this month

Come with me to the cosmos
Andrew Gallon sees what’s exciting about looking at Cumbria’s night skies

Green corners of creation
John Sears uncovers a wealth of nature in our churchyards

Mills of industry
John Morrison investigates the often overlooked story of Lakeland’s bobbin makers

Everyone loves Helvellyn
Steve Goodier continues his countdown of Lakeland’s ten highest hills

Walking with a pioneer
Kevin Hopkinson tells of the man who helped open up the Lakes to Lancashire’s Victorian working class

Floral aristocracy
Howard Beck shares his pleasure of orchid hunting in Cumbria

Shining examples
Sebastian Oake looks at how time and technology have moved on as the nation’s lighthouse authority marks 500 years of history

Lofty ambition
Chris Meredith shares the heartwarming story of her dad’s return to walking the high fells after years combating illness

If you go down to the woods
John Morrison gives the lakes and hills a miss to enjoy the arrival of spring under the broadleaf

Manor plan
Sarah Briggs hears how the owner of a ruined Cumbrian hall hopes to put it back on the map

Walking 1
Sheffield Pike Mary Welsh



Walking 2
Dufton Pike Keith Wood

The industrious month of may
Tom Fryers continues his monthly reflections on the mighty oak that stands at his home beside Windermere

Fat man’s agonies
Tony Greenbank sizes up those slimline rock passages where it pays not to be carrying excess baggage

Turn up the volumes
Steve Goodier meets remarkable Whitehaven bookseller, publisher and time traveller Michael Moon

A breed apart
Kevin Hopkinson discovers the charms of rare Icelandic ponies in the heart of Cumbria



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