Autumn Winter Exceptional Ullswater

If you’re looking for peace, tranquillity and a place to get away from it all before Christmas then Ullswater is the destination to choose.

This stunning location in the Lake District is beautiful at any time of the year, during any season with autumn into winter being no exception. This year particularly the autumnal colours are still vibrant with the lake surrounded by a sea of yellows, oranges and reds.

As so much of the Lake District now, nearly all attractions and services continue through the winter months including Ullswater Steamers and the bus services. One excellent bus service runs 7 days a week even through winter from Penrith to Patterdale. When staying in accommodation around the lake, use it to visit Penrith and Rheged, lovely villages like Tirril or for transportation between Glenridding at the southern end of Ullswater up to Pooley Bridge in the north.

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Laburnum Cottage, Glenridding Ullswater

And another great thing about being out of the school holiday times and in the off season is exceptional value for money. Take Laburnum Cottage for example located at Glenridding. This is ultra luxury self catering with fabulous views of the lake, a luxurious interior throughout, separate annexe and a gym, all this with autumn/winter week rates starting from £719 (a saving of £239 on the full rate). The cottage just a 2 minute walk to all the amenities of Glenridding including a shop, post office, restaurants and pubs and just a mile from the lake and the steamer pier. The 508 Penrith to Pooley Bridge bus service mean guests can even travel car free with Penrith being on the West Coast Mainline.

What else is there to do around Ullswater in the Winter? Lot’s, the fells are still open, visit Aira Force Waterfall or arrange a multi activity day with one of the local outdoor activity providers.
Check the full availability and details of Laburnum holiday cottage Ullswater including how to book here https://www.lakeland-cottage-company.co.uk/lake-district-cottage/laburnum_cottage



Cumbria provides comprehensive conference facilities

Cumbria has the location, most definitely, made up of the county, Lake District National Park also the edging into the North Pennines and Yorkshire Dales National Park. Check, great hotels offering space, first class facilities both for accommodation and practical conferencing materials. Check, stunning views and an abundance of fresh air that are proven to maximise delegate interaction, performance and training. Finally check, areas such as Penrith that are close to the M6 making it the ideal location for businesses from Scotland, the North East and the North West in fact even further south.

When delegates are coming from various sites, a location such as Penrith offers a practical solution cutting down on journey times and transportation costs. Being on the West Coast Mainline means those travelling from London, Birmingham and Manchester are instantly linked. Take for example the train from London Euston to Penrith, this is typically a journey time of just under 3 hours or just an hour and half from Edinburgh.

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Being within touching distance of the Lake District National Park means conference programmes can easily be combined with outdoor team building pursuits or team building days out. Getting to places like Keswick is achieved within minutes from Penrith.

Roundthorn Country House Hotel offers conferencing and meeting venue hire all within one site and the car park and grounds are also suitable for team building and training courses. There are 4 rooms to choose from catering for between 10 and 100 delegates depending on requirements. Complimentary Wi-Fi is as standard along with various conference gadgets and disabled access can be found in the Cumbrian Suite. More details on this conference venue in Cumbria can be found here http://www.roundthorn.co.uk/conferences



Yet more reasons to visit the Langdale Hotel & Spa in the Lake District

The last year has seen yet more investments and renovation at the Langdale Hotel & Spa in the Langdale Valley and its set to continue into 2016.

From rooms being refurbished and new images commissioned to a revolutionary waterwheel installation close to reception generating electricity to power the 2 Twizy electric cars available for guests to hire, the Langdale Hotel never seem to stop improving, investing and innovating.

The latest and one of the biggest and most significant changes is set to begin on October 14th. On that date Purdey’s Restaurant and Hobson’s Bar will close to make way for a brand new restaurant and dining experience, Stove. The restaurant will be the central dining destination for the whole estate serving everything from breakfast to brunch, to lunch, dinner and snacks.

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The name, Stove, reflecting the feature fires and log burning stoves designed for the new restaurant and which are also found throughout The Langdale Estate from the original Range at Wainwright’s Inn to the log burning stoves in each Brimstone Hotel suite.

The interior will be calm, relaxed and will continue with Langdale’s ethos of using local, natural materials. Whether sitting in the outside dining area or inside, the Lake District surroundings will always be visible and prevalent. The restaurant will be open to residents and non residents daily.

So keep checking on the Langdale Hotel in the Lake District website for further announcements to for links to their Facebook and Twitter accounts for more information and updates here, http://www.langdale.co.uk



Worlds Best Safari – Serengeti National Park Tanzania

For anyone who has been lucky enough to have the experience of going on a Tanzania safari within or passing through the Serengeti National park, this news of it’s being voted best safari in the world will be of no surprise by Safari Bookings through reviews.

This region within Tanzania offers the ultimate in safari travel with such diverse, unique and endangered species to the stunning landscape, flora and accommodation.

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Specialists in Tanzania safaris, A Tent With A View agree with this award too and their tours in and  around the Serengeti continue to be the most popular and have been for the 20 years A Tent With A View have been operating. A Tent With A View founder David Guthrie adds “Tanzania is blessed with an incredible array of safari experiences, but the Serengeti, with its magnificent migrating herds, and huge population of predators, is unbeatable.”

A full list of the Tanzania safaris experiencing the Serengeti National Park can be found here http://www.tentwithaview.com/tours/north-west

 



Winning Windermere – It’s definitely not grim up north

It’s not going to be a surprise that here at KIP  blog, we say a big fat yes to a recent BT blog in the lifestyle section, Is the north the most beautiful place in Britain?

The blog sights the survey by Nikon the camera specialists and the conclusion was amongst those surveyed, that the north, or top half as they called it, is far more photogenic than the south. There are sure to be scores of people from the southern part of the UK with smoke coming out of their ears at this but this was a true and honest survey.

Look, the UK is blessed with stunning scenery from the very south to the very north lets face it and we here are whole hearted supports of more people visiting more of these locations on short breaks and holidays. How many times has the phrase been heard “Oh, I didn’t realise it was so nice in the Lake District/Scottish Highlands, North Devon coast….”. These places are on our doorstep (with a bit of driving inbetween) at the end of the day and surely the fact more and more overseas visitors are coming to the UK shows just what a special place it is.

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But it is with great pleasure to announce top of the survey with 38% of the votes was Windermere, “undoubtedly the most picturesque location.” Windermere is extremely beautiful, has a wonderful light for photography and is extremely accessible for those visiting the Lake District, it is no wonder this busy part of the Lake District National Park has been voted number 1.
TRAVEL to Windermere easily by train or car. ENJOY cruises on Lake Windermere to view the landscape in a different perspective. STAY at quality accommodation such as Windermere Marina Village.

The full blog post including some stunning images can be found here, https://home.bt.com/lifestyle/7-scenic-spots-is-the-north-the-most-beautiful-place-in-britain-11363993408408



Clear to see its all about windows in June at Fallowfield Projects

With the summer finally here (in phases, on and off!), the team at Fallowfiled Projects Ltd have been busy throughout June renovating, replacing ad installing windows to allow their clients to see the dramatic changes in the weather we have been experiencing!

On a serious note, when it comes to any word surrounding windows and doors, the spring and summer months are always preferred both for the fitters and the home or business owners. The work done now in the warmer months makes for a much warmer house for winter.

In June Fallowfield Projects have been installing some of their bespoke manufactured windows and doors at a luxury property in the Langdale Valley, the image below shows just what a stunning property it was to match the stunning scenery there.

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A stunning build in Langdale

Onto Lancaster and a job to replace some very old and tired UPVC windows on a lovely, period and stone end terrace. The results, as well as the weather, turned out beautifully and has give the whole house a complete, fresh new look. Wooden sash windows really set this house off and are in keeping with the age of the property.

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Lancaster windows before….

 

The dwellings are diverse in Cumbria and Lancashire with challenges to keep in line with planning restrictions whether it be conservation areas in Kendal or the Lake District National Park on the Langdale site for example. This is where years of experience providing services in such locations is the ideal choice for business and home owners.

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….and after

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Fallowfield Project Ltd on 01539 822700 or visit http://www.fallowfield.co.uk



Tebay Services Hotel enters the Hall of Fame

If Tebay Services including the farm shop, hotel and truck stop, Westmorland Family Group as a whole and the Directors haven’t won enough awards recently, the Tebay Services Hotel have made it to the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame.

Given out to accommodation providers, attractions and restaurants who have continually for 5 years achieved TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellent status, this acknowledgement confirms the continuity of high level service, value for money and facilities the Tebay Services Hotel offers.

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Hall of Fame award for Tebay Services Hotel

 

A rare find so close to a motorway, Tebay Services Hotel still offers the ethos of a motorway services hotel of value for money. Located away from the buzz of the 6 lanes, refurbished rooms including junior suites with stunning views and locally sourced food and drinks, this is as far removed from an archetypal UK motorway services hotel, summed up perfectly by the strap line ”tranquil, secluded, convenient”. So much so the hotel has an excellent reputation as a wedding reception and ceremony venue.

 

 

 

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The hotels restaurant with uncharacteristic motorway services view

Food is the centre of it all within the Westmorland Family Group and is very much the case at the Tebay Services Hotel. Choose to dine in the restaurant until 9pm or the lounge until 10pm, great for commuters needing a flexible, overnight stay. Breakfast is equally as well talked about, all freshly cooked to order and with the highest quality, local sausages, bacon and eggs. Here’s to another 5 years and perhaps another Hall for Fame entrance for this hotel.

The latest Celebrate Summer offer – rooms from £89 B&B (when booked 7 days or more in advance) book online via http://www.westmorlandhotel.com or call 01539 624351.



The ultimate, beyond brilliant Father’s Day break at Brimstone

It’s less than 3 weeks until it’s time to spoil all the Dads out there with Father’s Day June 21st.

The Langdale Estate incorporating the new Brimstone Hotel are always popular places on the day and for breaks for Mother’s Day but what above Dad, doesn’t he deserve a bit of luxury too?

Brimstone will most definitely help in making you top son or daughter with the luxury Father’s Day package break being offered throughout June, July and August.

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One of the luxury Brimstone Hotel suites

At Brimstone, the beyond boutique Lake District hotel, Dads (and Mums/partners too) can enjoy Berghaus kit, brilliant beds and beer and not forgetting some of the most luxury bathtubs in the county too on this two night break.

The break comprising of two nights accommodation also comes with a Dad sized breakfast each morning ready for a day on the fells. The Berghaus bootroom will satisfy any walking gear obsessed Father but he will also be able to relax and enjoy the Langdale spa and leisure facilities of which full access is also included. Post walk or pre dinner enter The Reading Room to digest the days activities or read the newspapers over a complimentary beer, wine and some nibbles.

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Just a stone’s throw from the hotel is the Langdale Hotel & Estate with the choice of 4 places to eat and drink ranging from 2 AA Rosette Purdey’s to the more informal Wainwright’s Inn. Activities in the day can include walking or the hosts at Brimstone can organise off road driving, rock climbing or any other adrenaline fuelled past times Dad may fancy doing. But let’s face it, this will only be possible if he manages to prize himself away from the in room gadgets!

This two night break with all these extras is just £550 for two people. Contact the hosts at Brimstone Lake District boutique hotel on 015394 38062.



What a first two days of racing at Cartmel

Well, the first race meeting of the year at Cartmel Races has taken place, been and gone, done and dusted and it lived up to the hype and promise as always.

And Bay Villa, a luxury bed and breakfast in nearby Grange over Sands, hosted a fully booked week of Cartmel race goers. More importantly, very happy race goers which has been confirmed on the B&B’s Tripadvisor review page. Some were newbies, some were Cartmel racing stalwarts but all had one thing in common, the complete enjoyment of this very special racing circuit location and event.

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Even despite a few grey skies here and there, the turnout was full capacity for both the Bank Holiday Monday racing and the family day on Wednesday complete with plenty of picnic action. The calibre of the horses and jockey’s continues to rise with Tom Scudamore, top lady rider Lucy Alexander and Monday’s treble winner Henry Brooke in action even on Wednesday’s meet.

Bay Villa B&B are now looking forward to welcoming another set of race goers on the next racing fixture weekend, Friday June 26th and Sunday 28th. Just one room remains at the bed & breakfast for the Friday, the room Silverdale, which is also available on Thursday 25th too so a short break can still be had.

Book now to avoid disappointment at Bay Villa B&B in Grange over Sands which is just two miles from Cartmel race Course. Advance tickets can be purchased through the Cartmel Racecourse website here.



Walk the Way in a Day and celebrate 50 years of the Pennine Way

Any long distance walker, National Trail fan or just a plain know will all be aware of the length the Pennine Way is. This iconic trail is 268 miles long and of course, not achievable on foot in a day. But how to mark this very big occasion, its 50th anniversary? National Trails have come up with a great idea, a mass walk along the trail with a choice of 50 circular routes on April 25.

The 50 routes are all fully published in PDF form to view or print out and have all been very kindly donated by published writers. The routes vary in length and for various abilities and with the Pennine Way spanning such a stunning part of the UK, it will surely be a hard task deciding which one to do.

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A Pennine Way signpost in Cumbria and the spectacular High Cup Nick

For walkers in Cumbria or for those wanting to explore the Pennine Way as it passes through the county have a choice of 6 walks. The walks take in from the north villages such as Alston, England’s highest market town along with routes that pass through the pretty village of Dufton near Appleby and the mighty High Cup Nick. But the ultimate walk for keen walkers only is the 19 mile High Pennine Fells walk. This route takes in the highest points along the whole of the Pennine fells, Cross Fell, Little Dun Fell and Great Dun Fell. Not advised in bad weather but one that will reward those who embark on it with the views and the accomplishment so fingers crossed for a fantastic day to mark this 50th anniversary.

 



Great signs already for a spectacular first Cartmel Races fixture

It’s just eight weeks until the first Cartmel Races fixture of 2015 and as ever, anticipation and expectation is growing by the minute. Breaking records last year for the amount of spectators and entry numbers as well as the highest profile jockey’s and horses to date, the 2015 season is set to build on that.

Year on year more producers and exhibitors have joined the ranks as well as more activities and attractions for the whole family proving this event is a true event for everybody and very much involves the local community also.

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A news announcement earlier this week revealed the race day campsites are now fully booked for accepting caravans and camper vans and motor homes on the first race day of the season on Bank Holiday Monday 25 May as well as the meeting on July 18. It is now extremely crucial that alternative accommodation be booked as these spaces have never been sold out so early leading many to believe this could be a beyond sell out year.

Bay Villa B&B in nearby Grange-over-Sands, just 2.5 miles from the race course, has just one room remaining for the May Bank Holiday meet, nights 25 and 26 May and more than matches the quality on offer on any of the race days at Cartmel. Following on from there also just one room also remains for the race meeting on July 18. The room available is The Estuary and is flexible offering either super-king double or twin bedded accommodation, has a separate dressing room providing added space and privacy with ample storage. Call 015395 36793 for more details and to book.

By Jenny Andrew



Last Few dates Remain for Super Summer Offer at Westmorland Hotel

The Tebay Services Westmorland Hotel has released the remaining dates available for their super summer offer. The offer running until the end of August is booking up fast which is no surprise with the highly enticing price.

For £141 per room per night based on two people sharing, guests receive a 3 course dinner in the evening in the restaurant, overnight accommodation, a full Cumbrian breakfast in the morning, but it doesn’t finish there. Guests will also receive tickets for entrance into the gallery at Rheged and furthermore, a £10 voucher to spend in the award winning Tebay Farm Shop.

Being the school summer holidays, it is natural that families may want to take advantage of the offer. On the offer and when sharing with the adults, children are just an extra £15 per night bed and breakfast.

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Summer offer includes all this+£10 to spend at Tebay Farm Shop!

For children and adults, Rheged just 15 minutes up the road from the hotel is most definitely worth a visit and the free gallery ticket is just the ticket. Rheged also has other exhibitions and film screenings on and a super cafe headed up by Peter Sidwell, one of three at the site in fact. Local produce is the key so too with the whole of the Westmorland Family group so guests will eat well and experience local Cumbrian produce from nose to tail.

But the offer could even be for business travellers if required. They may not have time to visit Rheged but a 3 course meal and hearty breakfast the following morning will make for a very productive work day and some local foodie goodies can be purchased to take back home with the £10 farm shop voucher.

So considering the offer, considering the location, it’s going to be a super summer for anyone staying at Tebay Services Westmorland Hotel this August.

The dates still available as of July 29 are as follows:
4th – 6th, 10th & 11th, 13th & 14th, 17th – 20th, 25th – 29th August inclusive.
For the most up to date availability, visit http://www.westmorlandhotel.com

By Jenny Andrew



May Madness For One Windermere Hotel

With two lots of Bank Holidays and a half term, May has been a busy month in the Lake District and for the businesses within it.

But it has been even busier for one hotel in Windermere and not just in terms of guest numbers. The Applegarth Villa Hotel & Restaurant have just completed a huge transformation in their bar and restaurant with full refurbishment, the biggest being in the bar.

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One of the wall light and the centre piece chandelier.

A new bar has been constructed complete with backlit shelves and granite top. The whole room has been decorated with new light fittings and all new furniture. Never doing things by halves, Alan and Suzanne Mumford, owners of Applegarth Villa have worked tirelessly with their interior designer to create a space with accents of the 1920’s. The light fittings especially echo these notes with style and elegance.

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The backlit bar complete with one or two whiskies!

New photographs will be produced as well as a new and dedicated bar and restaurant website which will highlight the local produce Head Chef John Kelly uses, his dishes and the new beverage offerings. These include a larger choice of wines by the glass and what is really exciting, the growing number of single malts. This total is now up to 51 after the purchase last week of whiskies from the Bunnahabhain and Royal Locknagar distilleries along with a 40 year bottle of Glenfarclas. This means the Applegarth now have one of the largest selections of single malts in the area and most definitely some of the rarest.

The purpose of the refurbishment has been to create an atmosphere, ambiance and greater choice whereby guests have everything they require under one roof as well as hopefully gaining more non residential custom.

Anyone having stayed previously at the Applegarth Villa will know these hoteliers won’t be sitting still for long. In fact, the next project is set to be beyond exciting, watch this space!

Visit their website for more details and to check availability http://www.lakesapplegarth.co.uk

By Jenny Andrew



May We Suggest Eden for May Day Celebrations?

The Eden District in Cumbria has a wealth of events this upcoming May Day Bank Holiday weekend, it “may” be a terrible shame not to visit.

Starting today and running right through until May Day Monday is the Ride to Stride Walking Festival. Combining walk, talks and events that take place along the beautiful Settle to Carlisle railway line. The Settle to Appleby In Westmorland section is where the events are talking place, around 30 walks in fact, ranging in distance from 5 to 15 miles led by experienced and knowledgeable leaders. The talks cost just £3 per person to attend but the walks are free, fantastic.

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Appleby Station on the Settle – Carlisle Line

During the weekend Rheged has a programme of events and screenings, see their website for details, http://www.rheged.com including Children’s Film Club and the Wildlife Photographer of the year exhibition.

The weekend and name sake of this Bank Holiday, May Day on Monday is all go too. The always highly anticipated Penrith May Day Carnival, organised by the Penrith Lions, starts at 10.30am in the town centre and encompasses entertainments, dancing, music, stalls, a parade and vintage and classic cars. Fingers crossed for the continuation of this good weather as the programme is packed full of things to see and do for the whole family.

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Penrith May Day Carnival

Each day would make an excellent day excursion and with the choice of days and events, that could be any of the days over the weekend. Looking to make the most of it and stay the weekend is still attainable with accommodation still available in the area. As mentioned previously, Appleby is on the Settle to Carlisle railway line so has events pertaining to the Ride to Stride Festival but it is also an excellent base for visiting the Eden District and the Eden Valley. Appleby Manor Hotel in the town has availability, a summer offer at the moment and caters for couples as well as families. It also has a choice of the restaurant or it’s bistro to dine in. The summer offer details can be found here http://www.applebymanor.co.uk/last-minute-breaks.

For the full list of whats on in Eden this Bank Holiday, visit the Eden Tourism website here http://www.visiteden.co.uk/

By Jenny Andrew



Eden Valley Features in April Edition of BBC Countryfile Magazine

In fact, the Eden Valley doesn’t just feature inside April’s edition of Countryfile Magazine but an image of the valley adorns the front cover too.

The headline asks “Britian’s Loveliest Valley?” and naturally, with this blog being predominantly for Cumbria and the Lake District, we think it is a high contender (of course the other contenders for us would also be from with this county, not being biased whatsoever obviously)!

Beautifully green, rolling yet dramatic, the Eden Valley has something for everyone and spans a varied landscape. Often people bemoan the amount of times journalists, writers and photographers home in on the South and Central Lakes, Windermere, Ambleside, Grasmere for example. Across on the other side of the county, another world awaits and why writer Vivienne Crow describes the area as “The Lake District fascinating neighbour”. Vivienne Crow is an award winning freelance writer and photographer who also happens to live in Cumbria and be passionate about the county, who better to write such an article.

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Eden Valley in April’s Countryfile Magazine

It could be said that if you venture to the far est or the west of the county you are rewarded. Both The Eden Valley and the Western Lake District and Cumbria Coast offer peace and tranquility as well as adventure. The Eden Valley though has been mentioned for it’s ease of travel. Little off the M6 motorway and the beauty can be enjoyed.

Accommodation can be found to suit all budgets but a good all rounder for price and location is the Westmorland Hotel just south of Penrith. Easy access to the motorway means getting to any part of the Eden Valley a breeze. The hotel has family rooms, a restaurant and bar and is even dog friendly along with plenty of car parking.

April’s edition of Countryfile Magazine is in the shops now.

By Jenny Andrew



Canoeing in the Lake District

Canoeing is accessible to the whole of the UK. Those who live miles from the sea or a lake can still enjoy this water sport on the hundreds of rivers.

So it is no surprise that canoeing is the 4th most popular water sport in the UK and is so for the 4th year running. This has been further confirmed by the 6-9% per annum growth in membership figures of the British Canoe Union and a growth in sales by leading canoe manufacturers up and down the country.

Unlike many sports, canoeing is “truly inclusive” as Canoe England so rightly says. There are in fact 8 different types of canoeing which enables every age, ability or interest to enjoy this outdoor pursuit. From the leisurely flat, recreational paddling to the fast flowing ad white water canoeing, this sport really is the sport for all.

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Canoeing for all in the Lake District

The Lake District, synonymous with water (naturally) is seeing more and more canoeists taking to the wide and varied waters and rivers there. Visitors to this National Park can enjoy the views from the tops of the fells or beside one of the lakes but the view from on the water is something different and unique and adds a further perspective to the landscape.

With outdoor pursuits being such a big reason why millions of visitors come to the Lakes, the caliber of activity providers and guides is extremely high. The Western lake District is no exception. The perfect combination for canoeists of varied bodies of water and peacefulness. Choose between flat paddling on England’s deepest lake, Wastwater at the foot of Scafell and with views of Great Gable to the River Esk in the next valley, Eskdale which eventually leads out to Ravenglass with a little help from the tide. West Lakes Adventure, based in Eskdale, hold Lake District canoeing courses, events and activities throughout the year and will tailor make the course to suit ability, time and interest. Contact 019467 23753 for booking enquiries and details.

The Canoe England strap line, “Something for Everyone” – says it all.

By Jenny Andrew



Cumbria Cottage Extras on Bookings Made this Month

Hill View Cottage lies within the Lake District National Park in the stunning village of Bouth, close to Newby Bridge and the southern end of Lake Windermere.

They are offering enticing extras for bookings made on Hill View Cottage during the month of March for any 2014 holiday or short break. The offer includes a free drink at The White Hart Inn as well as 10% lunch or dinner bills for the duration of the booking.

Hill View Cottage sleeps 4 people and has a Visit England 4 star grading. It has everything you’d expect from a modern holiday let but within a delightful traditional cottage. It is ideal for a small family or a couple and the log burning stove is perfect for relaxing in front of in the colder months. It also benefits from being dog friendly too, up to 2 dogs in fact at a small charge.

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Hill View Cottage, Bouth Newby Bridge Exterior and Interior

Bouth Village is a picture box village and only 4 miles from Lake Windermere. The White Hart Inn is an award winning inn renowned in the area for its food and local ales and it couldn’t be more convenient to get to from the cottage.

Hill View Cottage is marketed by the Lakeland Cottage Company who specialise in luxury Lake District holiday cottages. Here the full details of Hill View Cottage Bouth Newby Bridge can be viewed along with availability calendar and the ability to either book online or talk to the team to book on 015395 38180.

By Jenny Andrew



Cumbria, The Lake District, #theplacetobe

The brand new and exciting ad campaign from Cumbria Tourism promoting Cumbria, the Lake District is now fully live. Centered around the phrase “The Place To Be” or as many will have seen #theplacetobe.

The 6 ads show exactly why the Lake District is The Place To Be through clear, simple yet striking images of areas around the county and an activity suggestion. The ads have been receiving exceptional comments and reviews from everyone from the James Berresford, the CEO of Visit England to the thousands of people on social networks sharing, posting and tweeting about them.

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The 6 #theplacetobe ads

Launching such a large campaign in January was genius especially with such engaging images that honestly make you go, I want to go there, I want to run there. It also happens to be the largest and most expensive marketing campaign Cumbria Tourism have ever run but the early signs show it has already made an above expectation impact.

One great example of how this campaign is being pushed is on The Telegraph website. Click here http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/travel/lake-district-attractions/ and see some really insightful articles, tips and tempting accommodation images and links such as a spotlight on the hidden gems Ravenglass & Eskdale in West Cumbria to the newest of hotels in the Lake District, Brimstone Hotel at Langdale.

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A snippet from The Telegraph Lake District #theplacetobe page

With the constant rising in standard of everything from the food to the offerings in shops to B&B’s, self catering and Lake District hotel accommodation in the Lake District, such a campaign meets those standards and the message that this county is #theplacetobe.

By Jenny Andrew



The Cotswolds, a Hotspot for 2014 Travel says The Guardian

A travel tips for 2014 post from The Guardian last month listed La Graciosa, Canary Islands, Greece, Portugal and the Cotswolds Villages are their 2014 travel tips.

Obviously this is fantastic for The Cotswolds but a little surprising at the same time as small regions such as this are not normally sited next to countries such as Greece and Portugal!

But the Cotswolds Villages and this region as a whole is truly stunning and worthy of this 2014 travel tip. Picture postcard stone cottages in the pretty villages and towns, rolling countryside and magnificent castles, stately homes with historic houses and it is the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales. It has everything for a staycation but naturally highly popular with overseas visitors.

This 1,164 square kilometre district is made up of parts of many counties but primarily Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire with a smattering of North East Somerset, Warwickshire, Wiltshire, Worcestershire. Many people come to walk in and around The Cotswolds as it offers such diverse yet every inch stunning landscapes.

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The Cotswolds Way

For those into long distance walking then the Cotswolds Way is the ideal walk to enjoy in this region. The 102 mile route was recognised as a National Trail in 2007 and starts in Chipping Camden in the North through to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bath. It follows the western edge of the Cotswold Hills taking walkers through the real heart of the Cotswolds enabling every quintessential attraction to be experienced.

Mickledore Travel Ltd offer self guided Cotswolds Way walking holidays where walkers can choose to complete this route in 6 days up to 11 days depending on how much time is available, budget or walking ability. See the walk description here http://www.mickledore.co.uk/walking-holidays/cotswold_way

Read the full article by The Guardian here.

By Jenny Andrew



A Fabulous February in Ambleside

It’s nearly the end of January and before you know it it will be half term and Valentine’s. Hard to grasp as Christmas seems just like yesterday.

Whether you’re looking for a family getaway or a romantic Valentine’s break for two, Ambleside is a great destination choice for either. There is so much to see and do in and around Ambleside and plenty of places to stay, eat and drink.

It’s not hard to understand why Ambleside has a universal attraction and why it is an excellent place for a family holiday. Small children can get involved with some low level walking or when its too wet there’s Ruffy Tuffys to keep them entertained. In terms of cafes and restaurants, most are very child friendly offering a friendly welcome and a tasty children’s menu. Sheilas Cottage is open in the day and evening and is very child friendly.

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Family Adventures in Ambleside

For bigger children then of course Ambleside is outdoor adventure paradise. Guided walking, rock climbing and canoeing from Waterhead as well as fells galore.

But Ambleside has another enticing side being very quaint and very romantic, a couples dream. Poets, writers and artists have for years took inspiration from this delightful town. For the modern day romantic then there are some lovely restaurants to eat in and plenty of places to escape, just the two of you. And there are some fantastic retreats for two on the outskirts of the town too like at Stepping Stones Cottages, once owned by the Wordsworth family so a very good pedigree for romance this Valentine’s!

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Ambleside for romantic breaks

So if you’re thinking what should we do this half term or wondering about a Valentine’s break then Ambleside, enjoy a fabulous February in Ambleside.

By Jenny Andrew



Calling Foodies and Cyclists come to Grasmere!

Grasmere is a stunning village in between Ambleside and Keswick on the heart of the Lake District National Park.

Many will know it as the home of Grasmere Gingerbread, now an international product (and gorgeous!) and of course that poet, what was his name…..Wordsworth! But even if you’re not a fan of gingerbread or literature, Grasmere is simply a delightful, full of character Lake District village.

But 2014 i set to be a big year for this village is further ways. The Fred Whitton cycling sportive, one of the most revered and toughest in the UK is set to start from Grasmere this year, a move from its traditional Coniston location. A new starting point affects the route slightly so it won’t just be the first time competitors that will be doing reckies.

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And then foodies. The love of food is growing in popularity with the ability to now easily find really excellent food and Grasmere is no exception. Amazing produce on their doorstep and high quality hotels are attracting equally as high caliber chefs. Just recently there has been an outstanding review in The Observer by the very critical critic Jay Rayner of the restaurant at the Oak Bank Hotel in Grasmere who couldn’t sing it’s praises highly enough. Quite some accolade for the hotel as well as Grasmere.

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Pigeon, Pork Belly, Textures of Onion – Photo by Alan Spedding

So it seems quite appropriate for any cyclists visiting Grasmere to take along a friend or partner so that both can enjoy some fine food and accommodation and make a weekend out of it! 2 birds, one stone!

By Jenny Andrew



The Lake District renamed The “Escape” District this January!

January is always associated with the booking of holidays for the coming year. Christmas and New Year are over and it’s time to book for something to look forward to.

But January should also be the time people look to go away for a short break. As lovely as Christmas is to meet up with friends and to gather family together, it can very well also be a stressful and very busy time of the year. And just as the retail industry has sales, so does the tourism industry.

A short break or holiday in January is an excellent way to start the new year off and the offers should not be missed. Whether it is a hotel break, B&B or self catering, tourism operators in the Lake District are offering some excellent deals throughout January and into February.

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25% off Holiday Cottage breaks in the Lake District

The Lake District is now a 365 day destination so all but a handful of attractions and businesses are open. Just think, the fells (weather dependent of course) are most definitely open 365 days a year and getting some walking in is only going to help shift those Christmas pounds!

Luxury self catering i becoming more and more popular in the Lake District. The variety of properties in beautiful locations are perfect to take advantage of in January with some holiday agencies such as Lake District cottages from The Lakeland Cottage Company who have 25% off January sale discounts.

So for a way to break up and escape the dark, long month of January and to bag a bargain, the Lake District is the place to “escape” to at the start of 2014.

By Jenny Andrew



Luxurious Lake District so says Huffington Post

Who would have thought a few years ago that the region synonymous with walking, muddy boots and varying degrees of inclement weather would in fact become a place becoming known for luxury?

How Wainwright may have reacted to the new wave of luxury retailers, hotels, self catering and restaurants I don’t know but what it quite evident is it has given the Lake District and Cumbria a new lease of life and most importantly, a new market.

In the last 3 to 4 years there have been a number of hotels in this county and national park receiving a 4 star grading from The AA. These hotels have included the Langdale Hotel & Spa and Lodore Falls Hotel to name just two. Both hotels are leading the way in hotel accommodation, service, facilities and location.

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Luxury at the Langdale Hotel

4 star hotels vary throughout the United Kingdom from city centre high rise hotels to country retreats but what sets Cumbria’s 4 star hotels apart is the location. Who can rival the Langdale Valley or Derwentwater?

And the regions hotels are inviting much publicity at the moment with international reviewers and high quality publications both online and offline. The latest being Huffington Post and the piece in their Lifestyle section in December “Luxury in the Lakes: Cumbria”. The Langdale Hotel is listed and facilities and services detailed along with 3 other luxury hotels in the Lake District.

It is this time of year that grabbing a bit of 4 star luxury is affordable with great January offers from many of the hotels, well worth checking out these offers with bed and breakfast starting from £99 to include use of spa facilities.

The full write up from Huffington Post can be read here http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/the-spa-spy/lake-district_b_4471668.html?utm_hp_ref=uk and for booking of the Langdale 4 star Hotel & Spa, visit http://www.langdale.co.uk



Cuckoo Brow Listed in Lancashire Life’s Top 10 Cosiest Pubs

Cumbria and the Lake District, a haven for cosy pubs and cosy pub lovers. There are quite some number throughout the county and National Park and amongst those, some extremely high quality establishments.

Lancashire Life have done very well to select 10 from such a large and wide choice of great, cosy inns and pubs but they have and the Cuckoo Brow Inn at Far Sarwey near Hawkshead is one of them.

The Cuckoo Brow was take over and given a complete refurbishment just 2 years ago and has grown from strength to strength with many guests staying time after time and people making it a regular haunt after walking. It is their ethos in welcoming everyone (including muddy boots!) along with the high quality of the food that has made this inn so successful and of course enabled it to be included in this top 10.

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Cuckoo Brow Lake District Inn

Lancashire Life’s write up included the following “Transformed in recent times with an extensive make-over, the Cuckoo Brow will have fires lit, beer in top condition and a menu that prides itself in being mostly sourced from within a 20 mile radius including some delicious Herdwick.” Great beer, great local food and real fires are just about the best ingredients for a cosy pub.

Cuckoo Brow is very popular also with dog owners as the inn is very dog friendly and the wooden floors and real fires dog heaven. The rooms are also dog friendly.

So congratulations to the Cuckoo Brow Inn for being included in this list of cosy Lake District pubs.

The full top 10 from Lancashire Life can be viewed here http://www.lancashirelife.co.uk/food-drink/ten_of_the_cosiest_pubs_to_visit_in_the_lake_district_1_3136373

By Jenny Andrew



Reflecting on 40 years of Wainwright’s Coast to Coast

It’s hard to believe 2013 was the 40th anniversary of Wainwright’s most famous of published walking routes, the Coast to Coast.

It is an extremely popular walking route for a holiday, a personal goal and  to raise money for charity. The thought that you have walked from one side of the country to the other must be quite some feeling but an achievable and accessible one too.

Many walkers would love to walk the length of the UK I’m sure, Lands End to John O’ Groats but it is some serious undertaking in terms of time, money and endurance.

Walking seems to be more popular now that ever with first timers taking to the fells and paths, those experienced doing more and those who rekindling their love of it. It is such a great thing to do on a weekend for couples, friends and for families. Wainwright himself wanted it to be as accessible to all as possible and his books conveyed this excellently.

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Wainwrights Coast to Coast Walking Route

And as with so many activities, if they are televised then interest is made nationally. The Wainwright Coast to Coast series with Julia Bradbury did just that in 2009 with the Lakeland Fell series following on from that. It made people realise what they were missing out on and for most on their doorstep.

Back to the Coast to Coast and this 190 mile route commences traditionally by dipping your walking boots in the Irish Sea at St Bees in Cumbria concluding at the fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay on the North Sea. The beauty, popularity and charm of this walk was rewarded in 2004 when it was rated the second best walk…..in the world no less! No real surprise when the route takes walkers through the heart of the Lake District fells, through the Yorkshire Dales, the Vale of York onto the North York Moors.

The 40th anniversary of this highly regarded, designated walking route has been marked by a special plaque at Robin Hood’s Bay, in the North York Moors.

As with any of these routes, ability and time available plays a large part in the duration of the walk. Self guided walking holiday specialists such as Mickledore Travel offer Coast to Coast walking holidays ranging from 12 to 17 days. Further information click here http://www.mickledore.co.uk/walking-holidays/coast_to_coast

So a big Happy 40th anniversary Coast to Coast! Here’s to another fantastic 40 years.

By Jenny Andrew