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Tuesday, 07 July 2015

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Ian Curwen

Communications manager with Copeland Borough Council

Ian Curwen
Ian Curwen

Describe Cumbria in three words.

Vibrant, stunning, contrasting.

Which stereotypes about Cumbria would you say were wrong?

For a stereotype to be wrong, you have to accept that some people believe it about the area, and in actual fact I think a lot of people simply don’t know Cumbria. Friends of mine who have visited for the first time are always bowled over by the range of leisure and cultural activities on offer.

What is your favourite place in Cumbria to go for a night or day out?

As a real ale fan, I love visiting some of the amazing real ale pubs and breweries in the borough. I love the beer from the Great Gable brewery at Egremont, the Ennerdale Brewery and the Prince of Wales at Foxfield.

What is your favourite Cumbrian meal?

We have some amazing meat that is reared in Cumbria, and I think that very few things beat a slow-cooked lamb henry. Although we do have some great cheese makers too, so maybe lamb followed by a Cumbrian cheese board.

What and where are your favourite shops and tourist attractions in Cumbria?

The Beacon, Copeland’s award-winning museum really is worth a visit, but so are Muncaster Castle and the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway. There are lots of great local shops that are worthy of a mention, but I’ve always found that the customer service you receive in Millom and South Copeland is up there with the very best. Millstones at Bootle is a lovely craft and gift shop with a great tea room too.

If you were recommending Cumbria to a friend, where would you tell them to go, what would you tell them to do?

I would tell people to come and experience the other side of the Lakes. Visitors often head for Windermere, Keswick and Grasmere, but the Wasdale and Eskdale valleys are two of the most beautiful places in the country and have the additional advantage of being a little less hectic. They’re also much nearer to the amazing Copeland coastline, which is home to brilliant beaches and cliffs full of character.

What is your best Cumbrian memory?

I remember having some amazing barbecues on the beach at St Bees as the sun set around us, and some fabulous walks and runs round Ennerdale when the weather is glorious or not so glorious.


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