this month

Changing with the times
Sebastian Oake explores how modern-day youth hostelling is a far cry from cold dorms, cold water and sheet sleeping bags… but some things, thankfully, have stayed the same

First steps of adventure
Paul Jackson traces a hostel tour dating from the YHA’s infancy

Striving for a good ring
Andrew Gallon meets a group of bell-ringers keeping their passion alive

A pint of old counties nostalgia
Sebastian Oake pops in to the Three Shires Inn at Little Langdale

Beatrix Potter’s inspiration
Maggie B Dickinson celebrates Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle’s birthday with a visit to the lesser-known Newlands Valley

Georgian heritage on the Cumbrian coastline
Tony Greenbank meets the farrier behind many winning racehorses

For want of a nail…
Sebastian Oake gives us the start of his list of what he considers to be Cumbria’s ten finest trees

Record and cherish our trees
Sebastian Oake completes his countdown of Cumbria’s ten most inspiring trees

The month of sweet blossoms
Adrian Rogan recalls a blissful day in May



TOURING: Lakeside charms and follies
John Morrison sets off on a driving tour from the historic market town of Penrith

CYCLING: an Orton round
Jon Sparks explores the low hills between Tebay and Appleby

WALKING: Lancaster Canal
Mary Welsh follows part of the intriguing waterway, and takes a pit-stop at Levens Hall

Keith Wood tackles modest mountain heights



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