West Cumbria Percy Kelly Trails

Last autumn I took friends who are serious Kelly collectors to Maryport. I shared their delight as they recognised the subject of some of their paintings. We found the place where he sat: the vistas he liked. We went on to Allonby to Glen Cottage where PK lived for 12 years. They came back for more a few months later and we enjoyed finding Kelly’s viewpoints in Whitehaven. In all these coastal towns Kelly’s presence was everywhere we looked. Many of the places were easily recognisable but I began to recognise paintings which I had simply titled, white cottage, road to the sea, red barn.

That was when the idea of Kelly Trails was born. It was greeted with enthusiasm by the West Cumbria Tourist Board who are constantly trying to encourage visitors to the busy central lakes to come west and explore the coastal area. It has much to offer.

This is the result. You are invited to explore. You are invited to see the landscape, the buildings, the towns as he saw them.

The trails have been formed totally through Kelly's paintings and drawings. Some have changed over the years and others are the same as the moment he painted them. They can be done in any order.

The trails stretch from Allonby in the North to St Bees in the South. They are suitable for all grades of fitness from a short stroll to a challenging coastal walk. All can all be reached by public transport. Timetables are given but can be subject to change. Please check before relying on them. Places to stay and eat are found on www.western-lakedistrict.co.uk.

You can follow the trails on i-phone, i-pad or purchase a 20 page illustrated brochure for each trail venue from this web site or associated outlets on each trail.

If coming by car it is important to park in the place designated on the trail then you can come full circle back to your vehicle.