Moomin quote expressing the appreciation of nature.
Winter scramble – Blencathra via Sharp Edge
It is time to go to the hills when it snows in England. Sharp Edge is a popular and fun ridge up to Blencathra in the Lake District.
Wild winter swimming – and some whale thoughts
Whilst swimming in a freezing Rydal Water, I think about Herman Melville's Moby Dick and the whales he describes
Bubblegum-blue – Visiting Coniston copper mines
My quick visit to the Coniston copper mines to check out the blue walls and the spot where a bomb was once found.
Cathedral Cave – Tunnels, drops and a fish?
Easy cave and tunnel fun exploring Cathedral Quarries in the Lake District
Little van – Much better than a fancy caravan
We spend our first night in our new-old van last week. Sleeping by the road is not as nice as putting a tent up in the woods but the occasional night in the van can be great.
Helvellyn and a dip in the Red Tarn
A wee walk climbing to Helvellyn twice with a swim in between. A good way to spend a sunny day – however, it is likely to be busy in the summer.
Tunnel or a waterfall? – Exploring Borrowdale Graphite Mine
I am abseiling down into a graphite mine in Lake District on the wettest day of the summer. Why am I going underground again? I thought I figured out that I don't like dark tunnels.
Askham Hall – an evening in a country house
Usually I prefer to cook my meals and save some money. However, a dining experience where everything – taste, appearance, smell, and texture – is carefully considered is a real treat. Such is the fine dining experience at an old Lake District country house called Askham Hall.