9 10, 2019

Connecting with landscapes

Many thanks to Friends of the Lake District for organising an interesting day looking at landscape characteristics, led by Dr Kate Willshaw.  The exercise was about identifying how we react to (and interact with) the landscapes that surround us.  At selected stops, we were asked to describe the elements that made up the landscape around [...]

6 10, 2019

Life on the Lake – a review of Windermere Jetty

A wet day in the Lakes always invites undercover exploration for a Blue Badge Tourist Guide and in more ways than one!  My choice of destination was the newly re-vamped Windermere Jetty (formerly known as the Steamboat Museum).   It holds a large array of water-borne craft that once plied the waters on Windermere − rowing [...]

3 10, 2019

Coniston’s power-house – now and in the future

High on the flanks of Coniston Old Man is a little-known yet highly important industrial archaeological site. Historically, Coniston was known for two main industries: copper and slate.  Copper was worked from the mid-1500s up to the 1890’s; its presence given away by the reddish-coloured spoil heaps that dot the landscape in the appropriately-named Coppermines [...]

17 06, 2019

Roman psychological warfare

Have you ever heard of Burnswark Iron Age fort and the Roman camps?  If you would like to witness the might of the Roman military machine in action, then this is the place to go.  At this site, you can clearly see how the Romans pincered the fort to the north and south in order [...]