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Posted by: Admin
16-02-20, 03:31 AM
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While not a native of Cumbria, hardy Highland Cows can be seen roaming (or laying) across the county. This one was chilling out on Cold Fell near Ennerdale. 

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Posted by: Admin
14-02-20, 02:21 PM
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The West Pier Lighthouse (pictured) was completed around 1839, and officially opened in 1841. The white tower with red trim is built into the breakwater which has two levels, joined by cases of 17 steps. The lighthouse is 14 metres high in total, but the full height of the tower can not be seen from the sea, because the breakwater wall is several metres taller on the seaward side. It is a simple stone lighthouse with glazed lantern and ogival cupola.

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Posted by: Admin
14-02-20, 07:09 AM
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St Bridget’s Church church is located 1 ½ miles north of Whitehaven just to the seaward side of the main A595 road. It is a distinctive landmark and can be seen easily from the road (especially from the north).

The church is a Grade II listed building.


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Posted by: Admin
10-02-20, 05:00 AM
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A typical traffic jam in Cumbria. Bah!

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Posted by: Admin
09-02-20, 07:20 PM
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A short walk along the cliff top from Haig Colliery in Whitehaven, West Cumbria, a small stone cairn marks the site of King Pit. The mine was sunk in 1750 by Sir Carlisle Spedding, which by 1793 reached a depth of 296 metres – then the deepest coal mine in the world.

An interesting feature of Whitehaven and surrounding areas is that there is a large expanse of grass land along the top of the cliffs, with the houses being set well back. The main reason for this is that at one time all the mines, railways and inclines were along the cliff tops, these have now gone to leave the open space.

King Pit appears to have remained an important winding pit until around 1800. It is labelled as “Kingpit Yard” on the 1st-3rd Ordnance Survey editions; on the 1st edition it still had waggonway access, implying industrial use.

The site is marked by a beehive shaft capping and plaque; given the extensive landscaping of this area after the closure of Haig Colliery, the survival of below-ground deposits is uncertain. The opening of a rock-cut adit also survives, just above high-tide level in the base of the cliff to the west; this was probably a ‘pumpway’, for discharging water pumped up the King Pit shaft.


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Posted by: Admin
05-02-20, 03:04 PM
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Crummock Water is located between Loweswater and Buttermere. The lake is 2 ½ miles long, ¾ mile wide and 140 feet deep and is a clear, rocky bottomed lake flanked by steep fells.

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Posted by: Admin
03-02-20, 08:27 AM
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Cumbria is home to some great golf courses. Golf isn't my cup of tea, but I do appreciate their design.

The course at Whitehaven was founded in the year 2000. It is a challenging course with many varied holes. Coupled with the spectacular views of Ennerdale and the surrounding fells. The course is 6246 yards, and features 9 ponds and 3 woodland areas.

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Posted by: Admin
02-02-20, 02:56 PM
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This photo of Cleator Moor Market Square is from C1903 - three years before work began on building a library for the town.

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Posted by: Admin
30-01-20, 03:49 PM
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Longlands Lake was the site of a former Iron Ore mine. In 1939 the mine started to subside and flood. Longlands was acquired by Cumbria County Council in 1980.

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Posted by: Admin
30-01-20, 11:12 AM
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We just don't seem to get the snow like we used to. Winters are wetter than ever before. I've been watching the weather with interest this winter, hoping to have a walk up Dent Fell while it's covered with the white stuff, and it hasn't yet happened. So, here's a photo from last year..

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