Lakeland Diary

Croft House Keswick Diary

    Autumn View of ApplethwaiteAutumn View of Applethwaite

    The end of Autumn has brought some beautiful, brilliant days when the foliage colours have been seen at their best. This is the view from the lane by Croft House Cottages across to one end of Applethwaite village. The building Continue reading

    Paragliding off LatriggParagliding off Latrigg

    The last day of August proved to be a beautiful, clear, sunny day. It was ideal for the group of paragliders assembled at the top of Latrigg. During the day they took turns to try tandem paragliding – the brightly Continue reading

    Hands Sculpture on the shores of DerwentwaterHands Sculpture close to Derwentwater

    This is a well known landmark on the walk through the woods at Brandelhow on the far side of Derwentwater from Keswick. You can reach that side of the lake by launch from the Keswick boat landings near the Theatre Continue reading

    Looking towards DerwentwaterDerwentwater

    One of our favourite walks is to start from the top of the Honister Pass and walk back down to Grange. For the energetic a detour can be made on the way to the top of Castle Crag! This photo Continue reading

    Ullswater and the islandsUllswater and the islands

    We often take this photo – the full panorama of the Ullswater valley is laid out before as you drive down from Troutbeck on the A66 near Keswick to meet the road that skirts Ullswater close to Aira Force. The Continue reading

    Glenridding Pier on UllswaterGlenridding Pier

    Ullswater is approximately 8 miles long but less than 1 mile across. It is the second longest lake in England. Sir Donald Campbell set a world water speed record of 202.32 mph on Ullswater in July 1958 in Bluebird K7. Continue reading


    There is a small car park just north of the Kirkstile Pass where you can look down on the valley leading to Ullswater, Glenridding and Patterdale. Just before you reach Ullswater you drive alongside Brotherswater. This lake used to be Continue reading

    Tornado in CumbriaTornado Steam Train

    February saw the first steam-hauled scheduled passenger train services in England for 50 years. Over three days there were several services between Appleby and Skipton when a 7 carriage train was hauled by a Tornado steam engine. The Carlisle to Continue reading

    The launch service on DerwentwaterWaiting for the launch on Derwentwater

    You can walk all the way round Derwentwater – a walk of great variation and amazing views. However if you want to do just sections of the round the lake walk you can very effectively use the launch service across Continue reading

    Catbells from DerwentwaterCatbells from Derwentwater

    For many visitors to Keswick it is the ascent of CatBells which is the “must do” item during their stay. Cat Bells is not a high mountain by Lakeland standards – at just over 1200 feet. Perhaps it is something Continue reading