing hounds after a trail or scent
is facing problems from one of the biggest Lakes landowners, the
National Trust. The Trust propose rules : " Banning the use of animal-based
scents as a trail for hounds or beagles to follow. This will reduce
the risk of foxes or other wild animals being accidentally chased.
Prohibit the presence of terriermen, who have no practical purpose
on a trail ‘hunt’, and the use of their vehicles. More active management
of hunts and how they operate including: mandatory reporting requirements
after each meet; the provision of specified maps/areas; and requiring
at the time of application details of all proposed hunt days. Probing
the track record of each applicant and establishing a consistent
charging regime across Trust land." But on a close vote 21/10/2017
the ban idea was thrown out...While the motion was endorsed by 28,629
member votes, with 27,525 against, it was ultimately defeated after
the counting of 3,460 proxy votes.
Planning Puzzle at Rydal
Locals and visitors have been puzzled how the Lake District Planning
Board approved plans for this new build in idyllic Rydal. Just a
short walk from where poets Wordsworth and de Quincey stayed (Fox
Ghyll) We can only guess what William would have said!
Time to put Keswick back on the Railway map?
While a Pennine railway (pictured) is slowly re-opening sections
and Scotland has restored services on part of the Waverley route...Why
is it taking so long to revive the Penrith to Keswick Railway. Now
that the Lakes have been awarded World Heritage status does this
not make the task easier to achieve?
At Alston, to the east of the Lake District, the
South Tynedale railway achieved another milestone in 2017 when
the Duke of Gloucester opened a new café and toilet block and a
£2.3m engineering workshop at Alston, the latter part-funded by
a £300,000 Cumbria Growth Fund grant through the Chamber’s Cumbria
Business Growth Hub. More
on the volunteers trying to revive the Keswick line.
Cumbria's Lord of the Runes
Was this Cumbrian find the inspiration
for J R Tolkien's epic tales?
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. "
it all about?
Saving the Lakes from an Army of Conifers
A Tale to amuse Jonathan Swift?
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
Cockermouth after the Floods
Find out some of the ways Cumbria was embroiled
in the Cold War...Read on
The eccentric pioneering rock climber and Borrowdale
caveman Millican Dalton...more .
Dump for West Lakeland ?
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
The Doomed Hamlets
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...
The Coniston postman always....
takes a picture of the wonder of the Lakes each
day..join him at www.lakelandcam.co.uk