• Can you believe that Easter is just around the corner?! It feels like 5 minutes ago we were all singing ‘deck the halls’ and ripping open presents. We love Easter time at Lakes Lodge, a little break that signifies that lighter nights are upon us, and blue skies and less muddy walks are almost in sight.

    There are Easter egg hunts a-plenty in The Lake District this Easter…lots of them Peter Rabbit themed…and here’s a little list of what else is on so you can plan lots of activities for your trip to the Lakes.

    30th March – Guided walk Glenamara and Silver Bay
    Walk by Lanty’s Tarn to Silver Bay on magnificent Ullswater

    1st April – Guided walk Little Langdale Fells & Tarns
    Walk to the summit of Lingmoor by Blea Tarn, returning over Slater Bridge

    2nd April – Hug a bunny in Bowness
    Not any old bunny, THE bunny, Mr Rabbit himself will be available for hugs at The World of Beatrix Potter

    4th April – Where is Peter Rabbit Easter Treasure Hunt
    The search is on for 100 limited edition ceramic with lots of prizes to be won

    5th April – Guided walk, Wordsworth’s Grasmere
    Discover Grasmere from Wordsworth’s romantic perspective

    9th April – Celebrate spring at Brockhole
    Discover the beautiful gardens of Brockhole and all the spring sights

  • The Lake District is England’s largest National Park and was recently granted World Heritage status. It is home to Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain, famous for people such as Wordsworth and Wainwright and home to some of the most well known foods such as Kendal Mint Cake, Grasmere Gingerbread and Cumberland Sausage. Yet to the outsider or visitor it all might seem a little strange with the sheep and hills, the odd bit of rain and sometimes indecipherable local dialect but one thing is for sure, we are a cheery and friendly bunch! If you want to impress the locals with your knowledge then here are a few random facts about the lovely Lake District.

    Dirty sheep

    You would be hard-pushed to spend a day in the fells without coming across a few sheep and it takes a special sort to brave the sometimes extreme weather conditions. The Herdwick (affectionately known as Herdys) with their distinctive grey woolen coats are thought to have been brought to the area by the Vikings and their grazing is essential to stop the fells from being covered in trees and scrub.

    Can’t find Cumberland or Westmorland on the map?

    These places technically no longer exist but were the original names of the two counties within which the Lake District belonged. Back in 1974 they were merged with parts of Yorkshire and Lancashire to become the collective county we know today as Cumbria. The names still live on through the Cumberland Sausage, the traditional sport of Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling and of course one of the local newspapers the Westmorland Gazette.

    The one and only lake

    If you want to earn bonus brownie points then knowing what the official ‘lake’ in the Lake District is called will definitely impress. Lake Bassenthwaite is the only lake in the Lake District everything else is either a water, mere or tarn but Windermere is still England’s longest body of water at 10.5 miles long.

    We like our hills

    Not only do we have the longest ‘lake’ (or body of water!) we also have the steepest road, a title shared with Yorkshire. Hardknott Pass in Eskdale at its steepest has a gradient of one in three and thousands of crazy cyclists drag themselves up it every year on the now very famous Fred Whitton Cycle Challenge.

    Lake District language

    Many areas have their own dialect and the Lake District is no exception with many of the phrases still used today. Here are some of the more common ones;

    • Tup - ram
    • Brossen - you’ve eaten until you’re fit to burst
    • As garn yam - I’m going home
    • Gurning - pulling a face (the Gurning World Championships - yes it is an actual thing - are held at Egremont Apple Fair each year in West Cumbria)
    • Lig about - to lay around

    We also have some really interesting place names including; Dollywagon Pike, Pudding Beck, Peelplace Noodle and Captain Whelter Bog.

    There is so much more to discover about the weird and wonderful Lake District so why not come and visit this beautiful and quirky place. you can be assured of the warmest and friendliest welcome.

  • One of the best ways to keep children out of mischief is to keep them entertained and what better way than exploring the great outdoors on two wheels. We are spoilt for choice in the Lake District for places to ride whether on scenic country lanes, cycleways, off road adventures or forest trails. The hardest part is deciding where to go!


    If you are bringing your bike with you then we have everything you need from a secure place to lock your bikes away, to facilities for washing off the Lake District mud and even a drying room so your kit is ready to go again the next day.


    The Lake District National Park have put together a handy leaflet showing 5 easy cycling trails for families or those that want to take things a bit easier and enjoy the views.  Take a look at a few of the rides below and if you would like more information download the full guide here.

    Langdale Trail

    Distance 16 miles - starting from Ambleside
    Riding mostly on minor roads and bridleways with one small section of main road on the way back, it’s a lumpy ride with two steep sections. You will be rewarded for the hills with glorious views of Skelwith Force waterfall, Elterwater Meadows and the impressive Langdale Pikes. If that doesn’t persuade you (or your family) then the cafes and pubs along the way most definitely will.

    Grasmere Trail

    Distance - 12 miles starting from Ambleside
    This is a great trail away from the main road that takes you to the pretty village of Grasmere - home to the famous Grasmere Gingerbread shop (leave room in your pockets to bring some back it’s delicious!). Following lake-shore trails with a couple of steep sections you will ride through woodlands and over an iron cycle bridge to cross the River Rothay ending up at Grasmere lake - a great place for a picnic. Don’t eat too many sandwiches though as there is a cheeky little uphill straight after!

    Windermere’s West Shore

    Distance - 16 miles starting from Bowness
    Although this route has a couple of short sections on the main road it is filled with variety, a ferry ride and an easy escape from the hustle and bustle of Bowness. After the added adventure of a ferry ride you are soon heading along a woodland track on your way to Wray Castle where there is a lovely cafe and activities for the kids if they have any energy left! Then it’s back onto traffic free trails for your ride home apart from a small main road section.

    We have some great offers on room rates throughout February half-term so why not start planning your biking adventures now.

  • 14 December 2017

    Festive Food Traditions

    We all have our old favourites and traditions but how do other countries celebrate the festive season? Does everyone tuck into turkey and sprouts followed by an overly large portion of Christmas pud before settling in for the night with a box of After Eights?

    Take a look at some traditions from around Europe and try some alternative Christmas treats this year.

    Portuguese sweet tooth

    If you have a sweet tooth then Portugal is the place to be. Eaten at numerous celebrations but a staple Christmas tradition ‘Sonhos’ (Christmas dreams) are similar to a doughnut but slightly lighter and fluffier. Probably the most popular sweet treat is Bolo Rei (King’s Cake) a sweet bread with nuts and candied fruit, also eaten on 6th January - Kings’ Day.

    Christmas pudding…...but not as you know it

    If you are planning a Danish Christmas then you need to serve Risalamande, a cold rice pudding with whipped cream, chopped almonds and a hot cherry sauce. If you find the whole almond buried in your bowl you win a prize! Not sure how us Brits would react to a bowl of cold rice pudding instead of our usual alcohol drenched spiced fruity pud!

    Surprises in Stockholm

    The Swedes don’t do things by half, when they have a Christmas feast they have a full smorgasbord or Julbord (Christmas table). It’s a strange array of foods but expect pickled herring salad, meatballs, potato-anchovy casserole, lutfisk (speciality white fish dish) and Dopp I Grytan (bread dipped in pork broth) all finished off with Julmust - a root beer type drink usually only drunk at Christmas. Not great being a vegetarian at Christmas in Sweden.

    Non Stop Italian Feast

    The Italians are known for their love of eating so when it comes to Christmas they pull out all the stops. The festivities start on Christmas Eve with a Feast of the Seven Fishes and continue on Christmas day with antipasto, pasta then a main meat dish of either roasted veal, baked chicken, sausages or braised beef. By the time you get to Boxing Day it’s a wonder there is room for any more food but they carry on the celebrations by inviting people round to devour the leftovers. Also known for their desserts the traditional and delicious biscotti, panettone and torrone (nougat candy) will all make an appearance too.

    Whatever you are sitting down to this Christmas we hope you have a great time over the festive period and look forward to seeing you all again in 2018. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

  • It might be getting a bit chilly but don’t let that put you off getting outside and into the hills. Find that warm winter jacket, grab your bobble hat and gloves and fill a flask with something hot and you’re all set for a great day out.

    Here are some great walks to try

    Windermere Western Shore

    This is a great one if you fancy a picnic along the way as there are a couple of really good spots to stop. Picnics are even better in winter, especially if you have hot chocolate in your flask. The walk is low-level along the lakeshore and takes you through some really pretty woodland and parkland and you can even go exploring around Wray Castle.  

    More details here 

    Tom Gill to Tarn Hows, Coniston

    This one has a bit of everything, waterfalls, woodlands and great views. It’s only short, so great if you want to give the legs a quick outing, but there are some steep bits so you still earn your cake. Along the way you will pass Tom Gill Beck and a waterfall which drops 30 feet and looks especially spectacular after heavy rainfall (visiting in winter you should see it at it’s best!)

    More details here

    Mickleden Valley Trail - Langdale

    Heading into the very popular and stunning Langdales you are in for a treat if you want to see some of the best Lake District fells including two ancient mountain passes. Although the trail is mostly on a well-defined and level path you still get a real sense of being out in the open fells with an exciting sense of wilderness. A couple of hours easy walking but with simply stunning views.

    More details here 

    Yewdale Valley - Coniston

    Want a bit of Lakeland history on your walk, then this is the one for you. The walk takes in plenty of views of typical rugged Lakeland fells and you can even visit the remains of a disused lime kiln that would have been used to bake limestone. Lime was a much needed resource of farmers as it would be spread over their land to neutralise the acidic soil.

    More details here

     

    There’s plenty more walks to explore so why not come and visit us this winter. You never know we might get some snow and then it’s time to find the best hills to sledge down!

    If you need some top tips on how to keep safe this winter for heading out into the fells, then there is some great advice from the Lake District National Park, they also do a number of guided walks that run from the end of March right up to Boxing Day.

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