this month

Built with ponies in mind
Maggie B Dickinson continues her history of Cumbria’s packhorse heritage

Could you face “the Fred”?
Jon Sparks tells the story of a gruelling Cumbrian cycling challenge

The real Farmer Potatoes
Maggie B Dickinson discovers the man behind the Beatrix Potter character

The man who knew deer
W R Mitchell recalls the life of Cumbrian GP Peter Delap

Remedies that spring to mind
Tony Greenbank visits Cockermouth to meet an expert on the medicinal properties of Cumbria’s plants

Returning the dunes
Charlotte Rowley reveals the restoration work being done along the Furness coast

She’s gone batik to basics
Andrew Gallon discovers how Cumbria’s landscape and flora have inspired artist Caroline King


Time to bloom once more
John Sears looks forward to the roses that herald the imminent arrival of summer

“Standing in paradise”
Adrian Rogan heads for Buttermere and is entranced by the beauty of Newlands Valley

Valley parade
John Morrison enjoys a landscape in blossom as he drives from Kendal to Windermere

Visiting Long Meg and her Daughters
Jon Sparks cycles through handsome villages and an impressive stone circle

Tumbling streams and bird song
In her final walk for Cumbria, Mary Welsh takes us over the rolling countryside to the west of Kendal

Seen from the ridge
Vivienne Crow enjoys great views at St Sunday Crag and Grisedale



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