Remembering The Fallen

With paint sprayed from tins onto a church exterior, in the former mining village of Moor Row in West Cumbria, artists from The Colourful North have created a wonderfully patriotic display for all passers-by to see. The painting depicts a lone first world war soldier, standing to attention as the sun sets over fields of... Continue Reading →

Hurricane Oscar

The County of Cumbria has currently got a Yellow Weather Warning in place, and is being drenched with heavy rain from former Hurricane, Oscar. And while we do have 70 mph winds associated with the storm, they are nowhere near the Category 2 winds that affected Bermuda in the Atlantic, a few days ago. This... Continue Reading →

Whitehaven Full Moon

This is the Port of Whitehaven at night. It's also a Photoshop cheat, but you probably already knew that. The image is a bit of fun, but also an experiment on how to manipulate the scene, by removing the night sky and adding a super sized moon. 50mm F/22 ISO 100 30 Seconds Buy This... Continue Reading →

Whitehaven To St. Bees

Twelve months ago, I set off on a coastal walk from Whitehaven to St. Bees, and then a little further inland, back to my home in West Cumbria. The route was approximately 13 mile in total. I've done the walk quite a few times, but on this occasion, I recorded it on my GoPro too... Continue Reading →

Whitehaven Storm, December 2013

On December 5th 2013, Cyclone Xaver hit the Port of Whitehaven in West Cumbria. I was there to capture the event. I've seen the town hammered by the sea in the past, but never before on this scale. Harbour walls were breached, with some flooding occurring. A section of the harbour wall, near to the... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →


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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

Devoke Water

Devoke Water is a Tarn (mountain lake). It is a hidden gem. It is the largest tarn in the Lake District National Park. It lies on Birker Fell, 1 km to the west of the road between Ulpha and Eskdale, at an altitude of 770 feet (223 m). It has a depth of 46 ft... Continue Reading →

Keekle Viaduct

In recent weeks, I have seen grumblings from locals that claim they can't see Keekle Viaduct from the roadside because of trees. While it is true that the trees mask the splendid bridge, people seem to forget why they were planted: Trees were planted so that residents could enjoy a nature reserve on their doorstep.... Continue Reading →

Egremont Castle

The original castle at Egremont was built on a mound above the River Ehen on the site of a Danish fort following the conquest of Cumberland in 1092 by William II of England. The present castle was built by William Meschin, who founded the castle between 1120 and 1135. Further additions were made in the... Continue Reading →

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