Rush down to Ambleside for festival weekend

The perfect location for a traditional festival, Ambleside is the place to be this Saturday July 7th for the annual Rushbearing Festival.

The Ambleside Rushbearing Festival is reported to have taken place as early as 1835 with the first photographic evidence from that of the 1891 event. As with so many of the traditional shows in the South Lakes, the event is one for the whole family with plenty to see and do and always some refreshments along the way with community spirit more than showcased.

Alongside the procession will be children’s entertainment and sports as well as what is such a popular activity in Ambleside, a junior fell race. Residents and business owners alike come out in full force and the forecast is looking great so it is anticipated to be a very full town!

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A true summer, community event in Ambleside in the heart of the Lake District

For those who are new to the rushbearing tradition, it originated hundreds of years ago being the ancient custom of replacing the rushes on the floors of churches each year. Rushes, or sweet smelling grasses to elaborate further, are now collected from locations such as the lakeshore of Lake Windermere to create highly decorated items carried through the procession decorated with a variety of mosses, flowers and embellishments.

Although not everyone will be familiar with the rushbearing tradition, it doesn’t matter as it is yet another way for the community to get together and to include visitors alike.
It is a free to watch and attend event so if you’re staying in Ambleside already then it is well worth spectating. There are still a small number of rooms available in the town for the weekend of which Rothay Garth B&B on Rothay Road, Ambleside is one of them. Complete with freshly cooked breakfast and a large car park it is an excellent base for the weekend.

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 very exciting time with a super sunny spring and fingers crossed, super sunny summer approaching. Compared with 2017, the warm air and sun has been . The fells have been waiting for do many of you so the time has come to get that break booked for a spot of fresh air and walking in the Lake District.

The internet provides us with some excellent ideas for walks from locations to difficulty and the treasurers to admire when you’ve reached the top. The outdoors and gradients of any level, even low level, an OS map and compass (and knowing how to use both items) is a must. The Lake District and Cumbria in all locations can incur fast changing weather conditions, even sometimes of the very hot variety so take water too!

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Picture postcard and low level then the Lyth Valley, Cartmel Fell and Whitbarrow Scar are is a delight. Photo opportunities galore with picture postcard villages, the Lake District fells and out to Morecambe Bay and Dudden Estuary. Best for a valley walk is the Lyth Valley and Crosthwaite, famous for damsons. All this and just a handful of miles from Lake Windermere.

With walking ideas now sorted out then where to stay in the area? The Damson Dene Hotel is a hotel who welcomes walkers, families and is dog friendly. Great value rooms, large grounds and delicious food on offer. Look out for the 2 night special offers that include dinner on the first evening and a relaxing cruise on Lake Windermere from just £115 per person. Also look out for the newly refurbished rooms. Visit for more information and to book.

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.

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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

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 most famous poem, “Daffodils”. Dramatic fells combined with beauty and tranquillity are compelled further by the size of this body of water being the second largest in the Lake District.

The villages of Glenridding and Pooley Bridge at either end of Ullswater are the only populated locations with just hamlets and individual properties and businesses in between. Discover places tucked behind trees, in small forests and at the foot of fells as well as the stunning Aira Force waterfall, a must visit for anyone.

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As with so much of the Lake District, walking is the pastime of choice and the Ullswater has it all. During the summer months there are some excellent guided walks to take part in organised by the Lake District National Park Authority. Two highlights in June include Ullswater Steamer Guided Walk, a cruise to Howtown then walk over Beda Fell to view the ancient deer forest of Bannerdale. Return by Boredale Hause on June 17th and Group of walkers resting on a grassy hill with fells in the background. The on June 23rd Helvellyn Avoiding the Ridges, a challenging walk to one of the most iconic fells in the Lake District. For more info and to book visit

When a more relaxing day is required then it’s time to head to the water on one of the idyllic Ullswater Steamers. Cruise up and down Ullswater in style and grace and view this very special area from a different perspective. The steamers run daily and are even just a great way to get from A to B.

For any type of holiday or short break accommodation in the Ullswater area, is the website to visit. Listing Ullswater hotels, self catering cottages, B&B’s and campsites as well as places to eat and things to do. Visit

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 school summer holiday, it is the perfect time to book a short break. Cumbria and especially the chilled pout Grange over Sands is very much prepared and perfectly on hand to help.

Grange over Sands is a lovely town whatever the weather (even if it turns a little damp!) where there are plenty of independent shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants for dining al fresco. It also has the fabulous Morecambe Bay to walk beside so the best of both worlds being able to feel the sand in between your toes.

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For places to visit then Cartmel is a stunning village and the home of Cartmel Races. It’s also the foodie capital of Cumbria. Holker Hall is another tip having both the hall to look around as well a the gardens which are at their best at this time of the year. The new bar and brasserie Ilex there is one to look out for.

And Grange has some lovely places to stay on a weekend away. Bay Villa luxury B&B in Grange over Sands on Main Street has fabulous views and a choice of three large and sumptuous rooms. Down a quiet street yet Bay Villa is right in the heart of this Edwardian town and with views too. Breakfast is served in the room for complete relaxation. Rooms from £130, book via

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?

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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

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 possible and are interspersed amongst the tarns, streams and mature woodland on the 35 acre Langdale estate. The lodges are fully equipped so just food, beverages, clothing and any outdoor equipment is required.

Get the best of both worlds this Christmas by booking one of the self catering lodges on the Langdale Estate in the Lake District. Enjoy peace and tranquillity whilst being able to take advantage of all the first class facilities on the estate. New in the last year has been the addition of the Brimstone Spa. This luxurious and ground breaking spa facility is only available to book for guests staying on the Langdale Estate, including self catering guests. For that extra special treat, to relax post Lake District adventure or to enjoy a spa treatment, Brimstone Spa is the place to be.

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And Autumn & Winter is an even better time to stay in one of rentals on the Langdale Estate. Selected dates and properties have some excellent last minute discounts on the run up to Christmas. Whether you’re looking for a short break of 3 or 4 nights or a full week away, discounts have been applied to many remaining properties of between 15 and 25%.

Don’t forget there’s also now the Stove Restaurant serving food from breakfast through to dinner. Warming dishes, specials and the ever popular woodfired pizzas and flatbreads. A 2 minute walk from many of the lodges and it’s right there.

Booking the Langdale Estate self catering properties can only be done direct. To view the full availability and booking information visit,

Lake District cycling at its best – even in winter!

The Lake District and Cumbria has long been a popular place for both road cyclists and mountain bikers. Such varied terrain and some of the best cycling roads in the UK it’s no wonder it is a mecca for cyclists. The Tour of Britain over the recent years fully confirmed this with a record number of spectators both local and from afar watching the stunning yet challenging terrain Cumbria and the Lake District offer. Look out for another, sure to be, exciting stage through Cumbria in 2016, Stage 2 – Carlisle to Kendal.

The region isn’t just for pro cyclists, the Lake District is a haven for leisure cyclists. Let’s Ride bike rides were launched in the Lake District, the first National Park in the UK to do so. Previously known as the Sky Ride initiative, it was only held in cities and big towns. Thanks to the GoLakes Travel project, funded by the Department for Transport and delivered in partnership with Cumbria County Council, Lake District National Park Authority and Cumbria Tourism, Let’s Ride continues to be a success in the Lake District with HSBC sponsoring and supporting alongide British Cycling.

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Routes in and around the Langdale Valley have proven very popular for Sky Ride Local with plenty of uptake. The area in and around the valley has everything from challenging gradients to routes around scenic tarns and of course, simply stunning vistas wherever you look. Langdale businesses both support and encourage cycling in the area. It is one of the best ways in which to enjoy the Langdale Valley whilst being an environmentally friendly way in which to get from A to B. Brimstone Hotel, the luxury Lake District hotel on the Langdale Estate both encourage cyclists to stay and ride and their spa makes for a handy place for relaxation if you’ve pushed it that little bit too hard! If it’s really been a tough ride for those staying in one of the Brimstone suites, order room service and dine on the private balcony!

Booking of the Brimstone Hotel & Spa is only available directly via

Love Autumn Love a break in Windermere

The change in season along with the change in colour of the landscape is in full Autumnal swing now.

Autumn is a simply stunning time of the year in the United Kingdom with the Lake District being one of the top locations to witness and take in the beauty that it brings.

But as Autumn comes so too does the cooler air and the more unsettled weather although some may say that is what the Lake District is like all year round! Maybe take a walk up Brant Fell and view Lake Windermere from above? Or Orrest Head, again a lovely little walk with views to die for across the Central Lakes and down Lake Windermere.

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The Applegarth Villa Hotel & Restaurant has just the way to warm and brighten guests thi Autumn with a fantastic offer. Book any room or luxury hot tub suite for stays Sunday to Thursday throughout November and receive a free bottle of Prosecco. The hotel’s very popular and year round “Dinner on the Villa” offer will apply for two nights Sunday – Thursday too.

Whether it’s for walking, cycling, attractions, shopping or simply complete relaxation, Windermere makes an excellent choice for those seeking any or all of those requirements from a short break. The Lake District and especially the hot spots in the southern lakes such as Windermere are fully open and ready for guests. Being that but quieter than many other times of the year aids the feeling of relaxation but with the benefit of all the facilities still to enjoy.

Further details on the Applegarth Villa offer can be found here or call to enquire on 015394 43206.

Special Lake District Pamper Package

Everyone deserves a spot of pampering whether it’s to relax and unwind from the stress of work, as an addition to a weekend away in the Lakes or as a great idea as a gift for someone special.

The Damson Dene Hotel has just the recipe for pampering, an ideal treat for you and your friend or partner or for someone special.

The new Mini Pamper Package for two people at a very affordable and delicious £60 is the answer and consists of:

• a choice of 2 x 30 minute spa treatments*
• access to pool and leisure facilities for 2 adults for half a day
• cream tea for 2 served in our Damson Tree Bar or Hotel lounge.
(* Choose from: Mini Facial; Mini Manicure or Pedicure; Scalp Massage)

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The Indulgence Beauty Rooms located within the Damson Dene Hotel in the Lyth Valley have been recently refurbished and offer face & body treatments as well as massages, waxings and manicures. What is also great is the choice of Gentleman’s Treatments as men have finally realised what they’ve been missing out on all these years! The massages are particularly popular with both for male and female guests who have pushed themselves too far enjoying fell walking or the many other outdoor adventure activities in the Lake District.

Located in the beautiful Lyth Valley between Kendal and Bowness, the area offers a tranquil way to enjoy the Lake District and explore a very special region. Visit for more information on the Indulgence Beauty Rooms, the hotel, restaurant and exclusive direct booking deals. Book the pamper package or purchase it as a gift voucher.