Features and information about the English Lake District

Lakes National Park Expanding

The Lake District National Park is to be extended to the south to include an area from Helsington Barrows to Sizergh fell, as well as an area north of Sizergh Castle and part of the Lyth valley, and east from Birkbeck fells common to Whinfell common that will take the national park up to the M6. On the other side of the motorway, the Yorkshire dales will be significantly extended to include part of the Orton fells, the northern Howgill fells, Wild Boar fell and Mallerstang. Further south, the dales will be extended west to include Barbon, Middleton, Casterton and Leck fells, the river Lune and part of Firbank fell and other fells west of the Lune. The extension areas will come into effect August 2016.
Meanwhile a potential threat to Rights of Way...

Half Lake District potential No Go Area

There is a potential risk to Cumbria's Tourism livelihood. The Lake District generates over 1 billion expenditure a year. The risk is low, but..over half the Lake District could be a No Go Zone for at least 20 years. More...

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.

Daffodil weekend in Cockermouth

Saturday, April 2 2016 sees Georgian Cockermouth celebrate Daffodil Day. Cockermouth has the unique advantage of being the birthplace of William Wordsworth on 7 April 1770. He was also Christened at All Saints Church in Cockermouth on 18 January 1772 along with his younger sister Dorothy, while they were living in Wordsworth House.
The day itself will feature choral music, poetry readings, floral displays and lectures by world renown scholars from the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere.

*£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

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...

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