I generally have one rule when traveling in Britain, if there is a ruin near me, I will stop at the ruin. I love ruins. And Britain is full of them. Brougham Castle (pronounced 'Broom') is one of the finest Castle ruins I've ever been to. Situated in the heart of Cumbria, next to a river, Brougham Castle is a quintessential Medieval castle ruin. The site is currently owned and … [Read more...] about Through the Lens: Brougham Castle in the Lake District
RWI Lake District Trip
Muncaster Castle was my third destination on my final day exploring the Lake District. I’ve previously written about my visit to the Ravenglass & Eskdale railway which you can read here. I will be writing about going through the Hardknott Pass in an upcoming issue of the Anglotopia Magazine. By the time I arrived at Muncaster Castle, I was, to say the least exhausted. But … [Read more...] about Exploring Cumbria: A Visit to Muncaster Castle
Castlerigg Stone Circle was my first stop on a busy day of sightseeing in the Lake District. Mostly because it didn’t have an open/close time so I could go whenever I liked. I chose to go on my way to Keswick, but before everything opened. The satnav in my car had no problems finding it. This neolithic stone circle was built approximately 4,000 years ago. Like Stonehenge, we … [Read more...] about Through the Lens: Castlerigg Stone Circle in Cumbria – A Neolithic Site Sitting in a Stunning Landscape
I arrived at the railway station having just gone through the Hardknott Pass, Britain’s steepest road and one of the most challenging and beautiful drives I’d ever taken in my life. While I generally seek out heritage steam railways, in this case, I hadn’t. I just needed the loo after the long, slow drive through the Pass. But then I heard a steam train whistle. And I was … [Read more...] about Exploring Cumbria: On the Ravenglass & Eskdale Stream Heritage Railway Through the Esk Valley – Pictures and Video!
We got some positive feedback from our last picture focused post of a place in Britain, so we're going to continue it and we're calling this series: Through the Lens. This week's subject is Wordsworth National Trust in Cockermouth, Cumbria. This was the childhood home to Dorothy and William Wordsworth, two writers well associated with the Lake District. The house is set up as … [Read more...] about Through the Lens: A Visit to Wordsworth House National Trust in Cockermouth – Childhood Home of Dorothy and William Wordsworth
Ever since I first visited Britain in 2001, I have always flown British Airways. There are lots of reasons for this. But the main reason is that I’m a creature of habit and I like to know what to expect. I know what to expect from British Airways and they have always exceeded my expectations. I love them as much as you can love an airline (they've also done a lot for us over … [Read more...] about Travel Review: Flying American Airlines Direct from Chicago O’hare to Manchester (and a bit about Manchester Airport)