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…

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…

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…

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…

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….

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…