A warm welcome to Cumbria! The historic publication that searches far and wide to share the many stories of this special corner of the globe.

Seventy-five years ago, three sub-regional groups of the Youth Hostel Association set out to produce a magazine. Its aim was to celebrate a landscape and locale which they relished so much. Leslie Hewkin, Cumbria’s very first editor from 1947, established the magazine’s aim to “help all to a greater knowledge, love and care of the countryside”, and subsequent editor, the legendary Bill Mitchell, prioritised “putting people before things”. Seventy-five years later, these fundamental doctrines remain at the heart of this magazine, and it is with immense pride that we are able to continue in this tradition to this day.

Since 1947, times have certainly changed, but in its design, Cumbria has always had a striding edge. The passion for a place as remarkable and awe-inspiring as Cumbria doesn’t dwindle as the decades roll by. Indeed, with each new generation comes new challenges and achievements, new personalities and perspectives, and with these new stories to add to its ongoing legacy. Open the mag up and you will find these filling our colourful pages.

Everyone at Cumbria would like to take this moment of our anniversary as an opportunity to extend a heartfelt thank-you to all our valued readership for helping us reach this remarkable trig point in our history. Your continued support and engagement are pivotal for the magazine’s success – we hope to keep you informed and entertained for many years to come.

Marty Fraser-Turner :