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Cumbria: A Personal View
Through the photographs of Mike Morton

Follow the links to explore specific regions of Cumbria, and galleries of other images by Mike Morton

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Our Lakeland Beyond website has been designed to highlight some of the attractions of the Lake District and Beyond through the photographs of Mike Morton. The links on the left take you to the four key regions of Cumbria, which are then furher subdivided with galleries of photographs and additional information to provide a flavour of this beautiful and unique part of the world. Other links take you to maps of the region, and additional photo galleries, mainly of other fascinating places in the United Kingdom or further afield. For example the spectacular Isle of Skye, or mysterious Transylvania. Further pageswill be added to the site in due course.

The Cumbria pages will also detail attractions, places to stay and things to do. As we extend the site we will add a few sample itineraries based around public transport or walking, and other useful tips. However, the focus will not be on the well known attractions of Bowness or Keswick, rather we will highlight some of the 'secrets' of Cumbria, lesser known places such as the West Cumbrian Coast or the Eastern Fells.

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We are a series of unique greetings cards for 2014 . We will also take commissions for small runs of cards if you would like personal cards from any of our images.

Our Cumbria in four easy bites
We have divided Cumbria into four key regions as follows:

North Cumbria
The lush Eden plain, the historic border city of Carlisle, and the Solway Coast contrasting the rugged mountains around Keswick & Borrowdale

NN1: Carlisle: The Borders & Lower Eden Valley
NN2: Solway: Maryport & the Solway Coast
NN3: Derwent: Keswick. Bassenthwaite & the north lakes

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Eastern Fells

The Pennines, the watershed of the Eden Valley. Haweswater & Ullswater

NE1: Eden: Penrith, Alston & the Eden Valley
NE2: Eamont: Ullswater, Haweswater& Shap
NE3: Pennine: Appleby, Sedbergh & the Pennines

UPDATED: 12/2013


West Cumbria:
Esk / Irt

North Cumbria: Derwent
South Cumbria: Leven 1/2

West Cumbria

Lakeland's best kept secret - an historic legacy of ancient ports, coal and iron industries, the wilderness of Buttermere, Eskdale & Britain's 'favourite view' - Wasdale .

NW1: Cocker Cockermouth, Buttermere & Crummock Water
NW2: Ehen Whitehaven, Workington & Ennerdale
NW3: Irt Wasdale, Gosforth & Seascale
NW4: Esk Ravenglass, Eskdale & Duddon Valley
Click for a more detailed map (divided by region)
Click for a map of road and rail links in Cumbria

Map pages take longer to open than other pages

We have further subdivided the regions following natural and political bondaries, mainly based on valleys radiating from the central massif of the Lake District. Many of the regions have been named according to the main rivers into which they drain. For example Windermere drains into the Leven Valley and Coniston nto the River Crake.

South Lakeland

For many this is the most familiar region, the Lake District of Beatrix Potter or Swallows & Amazons - Windermere, Coniston and Grasmere;

NS1: Brathay: The Langdales, Grasmere & Rydal
NS2: Crake: Coniston, Tarn Hows & Grizedale
NS3: Leven: Windermere. Troutbeck & Hawkshead
NS4: Kent: Kendal, Kentmere & Kirby Lonsdale
NS5: Bay: Furness & Cartmel Peninsulas. Morecambe Bay

The sun breaks through the storm clouds above the Wasdale valley in West Cumbria. It is March and although Spring is on its way there is plenty of snow on the high mountains.

Sunrise at Castlerigg: A sheep appears, ghost like, out of the mist that shrouds the ancient rocks of Castlerigg Stone Circle near Keswick in the North Lakes.

Resources (Useful Links)
General Transport (see also Special Interests: Transport)
Radio Cumbria 95.6; 96.1; 104.1 FM BBC Radio Cumbria (News, Weather, etc) Virgin Trains - Main Line Rail Euston to Lake District Virgin Trains (main line service)
Weatherline Cumbria - essential uptodate weather advice Weatherline Northern Rail - Local Rail Services in Cumbria Northern Rail (local & Cumbria Coast)
Official website for the Cumbria Tourist Board Cumbria Tourist Board Settle & Carlisle Railway Settle & Carlisle
Lake District National Park Authority - keeping this corner of England special Lake District National Park Mountain Goat - the Lake District experts Mountain Goat (day tours & getting about)
National Trust in Cumbria National Trust in Cumbria Stagecoach bus services and passes in Cumbria - the Lake District Stagecoach Cumberland (bus services)
Cumbria Life - The magazine for Cumbria Cumbria Life Windermere Lake Cruises - Lakeside Bowness Ambleside Windermere Lake Cruises
Made in Cumbria - Local Goods & Produce Made in Cumbria
Excellent Cumbria information website Visit Cumbria
Friends of the Lake District Friends of the Lake District
Weddings in Cumbria Weddings in Cumbria

Despite the recent Government U-turn on proposls to sell-off all of the public-owned forests in England,
Lakeland's many Forestry Commission managed woods and forests are stil threatened under current legislation.
Click on the banner above for full details about the campaign to Save Lakeland's Forests,
or visit por sister site for further informations about woodland in the Lake District

Cumbria has approximately 40 Forestry Commission forests, in addition to many more in private hands or under the ownership of charities such as the National Trust, Cumbria Wildlife Trust and the Woodland Trust. Some are ancient woodlands, vestiges of coppiced woodland exploited for charcoal over the centuries to fuel furnaces for smelting iron. Others are commercial conifer plantations of Douglas Fir of Sitka Spruce, but the majority are a mixture, a haven for wildlife and an asset for all to share.

Natural broad-leaved forest once covered much of the Lake District to an altitude of up to 2000 feet. However, the demand for timber and charcoal was so great that most of the region was deforested by the late sixteenth century and natural regeneration was suppressed by extensive grazing, especially from sheep. Conifers were planted for timber in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries but demand increased, especially to supply pit props during the First World War. As a consequence the Foresty Commission was created and large areas of the Lake District were reforested.

After the Second War voices began to be heard opposing the march of endless conifers which were destroying the natural landscape and the beauty of the Lake District and reducing its natural diversity. As a consequence the focus moved away from the central Lake District to the fringes where huge commercial forests were planted in places like Ennerdale. One person who was very vocal was the walker and writer Alfred Wainwright, His much loved guidebooks are littered with comments about the way in which the Forestry Commission was destroying the character of his beloved Lakeland and restricting access to the fells from Grizedale to Ennerdale. Here are a couple of quotes from his book 'The Western Fells' regarding Ennerdale:

"The sands are fast running out for those who would climb Bowness Knott to enjoy its fine full-length view of Ennerdale. Plantations have recentrly encroached on the summit and unless walkers keep a trail blazed through an abomination of forest trees the highest point of the fell will be inaccessible in a few years."

"Low Beck and High Beck are joyful streams ... but they have few visitors, and less since the growing plantations gradually hid them from the sight of travellers in the valley and muted their merry music. Except where the forest roads cross their courses they can neither be properly seen nor easily reached, nor is it possible to follow their banks. A canopy of foreign trees is dimming their sparkle, and they are taking on the sombreness of their new environment. Things are not what they used to be in Ennerdale. They never will be, ever again."

Quite a warning, and one repeated over and over again. Wainwright wrote those words in 1966. However, perhaps he wouldn't recognise the Ennerdale he was desribing nowadays for the Forestry Commission has changed completely and now recognises the role of recreation and the importance of preserving our environment. Over the last 20-30 years Ennerdale has been subject to a massive natural regeneration scheme - the so-called 'Wild Ennerdale' project which has seen the reintroduction of native species and the creation of a true natural wilderness along the upper valley of the Liza towards Blacksail. Here, nature has returned - there are deer, otters and a host of birds previously lost to the never ending march of the conifers. And it is not only in Ennerdale; there have been schemes in Grizedale and there are similar plans for Miterdale and Chapel House near Windermere. People are encouraged to enjoy the forests and even in the commercial plantations well-maintained forest tracks are widely used by mountain bikers, horse riders, orienteers and even by young mothers pushing the kids in a push-chair or granny in a wheelchair.

However, all of this is in danger of being lost once more. How long before profit-driven enterprises turn back the clock and Wainwrights warnings ring true once more? If the proposed sell-off of the Forestry Commission goes ahead we should be very concerned. Who will pay to regenerate Miterdale or Chapel House? Who will allow mountainbikers and horse riders to use the tracks in commercial plantations? And how long will it be before multi-purpose forests like Grizedale and Whinlatter turn into monotonous, sombre swathes of spruce trees? Even if the tourist potential of these last two continues to be harnessed what about all the other woods and forests? Will we still be able to walk over a carpet of bluebells in Chapel House in a few years? Or watch red squirrels in Blengdale? Or take a party of school children orienteering in Dent and Uldale? Rights of access will be protected for walkers but will the footpaths be maintained? And what about the car parks that have been fenced off at the forests already sold and the padlocks on gates that now keep out the horse riders and the mountain bikers ... and the pushchairs, and the wheelchairs, and the children that we should be encouraging to make more use of the outdoors?

Please add your voice to the campign to SAVE OUR FORESTS from thisridiculous threat. Sign the petition on the
38degrees website, join one of the various local campaigns or, if you live here in Cumbria check-out for the latest updates to see how you can help, and the dates of forthcoming rallies. Remember, these are your forests ... a legacy for future generations. if you are in Cumbria there is already one closer than you think ... just check out the list on the right.

Friends of the Lake District is the only charity wholly dedicated to protecting the landscape of
Cumbria and the Lake District for the future.

Friends of the Lake District represents CPRE (the Campaign to Protect Rural England) in Cumbria.
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