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COCKERMOUTH TRAVEL Thirlmere from Great How

Our next walk will be on Saturday 29th September at Thirlmere, a circuit that includes an ascent of Great How, paths on the east side of Thirlmere as far as Swirls, returning on the path to Stannah via a crossing of Fisher Gill - approximately 6 miles/total ascent 1250ft.

Meet at the junction of A591 and the road that leads to Thirlmere Dam, beyond the section of dual carriageway alongside High Rigg at 10.00am, or 9.15am at Christ Church, Cockermouth, to car share. The Grid Reference is GR316195 - use postcode CA12 4TG for GPS devices. Park at United Utilities’ Legburthwaite Car Park near Stannah or roadside parking near the start of the walk.

October’s Walk will be on Saturday 27th

A delightful woodland walk from Wreay, near Carlisle, visiting St. Mark’s Church and the Sarah Losh Heritage Centre.

Contact Stan Leigh for more details or telephone 01900 828821 or email


It was my Birthday (again) at the end of August and Stottie treated me to a week of RRLF&D (rest relaxation, lovely food and drinks) in the beautiful village of Pefkos in Rhodes. We stayed at the family-run Finas Hotel, which is in a great location ten minutes’ walk from the village centre and beaches. Pefkos, which means pine tree in Greek, is a relaxed resort, which is both picturesque and incredibly hospitable and is a popular destination, both for locals and tourists. It’s managed to keep its friendly laid- back atmosphere and offers a warm welcome, most of the businesses in the village are run by local families, which has helped Pefkos remain true to its roots, retaining the chilled Greek atmosphere. We also ventured to the picture postcard village of Lindos and discovered some superb restaurants, so if anyone is going and would like some recommendations just call in for a chat.

This is a wind-up!

For the social media addicts who always have a flat phone battery, while lounging on the beach! Buy a Dynamo phone charger! you spend ten minutes winding the handle for two hours charge on your phone! They cost from around £4.50 upwards, from all the usual online shops.

It’s staff educational time again at CT!

At the time of writing, Leanne is in South Africa with the tourist board visiting the Drakensburg Mountains, Rorke’s Drift, a

private game reserve, followed by a stay in the amazing Oyster Box Hotel in Durban. Bethan is going to Cuba to check out Havana and the beaches, Jackie to Rhodes to see a brand-new hotel, Rachael to the stunning Moon Palace in Mexico and Julie is off to Rome, Florence and Venice on a cultural trip with Kirker Holidays. It must be my turn soon!

Not just for Christmas!

Turkey is amazing value at the moment! Customers recently returning from their summer holiday have been paying less than £10.00 per person for a superb evening meal including drinks. Don’t go all-inclusive, as the tour operators won’t pass on all the savings. Look for an apartment or hotel on B&B and there’s lots of great deals still available until the end of October.

Top Tip!

If you fly in to Geneva en route to France, turn off your data roaming on your phone. Switzerland is outside the EU, so you will pay Worldwide roaming fees! Big ouch on your phone bill.

Apologies if this article is containing even more ‘speeelin misteaks n errers’ than usual. The amazing doctors and nurses at NHS Cumbria have been fixing my right hand, so had to type this very, very slowly using one finger on my left hand.

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