Netley Abbey with The Ditsy Explorer

It’s time to welcome my first guest blogger to Holme & Away! After inviting the ‘Twitterverse’ to get in touch with me about their favourite local sights, The Ditsy Explorer, a.k.a. Peta Bradwell, messaged me about Netley Abbey. It sounds like a magical place, but I’ll let her tell you more about it…

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

The vast majority of my Cumbria-based posts to Holme & Away are focused on locations in the Eden Valley, and the eastern side of the Lake District National Park. This time, I am venturing out and heading over to the West Coast of Cumbria, to the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway. It is practically on the opposite side of the county to myself and sits roughly 18 miles south of Whitehaven.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum

At the end of February, I ventured up to Glasgow for an incredibly brief visit. Obviously, the limited time meant I had to pick my activities very carefully, and after much deliberation, I settled on the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum. It is Scotland’s most visited museum, so clearly it has something going for it!

Lowther Castle

A few weeks ago, I made a visit to another local attraction and historical gem, Lowther Castle. I have already visited the parkland surrounding the Castle when I went to Lowther Show, and I thought it high time that I visited the shell of the building that remains. In 2017, they opened a new exhibition taking the visitor on a journey from its Medieval beginnings to present day. Let me tell you, it is hugely interesting, and so I shall tell you its story… very briefly. The whole thing would take days!

Long Meg & Castlerigg

I’m kicking off 2018 with a visit to some slightly bizarre locations. Long Meg and her Daughters, and Castlerigg are two fairly well-known stone circles in Cumbria, and can be found near Little Salkeld and Keswick respectively.

Happy Holidays

Checking in with a very brief festive message:

Happy Holidays to everyone who’s read my blog this year, even if it’s just this quick post! Thank you to my followers for your support throughout this year, and here’s to an even better 2018. I’ve got lots of new and fun things in the pipeline so you’ll have to keep a watch out for those.

I’m taking a short hiatus now so I can fully enjoy time with my family but I’ll be back near the start of January for more Holme & Away visits and posts. I hope to hear from you then.

If you want to check in with me in the meantime, I’ll still be on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram so follow me there!

Lanercost Priory

We’ve now reached the end (nearly) of 2017, and I have one last ‘real’ post to go before my festive hiatus. A few weekends ago, my friend, Amy, and I visited Lanercost Priory, near Brampton. The site has been a place of worship since the 12th Century, and it is now presented as a mix of ruin and functioning church. Like most places in the vicinity of the Scottish border, such as Carlisle Castle, it has a rocky history of raids and hardship; and, like Brougham Castle, there have also been a handful of royal visits.

Brougham Castle

Head out to the outskirts of Penrith and you’ll find Brougham Castle, a medieval castle based on the site of the Roman fort of Brocavum. Very shortly after the land was acquired by Robert de Vieuxpoint in 1214, the castle was built to defend England from the Scots, and also at times from other members of the English nobility. The River Eamont which runs beside the castle used to mark the border between England and Scotland, before the boundary was moved further north by William Rufus in 1092.

A Brief Weekend in Liverpool

As part of my birthday celebrations and presents, I was treated to a weekend in Liverpool with my sister. She’d bought me tickets to see Steps at the Echo Arena which was absolutely incredible, as well as a huge nostalgia trip!

We did also get the chance to wander along the waterfront and potter around the Museum of Liverpool for an hour or so. Liverpool is such a fantastic city, and it’s brilliant for shopping too. I may have spent one or two pounds in John Lewis!