Bronze Age Devoke Water

I’ve previously shared with you a photo of Devoke Water, and I thought I would share another with you. The tarn (a lake on a mountain) is off the beaten track, but is a wonder to behold, with much history. Devoke Water can be reached via a bridle track from the fell road, off Birker…

Whitehaven

Whitehaven in West Cumbria is my town of birth. I still live a stone’s throw away. It’s a lovely place, and not overrun with tourists. I would place the harbour on a par with many across the world. In fact, I’d go so far as to say, it is one of the best. The modern…

A Red, Red Rose

O my Luve’s like a red, red rose That’s newly sprung in june; O my Luve’s like the melodie That’s sweetly play’d in tune: As fair art thou, my bonnie lass, So deep in luve am I: And I will luve thee still, my dear, Till a’ the seas gang dry: Till a’ the seas…

Fungus

The title of this post is Fungus – primarily because, I have no idea if this is a mushroom, or toadstool. I’m clueless. Perhaps you know? What is it? What’s the difference? There are loads of guides out there that help identify types of fungus, which for me, leads to more confusion. I think they…

King Vulture

This King Vulture is one of the ugliest and scariest creatures that I’ve ever had the pleasure of taking a photo of. It really freaked me out – but what an awesome creature! Photographed at the South Lakes Safari Zoo. The king vulture (Sarcoramphus papa) is a large bird found in Central and South America….

The Curious Lamb

I often have a chuckle when I take a look at this photo of a lamb that had found itself stuck-fast, having decided to check if it was true, that grass was greener on the other side. Luckily for the lamb, I was out walking, and spotted her in a bit of a predicament. After…

Cogra Moss

Cogra Moss is a wonderful enclosed forest surrounding a reservoir which is now used by the Cockermouth Angling Association. The walk up to the dam is along surfaced tracks. Beyond the dam a number of unsurfaced paths provide the visitor great access around the reservoir in a loop. For the more adventurous the walk up…

Braystones Memorial Tower

The Braystones Memorial tower was erected 1897 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee. A First World War memorial was added in 1920. The original commemorative tablet records the names of local worthies present at its unveiling (June 1897); another tablet records the names of those men of Braystone who served in the Great War. Braystone…

Bald Eagle Bath Time

This image of a Bald Eagle (called Bill) taking a bath, was captured at the Lake District Wildlife Park, at Keswick in Cumbria. As the national emblem of the USA, the Bald Eagle is easily recognised in mature plumage. Although they can be observed stooping from heights of 100m in order to catch prey, their…

My Favourite Place: Ennerdale

If I was to recommend to you, one place to visit in Cumbria, it would be Ennerdale Water, and its associated valley. I have a number of favourite locations throughout the County, but Ennerdale is way ahead of the pack, on my list of places. Ennerdale Water is the most westerly lake in the Lake…

Black Sail Hostel

Black Sail Hostel, operated by YHA, is remote and accessible only on foot, it’s a unique rural retreat that lovers of the great outdoors can normally only dream about. I’ve often walked to the hostel, but have never stayed there. It is something I’ve contemplated on numerous occasions. Maybe I’ll get around to doing it at…

Burnmoor Tarn

Burnmoor Tarn, on Eskdale Fell in Cumbria, England, is one of the largest entirely natural tarns in the Lake District. Its waters flow into Whillan Beck at the tarn’s north-eastern corner, which immediately turns south and flows into Eskdale, joining the Esk at Beckfoot. Burnmoor Lodge, a former fishing lodge, stands by the southern shore…