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Lake District Gazetteer

There may be more beautiful places in the world, but I havenʼt come across them. Not only are the hills just the right height, high enough to be impressive, but not too tall to take in, itʼs also stuffed with waterfalls, lakes, rocky outcrops, etc. each of which in any other part of the country would be tourist attractions in their own right.

Aira Force

Location

Cumbria Map

OS Ref: NY 399 204

Last Visited: 1994

Aira Force

Aira Force

Aira Force

Aira Force

Compared to some waterfalls, Aira Force is reasonably accessible; you can walk all round it, viewing it from various points.

In fact, the whole valley is owned by the National Trust, so there are plenty of walks in the area.

External Links and References

  • External Links

    • Ullswater and Aira Force
      National Trust Handbook entry detailing opening times, ticket prices, facilities, etc.
      https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/aira-force-and-ullswater
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Townend

Location

Cumbria Map

OS Ref: NY 406 019

Last Visited: 1994

Townend

Townend

Townend

Townend

From the outside, this large stone and slate house doesnʼt look all that remarkable; it is only once you get inside that you realise that Townend is something special. It was built by the Browne family, wealthy local farmers in the 17th century.

One of family took to whiling away the winter evenings by practicing his joinery and woodcarving skills creating an extrodinary interior.

I took the right-hand photo, just before I noticed a large 'No Photography' sign. Ho hum! I canʼt un-take it now, and it does illustrate the zaniness of it all. Must be the only place in the world with a 'fitted' grandfather clock.

External Links and References

  • External Links

    • Townend
      National Trust Handbook entry detailing opening times, ticket prices, facilities, etc.
      https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/townend
  • Maps of the Area

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