Features and information about the English Lake District

Taste Cumbria 2015

Cockermouth once again to host foodie heaven as this year's TasteCumbria festival takes place in September. Find out more.

Biggest Nuclear power station in Europe in the Lakes

Public consultation on costly subsidised Moorside nuclear power plan starts on 16 May 2015. More..

Solfest Returns for 2015

The Northern Lakes answer to Glastonbury is back this year.
The Unthanks, The Baghdaddies and Kathryn Tickell are among the artists confirmed for the event, which runs from August 28 to 30. Early bird adult weekend tickets, at £99, are available from 9am today from www.solfest.org.uk

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.

Star Wars over Derwentwater?

The latest Star Wars film, due for release later this year, will feature a scene where X Wing fighters appear to swoop low over Derwentwater. Read more...

2015 The Ospreys return to the Lakes.
*Threlkeld Steam Gathering to feature slate quarry trains...Details of July 25-26 2015 event.
*£300 million folly to make freshwater mussels happier...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

The Earl of Cumberland..one of first backers of England's Indian Empire

December 1600, Queen Bess granted a Royal Charter to "George, Earl of Cumberland, and 215 Knights, Aldermen, and Burgesses" under the name, Governor and Company of Merchants of London trading with the East Indies. For a period of fifteen years the charter awarded the newly formed company a monopoly on trade with all countries east of the Cape of Good Hope and west of the Straits of Magellan. Sir James Lancaster commanded the first East India Company voyage in 1601 and returned in 1603. Read on..Wikipedia

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 prove ideal for 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.....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...

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