Walking Tops Favourite Pastimes for Couples List

Topping the top 25 pastimes for couples in Female First magazine was wonderful walking. Yes, walking is a pastime anyone can enjoy but between a couple, it is the perfect way to spend quality time, out in the open and away from the stresses and strains of life. Whether it’s a Sunday stroll in the park or a full on walking holiday, what better way for 2 people who love each other to spend time doing? And what better location to enjoy this pastime with your loved one than in the Lake District?

Female First’s reason for putting walking in the top spot is as follows: “A long country walk or walk in the park- Walking does two things for couples- it gets their endorphins going so they are in better mood and allows some uninterrupted time to talk about their feelings and worries bringing them closer together.”

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When it comes to precious holiday time together, and even though any form of holiday or getting away together is usually fun and relaxing, getting something more than just a sun tan makes a holiday even better. Walking holidays, based on the facts listed by Female First, are becoming increasingly more popular particularly in the UK. With staycations increasing and the popularity of walking in general, walking whilst on holiday is on the rise and what better way to see some of the best scenery the Lake District has to offer.

There’s no need to be tied down by booking an organised walking holiday or excursion. Simply arm yourselves with an OS map, buy a guide book or two and explore the Lake District just the two of you. Find a base for easy travel to walking start points such as Kendal. A stones throw from the motorway but just a short drive or train journey to Windermere and the heart of The Lakes.

The Riverside Hotel in Kendal has private parking, a central location with lots going on in the evenings too in Kendal. This winter enjoy a great offer – a 2 night break with dinner on the first evening and breakfast each morning at just £99 per person. Remember, there’s also unlimited use of our pool and leisure facilities too and free parking. This offer can only be booked direct via http://www.riversidekendal.co.uk or by telephone 01539 734861.

The full list can be read here in case any more take your fancy! http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/relationships/top-25-favourite-pastimes-of-couples-446071.html

Racing comes to Cartmel for first 2017 fixture

Since the gates closed at the last fixture of 2016 in August, the organisers, fans, local community and all the horse racing fraternity have been counting down the days and hours until this weekend.
Spring Bank Holiday, an extra day off work and the half term holidays, Cartmel Races is most definitely going to be the place to be. With racing, entertainment, food and fun on Saturday 27th, Bank Holiday Monday 29th and Wednesday 31st in one of Cumbria’s most stunning locations, Cartmel.

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Year on year the attendance rises and this in turn attracts high profile jockeys and horses. Even those not into horse racing can’t help but enjoy the event in a location and music and events that run during each race day and the fabulous local food and beverages on offer.

Nearby hotels, b&b’s and holiday cottages are now practically all fully booked. There is still a small life line for any last minute visitors though. The Lakeland Cottage Company who market several holiday cottages in and around Cartmel have three properties still available for breaks starting from either Friday 26th or Saturday 27th May, No.1 Rose Cottage and 2 Kiln House in Bouth near Newby Bridge (6 miles from Cartmel Racecourse) and Tom Crag Barn at Finsthwaite (7 miles from Cartmel Racecourse). All three are delightful properties offering luxury accommodation with the chance to explore this stunning area of South Lakeland including Lake Windermere and the lovely villages between Kendal and the Furness Peninsula. Let’s not forget the star of the show, the pretty village of Cartmel, the gastronomic heart of Cumbria with great food to enjoy and purchase in cafes, inns, bistros and restaurants.

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Don’t miss out on the great weather forecast and the chance to attend the first fixture of 2017 at Cartmel Races. It’s set to be a big Spring Bank Holiday spectacular of horse racing, entertainment and fun. A great weekend of racing and visiting of the beautiful and unique Cartmel for all!

Timeshare in the Lake District? Yes, and in the Langdale Valley!

How many times do visitors come back time and after, year after year to the Lake District?

The Lake District is a super family holiday destination, so much to see and do, a super couples destination and a super place to come and unwind in later life. When talking to visitors and it is evident they have been coming to the Lake District for years and regularly also.

Bearing this in mind, timeshare could be a great option as it is also apparent that many visitors will also book the same accommodation each year too. Timeshare is often not thought of as an option in the Lake District after all, there are so many self catering cottages, B&B’s and hotels to choose from but having a place that is your own for a particular week or weeks each year at a fraction of the cost of purchasing a holiday property there is quite tempting.

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Holiday homes in the Lake District are very popular and in the National Park, also very expensive. It then becomes a worry thinking about and carrying out the upkeep on the property. Timeshare eradicates all this especially on a resort such as The Langdale Estate. With a choice of properties from lodges to traditional slate cottages, the estate is really quite special so too is its location in the Langdale Valley.

Everything is taken care including clean products, bed linen and towels so the holiday starts right away. The Langdale Estate have a Timeshare Owners community and website but being as the estate also has restaurants and bars open to none residents, 2 Lake District hotels and leisure facilities, there is always a lovely mix of people and it is an excellent place for families.
Visit http://www.langdale.co.uk/for more details

A Tanzania Safari Where the Bush Meets The Beach

Really experience the best of two beautiful worlds in just one safari with the A Tent With A View Where The Bush Meets The Beach tour, the title explaining the nature of this tour perfectly.

Albeit an attractive safari tour for anyone, this is the ultimate in honeymoon safari. Start within the truly remarkable Saadani National Park spotting elephant, buffalo, lions and stunning bird life before heading to the wild beach bordering Elephant Island Conservancy and taking a dip in the warm Indian Ocean waters.

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This 6 day, 5 night tour has been specially put together to experience as much as possible of the Saadani National Park whilst giving travellers down time and luxury relaxation. The main base is Babs Camp with the National Park and from there foot safaris, game drives, water safaris, canoe and motor boat adventures and even snorkelling on the reef will be experienced. From elephants and hippos to crabs and fish all in one tour, it gives guests a wonderful insight into this regions diverse wildlife.

Accommodation will be in one of the fantastic Land Rover Suites. These luxuriously fitted out two tiered adapted Land Rovers are positioned so as to give the best private, uninterrupted views across the park. The restaurant within the camp and the personal chef will make sure guests are fed extremely well ready for the next mesmerising day on safari.

The tour cost is US$ 3510 (minimum 2 people)(single supplement US$ 975) and is fully inclusive of all accommodation, meals, safaris, excursions, park fees and government fees, transport all as specified in the itinerary and only excludes drinks and optional safaris and excursions. A full itinerary and camp information can be found on the A Tent With A View Tanzania Safari website.

A brand new WOW holiday cottage in Ullswater!

Ullswater is fast making a name for itself in the world of luxury self catering not just within the Lake District National Park but the whole of the UK.

Albeit a popular location in the Lake District, it is a far more tranquil than Lake Windermere and its size makes it feel quieter than Coniston Water and Derwentwater, all this and so easily accessed from the M6. Restaurants and place to stay just seem to be that little bit more concealed and hidden away than so many other areas of the National Park. The dense trees and lanes along with historic properties make for a luxury and exclusive combination. And still, the lake is accessible for individual use but also visitors can take a trip up and down the lake on an extremely romantic and traditional steam yacht gondola. Ullswater Steamers have operated cruises on arguably, England’s most beautiful lake for over 150 years.

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Laburnum Cottage, Ullswater

With an already healthy portfolio of luxury cottages in the Ullswater area, The Lakeland Cottage Company have further added to their offerings. Laburnum Cottage is something else, a brand new holiday let and with an anticipated Visit England 5 Star Gold rating, the property sleeps 6 has a gym, lake views and what can only be described as a show stopping interior. The owners have managed to give the property a contemporary, and most definitely high end look without compromising on the aesthetics of the building or deflecting from the integrity of the location.

The cottage is located to the south of Ullswater at Glenridding where there are places to eat and drink, a watersports centre and also easy access to the South Lakes over the drive and cycle worthy Kirkstone Pass.

Words really can’t express the beauty of this property so have a look at the images, taken by the Lake District holiday cottage agents The Lakeland Cottage Company, to understand fully, go directly to this here https://www.lakeland-cottage-company.co.uk/lake-district-cottage/laburnum_cottage/. Laburnum Cottage Ullswater is accepting bookings right now and remember, it is a brand new holiday let so you can get the week you want! Weekly rate from £958.

By Jenny Andrew

Water, the blood of life and now energy in the Lake District

We all know the importance and power of water for life and living but water also harnesses power in a different way, that of electricity. Water is an extremely efficient and powerful way of generating electricity both in terms of large scale and small scale projects. Examples include hydro electric power stations such as those seen in the Scottish Highlands and tidal energy solutions such as the underwater turbine in Ramsey Sound, Pembrokeshire and Seatricity’s wave power testing hub off the coast of Cornwall.

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The waterwheel in position at the Langdale Hotel & Spa

The full extent of the way in which water can be used to generate clean energy is still in its infancy, under going much testing and development and awaiting more and more backers. As with any alternative energy source, opposition is a factor whether it be in terms of nature conservation or the impact on the aesthetic environment. What is definitely for sure is that the power of water is being heavily investigated both on and offshore.

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Proven power generation from the Langdale waterwheel

These are all large scale prospects but what about smaller scale water power harnessing. The Langdale Hotel & Spa in the Lake District have installed a new waterwheel in the location where a waterwheel would have been back the 19 century when the site was a gunpowder works. This brand new, innovative piece of engineering was designed, developed and implemented by Smith Engineering of Maryport, Cumbria with Border Hydro designing the control panel and grid connection. The 6kW waterwheel is up and running and producing power to the national grid with a predicted payback of 5 years.

This is just the latest in the long list green energy practices Langdale Leisure Ltd have implemented over the last few years proving this business to be one of the most sustainable in the Lake District and the wider area. The waterwheel is very much an attractive a feature in more ways than one.

By Jenny Andrew

Newest bed & breakfast in Grange passes 80 5 star TripAdvisor reviews

Not having even been open a whole year yet, the 1st anniversary being April 7th 2015, Bay Villa have clocked up a huge 81 reviews on TripAdvisor. But what makes this remarkable is the total number of reviews is just 83 so the percentage is practically 100% 5 star.

It’s not easy opening up a new bed and breakfast in the current climate especially in Cumbria with so much competition including a high number in Grange over Sands itself. Bay Villa have chosen to do things that little bit different, setting themselves apart from the rest, and it looks as though they have succeeded. Occupancy figures are growing month on month and people have even returned not just once but twice in some instances in 10 months.

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Dine, sleep and bathe with a view at Bay Villa

The differences at Bay Villa you’ll discover compared to other guest house and B&B’s are peace and quiet despite being in the centre of Grange, one to one attention and service, exceptionally large rooms, stunning views of Morecambe Bay and breakfast served at a time that suits the guests. Championing the Slow Life, breakfast is leisurely, at a time of your choice, no need no rush, no need to go downstairs or to a dining room as Breakfast is brought to guests in the room.

Adjectives mentioned numerous times in the reviews include, “Blissful”, “Beautiful” and “Relaxing” which is exactly the atmosphere Bay Villa want to achieve.

Booking as far in advance as possible for key dates is advised now for example Bank Holidays and in terms of local events such as Cartmel racing fixture weekends. For more details and to check availability visit the Bay Villa website here http://www.bayvilla.net.

By Jenny Andrew

#Hibernot this half term in Cumbria and the Lake District, it’s still not too late!

There seems to be a fairly good forecast in the weather in Cumbria and the Lake District for today and the through the week. It is half term and dry weather is not always the order of the day, so early in the year and at this time in the winter so it means why waste it?

Understandably there are still a number of places to stay in the Lake District and Cumbria with availability this year, waiting to see what the weather is set to be like is not a bad thing in February. As everyone awakes from the aftermath of Christmas and a month of austerity in January, February and its longer days make for a welcome return to life, out of winter hibernation. At the end of the day, the hash tag #hibernot is featuring very highly on social media and rightly so. Make the most of the school holidays, beneficial of course to children but so too for parents.

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View the Herdwick in all its glory at Rheged this half term

The Lake District and Cumbria is fully open and this week there is so much going both outside and indoors even if there’s a sudden change in the weather. A great round up of what’s on in especially over to the east of the county can be found on the News & Star website here. Activities getting creative with flower and plant paintings at the Penrith and Eden Museum, learn new skills and burn off energy at Penrith Leisure Centre and finally admire and learn about Cumbria’s famous, beautiful and native breed of sheep, the Herdwick with the much talked about exhibition at the Rheged Centre.

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Let off some half term steam at the Penrith Leisure Centre

Family friendly accommodation can be found at the Tebay Services Hotel who have still have a small amount of availability this week. Stay for just 1 day or make a short break out of it. Enjoy great, wholesome, local food in the evening and at breakfast time. Prices from £81 bed & breakfast based on 2 sharing a twin or double room with singles from £65. Alternatively call to enquire about the family rooms 01539 624351.

A guide to half term happiness from The Cuckoo Brow Inn

The Cuckoo Brow Inn at Far Sawrey is the answer to any last minute half term plans. Half term, less than 2 weeks away and if half term holidays during 2014 were anything to go by, Cumbria and the Lake District is set to fill up with families.

Being just a week, a short break is an ideal way to spend a few days whilst still being able to have time at home and a few days instead of a full week is naturally cheaper. As with many of the popular family spots, the availability at the Cuckoo Brow Inn is getting booked up but there are still double, superior and family rooms available for certain dates during the week.

In terms of what’s on and what to do then Hill Top, Beatrix Potter’s home and garden reopens after essential conservation work was carried out over the winter. Everything is sure to be fresh and a great time to visit this historic house and garden where so much of Beatrix’s inspiration was gathered.

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Walk or cycle to the Windermere ferry

As Far Sawrey is located in less hilly part of the Lake District, it is the ideal place to introduce kids into the joys of fell walking. There are plenty of low level walks or ones taking in some gradient but achievable by children. Cycling is popular in the area too with special cycle routes that are almost all off the road so safer. In fact, a great day out is cycling to the Windermere ferry and taking a trip across the lake to Bowness.

The chefs at the inn surely be cooking up some foodie delights especially on the daily specials menu. Recently and very appropriate if staying or visiting the inn on Saturday 14, Valentines, is a adult chocolate pud. Tasty and hearty mains can be found on the normal and children’s menu as it’s still going to be a bit nippy out on the fells. The various wood burners and open fires will warm the family right through though.

Family rooms at The Cuckoo brow Inn from £113 per night.

Lake District Hotel to install second biomass boiler

One of the North of England’s leading green hotels and definitely the greenest in the Lake District have started work on installing their second biomass boiler.

The Langdale Hotel on the Langdale Estate are in the process of further enhancing their green credentials in the form of a second biomass boiler. The first biomass boiler was installed in 2012 and for the past two years has been heating nine bedrooms, two conference rooms, two commercial kitchens and two restaurants and offices as well as the twenty metre swimming pool and changing rooms at the estates luxury spa.

At present the boiler housing is being constructed and will be finished off to be in keeping with the immediate surroundings on the estate, something this organisation carries out on even the smallest of details on all of its projects. Being in the Lake District National Park this factor is also mandatory.

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Biomass boiler housing construction at the Langdale Hotel

As most hotels in the Lake District are only just waking up to the idea of biomass, Langdale are now progressing biomass further as well as another exciting and sustainable energy generating project, a waterwheel. The waterwheel construction has just been completed in the last month. To comply with sustainable practices even further, both the biomass boiler supplier and installer and the waterwheel designers and constructors are Cumbrian based. The waterwheel is undergoing testing at the moment and due to go start electricity production very shortly.

Recent reports from The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) mean the lowering of greenhouse gases is more important than ever. The WMO reported that concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere between 2012 and 2013 grew at their fastest rate since 1984. There is now a large focus on high energy consumption businesses to look further into what they can do to lower their carbon emissions.

Hopefully the recent sustainable development at the Langdale Hotel and Estate will prompt more Lake District and Cumbrian hotels and businesses to look into alternative energy production because every little counts.

 

Cartmel makes the local and national news in the space of one week

For a relatively small location in the United Kingdom, Cartmel has its fair share of mentions in the press. All good of course!

Starting off with why Cartmel has been in local, Cumbrian newspapers and press. It has just been announced that Cartmel has received a gold award in the 2014 Cumbria in Bloom awards. Signs will be made for both residents and visitors to inform them of this fantastic achievement as seen in locations around the county of past winners. But what possibly isn’t going to fit on a board or sign is the full extent of the accolades awarded to Cartmel in this year’s Cumbria in Bloom. The tow people attanedning the ceremony representing Cartmel in Bloom had to go up go and collect 9 awards in total. These consisted of the two main categories, Best Small Village and Best Overall Village but also Community Champion, Tidy (Small) Village, Best Sustainable Development and Best in Borough for South Lakeland and finally a Growing for Gold award set up for marking 50 years of the Royal Horticultural Society Britain in Bloom.

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Just one of the planted areas of flowers in Cartmel Village

Mentioned earlier was Cartmel being in the national news but in fact, they have been in the news international for Simon Rogan’s L’enclume, the 2 Michelin star restaurant in the village, has retained its 2 star grading for a second year. Earlier this month is was announced L’enclume had also kept hold of its number 1 spot in the 2015 Waitrose Good Food Guide having first reached this ranking in 2014.

If Cartmel wasn’t a lovely and popular enough, these latest news items are surely going to make the village even busier. Visitors can choose between accommodation in B&B’s and in pubs such as The Cavendish Arms as well as luxury self catering for couples through to groups from the Lakeland Cottage Company.

By Jenny Andrew

 

Enjoy perfect poetry in perfect Grasmere

With a strong literary heritage, Grasmere is THE destination for poetry lovers bringing visitors to this Lake District village from across the globe.

The Wordsworth Trust is the catalyst behind Grasmere being the centre of poetry not just in Cumbria but some may say also the UK. It is not just the history of poetry, work and poets of yester year, new poetry is being written in Grasmere right now. Contemporary poetry is celebrated in events including readings and introductions to poetry from other countries, which take place every two weeks from May until September.

But encouraging new writers and poets to come forward or those who have already started to write but need a little inspiration and guidance from published poets can attend one of the many poet workshops held at Dove Cottage. The next weekend poetry workshop is taking place in December and costs £100.

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Dove Cottage, the view of Grasmere and the Jerwood Centre

Monthly workshops are also run by The Wordsworth Trust’s poet in residence. These are informal and relaxed workshops that take place on the afternoon of the last Friday of each month at the Jerwood Centre and can be attended even when visiting Grasmere for walking or with a partner or friend.

In fact, what better way to take inspiration for poetry than from the Lake District landscape when walking up one of the fells or around the lakes and waters. It is after all why Grasmere has been and still is the home of poetry.

Oak Bank Hotel in Grasmere is a small, independently owned, peaceful and tranquil place to stay when visiting Grasmere and has a Good Food Guide, 2 AA Rosette restaurant. Prices start from around £140 per room including a 4 course dinner and breakfast based on 2 sharing.

 

 

 

New in-room dining menu at brimstone Hotel

Whether you can’t bear to leave the beautiful suite, the weather is typically Lake District-esque (a tad on the damp side) or you’ve had the hike or all hikes and can’t move, the new in-room dining menu at Brimstone is the perfect solution.

 

With suites boasting some serious square footage along with ample bathing space and equally as ample private balconies, the suites in Brimstone never feel cramped and have various places to sit and lounge. Each suite has cosy seating near the wood burners and tables and chairs on each balcony. The automatic, intelligent heating system ensures guests will never be too cold or too hot but the wood burner adds an extra touch in the depth of winter.

 

But back to the menu and what is on it. The new menu offers greater choice with clear indication of what is on offer between the hours of 10am and 9.30pm and what is 24 hour. The menu is taken from the popular Hobson’s Bar menu full of relaxed favourites such as rump steak burgers, battered cod fillet and wild mushroom risotto. Sandwiches and puds are 24 hour. Pre bedtime munches will be very well satisfied with any of the “nibbles & lite bites” or the “tasting plates”.

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Really, why would you want to leave your room?

Beverages can also be brought to the room and selection of white and red wines by the glass and bottle are available as well as fizz. In room dining is done by dining the magic Host assigned to each room upon arrival.

It is worth mentioning also that breakfast can also be ordered and delivered to the suite at Brimstone. Mornings on the Langdale Estate are idyllic and being able to sit outside on the balcony, take in the fresh air and enjoy a scrumptious breakfast is a super start to any day.

To view the new, full in room dining menu and for availability and room information, visit http://brimstonehotel.co.uk

What a super summer in Windermere & Bowness

It’s been another busy and thoroughly fantastic summer again this year in and around Windermere and Bowness. When businesses enjoyed the crowds of summer 2013, to have been blessed with another summer packed full of sunshine in 2014, well it’s been unbelievable.

Whether you work in the tourism industry in the area or not, simply drive through or are visitors, you can’t help but notice the smiles on everyone’s faces enjoying the beautiful location.

After getting hopes up of the return of the Windermere Air Show, to then be informed it unfortunately wasn’t going to go ahead was a disappointment at the time. Early in the season and the thought of businesses and the community missing out on a weekend of visitors, fun and entertainment was quite disappointing. But with events such as the power boat racing and regular regattas on Lake Windermere, the Great North Swim, events at Brockhole and the new bike boat service, Windermere has barely had any time to think about it.

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On the edge of lake Windermere at Bowness

And the good weather has brought not just families to Windermere and Bowness over the past 6 weeks, couples in the thousands have been visiting making the most of being able to enjoy a real summer in the UK. This can be confirmed with hotels in the area that are not child friendly or in the case of The Applegarth Villa Hotel & Restaurant in Windermere, solely for adults. All have had a busy summer with their busiest to come, September. September brings those who are wanting a quieter holiday, more couples and those who have retired.

So now to wondering, will we see hat trick of sunny summers in Windermere and the Lake District? Well the UK weather can very unpredictable but it’s safe to say everyone will most definitely have their fingers crossed!

 

There’s no rest for the boating industry in Lake District this September

The hospitality industry within Windermere and Bowness may be entering a slightly (well enough to just be able to catch some breath) quieter time of the year after the busy spring and summer but for some leisure businesses in the area, the busy time just continues.

Boating, sailing and yachting businesses in and around Lake Windermere despite being busy over the summer will be entering possibly an even busier time for so many reasons.

In terms of boat sales, current boat owners will be looking to upgrade after the summer. People new to boat ownership may have hired a vessel over the summer, fallen in love with the pastime and decided to purchase their own. You then have boat owners that require the annual servicing and maintenance on the craft before it is moored for the winter or perhaps even used throughout the winter as so many owners do on Lake Windermere.

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Two Alfastreet Marina boats for sale at Windermere Boat Sales

Even down to the upcoming Southampton Boat Show between September 11th and 21st, the on-water boat show, one of the largest in Europe and the biggest of its type in the UK. It brings together businesses from all sections of the boating industry and both UK and Europe wide.

Windermere Boat Sales is one such business that will most definitely not be taking it easy during September. With bookings for servicing and repair plentiful, they are also seeing a high number of enquiries for the boat they have for sale both new and used and they will also be exhibiting at the Southampton Boat Show. Being sole UK distributors for Alfastreet Marine vessels, it is highly exciting for them as they will be unveiling the brand new Energy 18 + Energy 23C models at the show this year.

Boat sales and maintenance requirements happen at this time of the year every year and Windermere Boat Sales are fully prepared and their helpful and knowledgeable staff are always on hand. Visit http://www.windermereboatsales.co.uk/ for the full list of new and used boats for sale including contact details.

 

Fabulous Acoustics in Ambleside this August

The internationally acclaimed Lake District Summer Music festival starts on Saturday 2nd August and runs right through until August 15th.

The concerts take place in various locations in Cumbria and the Lake District including Windermere, Hawkshead and Grasmere and with the most venues, Ambleside.

Each venue offers something different yet all are stunning properties in some of the most stunning locations of the UK which equally and have to match up to the world masters performing.

The 2014 festival is Lake District Summer Music’s 30th and each year the attendance grows and the quality of the artist’s increases and this year is set not to in anyway disappoint both first time visitors and seasoned LDSM fans.

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Ambleside Parish Church & Fellinis Cinema – LDSM 2014 venues

The 4 locations in Ambleside are Ambleside Parish Centre, the Parish Church, Brathay Hall and Fellinis Cinema and then just up the road, Rydal Church. Fellinis Cinema is a particularly exciting prospect holding events on Sunday 3th, Tuesday 5th, Thursday 7th, Sunday 10th, Tuesday 12th and finally Thursday 14th. Each event there will bring opera and ballet relayed from the great opera houses to this charming and intimate venue in the heart of the Lake District.

Ambleside Parish Church will be hosting no less than nine exquisite concerts including the Candlelight Seranade finale of the concert series on Friday August 15th. Directed by Kazuki Sawa the concert will allow those attending to hear musicians destined for great careers from LDSM Academy Artists and the LDSM Academy Ensemble. The full list of venues, concerts and events can be found on the LDSM website here http://www.ldsm.org.uk

Looking to stay over then accommodation is booking up fast with very little in the way of availability next week in the Ambleside area. Looking to the second week of the festival and places such as Rothay Garth have double rooms available. Located within walking distance of the Parish Centre, Parish Church and Fellinis Cinema, it is well situated for concerts at these venues. Further details can be found here http://www.rothay-garth.co.uk

By Jenny Andrew

Guided Bike Rides Discovering Ancient Landscapes around Ullswater this Summer

Starting today and running throughout August and September are “Cycling Through Ancient Landscapes” guided bike rides.

The route takes cyclists from the start at Pooley Bridge at the northern end of Ullswater to Lowther Castle and back. This area of the Lake District and over to Eden is steeped in history with prehistoric, Roman and early Christian sites that will be pointed out along the way. Those attending will also see the gaunt ruins of a Gothic castle and the gnarled trunk of Jack’s Yak. We won’t go into any more detail of each site which will only spoilt the surprise for those taking part but this really is an exciting, scenic and worthwhile way to spend a day.

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The ride is being conducted by Cumbria Tourist Guides who are members of The Institute of Tourist Guiding and know the Lake District inside out. The route has been chosen specifically to keep cyclists off main roads only choosing quiet back roads with some off road cycling over the Askam Fells. The views from up there are something to behold alone. For those into history, the area or simply just for the adventure, this guided bike ride is ideal.

This full day starting at 10.30am and finishing at 3pm costs a very affordable £15.00 per adult and just £25.00 should bike and helmet hire be required. Children must always be accompanied by an adult over 18 but children do attend free of charge.

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Cycling Ullswater, Lake District

Ullswater whether staying at Pooley Bridge, at Glenridding or along other parts of the lake is an excellent holiday destination. Couples can enjoy a romantic break but there is so much going on around this region for children or outdoor lovers that everyone is catered for.

 

Tebay Tops UK Motorway Services Survey

A confirmation of what many have known for years has been given to one Cumbrian firm this month.

Tebay Services on the M6 has been revealed as top UK motorway services by Which?. The outcome was from a survey of 3,039 recent service station experiences so this result was from real people visiting Tebay Services. Tebay was the only service area to receive the maximum 5 stars.

Almost all the other services areas in the UK would be lucky to achieve 1 star never mind 5 as anyone that has visited them will know. Tebay Services is now a destination, a place to stop that may take some travellers out of their way to stop at but it is worth it.

But the M6 and especially north of Kendal and south of Penrith and the junction for the A66 is such a major road and route for those travelling to the Lake District from the north or south and to and from Scotland.

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Uk’s best motorway services – Tebay Services

Tebay have it spot on from the service to the location to the food served and this has been confirmed by the visitors and by Which? now.

And what Tebay Services has too, set in a secluded position behind it is a hotel and as with the service area, owned and run by the Westmorland Family, not a chain hotel. The Westmorland Hotel has single, double, twin, king and family rooms so great for stopping off on holiday, as a weekend break or for business and has the same ethos as the services for the food and way it operates. As much produce as possible comes from the family’s own farm and butchery with most other produce coming from as local as possible to the hotel.

For those who aren’t aware, the Westmorland Family in May this year opened Gloucester Services on the M5. Now Tebay Services fans travelling in the south can enjoy a pleasurable service station experience opposed to a reluctant, “well I suppose we have to stop here” service station visit.

By Jenny Andrew

Living “On the Edge” in July in Langdale

At the end of July 2014, the award winning Kendal Mountain festival not only goes on the road but also “On the Edge”. For the first time Kendal Mountain Festival (KMF) is holding a summer event whilst still keeping with the main November event too taking place from 25th to 27th July 2014.

Instead of The Brewery Arts Centre and various locations in Kendal, the “On the Edge” festival is to be held outdoors and centred around Sticklebarn, the National Trust pub in the beautiful Langdale Valley (and the only one of the 60 National Trust owned pubs run by The National Trust).

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Being held amidst the school summer holidays, this festival is also aiming to inspire and educate young people on the enjoyment, fun and ability to have adventures when taking part in outdoor activities. With plenty of diverse events during the weekend, held indoors and outdoors and during the day and evening, it is surely going to be an engaging time for children of any age.

From guided walks to films, guest speakers to live music as well as fantastic local food, “On the Edge” will bring together everyone ranging from families to outdoor enthusiasts and even some famous faces sure to be dropping in from the world of the outdoors.

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Need accommodation for the event? Langdale Estate self catering lodge and National Trust Great Langdale campsite

The end of July, the height of summer with hopefully fantastic weather, the Langdale Valley is going to be an exceptionally fitting location for no doubt an extremely popular event. It is also an area with plenty of places to stay, eat and drink. For hotel accommodation there are the Langdale and Brimstone Hotel’s on the Langdale Estate, the estate also has self catering properties and for camping then there is the “site below the Langdale Pikes”, The National Trust campsite at the head of Great Langdale Valley.

 

A new era in more ways than one at Windermere Hotel Bar

All finished in time for summer are the extensive refurbishments on a Windermere hotel’s restaurant and bar.

With the professional photography now featuring on Applegarth Villa’s website of the refurbishments of the hotel’s bar and restaurant, both past and prospective guests can see the developments for themselves.

It has not simply been a lick of paint in these areas but comprehensive decorating, new lighting, wall fittings, new furniture and colour schemes with the largest change being in the bar. A new bespoke bar has been constructed and installed with a granite surface and back lit shelves to house the many whiskies and local beverages on offer.

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The newly refurbished and furnished bar at Applegarth Villa

Understated luxury with accents of the 1920’s and 30’s is prevalent with the overall feel promoting a relaxing atmosphere, a great way to unwind and escape the pressures of work and life. Choose to sit on the chaise lounge, in a tall chair at the bar or in the conservatory with views of the fells and have pre dinner drinks or post dinner digestives.

New inclusions, decorations and updating have also occurred in some of the bedrooms and the reception. Full decoration including colour theme change has been carried out in Deluxe Room 3. Luxury Room 9 has new coordinating furniture and Ultimate Luxury Suite 1 has a new shower, note the accents from the bar area of the 1920’s in this bathroom too. The grand reception area has been given some animal magnetism with soft furnishings in various animal prints.

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Clockwise from top left Deluxe Room3, Luxury Room 9, Ult Lux Suite 1, Reception

The team at Applegarth Villa are pleased to offer all these extras to guests without an increase in room rates. The same deals are available including £100 bed & breakfast in Deluxe rooms Sunday – Thursday and the “Free Dinner at The Villa” offer. Read about all of these offers on the website here http://www.lakesapplegarth.co.uk

By Jenny Andrew

Sizzling Offer on 2 Langdale Apartments This Weekend

Fancy a getaway before the school holidays start? Got next week off work and wondering what to do? Langdale has the answer to both questions in the form of two super deals starting Sunday 29 June.

One off, late deals are available on week breaks starting on Sunday in Chapel Stile Apartments 1 and 9. Firstly, Apartment 1, a 3 bedroom self catering property that can sleep up to 8 (a double pulldown bed is located in the lounge). Fantastic for 2 families, extended family, couples and friends, full price is £1205 for a 7 day break, this late offer JUST £950.

Apartment 9 is a 2 bedroom dwelling, sleeping up to 6 (as with apt 1, a double pulldown in the lounge). Full price of this unit is £945 but the late deal here means a 7 day break starting Sunday is JUST £595.

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Chapel Stile Apartments – The Langdale Estate

The Chapel Stile apartments are located within a converted farmhouse on the edge of the Langdale Estate in the village of Chapel Stile. An excellent base for all manner of activities, these apartments also benefit from being next to Langdale’s Wainwright’s Inn. The inn serves local food and ales, has a relaxed atmosphere and welcomes walkers and families. The new summer menu is now being served continuing in the use of local produce and locally made, artisan bread.

As with all the guests staying within the Langdale Estate, full use of the luxury spa and leisure facilities are included as standard. The facilities include a 20m UV-treated swimming pool complete with massage seat and whirlpool spa bath, a steam room, Sanarium®, tropical shower, deluge shower and lounger chairs.  Elemis and Anne Semonin treatments can also be booked with the beauty team.

Full details can be found here http://www.langdale.co.uk/stay/selfcatering/lake-district-self-catering.htm

Dalemain Mansion & Gardens Plant Fair This Sunday

What better place to be on a sunny summer Sunday than Dalemain, the mansion and award winning historic gardens.

On Sunday 22nd June it is the annual Dalemain Plant Fair, much more than just a plant fair, the event also incorporates an array of artisan food and crafts as well as children’s activities.

Some of the best nurseries from the North West will be exhibiting each specialising in a particular group of plants, trees or shrubs including a stall of plants from Dalemain’s own garden and gardening advice from Newton Rigg College. For any gardening lover, novice through to experienced, the ability to talk to the nursery owners, Dalemain staff and Newton Rigg lecturers will be an invaluable opportunity to pick their brains.

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Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens

Cumbrian food and drink producers are to include Bedrock Gin, Thornby Moor Cheesemakers, More! Artisan bakers and Deer n Dexter meat. With the forecast looking warm and sunny, it is advisable to take a cooler bag as it will be very hard to pass up these foodie treats on offer! Then there’s the chance to refuel with cream teas and a BBQ.

Onto crafts and there will be woodturning demonstrations by Mick & Avril Priestly along with a chance to purchase hand crafted goods, upcycled garden furniture, fixtures and fitting and Slate & Nature, slate products for the home and garden.

Children will be more than entertained with arts and crafts from Creation Station, a bouncy castle and soft play area so it really will be a great way for the families to spend the day. Entrance to the plant fair is free with on the day discounted entry to the gardens of just £5 per person and to the house & gardens £7, with children able to enjoy it all for free so it makes for an extremely reasonably priced day.

The Lakeland Cottage Company has 2 cottages available for the weekend (of a full week) just 4 miles from Dalemain, Low Longthwaite Farm and Bank Barn both sleeping 8. Click here for more details.

July 5th+6th July is all go in Grange-Over-Sands

The weekend of July 5 and 6 is where fundraising and walking/running are coming together in 2 separate events beginning or ending in the Grange-Over-Sands area.

Firstly, on Saturday 5 July the Morecambe Bay sponsored walk is taking place in aid of Action for Children. The walk starts at Kents Bank Station in Grange-Over-Sands where walkers are led by Cedric Robinson, the Queens Guide to the sands across the famous Morecambe Bay. Never should anyone be complacent with this bay and that is why it is being led by an expert but the views are breathtaking with panoramic views of the region. It is just £5 to enter and participants are then asked if they can raise money through sponsorship for Action for Children, such a worthwhile cause.

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Morecambe Bay Walk

Onto the Sunday and it is the now famous CancerCare Cross Bay Challenge. Either a 7 mile walk can be embarked upon or a half marathon but both starting in Lancashire and finishing in Cumbria (albeit different starting locations). The marathon route is the quickest way to travel from Lancashire to Cumbria at low tide. Taking in some of the same spectacular scenery as the Morecambe Bay walk on Saturday, this event has been voted 4th best trail race in the UK by Runners World magazine. Silverdale is the starting point with Cark Airfield at Grange-Over-Sands being the finish line for both the walk and the run. To ability to set yourself a challenge, feel a sense of achievement on completion, enjoying truly stunning scenery whilst at the same time raising money for the local charity CancerCare, dedicated to the support of people with cancer, their families and their carers, and those bereaved by cancer, is quite something to have accomplished.

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For those travelling from further afield then Grange-Over-Sands is the ideal place to stay being the location of the finish of the Cross Bay Challenge, the start of the Morecambe Bay walk and with plenty to do for those supporting the participants. It also offers a number of places to stay as well as some excellent places to eat and drink during the stay and those taking part in any of the 3 events are certainly going to be hungry! Bay Villa with large bathrooms and breakfast served to the room could be the choice most definitely for those on the half marathon but there are hotels and self catering properties too in the area.

Excitement Builds Ahead of Cumbria Tourism Awards 2014

There are just 4 days until the winners are revealed of the Cumbria Tourism Awards 2014.

The prestigious ceremony is due to take place on Tuesday 17th June at the Castle Green Hotel in Kendal who are finalists themselves in the “Large Hotel of the Year” category sponsored by Armstrong Watson Accountants.

Everything is reviewed by the judging panel from the first welcome to marketing activities, sustainability, quality and service. The finalists will then each be visited by a mystery shopper who will report back to the judging panel and from there, the winner of each category will be decided.

A new category was added last year, “Tourism Pub of the Year” and both this year and last, the entries were very high after all, Cumbria – The Lake District is the home of tourism pubs having so many and of such high quality. Making the finals this year in the category sponsored by Heineken are the Wild Boar – Windermere, Tweedies Bar – Grasmere and the Cuckoo Brow Inn – Far Sawrey. Having only opened 2 years ago, this is the first nomination of its kind for them and both staff and owners are highly excited about Tuesday and even reaching the finals.

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Cuckoo Brow Inn – Finalist in “Tourism Pub of the Year” CT Awards 2014

It’s not always easy reinventing a business but South Lakes Hotels along with Dan and Sally Schreiber have done a sterling job in turning around the old Sawrey Hotel. With a rename and refurbishment throughout, the Cuckoo Brow Inn is a very popular place for those stopping by to sample some of the freshly prepared and locally sourced food and a pint of equally as local ale and for a holiday with the 14 bedrooms at the inn.

Winning one of the Cumbria Tourism Awards categories is an accolade in itself which confirms the level of quality and service guests receive when staying, eating, drinking or attending. But from these awards the winners go through to the Visit England national awards the following year. After winning the Tourism Pub of the Year in the CT awards last year, the Watermill Inn at Ings went onto win Silver in the National Awards against all the other regions so fingers crossed for Cuckoo Brow as well as all the 2014 finalists.

Live announcements of the winners will be made on the Cumbria Tourism Awards Twitter page, here.