Tuesday, 11 April 2017


I haven't walked past here since last year so it was a nice surprise to see this 'Open' notice with its promise of things like tea, cakes and pizza.  This was once the Hodbarrow Mines Offices (built in 1873) and it is the only building that remains of the enterprise.  In more recent times it was the Commodore Club (a bar and restaurant) which closed a long time ago and was eventually put up for sale.  We've noticed a lot of building work over the last couple of year and then managed to miss the actual opening of the Hotel and Bistro which I now discover was back in December.  
Its new name is Herdwicks (the name of the local breed of sheep) and their Facebook page says this door, kindly donated, is from the original Hodbarrow Mines offices, still with the 'Hodbarrow' lettering in place, although of course the paint is sparklingly new..  It always surprises me the amount of historical 'stuff' that people have squirreled away locally.  As it was late in the day we didn't go inside but anticipate it will be a nice end to our circular amble in future.
Here is the other side of the building as seen from the sea wall over Hodbarrow Lagoon.  I've had to dive into my archives for this photo which was taken in February 2016, a colder winter than this year's warm one when we have only had the occasional fine dusting of snow on the hills which soon melted away.  

An entry to ABC Wednesday, a journey through the alphabet, this week sojourning at N here 


Leslie: said...

That looks like an actual mountain behind! Where is this exactly because I've been thinking about flying to Glasgow and then travelling by train south to the Lake Country and spots in between before heading across to North Yorkshire and again south-west to Wales. Not sure when but not this year for sure. More probably next year. Am always interested in places to visit in my ancestral country. Have a great week, Joy.

abcw team

carol l mckenna said...

Unique choice and photos for N ~ lovely place and great shots! thanks,

Wishing you a Happy Week ~ ^_^

Anonymous said...

nice mountain in b/g

Melody Steenkamp said...

An inviting 'open'- sign... love it... and your photo's as wel. You live in beautiful surroundings.

Have a nice ABC-day / -week
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

Roger Owen Green said...

I love the seasonal opening, when the ice cream shop reopen or the food vendors line the Capitol.


Trubes said...

That looks like a NICE place to stop for
a snack or lunch,
Lovely picture of the building, view from
the sea,
delightful bacground of the snow covered peaks.
Best wishes,
ABCW team.

Joy said...

Yes Leslie that is the Coniston range in the south of the Lake District, unfortunately the train line was demolished in the 1960s. The two lines run down either side of the county, the coast and the main Scotland to London running down the east side which is the way many people come into the Lakes to Windermere.
Your right Roger, we started off with the ice cream van, although the Beach cafe is open all year for ices or something warmer if preferred.