Month: May 2018

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 https://www.damsondene.co.uk 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 http://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/visiting/events

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, AllofTheLakeDistrict.co.uk 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 https://www.allofthelakedistrict.co.uk/ullswater/