Celebrate Fabulous Father’s at Newby Bridge Hotel

Served 12pm until 2pm the Sunday carvery at the Newby Bridge Hotel brings people back time after time and a is a firm favourite with families and groups of all ages. Get the family together and enjoy a delicious Sunday lunch without the hassle of the preparing, cooking or doing the dreaded washing up! The carvery on Sunday 18th of June is a little bit more special though, Father’s Day.

The hotel is located at the southern end of Lake Windermere meaning the whole family can make a day of it out and about in the Lake District whether you live locally or are visiting from away. Choose to walk to the Lakeside Pier and have a cruise on Lake Windermere before or after lunch. Have a trip on the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway (the gift shop there has some great Father’s Day gifts), a walk around the Lakeland Motor Museum or the Lakes Aquarium, all of which are just a short distance from the Newby Bridge Hotel.

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Booking is advisable especially for Father’s Day Sunday June 18th. The Huntsman’s Inn at Newby Bridge Hotel is a lovely place for a pre dinner drink whilst looking down Lake Windermere and Dad’s first pint will be free of charge! If you’re lucky then there are some tables outside too if the weather is nice. The Garden View Restaurant is bright and airy, perfect for lunch dining and looks out onto the landscaped gardens that surround the hotel.

Prices are extremely reasonable at 1 course £10.95, 2 course £13.95 and 3 course £16.95 (children’s portions £5.95, £7.95 and £9.95 respectively). There is a choice of starters, a wide selection of locally sourced meats and fresh vegetables at the carvery station and delicious homemade deserts too.

For more information on booking a Father’s Day Sunday Carvery and the Newby Bridge Hotel over looking Lake Windermere visit http://www.newbybridgehotel.co.uk/

Kendal, a must visit destination for golfers

Kendal, with two stunning courses and more on the doorstep, make 2017 the year to visit this market town and experience what the gateway to the Lake District has to offer golfers.

With two very different courses to play/tackle/enjoy are Carus Green and Kendal. Carus Green is a parkland course that has undergone a near complete transformation in recent years both on and off the course. It is now one of the leading courses in the county with a state of the art driving range, pro shop and golf academy. The course has plenty of water including the rivers Kent, Mint and Sprint and new two tier greens to further challenge members and visitors.

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Carus Green and Kendal Golf Courses

Onto Kendal Golf Course and the terrain couldn’t be more different. A fell course, it has a commanding view down to the market town of Kendal as well as the surrounding fells. It’s hard to argue with the title it is often described by “The most magnificent and extensive views of any course in England” with its panoramic views as far as the Yorkshire Dales and Morecambe Bay. The course is very challenging with some very different holes than many golfers will have played, short, sharp, uphill and down fell, the most famous of all the 17. At just 130 yards it sounds a doddle but the elevated tee combined with the limestone rock to get over and land on a postage stamp green, well it’s quite a penultimate hole!

Not far from Kendal there is also the Kirkby Lonsdale Golf Club, two courses at Grange over Sands and also Windermere Golf Club. Windermere is a delight to play too with some of the best greens around.

There are plenty of places to stay in Kendal and it’s a great town to visit. Handy to get to from the M6 either from the north or south, there are lots of places to eat and drink even a cinema and regular live music and comedy at the Brewery Arts Centre. Located a two minute walk from the centre is the Riverside Hotel in Kendal overlooking the River Kent. Rooms are spacious and very well priced. There is a bar and restaurant also a pool and gym and free, off road parking to boot. Visit http://www.riversidekendal.co.uk/ for more details and to book.

Family short breaks in and around Lake Windermere

Families of small children and especially those at pre school age, now is the time to take advantage of a bit of peace and quiet in the Lake District as well as some great offers of activities and places to stay before July and the summer holidays begin.

In the area surrounding Lake Windermere the tree shoots have given the place an overall brightness and it is a great time to dust off the bicycle or perhaps hire one from the many places in the region. But don’t forget there’s also the good old feet to get around with more walks to choose from than you will have time to do and of course, the water of Lake Windermere for yet more adventures.

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If you fancy taking to the water then cruises can be taken from Bowness up and down Lake Windermere with regular sailings by Windermere Lake Cruises. Self drive and row boats can be hired for those wanting a little more adventure or to enjoy the lake at their own pace.

Brockhole has a packed programme of events and fun things to do especially good if travelling with children of all ages including a programme of canoeing taster sessions – Explore Windermere by Canoe from Brockhole. The next date is 17 June 2017 with prices at £10and sessions throughout the day at 10.30am, 11.45am, 1pm, 2.30pm and 3.45pm. Get to grips with the basics via full qualified and experienced tuition great for children of 7+ but family groups with younger children of 3+ can still take part. Also look out for the have a go at rafting day in August.

Family friendly accommodation can be found just outside of the busy Bowness area at the Damson Dene Hotel. With newly refurbished rooms, excellent food, leisure facilities including pool and vast gardens for playing, it’s a dream for families of all ages and just a short drive from Windermere and Bowness. Visit http://www.damsondene.co.uk for more information.

Coast to Coast Cycling Accommodation Hassle Free

One of the most famous cycle routes in the UK known by the Coast to Coast, C2C or Sea to Sea is 147 miles of stunning scenic beauty.

Having opened in 1994, the route from Whitehaven to Sunderland or Tynemouth provides a fantastic array of scenery from the coastal industry of Whitehaven onto the Norther Lake District, the lush Eden Valley before going up onto the Northern Pennines, through delightful village such as the famous Nenthead before passing through Consett and heading again to finish amongst industry but this time of the North East Coast.

During the 147 miles, cyclists will experience the full and diverse landscape this section of England has to offer. The achievement of going from one side of the UK to another is fulfilling and along with the fact these parts are sparsely populated, it’s no wonder the C2C is one of the most popular, long distance cycle routes. The route is made up a very low percentage of main roads, just 4%, minor roads which include quiet, country roads 50% and the ever developing and increasing cycle paths 46%.

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The route is accessible but there are still the questions of where to stay, how to transport luggage and how to get home! C2C Hassle Free has been set up to help with all that. Located at Main Farm in the Eden Valley and 63 miles from starting with dipping the cycle wheel into Whitehaven Harbour, this service sorts everything out with a choice of 1, 2 and 4 day rides. Stay at the idyllic setting of Mains Farm, C2C Hassle Free will sort out meals at one of the 2 local pubs, then drop cyclists off for the grand depart, organise accommodation and meals for the next night and finally upon arriving in Tynemouth (their chosen finish an definitely a lovely place to end an epic ride) where bike will be loaded onto the trailer for destination Mains Farm.

Really take in and enjoy this magnificent 147 mile C2C cycle route to its full potential and let C2C Hassle Free sort out the rest. For more information visit http://www.c2chasslefree.co.uk

Dog Friendly Windermere

With a healthy number and choice of pubs and bars, Windermere and Bowness are excellent places for dog friendly holidays.

Whether you’re staying up in Windermere and down in Bowness, there are plenty of well signposted and accessed walks to do to that you and your dog will love. Orrest Head is a must little walk. Starting across the road from the train station, Orrest Head is only a short uphill walk but the commanding views of Lake Windermere, the Coniston and Langdale fells are stunning. From Orrest Head you can choose to walk to Troutbeck and even onto Ambleside if you’re feeling energetic.

A lovely circular walk and for near panoramic views of the Lake District is up and around Gummers How. This walk is around a 3 mile walk, well signposted and with mostly good paths. A trig point at the summit means you’ve reached it and then it’s a case of taking in the view. Being 6 or so miles from Bowness, it is advisable to drive and park in the Forestry Commission car park at Gummers How.

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What could be better than a cruise with your dog? Windermere Lake Cruises allows dogs on their regular sailings from Bowness where you can cruise down the full length of the lake or choose to just head down to Lakeside or up to Waterhead for Ambleside. Both locations have great walks for dogs as well as dog friendly places to eat and drink. The Windermere Ferry also operates from Bowness from Ferry Nab which can take you across the lake where the western shores of Windermere can be explored.

Onto places to stay that really are dog friendly. The choice in and around the Windermere area for dog owners is pleasantly extensive and its not just self catering properties. Hotels are now providing excellent dog friendly accommodation and facilities. Our tip is the Damson Dene Hotel, close to Bowness yet away from the crowds, the hotel is set in acres of landscaped grounds and furry friends are allowed in the special dog friendly rooms and the bar. There are plenty of walks from the door or just a short drive to the attractions and routes mentioned above.
One piece of advice, make sure you take a camera out with you wherever you go as they’ll be so many excellent scenic dog posing shots to take!

Family friendly Ambleside, the Lake District

A family friendly B&B in Ambleside is just what parents need to enjoy a relaxed atmosphere yet with a delicious breakfast cooked for you! It sets the whole family up for the day and there is always plenty to see and do in and around Ambleside.

Without even needing to head out in the car enjoy walking either up the fells or on the many lower level paths, a great way to get kids into hiking. Just a short walk away down to Waterhead and Lake Windermere and pick up the ferry for a trip to Bowness or Lakeside. The there’s pitch and putt, museums, parks and pitch and putt and even a cinema if the weather is well, shall we say, typically “Lake District”!

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Treetop Trek at Brockhole and Claremont House B&B in Ambleside

Along with family friendly B&B’s are a choice of equally as accommodating restaurants and cafes for small up to the larger variety of children. A children’s menu is available on most restaurant and bar menus but a good old Cumberland sausage and mash is always a winner with kids of all ages.

Take the car out one day and head over to Ullswater over Kirkstone Pass, maybe to Brockhole – The Lake District Visitor Centre where there are signposted walks around the grounds and gardens with special things for children to spot and explore. They also have Treetop Trek there too for a bit of adventure. For older children then Ambleside is only a short drive from Grizedale Forest for a Go Ape experience as well a choice of walking and mountain biking routes.

Our tip for a centrally located yet very affordable family friendly B&B in Ambleside is Claremont House on Compston Road, The décor is light and bright, has special family rooms and the breakfast is super tasty, filling and full of local produce.

Camping in North Devon this Easter

Easter is just a month away. It’s early and a packed weekend this year too with most of the UK schools breaking up for the 2 week Easter break on Thursday 24th March as well as the clocks going forward by one hour at 2am on Sunday 27th March.

With a large percentage of people able to enjoy Bank Holidays off work and there being two at Easter, it is definitely a time not to miss out a chance to getaway for a short break even if there’s not time for the full week away.

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North Devon boasts everything required for a family Easter holiday. The climate being some of the warmest in the UK, the miles of sandy beaches for watersports and activities, cliff top paths, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and wildlife parks. The region is geared up to entertain and delight and why so many families visit year on year.

With the clocks going forward so longer days, it’s a great chance to dust of the tent or clean down the caravan for it first outing of 2016. Stowford Farm Meadows is an award winning caravan and camping site in North Devon close to Woolacombe and Ilfracome at Combe Martin. The site is offering a special Easter weekend break package from Thursday March 24th of just £80 for 4 nights caravan or camping pitch up where up to 6 people are included. The site is dog friendly too and has a huge range of activities an facilities to use and enjoy. Visit http://stowford.co.uk/caravanning-camping-in-devon/special-offers/ to take advantage of this great Easter offer.

The Early Bird Catches the Hotel Discount

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 to online booking facilities is ideal and it means guests can reserve rooms at any time of the day. What can be the down sides with late bookings is the inability often to have choice of places to stay and then the rooms types in each venue on from there.

But advance purchase rates that are becoming increasingly more common amongst small and large hotels alike and are great solutions and incentives for being that little bit early. Terms can be booking 30, 60 even 90 days in advance with guests being rewarded in doing so with a 10, 20 or even 30% reduction on the room rate.

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For a leisure break then booking with a bit of time to spare enables guests to look forward to not just the time away but also the actually place they are staying. More investigation can be found as to the exact area and days out, walks and activities can be planned. If the stay is for an event, then guests have peace of mind the hotel room is reserved and secured.

In the Lake District, the 4 Star Langdale Hotel & Spa have an all year round method of discounting along with the last minute late cancellation deals. Join their Fan Club and receive a 15% discount on all room rates when booking 30 days or more in advance. The Fan Club also gives members exclusive offers and news so further reasons to join. Visit http://www.langdale.co.uk for more details.

A winter walking break in Windermere

For many it has been a bit of a grim winter. It doesn’t seem anyone has escaped either the high winds, floods or simply dull damp days. Sunlight has been in short supply and vitamin D levels are depleting amongst us all.

Vitamin supplements could be taken, you could OD on salmon but our advice on the best tonic is to get out in the fresh air and have a weekend or short break in the Lake District. Fill your lungs with fresh air whether it’s on a boat on one of the many lakes or up one of the fells. It is a fabulous time to visit the region, quiet, before the Easter rush, daylight ever increasing yet plenty of cosy real fires to sit in front of.

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Walks in the area come in all shapes and sizes and to suit all abilities. Here are our top 3. Firstly keeping it flat and leisurely, the walk around Cockshott Point to Bowness. A shoreline walk and an easy 1.2 miles. Looking for more of a gradient then Gummers How will delight and reward when you reach the top with commanding views of Lake Windermere and even out to Morecambe Bay. For a different vantage point, head across the lake on the Windermere Ferry to Claife Heights with peaceful woodland and a great view across to Bowness. This is a great walk when the weather is a little inclement.

Windermere and Bowness provide excellent bases for a short break with plenty of places to eat, lots to see and do, the ferry pier for journey’s up and down the lake or even across it, walks both flat and fell as well as art galleries and museums.

Once more, this time of the year brightens up the pockets too with great deals to be had. Enjoy some 5 star Windermere boutique B&B accommodation at Lindeth Fell with up to 30% off room rates until March 26, rates from just £59.50 per person per night including breakfast. For more information visit http://www.lindethfell.co.uk/offers

Experience an evocative valentines this year in the Lake District

We’re now nearing the end of January and we’re sure we’re not the only people who have suddenly realised Valentine’s Day is extremely close.

No excuses now, most have been paid so it’s the perfect time to get Valentine’s Day sorted for the special person in your life. Falling on a Sunday this year, why not make a weekend of it?

For those who want to be completely undisturbed yet have places to go out to walk, eat and drink on the doorstep then booking a romantic holiday cottage for the weekend is a great idea. In the Lake District many holidays cottages have the perfect combination of being secluded and private yet within walking or a short drive away from excellent places to dine and of course, long, romantic, leisurely walks.

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With a plethora of romantic holiday cottages where quality and luxury more than befits this very special weekend, The Lakeland Cottage Company is our pick. Choose from 3 night weekend breaks starting on Friday 12 February or full week holidays starting Friday 12 or Saturday 13. Either choice mean Valentine’s Day on the Sunday can be enjoyed in Lake District loveliness. Cottages remain for that weekend in fully loved up areas such as Cartmel, the Lyth Valley, Coniston and the Kentmere Valley. If you’re wanting a stylish village to stay in then Cartmel is the one or if the vision of a lake walk is the ideal then Coniston is the ultimate destination. Properties start from £332 for the 3 nights and can be booked by calling 015395 38180 or visiting https://www.lakeland-cottage-company.co.uk.

Brimstone Hotel bouncing after two more great write ups

Being technically the off season as they say, the winter months before Christmas, it is the time when hotels can invite journalists to stay in return for a review. We say technically as although it isn’t the summer season, the Lake District is still a busy place, everything is open, a tribute to this now 365 day a year destination.
For Brimstone Hotel at Langdale it has been another fabulous year. Now into its 3 year of operation it has attracted guests from all over the world, famous faces, much press coverage and those celebrating special moments in their lives with many on their second or even third stay.

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It’s with no surprise the two reviews published this month were glowing for the hotel, one by Jenna Thompson for the Grimsby Telegraph and other by Ellie Ross of the London Evening Standard. Both discussed, mentioned and loved everything Brimstone focus on doing such as the beautiful interiors, mood lighting, bathrooms, log burning stoves and service. Then the extras such as the Berghaus Bootroom for use of the latest Berghaus gear whilst staying and The Reading Room stocked full of complimentary local drinks and snacks.

In a month where the weather finally turned wintery for the Lake District after a more than above average in temperature autumn, t’s with no surprise and especially for Ellie from London, the Berghaus Bootroom was very well received! It meant the weather didn’t stop either of them from getting out and about and it really is true, the Lake District is beautiful whatever the weather (just if its foggy you need to use more imagination of what the fells look like!). But with such stunning hotel suites to return to it doesn’t matter, as Jenna Thompson quoted from the Grimsby Telegraph “I have stayed in a lot of beautiful hotels, but none as memorable as Brimstone.

Suites at Brimstone boutique hotel in the Lake District cost between £275 and £400 but book 30 days or more in advance and receive 20% off these rates. Visit http://www.brimstonehotel.co.uk/ or call 015394 38062

Choose Super Sedbergh this Christmas

Lying to the east of Kendal and the north of Kirkby Lonsdale and on the far western edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park is Sedbergh in Cumbria, England’s only Book Town.

This small, quaint town lined with traditional stone buildings is a gem a place to visit itself with local, independent shops, cafes and amenities and of course, book shops.

But surrounding this market and book town is Cumbria, the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the Howgill Fells. Tucked away, Sedbergh is an excellent place to escape yet so handy to reach from the M6 and the best of both worlds when it comes to National Parks with the Lake District being on the doorstep. Head further into The Dales and find the pretty village of Dent in Dentdale with its cobbled streets and cottages. Head south and to yet another historic market town, Kirkby Lonsdale. Kirkby is an absolute must visit for both the shops and the lovely places to eat and drink.

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The majestic Howgills within touching distance of Goodies Farmhouse in Sedbergh

Right on the Cumbria/Yorkshire Dales border is Firbank, a small settlement of Sedbergh alongside the River Lune. This setting would make the ideal Christmas break location and Goodies Farmhouse at Firbank with the Howgill Fells in front of it is just the place to stay. From this 5 star  holiday cottage walk right from the front door up the famous Howgill Fells or lower levels routes along the picturesque River Lune. During the festive period Sedbergh, Dent and Kirkby Lonsdale come alive with events and the plethora of pubs and restaurants will make a Christmas to remember.

Goodies Farmhouse Key Features:
Sleep 6 and 1 small/medium dog
Stunning 17th century renovated farmhouse
Log fires
Wooden conservatory with stunning views of the countryside and Howgill’s
Rural, peaceful and tranquil location

Goodies Farmhouse is available for a 5 night break starting December 23rd costing £1240 or a 7 night break starting December 21st costing £1550. To check availability and to book this cottage in Sedbergh for Christmas or any other time of the year visit https://www.lakeland-cottage-company.co.uk/lake-district-cottage/goodies_farmhouse/

New Year Made Easy the Lake District Way

Welcome 2016 in with open arms, an abundance of fresh air and the warmest of hospitality by choosing the Lake District to see it in.

The focus by most people of solely New Years Eve night brings pressure on having a good time in those few hours and often the issue of how to get home. Booking a short break is an excellent way to see the New Year in and to make the most of the precious end to the festive period. After all, there’s a free day off or two to take advantage of. Even more so this year as New Years Day, a Bank Holiday, falls on a Friday so a lot of people won’t be back at work Monday January 4. It just shows, it’s always worth seeing which days Christmas and New Year fall on to take maximum advantage!

Windermere and Bowness are both fabulous and fun packed places to see in the New Year. Always plenty to see and do with cruises up and down the lake, walking and lots of lovely places for coffee or a pint of real ale.

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Applegarth Villa Hotel & Suites in the centre of Windermere offer a relaxed NYE package combines great food with great company and stunning bedrooms. Arrive either on the 30th or 31st of December and begin enjoying everything from a complimentary drink on arrival and A La Carte dinner to a gala feast on New Years Eve. Everything is taken care of whilst still having all the time to explore Windermere and the Lake District and walk off some of the fabulous food. There are some excellent shops, museums and art galleries in and around Windermere too so it really is a destination for everyone and every age.

Two night packages start from £750 per room and three nights from £895 both based on two people sharing a double room. Further information can be found on the Applegarth Villa hotel & Suites in Windermere website here, http://www.lakesapplegarth.co.uk/

Easy M6 Motorway Hotel Accommodation

Although the UK is one of the smaller land masses to travel around, there are still plenty of times when drivers require an over night stop to break up a journey. Take travelling from the far western tip of Cornwall up to the north of England and even Scotland for example but also in situations such as when travelling with young children or dogs. Perhaps a business traveller has already made a long journey by train, plane or ferry.

One of the main routes for travelling up and down England and into Scotland is the M6. The longest motorway at 257 miles, the M6 is one of the busiest connecting most of the major cities in England such as Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester, basically linking the south to the north of England.

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The M6 in the heart of Cumbria and the Tebay Services Hotel

Whether it’s for business or leisure, when looking for a hotel to break up a long journey, quality and comfort is actually not the top priority, it is location with location meaning, as close to the motorway as possible. This is a one night stop, it maybe that it will be a late arrival and an early depart so the last thing is for yet further miles to go along after exiting the motorway.

The M6 stretch of Cumbria is scenically the most beautiful along the whole 257 mile stretch making it an ideal place to make that stopover. Combining both practical location and quality is the Tebay Services Hotel located between junctions 38 and 39 of the M6 with Kendal to the south and Penrith to the north, the hotel

And a further bonus is with the views, the fresh air and the great food, the little over night stop actually feels like a holiday and a treat, a far cry from a generic hotel in a baron tarmac or industrial estate setting. Last minute deals as well as incentives for booking 7 days or more in advance can be found via the website Tebay Services Hotel website here, http://www.westmorlandhotel.com/

Go miles further when hiring an electric car from Lake District Hotel

A service available on the Langdale Estate for those staying at the 4 star Langdale Hotel & Spa and the Brimstone Hotel can now make this service go miles further.

Langdale has both slow and fast charging points as well as a fleet of Renault Twizy cars guests can hire. At present, guests take the Twizy’s to local points of interest but with new rapid chargers available, guests can travel even further. They will obviously a great bonus for those with their own electric or hybrid cars.

With more and more car manufacturers entering the electric vehicle sector wither solely electric of hybrid, the need for more charging points is required.

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Charging at Langdale and where yo can explore in one

But time is always the sticking point and worry when it comes to purchasing and using efficiently and practically an electric car. This is why APT Controls have been instructed by Cumbria County Council to install a new network of 10 rapid and 14 fast charge points across the county as well as maintain the existing charging points all over 15 sites. A rapid charge point can charge an electric car to 100% in around half an hour, the time it takes to have a coffee.

Having worked with councils up and down the UK and successfully installed a significant amount of charging points, it was no surprise APT Controls won the contract. Their ability and knowledge to implement and install such technologies in areas other than cities surely must have been a big pro for this company which has been proven from the network installed within the Highland Council region. Despite Cumbria not being as remote as the very north of Scotland, some locations in the county pose similar challenges yet it is these very locations that need such a service even more, for locals and tourists alike.

To find out more about hiring a Renault Twizy when staying at the Langdale 4 Star Lake District Hotel & Spa, visit http://www.langdale.co.uk/things-to-do.html