A visit to two castles in Cumbria

With our English Heritage membership about to expire hubby and I went to see two castles we had not previously explored. Although their names look very similar (as are aspects of their history) the way they are pronounced is quite different. Brougham sounds like broom and Brough rhymes with gruff.

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We broke our journey at Rheged and had a look around some of the shops there. Brougham castle is just off the A66 beyond the Penrith junction. We found a parking place and took our picnic lunch through the ticket office/museum. We ate it overlooking the river Eamont. (There are more benches and picnic benches farther into the site, but it was convenient for returning our surplus items to the car rather than carrying them round.)

There are history information boards around the site and it is possible to climb up the keep for views of the surrounding area. Hubby climbed to the top, but I decided that the first level was quite high enough. I am not good with heights!

As it was still fairly early in the afternoon, we decided to proceed to Brough Castle, which is also close to the A66, rather than returning home immediately.

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Unlike Brougham Castle, entry to Brough castle is free. It was very busy, but I managed to take some photos avoiding the other visitors.

Our journey home took longer than expected due to the volume of traffic on the A66. In spite of that, it was another good day out.

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Another Lego exhibition

The models, which are displayed in Lego exhibitions, are designed by professional Lego artists.  I was amazed by the attention to detail in the models at the Bricks in Time exhibition at Rheged.  This summer exhibition tells English history in Lego models and  ends on 4 September.  If you have missed it, perhaps there will be a chance to see it somewhere else.  (Brick City at The Beacon, Whitehaven continues for another week.)  The wonderfully decorated Herdwick sheep are going to be at Rheged soon prior to their auction in aid of the Calvert Trust.  I spotted a few in various locations in Cumbria including one at Rheged.  (Actually hubby spotted this one!)

North Cumbria
North Cumbria
South Cumbria
South Cumbria

There are lots of pictures of the Lego models of The Flying Scotsman online.  Although I took lots of photos, I am only going to post the ones I took of a Victorian street.  The details impressed me.  Look out for the people’s hats.  The milliner on the street must be doing well.  There was a child with a hoop – a popular game.  The pavement alone was a work of art.

Fun with Lego

This week’s photo challenge from the Daily Post, Fun, was issued the day I visited a Lego exhibition.  Lego is featured in two exhibitions that I know of in Cumbria this summer.  There is a big exhibition at Rheged, which includes a steam locomotive and Brick City at The Beacon, Whitehaven.  At Brick City there are buildings from around the world (including a few from London) built from Lego.  It continues until 11th September 2016, a week after the Rheged exhibition closes.

Apart from bare-footed  people who have trodden on a Lego brick, is there anyone who does not agree that Lego is fun?

St Pancras Station, front view
St Pancras Station, front view