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Cumbria General


10 Curious Cumbrian Keepsakes - unusual gifts from Cumbria
Cumbria - True or False? A 20 question quiz on the county
5 Wonderful Winter Walks in Cumbria
Top 10 pressies ideas for Cumbria/ outdoors lovers
Mountain Rescue Needs YOU
10 Fascinating Facts About Cumbria
I Get Knocked down... - Taking a tumble in the Eden valley
10 Reasons to love Cumbrian Clouds
Five favourite Lake District Fells
It's not big, but it is clever - Comparing low level hikes to high level ones
Wish You Were Here - Dozens of great reasons to visit Cumbria
5 Fabulous Autumn Hikes in Cumbria
20 Things to do in Cumbria if it rains
Love at First Sight - Remembering what it was like to fall in love with the fells for the 1st time
#LakeDistrictBid Advent Calendar - 24 blogs & 24 reasons to back the bid.
Take the Time to Love Cumbria
Hiking in extreme conditions
Cumbria has something to suit every mood. Things to do whatever the weather & your mood
It's not a secret if it's on an OS Map My favourite hidden places in Cumbria (well, sort of!)
10 Views of Cumbria that most people miss.
Perfect Picnic Spots in the Lake District
Mind, Body & Soul (The exhilaration & frustrations of hiking)
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow (Fun tips for snowy hikes)
Midgemunchin'Trouserrippin'Eyepoppin'Chocolatescoffin'Felltoppin'Huffinpuffin'Picturesnappin'OSmappin'Lungbustin'Jawdroppin' CUMBRIA
A Fell for All Seasons (which is the best season for hiking?)
Go Away & Leave Me Alone! (Why I'm an antisocial hiker)

Cumbrian Locations
Barrow-in-Furness - Big Up for Barrow!
Black Combe - the Forgotten Fell
Blindtarn Gill - Put a Sock in it!
Blencathra the hard way (Via Halls Fell Ridge)
Blencathra the easy way
Blencathra & the art of Patience (Blencathra via Sharp Edge)
Borrowdale near Kendal - Not *that* Borrowdale, the other one
Carlisle - Great North Fun Day 24
Clough Head - Cloughing & Puffing 
Coniston Old Man Lunch with an Old Friend
Consiton Old Man via Torver That's no way to treat an Old Man
Coniston Water - It's Not Just Wainwright (Campbell, Ruskin & Ransome)
Crinkle Crags - A Rose by Any Other Name 
Crinkle Crags - I am in BIG trouble if my mum reads this!
Cumbrian Coastal Railway - A very different day out in Cumbria
Derwent Water & Catbells
Derwent Water - Great North Fun Days 26 -28
Fleetwith Pike Am I Too Old for This?
Glenridding - Glenridding - Backstage - recovering from the floods
Grange-over-Sands - Gorgeous Grange-over-Sands
Grange-over-Sands (First ever visit) - Great North Fun Day 35
Great Gable - more than just a war memorial
Great Gable - Drifting Away on Great Gable
Great Gable & Windy Gap - Blown Away by Great Gable 
Great Rigg - High Speed Hikers
Greystoke - Don't believe everything you read in the papers 
Gummer's How - The Biggest Little Hike in Cumbria
Hampsfell Avoiding the crowds at the gym
Hampsfell - The Hills are Alive
Hampsfell - A Little Blog about a Little Hike 
Harter Fell - Shagpile Sheep & Brambling
Haweswater - A Lap of Haweswater
Hawewsater Back in the day - considering life before Gore-Tex
Haweswater Hates Us
Haweswater - Beth -v- The Boots (My first ever visit)
Helvellyn Snow, snow, thick thick, snow 
Helvellyn - Great North Fun Days 29 - 31
High Cup Nick - High Up High Cup
High Spy & Maiden Moor - High Spy with my Little Eye 
Hincaster Tunnels - A decision of historical importance 
Helm Crag - Thumbs Up for Thumbs Up Mountain
Holme Fell - The Truth About Hiking Pt 2
Howgills - The Howling Howgills
Illgill Head The Wast Weekend Pt 1
Kendal & the River Kent - Kendal Sewage Works
Loughrigg - Slip Sliding Away
Orrest Head The Most Important View in the Lake District?
Pillar & Ennerdale The Best Part of the Hiking Day
Red Screes inversion Head above the clouds
Red Screes - Why do we do it? 
Red Screes - THIS is why we do it
Riggindale & the Golden Eagle Find the Time to Stand & Stare
Sca Fell Pike & Lord's Rake Part 2
Sca Fell Pike & Lord's Rake Part 1
Scafell Pike - Great North Fun Days 32 - 34
Skiddaw - Up, Down & Around
Stoney Cove Pike - Frogspawn, Mudcracks & Slate
Striding Edge -v- Sharp Edge
Walney Island - The Unflushables
Wantendlath - Following Trails and Making Tracks
Wetherlam in the snow - Long and slow or short and sharp?
Wetherlam - The Truth about Hiking
Whitehaven Festival - Buzzing from St Bees to the Whitehaven Festival
Windermere Airshow - A Bunny, a Plane, a Hike and a Pint
Windermere - An Inverted Blog About an Inversion
Windermere Lake Cruise & Wray Castle - Don't Pay the Ferryman
Yewbarrow - Icicles, Snowmen & Inquisitive Sheep on Yewbarrow
Yewbarrow in sunshine The Wast Weekend Pt 2


Products & Services
Dirty Boots - putting a pair of BOGS boots through their paces!
Thermoballs are GO! - testing out the new Thermoball jacket from North Face
Potty Picnics Part 2 - what happens when you have a picnic in the back of a Toyota Hilux
Bigfoot & the Boots - How to buy walking boots with Keswick Boot Company & Aku
A Very British Hike - Afternoon tea on top of Harter Fell (Birchalls Tea)
You had me at "Free Beer" - A wonderful beery evening with Booths
All Gloved Up - a bit of a problem with a pair of gloves...(Blacks)
No Country for Old Boots - Grisports boots
A rucksack is for life... - What to think about when choosing a new rucksack (Berghaus)
Tarzan never had this much fun - Go Ape - Grizedale zipewires adventure
Real Inspiration - The remarkable story of Gandy's Flipflops
15 Questions every review should be asking - Hotter hiking boots

Photoblogs
Two falls & a submission - a review of 2016
50 Shades of Cumbria
12 Months - 12 Pics - (2015)
2014 - A Year of Adventures Part 2
2014 - A Year of Adventures Part 1
A Year Outdoors (Pt 1) (2013)
A Year Outdoors (Pt 2) (2013)
A year in the Lake District Part 1 (2012)
A year in the Lake District Part 2 (2012)




Buckinghamshire
Life Lessons from an 8 Year Old
A Big Walk around a Little Village (Beaconscot model village)








Cambridge
A Curious Corner of Cambridge






Cornwall
Surf far, surf good - Lands End & Sennen Cove










County Durham
Stockton-on-Tees- Great North Fun Day 1
Stockton-on-Tees- Great North Fun Day 2
Stockton-on-Tees - Great North Fun Day 3
Stockton-on-Tees - Great North Fun Day 4
Durham - Great North Fun Day 7
Durham - Great North Fun Day 8
High Force - Great North Fun Day 10
Low Force - Great North Fun Day 11
Co. Durham - Great North Fun Day 12



Derbyshire

Bakewell & the Monsal Trail - Things to do in Derbyshire









Devon
Knights in shining armour - Dulverton and Knightshayes










Dorset
Lyme Regis - Two go Mad in Dorset

Greater Manchester
Wigan Wanderers - Wigan Pier and Rivington Pike
Dirty Old Town? - A walk through Manchester










Hampshire
New Forest - New Forest Frolics - Learning how a motorhome works












Lancashire
Boats, Beer and Bag End - A perfect day out in Lancaster
Blackpool - does EXACTLY what it says on the tin.
Love Morecambe Bay - keeping the beaches perfect!
Don't let the sun go down on Morecambe Bay
Five good reasons to love Leighton Moss
Lovely Lancashire (photo blog)
The Great British Chippy - Morecambe
Commuter Hell - Taking the pretty way home from Burnley
The North Face of Lancaster
Blackpool - Great North Fun Day 36
Blackpool - Great North Fun Day 37

Lincolnshire
Woodhall Spa - Lurking in Lincs

Northumberland
Anstead Bay - Back to the Future
Bamburgh Castle - The Crab Sandwich has Left the Building
Bamburgh Castle - Great North Fun Day 15
Beadnell Bay - R and Ahhhhhh
Berwick-upon-Tweed - Great North Fun Day 17
Calvert Trust Kielder - Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all
Corbridge - What have the Romans ever done for us? 
Craster - Great North Fun Day 14
Farne Islands - My Tern!
Farne Islands - The Sun Has Got His Hat On 
Keilder Water - Let's Go Round Again 
Kielder - Hanging by a thread...
5 Great Reasons to Visit Kielder
Lindisfarne - Great North Fun Day 16
Seahouses - Birthday Blues
Sycamore Gap - Great North Fun Day 9
Whitely Bay - Great North Fun Day 13

Wiltshire
Sunny Salisbury

Yorkshire
Whitby - Great North Fun Day 5
Robin Hoods Bay - Great North Fun Day 6

Scotland 
Biggar - Biggar & Bettar
Peebles & St Mary's Loch - Polite Society
10 Tips for Surviving the Edinburgh Festival
5 Scottish Fairy Tale Castles
Ben Nevis - Taking Ben Nevis in our stride
Cape Wrath - North by North West
Dunvegan - Not a MacCleod in the Sky!
Durness - Smooove Closer
Fairy Pools, Plockton and Torridon - Highlands and Islands
Glenbrittle & Skye - Wild Winds and Wildlife
Glen Trool - Great North Fun Day 19
Gretna Green - Great North Fun Day 25
Mull of Galloway - Great North Fun Day 22
Mull of Galloway - Worthless Junk 
10 Must See Things in Northern Scotland
Neist Point - Neist to see you, to see you, Neist!
New England Bay About not going to Harrogate
New England Bay - Great North Fun Day 20
Loch Ewe & Inverewe - On Yer Bike!
Loch Skeen - Great North Fun Day 18
Orkney, John O'Groats & Wick - A Quick Shag Before Breakfast
Port Logan - Great North Fun Day 21
Red Point & Poolewe - In these shoes?
Rockcliffe - Great North Fun Day 23
Rosemarkie - Intelligent Life?
Steall Falls - Bikes, Waterfalls, Midges and Rope Bridges

Commonwealth Games Blogs
Glasgow 2014 - GlasGo - Audition
And now for something completely different
Jobs for All
Why Does it Matter?
A Flying Visit to Scotland
What Happens in Rehearsal...
If I should become a stranger.

Wales
Grown up is overrated - Fun at Zipworld Treetop Nets
Wild in Wales Part 1 - "Having a relaxing day" - Llandudno, Conwy, Tal y Fan, Y Garn
Wild in Wales Part 2 - Zippy & Bungle - adventures in Zipworld Caverns
Snowed on Snowdon, 'snow done - the blog about the Snowdon hike
Nearly mist the summit - Cadair Idris
The Green Green Grass of Home - Rhandirmwyn (nr Llandovery)

New Life Blogs
I'd really love to but... Why it's ALWAYS worth fighting for your dream
It's not a leap of faith if you know where you're going to land.  (Day 1 of our new life.)
I get knocked down...
Monty's Blog
Let's do it! - life is short - have an adventure!
Sweet Dreams are Made of This - why some days make everything worthwhile
How big is your comfort zone?
Life in the Sloe Lane
Why I love Autumn
The Self Sufficiency Gym
Normal Service Will Be Resumed As Soon As Possible
9 1/2 things I've learned in the past 12 months
When a "New Life" simply becomes a "life"
Inept gardeners Question Time
What's the Point? (When your hobby becomes your job)
New year, new life, new blog
Same old, same old this Christmas?
Depends what the weather is like (giving up full time work)
This is what happens when kids watch too much TV (self sufficiency)
But am I Cumbrian?
Busy Doing Nothing (The joys of watching the world go by...)
Thank you for being nosey (Why do I blog?)
My Life in Quotes (and the start of Part 2)
End of Part 1
London, More of Less (Comparing the merits of Cumbria & London)
Hampsfell Jubilee Beacon
Peter Mayle has a lot to answer for.
Felling in Love (A love letter to the Lake District fells, written 14th Feb 2012)
Coffee & a Map
Closed for Refurbishment
How I Fell for the Lake District (Remembering my first ever visit)
The Devil Wears Berghaus (what to wear to a Mountain Festival?)
New or Old? (Are new lives really any better than the old ones?)
It'll be an Adventure! (The realities of starting over)
The Simple Things in Life (like making jam)
Whether the Weather (Getting used to the changeable Cumbrian weather)
Remember Me? (Cross bay walks and local wildlife)
There's a thousand things I should be doing right now!
Our first EVER trip out in Delores
Incredible Reversing Cat

Book blogs
10 Great reasons to buy our book!
Full bibliography for Histroic Cumbria book
How to write a book
By the book - what does it take to write a book?
Dating Vikings - carbon dating a boat for Kendal Museum
Wainwright and the Secrets of the River Kent
The Bacon Buttie Test - How can you tell a good hotel from a bad one?
Make Books while the sun shines! (Piel Island, Kentmere and Stony Cove Pike)





Wildlife & Conservation
30 Days Wild Day 1 (29 more follow!)
*That's* not a bog, THIS is a bog! Some boggy conservation work with Cumbria Wildlife Trust
The First Rule of Spoon Club... (Sustainable woodland management and spoon making)
Saving the best until last (Spectacular Greystoke Cafe)
Rockin Robin (Brown Robin Nature Reserve)

Middle East
Beth's Big Adventure The Finale (Rating the hotels)
Beth's Big Adventure Day 5: Oh Man, Oman
Beth's Big Adventure Day 4: Bahrain to Oman
Beth's Big Adventure Day 3: Abu Dhabi to Bahrain
Beth's Big Adventure Day 2: Dubai to Abu Dhabi
Beth's Big Adventure Day 1: Manchester to Dubai




Bird Blogs
Another great reason to visit Leighton Moss The Skytower!
But did you see the Pterodactyl?  (The "we finally saw the Bittern" blog)
The Rules of Just Going for It (Birdwatching rules Pt 2)
The Rules of Birdwatching
Bittern Spotting for Beginners
Tern the Other Cheek (Terns & Kestrels slugging it out on Foulney Island)
Hide & Seek (Our first ever bird watching outing)

Fun Blogs
Massive Makeover for Elter Water - published 1st April 2017
Hiking Room 101 - what would you put in there?
Exchange-a-Pic - Swapping sunny pics for rainy ones
The 7 Deadly Sins of Campsites
Not right in the head - a guided tour of Gozo
Chateauneuf du Pape Rodney - foreign language fluff ups
Curse you Kirsty Allsop - about not being able to mend trousers...
Lake District Submarine Tours - Published 1st April 2016
Carry on Sledging - testing a variety of "sledges"
10 Great reasons to cancel your holiday in Cumbria - really, there's nothing here...
Colourful Adjectives - What "spectacular" really means
14 Signs you've been away from the hills too long.
Go, Go, Gadget boots! (1st April 2015)
If hiking were a computer game...
The North Face of the Wine Cupboard
15 Things only hikers will truly understand.
You're My Bestish Friend... (A drunken ramble about the Lake District)
Hampsfell in Heels (Raising money for Cancer Research)
Walkers Wisdom
Major New Lake District Sponsor Announced (posted 1st April 2014)
Outdoor Life -v- Office Life
Hking Gear - Functional or Fun?
Walking Guides Demystified
You know you live in a hiker's house when...
Impact of Global Warming on Morecambe Bay (posted 1st April 2013)
Confessions of a Fell Walker (some of the many mistakes I've made on the fells...)
Go, Go Gadget Gardener
Survival Tips for the Bog Bound
Ambleside Bypass (posted 1st April 2012)
What the Fells have taught me.
Sods Laws of Hiking
The Truth about Hiking
Long Legs or Little Feet (Which is the best build for hiking?)
Dear Weather...
Walk This Way (Why do women love shoes but avoid walking?)
Learning the Lingo (Learning to speak "northern")
Freshly Pressed Walking Trousers (It's a fell, not a catwalk!)
Some Precipitation (Getting soaked around Ennerdale)

Serious Blogs
Do more of less - depression, the outdoors & social media
Pay per view -v- Freeview - a rant about car parking charges
An interview with Gwen Moffat
Send Robert MacFarlane to the Moon - why putting poets in space could just save the planet.
It's the little things... A litter picking day on Scafell Pike
There will never be another today
Commander Robert Falcon Scott - His achievement & what went wrong
I wandered lonely as a crowd... (why crowds are good news in Cumbria)
Starry, Starry Night (A bit of a rant about the lack of proper dark skies in Cumbria)
The Mountain Heritage Trust
Freedom to roam (How route signs can make you feel unwelcome)
If you want my opinion... (The launch of the #GoAllOut campaign with The Ramblers)
"Welcome to Lake Districtland" (about 2nd home ownership in Cumbria)
Call me Irresponsible (does blogging about the outdoors encourage the ill prepared?)
Idyllic or Isolated?  (What is life in Cumbria really like?)
Beautiful but oh so dangerous (The dangers of snow topped fells)
Lets be Careful out there (Staying safe in and around Morecambe Bay)
Not a Good Sign (Do we need warning signs on the fells?)

Accessibility
I blame my mum... Opening the fells up for those who can't walk.
Legless in the Lakes Day 1 Morecambe, Leighton Moss & starling murmurations
Legless in the Lakes Day 2 Hayes garden centre, Grasmere & Blencathra
Legless in the Lakes Day 3 Beetham, Kirkby Stephen & the Chocolate factory
Legless in the Lakes Day 4 Wast Water & not going over Hardknott Pass
Legless in the Lakes Day 5 Coniston, Hawkshead & snow
Legless in the Lakes Day 6 Roa Island & Barrow