• The shadows lengthen…

    The shadows lengthen…

    Mid September and the countryside feels tired; the greens not as green as they were, the air heavy, streams dry (the pebbles in Great Langdale Beck don’t look like they’ve felt water in weeks). The land waits for cool, for […]

  • The meadows around Brothers Water

    The meadows around Brothers Water

    After a few weeks of balmy weather up here, the meadows are looking stunning. Buttercups, clover, daisies and orchids can be found in the meadows around Tarn House. Over the Kirkstone pass, the fields around Brothers Water – a 20-minute […]

  • Bluebells above Rydal Water

    Bluebells above Rydal Water

    The walk from Tarn House around Loughrigg is wonderful at any time of year. But when bluebells skirt the fell’s lower flanks – the gentle slopes above Grasmere and Rydal Water – it’s pretty much perfect. Save it for a […]

  • Give way…

    Give way…

    Sometimes you just have to let other road users take priority… No matter how long it takes them to pass.

  • Springtime at Loughrigg Tarn

    Springtime at Loughrigg Tarn

    May: The kids spent hours paddling and looking for tadpoles at the gently-shelving near shore of Loughrigg Tarn – less than five minutes’ walk from Tarn House.

  • Sheffield Pike

    Sheffield Pike

    It was one of those perfect Autumn evenings… air and visibility utterly clear, and the fells all but deserted. After a long drive from down South, I parked in Glenridding and made the hour-long ascent of Sheffield Pike – and […]

  • Winter wonderland

    Winter wonderland

    It was snowing when we went to bed. In the morning it was white-washed Narnia. We walked, in the take-your-breath-away cold, from Elterwater village along the Brathay to the lake. No-one was around bar a few hardy Herdwicks and this […]