The Blacksmiths Cottage

Where the Lakes meet the Sea.

A few attractions of the area.


Muncaster Castle

Muncaster Castle

Muncaster Castle (above)

Come and see why The Independent Newspaper voted Muncaster No 1 in their list of the top 50 "Best Spring Day's Out".  Although spring is now over Muncaster with all its attractions is worth a visit at any time of year!

Hardknott Pass

Hardknott Pass (above)

Hardknott Pass, and then Wrynose Pass in the Lake District, is a single track road right through the middle of the Lake District, and is very steep and twisting, but great fun.

Wastwater and Great Gable - Cumbria

Wastwater and Great Gable (above)

The deepest lake in England is Wastwater, set on the western side of the Lake District National Park and quite difficult to get to because of the distance from the M6 Motorway ( approximately 50 miles either coming from the north. south or east !! )
Never-the-less for those who put in the effort to get there will be rewarded with some of the Best views in the entire Lake District and also will have the advantage of getting away from the more popular and therefor crowded tourist stops of Keswick and Windermere.

The lal Ratty (above)

Known affectionately as "Lal Ratty" the Ravenglass and Eskdale miniture railway is the longest of it's kind in the country,running for 7 miles from the coastal village of Ravenglass to Dalegarth in the Eskdale valley.

Saint Olafs, Wasdale Head - Cumbria

Saint Olafs (above)

The church at Wasdale Head, Saint Olafs is arguably the Smallest church in England ( depending on how you measure size !!, -- ( floor area, cubic volume or seating capacity ??? )
Said to be built using timber from a Viking Long-Boat and set in the Beautiful location of Wasdale Head, under England's Highest Mountain and next to England's Deepest lake, Wastwater and don't forget the home of the World's Biggest Liar ( a competition held annually in a local pub !! )
The inscription on the simple stained glass window inside the church reads " Lift up thine eyes "
I couldn't put in Better !!!

Langdale Valley

Langdale Pikes (above)

Although the Langdale Pikes are not the highest peaks in the Lake District, they have a distinctive profile characterised by rugged slopes, and three Craggy summits in close proximity. These are Harrison Stickle, Pike of Stickle, and Loft Crag. As Wainwright states "No mountain profile in Lakeland arrests and excites the attention more than that of the Langdale Pikes ..." (Wainwright 1958, Harrison Stickle 2). Part of the reason for this is the way they gain their height. Wainwright goes on to say "The difference in altitude between top and base is little more than 2000 feet, yet because it occurs in a distance latterly of three quarters of a mile, it is enough to convey a remarkable impression of remoteness, of inaccessibility, to the craggy summit surmounting the rugged slopes" (Wainwright 1958, Harrison Stickle 2).

 Ennerdale Water on a summer evening - Cumbria

Ennerdale Water

Ennerdale Water is one of the most secluded but beautiful of the western lakes. There are many walks nearby, a circular walk around the lake takes around two hours. There are also other walks suitable for pushchair access and people with young children, on a track/road (with no public vehicle access) which runs from Bowness Knott to the end of the lake.
Ennerdale is fairly quiet, as it's away from the main Lake District tourist areas around Keswick, Windermere etc.
The nearby village has a great children's playground and two pubs serving food.