I đź’—Cumbria (part 1)

If you ever look at my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/carol.warham you would know that I visit Keswick as often as possible. Unfortunately this is usually only for two weeks a year generally.  One of these weeks is always the first week in March when I can enjoy the Words by the Water Literary Festival. This takes place at the Theatre by the Lake.

I usually book tickets for a couple of speakers and then see if anything else takes my eye and is not fully booked.  This time my friend Lynda and I went to listen to David Owen speaking about his book, 'Cabinet's Finest Hour -The hidden agenda of 1940'.  I admit is sounds a bit dry but he spoke eloquently about his research and his admiration for the politicians involved. He also answered questions on current topics, from Corbyn to Brexit. His answers and opinions were clearly expressed, no shilly shallying here.
The other speaker was Richard Francis on his book 'Judge Sewell's Apology', about the Salem witch trials. Again another well researched book and a fascinating history.

We enjoyed some beautiful weather while we were there.  Long leisurely strolls taken every day while a certain dog, named Sam, enjoyed leaping about in Derwentwater, splashing happily until we dragged him out.

During our time we we visited some of Keswick's excellent pubs and coffee bars. Yes, cake was involved.
We decided, unusually, to take a ride out to the coast and visited Maryport, more of which later.  Normally once I've parked up the car is forgotten about until it's time to go home.
I'm already planning my next week away, which will probably be around September or October time. That is unless I can squeeze one in sooner!


  1. Sounds as though it's a good festival. I keep meaning to go to the Ilkley one and never get there.
    Your pics of the country are lovely. I want to go on holiday now.

    1. Thanks Awen. It is a good festival and always well attended.

  2. Keswick is so lovely and to combine it with a literary festival too! Great combination xx

  3. Thanks Trish. It was an ideal week with the good weather topping it off.


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