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Windermere Hotel Winter Offer

Windermere Hotel Winter Offer

The Lake District National Park is as much a winter wonderland as it is in the rest of the seasons. Stunning scenery, cosy log fires, snow capped fells and now a 365 destination. Very few attractions shut down during the winter and especially so in…

The Early Bird Catches the Best Rates at Lake District Hotel

The Early Bird Catches the Best Rates at Lake District Hotel

Let’s face it, booking a hotel 30 days in advance is not a long time at all but what a difference it can make to the cost of a hotel stay. Last minute reservations are excellent, the ability to do so now such ease due…

Destination Ambleside This Autumn

Destination Ambleside This Autumn

Ambleside, and the area surrounding it, is a truly stunning, popular and picturesque region in the heart of the Lake District National Park. Close to the shores of Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake many smaller bodies of water to be found as well.

The town itself has become a major tourist resort and one of the most popular bases for exploring the Lake District with an array of excellent shops, restaurants, plus a great choice of places to stay.

For real history buffs, there has been a settlement in Ambleside since pre-Roman times. Galava, a fort located beside Borrans Park, a stones throw from the northern tip of Lake Windermere. They built another fort at the top of Hardknott Pass (England’s steepest road) to be able to guard the road to the Roman Port at Ravenglass. The drive over Hardknott Pass is something that shouldn’t be taken lightly with hair pin bends but the views are fantastic over to the rugged Western Lake District fells and Cumbrian coast. Or, how about cycling it?!

Poets, writers and artists such as William Wordsworth, John Ruskin and Beatrix Potter were incredibly passionate about the Lake District and in particular, the South Lakes area. The Armitt Museum provides more information about each of these internationally renowned people. Also look out for Hill Top, the home of Beatrix Potter at Near Sawrey, now owned and managed by the National Trust. There’s also Rydal Mount in Rydal which was the home of the Wordsworth family from 1813 and Dove Cottage in Grasmere, which is where William Wordsworth wrote most of his greatest poetry.

Waterhead pier is only a mile south of Ambleside town centre and this ferry terminal allows visitors to experience scenic ferry trips on Lake Windermere. The ferries run regularly throughout the day between Waterhead, Bowness-on-Windermere and Lakeside at Newby Bridge.

A car isn’t always required and a great walk is up to Stock Ghyll Force, a highly picturesque waterfall, which can be reached through Stock Ghyll Woods. This spectacular seventy foot drop to a bowl shaped pool can be viewed safely from a hand railed vantage point. The ghyll once powered twelve watermills and the scenery around Stock Ghyll is truly magnificent.

Find your action packed, literary or relaxing (or all 3!) holiday in Ambleside via All of The Lake District via https://www.allofthelakedistrict.co.uk/

The love of the Lake District in Autumn

The love of the Lake District in Autumn

With Autumn’s late arrival in Cumbria and the Lake District, October is set to be the best time to visit to witness the magnificent colour change of the landscape. It’s starting to cool down but there is still plenty of daylight time. The landscape is…

Walking and wandering around the Lyth Valley

Walking and wandering around the Lyth Valley

Although there are a few people who love to walk in the winter months, getting soaked through, muddy and battling wind, it’s definitely not everyone’s cup of tea! So too are high, craggy, steep fells of the North and Central Lakes. So it’s now a…

Electrifying Cycling Experiences in the Lake District

Electrifying Cycling Experiences in the Lake District

Did you know there are 69 electric bike charging points in Cumbria? Predominantly in the Lake District National Park, these charging points are located at extremely convenient locations such as campsites and bed & breakfasts to hotels, inns and cafes.

Country Lanes in Windermere, Grizedale Mountain Bikes in Ambleside and Lake District Bikes in Ulverston all offer bike hire and electric bike hire. When travelling from the North, South or coming off the train or bus, each offer great bike hire provisions as well as all the necessary safety gear should you not have any or have decided to go cycling last minute.

A super location ideal for cycling on the other side of Lake Windermere heading towards Far Sawrey. This small village can be easily accessed with as little cycling on roads as possible too as the Windermere to Hawkshead ferry drops off perfectly. Combine it with the Windermere Lake Cruises bike boat service which runs during the summer and it opens up an even bigger area to cycle safely and off road.

Far Sawrey is quiet with the opportunity to cycle on bridleways, through forests and roads with far less traffic on than the areas of Windermere and Ambleside. Nearby Claife Heights offers something for the more adventurous of electric bike cyclists. One 9 mile route around has everything from road cycling to hilly forest tracks. The are is ideal for families with small children cycling or for those just getting into the two wheeled method getting around. Hilltop, the home of Beatrix Potter nd National Trust property is a must see destination and also has an electric bike charging point.

The Cuckoo Brow Inn in the Lake District not only has an electric bike charging point, featuring within the Electric Bike Network, but also enables cyclists to refuel themselves too. Food is served every day from noon until 9.30pm along with a range of beverages and they also offer B&B accommodation, welcoming cyclists.

With the ability to enjoy cycling at a pace that suits each individual, ability and age, electric bikes are really taking off and the Lake District is the perfect location to enjoy them.

Visit golden Ullswater in the Lake District in 2018

Visit golden Ullswater in the Lake District in 2018

A location for families of all ages, couples and friends Ullswater is an easy drive of five miles from junction 40 of the M6. Regarded by many as the most beautiful lake in the English Lake District and where Wordsworth was inspired to write his…

A Super Spring in Glorious Grange

A Super Spring in Glorious Grange

The exceptional sunshine we’re experiencing in Cumbria and the Lake District this spring and where its felt more like a continental summer, is truly exciting and everyone is hoping it lasts! The weeks are flying by and couple that with work, life, events and the…

Cumbria conference venues calling in 2018

Cumbria conference venues calling in 2018

As 2017 beckons and the dawn of a New Year, it is often the time many businesses and organisations think about conferences and meetings.

The New Year could be a new product launch, new rules and regulations coming into effect or new staff starting. Boosting morale in the winter months is also a good idea through team building events. Whatever the reason, it is a good time now to think about and book a conference venue or team building venue.

But finding and selecting the right venue is the key to holding a successful event. The location, service, facilities and price are all huge factors. Can the venue cater for specific dietary or access requirements for example? Is off road parking available? Can it be reached by public transport?

riverside hotel conference venue kendal

As business in Cumbria grows and the with the Lake District being the newest UNESCO World Heritage Site in the UK, this county and region is not just about the fells anymore. The gateway to the Lake District with excellent transport links is Kendal. Within the centre of the historic market town, creative and business hub is the Riverside Hotel in Kendal. This aptly named riverside hotel location with private parking has two relaxed and informal conference rooms that can accommodate from 2 up to 18 delegates making it ideal for high level discussions and for smaller businesses that still require a group meeting.

Looking to find a meeting venue last minute? Then for small parties of 2 or 4 there are plenty of quiet locations within The Tannery Bar area where coffee is served all day along with a lounge menu. Just simply drop by.

Here’s to 2018, to vibrant Kendal and Cumbria as the place to be for a conference or meeting.

For all the information on the Riverside hotel and the conference and meeting rooms, visit http://www.riversidekendal.co.uk/events/conference-facilities

Luxury Self Catering in Langdale this Autumn & Winter

Luxury Self Catering in Langdale this Autumn & Winter

The Langdale Estate is famous for many things and an ever growing amount too but it’s luxury self catering lodges, apartments and cottages are what visitors to this estate have enjoyed for years and years. Each lodge is situated to offer as much privacy as…