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Lakeland Cam
Updated daily - superb pictures of the Lake District by our friend Tony Richards. He also sells CDs of his Lakeland photographs which are superb! Do look at his guestbook - the site has repeat daily visitors from all over the world!

The Coppermines Grizedale Stages Rally - 29 November 2008
We will again be sponsoring the Coppermines Grizedale Stages Rally. This is a showcase event of the best of British motor rallying with over 100 competitors. To get into the heart of the action come and stay in Coniston for the weekend.

Hulme Associates Chartered Surveyors
Specialists in business rates, appeals and investment property - based in Stoke on Trent.

William Sutherland Lake District Architect
This website is maintained by William Sutherland Architect as an informal source of information on building and related issues within the Lake District National Park, Cumbria, UK.

Rheged - The Village in the Hill
Discover Cumbria's leading family day out. Discover: 4 Giant Movies, the NEW free Discovering Cumbria Exhibition and Cumbria information Centre. Shop: Rheged's shops reflect the region, its activities, crafts people & producers. Eat: Fresh food with a distinct Cumbrian emphasis. Play: Let off steam with indoor soft play and creative workshops.

Ash House Boarding Kennels
Audrey Howard and her husband Peter have a dairy farm in Darnhall, Cheshire and also have boarding kennels business. They have a lovely setting with close proximity to Winsford, Northwich, Middlewich, Tarporley and Nantwich - with good links to the motorway network. Highly recommended!

Barden Planning Consultants
A consultancy established in 1986 offering planning services in Cumbria and throughout the north west and north of England. Planning applications and advice, enforcement, appeals, inquiries, hearings, planning briefs. Listed buildings, building conversions, private & public sector clients including parish councils. Contact Brian Barden

Kendal Auction Rooms
Our roots can be traced back to the early 19th century with auctions originally held in the town centre market hall (now Westmorland shopping centre) before moving to the auction mart on Appleby Road in the 1980s. All auctions are now held in the purpose designed state of the art saleroom just round the corner on Sandylands Road, complete with all the comforts of a retail environment, including a large screen displaying lots up for auction, fitted carpets and central heating. Our valuers are happy to call and assess items for auction, our immediate catchment area covering Cumbria, North Lancashire and The Yorkshire Dales, although items are regularly consigned from and sent to customers all over the world.

Kendal Auction Mart
North West Auctions is proud to be the leading livestock operator in the North West with two strategically-placed sites in Lancaster and Kendal. Our markets are true farmers’ markets, with high quality stock coming direct from local farmers. We have an extremely experienced team – all the auctioneers have over 20 years’ in the business and a wide range of specialisms (prime stock, dairy & breeding stock, store stock) and all our staff have been with us over 15 years – running markets with an excellent name nationally. Buyers come regularly from as far afield as the north of Scotland & south Devon.

Andrew Loudon - Professional Dry Stone Waller
Having worked in the conservation and building of drystone walls for many years, Andrew’s walling skills have lent themselves to a variety of projects both in the UK & abroad. In 1997, Andrew won his first walling competition and he was runner-up in the British Professional Championship in 1999. Andrew offers quality walling services to a wide client base as well as running unique drystone walling courses suitable for beginners, or for improving basic walling skills, perhaps with a special garden or historical feature in mind.

Lakes & Cumbria Today Magazine
A fascinating magazine packed full of enthusiastic ideas - where to go - what to do - where to shop - where to eat out - where to walk etc etc available in The Lakes or by post - don't miss it! Take an overview of the Lakes and Cumbria region. Over a hundred attractions & places of interest at a glance. Plan your stay, don’t waste a day!

Mountain Weather Forecasts
The Mountain Weather Information Service produces the following forecasts. A major revision for each area is released at roughly 4:30pm, with updates to the forecasts being made during the day when necessary. Each forecast is downloadable as a PDF file and is for today & the following 2 days. The Cumbrian fells - This includes the whole of Cumbria, and also the western Pennines North from Ingleborough. This forecast is produced 7 days per week.

Taxis at Railway Stations - Windermere or Ulverston
Search this site for the telephone numbers of Taxis available at all Railway Stations UK

North Country Furniture Makers
Traditional and contemporary solid wood furniture handmade to order by Peter Helme. Call at their showroom & workshop near Ulverston.

The Ruskin Museum, Coniston Village
There has been a Ruskin Museum in Coniston since 1901, when W.G. Collingwood, a local artist & antiquarian who had been Ruskin's secretary, set it up both as a memorial to Ruskin and a celebration of the area's heritage. Therefore, although the museum has a Ruskin collection, there are also exhibits relating to the coppermines, slate, geology, lace, farming & Donald Campbell. The museum was extended in 1999 with the help of a Heritage Lottery grant; additional building with modern design-work, computer displays, and hands-on exhibits have transformed the look of the 2 galleries.

Halls of Coniston
Halls of Coniston online shop, where they have t-towels of the lake district,dvd's,video's, walking canes, maps and accessories, socks, a large selection of fudge and kendal mint cake. They also have a large range of Lake District calendars and a large collection of books including autobiographies, animals, war, aircraft, climbing, walking and adventure.

Brantwood, Coniston
Brantwood is the most beautifully situated house in the Lake District. It enjoys the finest lake and mountain views in England, and there is no other house in the district with such a diversity of literary and artistic associations. From 1872 until 1900 Brantwood was the home of that most eminent of Victorians, John Ruskin. Brantwood is open to the public all year. 

Coniston Tourist Information
Set in the heart of the old Lakeland village under the towering crags of Coniston Old Man and close to Coniston Water, the tourist information centre is a superb “shop window” for Coniston and its surroundings. Purpose built by The Lake District National Park Authority about 10 years ago it is now run by the village community and staffed by local friendly volunteers seven days a week all the year round

UK Web Design
Our local website design company. Established in 1996, bf internet (formerly known as big fish internet) have helped many UK companies establish themselves successfully on the Internet. Drawing on our years of internet and design experience we provide our clients with attractive, functional and cross-platform compatible websites.

Lake District Fishing
The Windermere, Ambleside and District Angling Association is the largest angling club in Cumbria, offering a huge variety of waters and facilities to both members and visitors alike. There is superb sport for the fly angler ranging from well stocked rainbow trout fisheries, such as Ghyll Head and High Newton, to wild, remote hill tarns holding perfect native brown trout. The stillwaters controlled by the Association range in size from 2.5 acres to over 2,500 acres and just about everything in between. In addition the Association offers its members access to over 100 miles of top quality river fishing for salmon, sea trout, brown trout and grayling on the Ribble, Eden, Derwent, South Tyne and others.

Astonlee Veterinary Surgery, Buckinghamshire
Astonlee Veterinary Surgery in Newport Pagnell, Milton Keynes, is a small animal practice, treating cats and dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, birds, reptiles and all other family pets. The practice was founded with the intention of providing the very best veterinary care to the local community.
The veterinary practice was established in 1986 and is located in Tickford Street, Newport Pagnell, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire and is owned by Mr Paul Manning who has over 20 years veterinary experience.

The Kennel Club
The Kennel Club campaign to break down barriers for dogs and their owners. Ever tried to take your dog for a walk to pick up some essentials from the shops, only to be faced by the problem of not being allowed to take your dog in? Restrictions for dog owners on where they can take their dog seem to be an ever increasing daily dilemma, which is why the Kennel Club launched its ‘OPEN FOR DOGS’ campaign, to encourage more businesses to accept dogs. From cafes, restaurants, libraries and shops to taxis, road recovery companies, offices and more. These are places we all go to, and need to go to, and why should dogs not be allowed to accompany us, as well behaved dog citizens?

Grisedale Cottages, Garsdale, Sedbergh, Cumbria
Located in the Garsdale Valley between Hawes and Sedburgh in the Yorkshire Dales these two cottages are owned and privately let by the owners of Rose Bank Cottage in Coniston. Being within the Yorkshire Dales National Park this is a great location for walking and to enjoy the local wild life.

Local Estate Agents
For links to a selection of local South Lake District Estate Agents

Striding Edge Lake District DVDs
Striding Edge is rooted in English Lakeland. The landscapes around our headquarters at the mouth of the Wasdale Valley inspire our choice of programmes and products. We also get a chance to meet many of our customers who are regular visitors to the area. Because of that we’re more in touch with what Lake District routes they’d like us to feature and which other parts of Remote Britain they’d like us to add to our list.

Tarn Hows and Monk Coniston
Historic woodland and tranquil tarns framed by rugged mountainous scenery at the north end of Coniston Water. A new footpath leads from the shores of Coniston Water to Tarn Hows, taking in the walled garden and grounds of Monk Coniston Hall, famed for their interesting specimen trees. This well-known beauty spot offers dramatic mountain views and excellent sheltered waterside walks. The tarn and surrounding woodlands are home to a wealth of wildife. Monk Coniston garden and grounds Monk Coniston Hall was once home to James Garth Marshall, the Victorian creator of Tarn Hows. Explore the old walled garden and grounds famed for their exotic conifers (the house is not open to the public).

BBC Cumbria
Local News & Information

The Westmorland Gazette
Local News & Information

The North West Evening Mail
Local News & Information

Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dogs
SARDA Lakes are a voluntary organisation dedicated to the training and use of mountain rescue search dogs to assist in the search for and rescue of missing persons, predominantly in a mountainous environment, but also in other areas where our skills may be of benefit. All Lake District mountain rescue search dog handlers are also members of a mountain rescue team affiliated to the Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association (LDSMRA) and therefore must already be competent in first aid and survival in a mountainous environment. The Association is a registered charity which can continue to exist only because of public donations.

Art By Ray Bradshaw
Ray Bradshaw produces paintings in watercolour, acrylic and oils, specialising in the subject of individuals enjoying life out and about in the mountains, hills and valleys of the countryside. Ray's paintings are in the main observations from within the English Countryside, especially the English Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. Ray captures in his own unique way activities of the local inhabitants and visitors of the area. His subject depicts a way of life, locals at work side by side with the tourist and outdoor activity fraternity. His paintings can be described as caricaturist with a Lowry influence.

Made in Cumbria
For a wide range of produce and products Made in Cumbria is the ideal web-site for everything from food, drink, jewellery, perfume and much more.

Striding Edge Photo Diary of the Lake District
StridingEdge is a website dedicated to fellwalking in the English Lake District which is regularly updated and aims to capture the beauty and moods of this wonderful landscape. It is a photo diary of Sean McMahon's fell walks and contains details of the Lake District's 214 Wainwright fells and 541 Birkett fells. There are regularly updated photos and maps of walks with distances, timings, ascents and route descriptions. Each Wainwright and Birkett Lake District fell has its own information page which includes height details, fell grouping, accurate GPS co-ordinates and a summit photo. Sean is joined on many of my walks by my Bearded Collies, Angus and Casper. Enjoy the spectacular views!

Cicerone Walking and Climbing Guide Books
Cicerone walking and climbing guide books cover the English Lake District and surrounding countryside. This is an area of exceptional mountain scenery, where wild fells soar high above the fourteen lakes in the region. It is home to England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, and England’s largest and deepest lakes, Windermere and Wastwater.

Lake District National Park Authority
Welcome to the Lake District National Park -England's largest National Park includes Scafell Pike - its highest mountain, Wastwater - its deepest lake, and thriving communities like Keswick and Bowness-on-Windermere. The offical Lake District National Park Authority web-site has information for visitors, students and local residents about this unique corner of England.

Peter Rabbit
The official Peter Rabbit web-site. Learn all about Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit, play games, visit the online shop for books and gifts and much much more...

Cumbria Classic Coaches
Cumbria Classic Coaches are a small friendly family run business specialising in running classic vintage half-cab buses and coaches. 
Along with our heritage routes the buses are available for private hire.

Cumbria Magazine
For over 50 years Cumbria has been bringing a breath of the fells and valleys to devotees all over the world. Each month the magazine introduces readers to the characters who shape this beautiful corner of England. Every issue boasts a combination of stunning photography and informative articles about the people, history, countryside and traditions that give the Lake District its unique flavour.

Rootsweb.Ancestry.Com
Geneology directory for Cumbria

Friends Of the Lake District
Formed in 1934 the Friends of the Lake District works to protect and enhance the special qualities of the distinctive and inspirational landscapes of the Lake District and Cumbria.

Coniston Attractions
For all the latest information on some of the attractions in the Coniston area including all the latest news and information about special events.

Usher Construction - Building in Coniston Since 1870 !
Usher Construction can provide you with all your building, joinery & plumbing services, covering all areas of the trade in one establishment, a complete service from start to finish.
Based in the pretty English Lake District village of Coniston, in Cumbria, the Ushers have been providing a trusted service to the surrounding areas since the mid Victorian period.
We have a team of tried and tested tradesmen, such as architects and electricians to compliment any services we provide. 
Please feel free to call for a recommendation.

G. D. USHER AND SON 015394 41217

USHER JOINERY 015394 41209 

USHER PLUMBING AND HEATING 015394 41854 

The Lake District Directory
Directory for all things Lake District!

 

Kirkbride Brothers Ltd - Based in Coniston
Kirkbride Joinery & Contractors Ltd are a local family firm based in Coniston village and offer a wide range of experience within the joinery & construction industry. 

Contracting their own team of builders,joiners,electricians and plumbers. No job is too big or small. 

Please call for a free quotation
015394 41562

Or fill in the simple enquiry form online.

Picture (far right) shows the recently completed rebuild of the Bluebird Cafe in Coniston, completed by Kirkbride Brothers in Spring 2011.

South Cumbria Rivers Trust
Our aim is to conserve and protect and when necessary rehabilitate and improve biodiversity of the lakes, rivers and streams of South Cumbria including adjacent waters for the public benefit.

Stopfords - Creators of fine foods
Outside & Event Catering

Contact Nicholas Stopford

Akerwood, 11 Linnet Grove
Helme-View
Kendal 
Cumbria
LA9 7RP

M: 07710319569
T: 01539 733507
E: stopfords@fsmail.net