this month

Strength and honour
Stephen Roberts gives us a countdown of his favourite castles in Cumbria

Small is beautiful
Andrew Gallon visits Cumbria Classic Minis and meets the Lakeland devotees of the iconic British car

Everyone stops for Tebay
Matthew Appleby looks at the family business that has transformed the image of motorway service stations

Ministering to the navvies
Mark Hicken discovers how the Church exerted its spiritual muscles as railway mania hit Cumbria in the nineteenth century

The hundred club
This year the Women’s Institute marks its centenary. Ken Powell finds out why it is thriving across Cumbria

How many ha’pennies?
Sebastian Oake is puzzled as he sups his pint at the Kirkstile Inn in Loweswater

A Cumbrian time capsule
John Morrison visits Townend in Troutbeck, the home of the Browne family for more than 400 years and a jewel of the National Trust

Up, up and away
Tony Greenbank meets John Walsh, a Workington man with a passion for pigeons

A prophecy of what was to come
Adrian Rogan reflects on how man changed a beautiful aspect of the Lakeland landscape for ever

TOURING: in John Peel’s backyard
John Morrison is behind the wheel as we drive across the north-west corner of Cumbria



CYCLING: room at the top
Jon Sparks enjoys magnificent views as he tackles the road over Cold Fell

WALKING: tarn and country
Vivienne Crow guides us along what is described as one of the best low-level routes in central Lakeland

WALKING: into the heart of lakeland
Mary Welsh sets out from Elterwater village to take in stunning views from riverside and pasture



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