• 18 May 2018

    On Your Bike

    Getting on your bike and heading up a trail is a great way to see some of the Lake District's best bits. There are plenty of places to go, here are some recommendations for the more advanced riders among us:

    Starting off toward the south of Ullswater, making your way slowly upwards to the top of Helvellyn, the third highest peak (950m) in the Lake District. The good thing about going up...you must come down. After a needed rest, head down the glorious descent of the Stick Pass. The trail is on average 12 miles long.

    Nan Build Pass
    This route is filled with mud, chutes and hairpins along a single stoney pass. Perfect for those looking for a technical trip. A 10 mile round trail.

    Brathay Belter
    The Brathay Belter is an event for endurance cyclist looking to test themselves. There are 3 distances, short, medium and long to choose from.

    The short distance is 15 miles with a total of 1,400 feet of climbing. This distance is perfect for families and people new to cycling who want to get out.

    The medium is 44 mile route with 4,200 feet of climbing offering a challenge but not as strenuous as the Long distance. The long distance takes you passed places like Blea Tarn, Elterwater, Green Hows Tarn all magnificently still pockets of waters that show the reflection of the Hills. Rehydrate yourselves, as this is no easy feat! Spanning 56 miles and 6,200 feet of climbing with the spectacular views of Windermere, Coniston and Duddon Valley. this is 58 miles and 6,200 feet of ascent.

    Date: 24th of June 2018
    Time: 08:00 am
    Location: Brathay Trust Brathay Hall Clappersgate Ambleside Cumbria, Ambleside, LA22 0HP

  • 25 April 2018

    For the Adventurous

    There are some of us that long for adventure and love that rush of adrenaline taking over. For those people, there are plenty of activities in the Lakes District. So whether you're looking to bike up a fell or go out on the water, the Lakes cater to all comers.

    So here are some places for the more adventurous among us:

    Coniston Boating Centre
    Although the name suggests water activities, there are many more activities on offer here. Situated near the fifth largest lake (4.0 square kilometres) in the Lake District, the Coniston Boating Centre offers great outdoor activities to suit your desires. If you fancy getting out onto the water, you are able to hire a range of watercraft (such as Canoes, Kayaks and motor boats) for your preference. If you’re built more for land activity why not give archery or rifling a try. Wanting get wet and climb waterfalls, then try gorge scrambling. The world really is your oyster.

    Go Ape Grizedale Forest
    Looking for a way to leave the ground for a while, then Go Ape lets you experience the perspective of the birds. Enjoy a treetop adventure as you make your way across the douglas firs of Grizedale Forest. The biggest attraction is the ‘zip trekking adventure’ which take you over seven tandem zip lines across 3KM. You can also make a day of it and try out the cafe and walking trails to bring you back to earth.

  • 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.


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