One of my joys in the B&B is gardening. I just love it – and hope that all the money and time spent in the garden is worth it in terms of seeing happy guests eating breakfast in the garden and the joy I get...

“Guests – be careful not to talk to them too much: you never know what they will want next – more tea, more toast, more advice on the best walks! We are supposed to know everything about the Lake District!” I was disheartened with this...

Our son was born with talipes (club feet). He had five long years of treatment – too young to complain too much about restricted mobility, about endless trips to the hospital, about having to sleep with his feet confined together in something not dissimilar to...

  Blencathra is one of the mighty fells of the Lake District – holding its own next to Skiddaw. It is a high one at nearly 3000ft. It was one of our first Wainwrights when we took the slow, steady route up from the Field Studies...

It was one of the days when we needed a drive after working flat-out on preparing the guest house for our first visitors. We have always loved Scotland – Caroline formerly lived in Stirling and both of us have had many holidays there - although...

High Moss is a magnificent Arts and Crafts era house in Portinscale, near Keswick. Built in 1901 for John Stanwell Birkett by the builder Thomas Hodgson, it is an architectural masterpiece designed by William Henry Ward. Built on the side of a steeply sloping hill the house is packed...

Our first trip to Hadrian’s Wall at Bowness-on-Solway was not entirely what we expected – there was no wall as such! Most of the remains have been incorporated into various other buildings over the years, but there is a beautiful mosaic in the shelter that marks the beginning...