Cumbrians, lucky Cumbrians. Who are these people who inhabit the most stunning part of the United Kingdom? Originally, they were the Vikings, Norsemen, who came and pillaged, raped, took over the lands and settled there. Followed closely by the Roman legionnaires who stayed for several hundred years. Those majestic hills echoed to the songs of

Being brought up on the industrial west coast in the 40/50/60s we were not able to partake of what we now refer to as Fine Dining in Cumbria, it didn’t exist then. Most restaurants, in those days, were to be found in some of the hotels. A number of pubs also made valiant efforts to

When anyone mentions Cumbria to me they always bring up the subject of walking. If ever a county in the United Kingdom was created for walkers then this is the one. As a young man I lived for the weekends when I could get up early, fill a flask of tea, make some sandwiches, pack

Why My Magical Mystical Cumbria? Let me explain. It is mainly because I was born and raised there, not in the stunning centre of the county but amongst the steel mills and coal mines that dominated the coastal towns. Many times as a young man waiting for the bus to take me to my deep