1. What’s in a Name?
The name ‘Windermere’ is made up of two words, ‘mere’ the Old English word for a body of water and the old Norse name ‘Vinandr’. We do not know who this character Vinandr was, but presumably somebody with a rather large ego who looked out over the lake one day and decided it belonged to him. Guests at Low Wood Bay and Waterhead can readily enjoy Vinandr’s view in a more civilized way over a nice glass of Chardonnay!
Windermere, Lake District (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
2. Fluffy grey sheep
Another inheritance from our Viking forefathers are the grey sheep that you will see dotted around the fells. These are the now native Cumbrian Herdwick sheep prized for their robust health and their ability to live solely on forage. The wool quality has unique qualities relating to durability – thick bristle type fibres forming a protective barrier layer in blizzards. They have been known to survive under a blanket of snow for three days while eating their own wool! (more…)
Sunny Morecambe Beach
If you thought that ‘going on holiday’ was a relatively new invention, albeit now an inspired and cherished British tradition, you will discover below that people have travelled for recreation, leisure and health going back centuries.
We love the below vibrant infographic, packed with interesting insights to the changing fashions in choice of holidays. Currently trending is the high percentage of us Brits holidaying in the UK or taking a ‘staycation’. We’d love to hear your holiday stories – perhaps you drank one of the twenty million cups of tea a year served up by Butlins in the 1960s? Do you remember when the average holiday cost £157 in the not-so-long ago good ol’ days of the 1980s? Or do you have nostalgic memories of the happy band that flooded to our beloved seaside towns to walk arm in arm along the prom and dip in the lido?
We’d love to hear some of your stories, funny or nostalgic and in the coming weeks we will publish some of the best …
Opened in 1797 the Lune Aqueduct carries the Lancaster Canal over the river Lune
In the mid-18th century Lancaster was a prosperous port but this was threatened as ships grew in size making navigating up the River Lune difficult. Whilst the port at Liverpool in the south was flourishing, the future of the ports of Lancaster and Milnthorpe was in doubt. In an effort to re-invigorate trade, the merchants proposed building a canal which would start at Kendal and run almost due south through Lancaster, to Preston. Initially the scheme did not attract support in the town but eventually in 1770, a group determined to put Lancaster on the canal map won out and John Rennie was asked to survey the canal. (more…)