• Nan Bield Pass - Kentmere

    A classic route, attempted by both locals and visitors. Not for the beginner though as there is a big hike up and a techy, but awesome, ride down. You will be rewarded, after carrying your bike up a rocky path that seems to go on forever from Small Water, with amazing views across the hills and a totally fantastic descent off Nan Bield (watch out for walkers, this is a popular route for them too). Expect alpine type hairpin bends, super fast stony singletrack, badly placed ruts and lots of breath holding as you fly down numerous rocky and techy bits. Definitely one to tick off the list.

    Helvellyn - Glenridding

    If you want some epic views then this is the ride for you. Helvellyn is the third highest peak in the Lake District, and probably one of the most visited by walkers, but don’t let this put you off, you are in for a treat. The route is a good mix of steep and gentle riding, rocky and technical bits, swooping singletrack and some fast descents. It can be quite a challenging ride, but well worth it if you have the skills (or bags of confidence!) to tackle it. You won’t be disappointed.

    Claife Heights - from Windermere

    This is a typical Lake District mountain biking route, plenty of uphill, but that just makes the coffee and cake taste better at the end (or at Hawkshead if you can’t wait that long). The start of the ride is on the ferry from Windermere where you then head to Sawrey (up the first of the hills). With quite a mix of terrain and views you will never get bored as you pass by meadows, ride through woodland and descend rocky tracks to a lake shore. You even pass through Grizedale Forest, where there are some great trails if you want to add a bit more fun into your ride before you head back on the ferry.

    Three Rivers - Staveley

    For anyone who lives locally this is frequent route and also makes a fantastic night ride. It’s fun, relatively easy riding but still with enough techy bits to make it worthwhile doing again and again. Starting from Staveley there is a small road section before you hit Green Quarter but then the fun begins. The ride has everything from smooth grassy fast bits, rutted muddy bits, rocky and technical, hard trails, a few big uphills and some splashing through water (hence, three rivers). If you only wanted a really short ride you could head back along the road about half way round when you reach Kentmere Hall, but few do. Instead you carry on with a long and steady climb (with a few bits of proper puffing steep sections) then you are mostly on one long and amazing undulating descent that will have you smiling all the way back to Staveley. This is simply a really good ride out, it’s got everything that mountain biking is about. Enjoy!

  • The Lake District is filled to the brim with wonderful sights to see, fantastic activities to do and plenty to learn about, so we thought we’d put together a quick list of our favourites… We asked the team at the Lakes Lodge where their best-loved places to go or things to do in the Lakes were, and narrowed them down to the following five…

    1. Grizedale Forest
      We thought we’d start the list with our most family-friendly attraction… Grizedale Forest offers a wonderful experience for the whole family, where you can enjoy a range of activities and trails for both walking and cycling!
    2. Windermere Lake Cruises
      We may be biased considering we are right by the Lake… But nothing quite beats the views and experience you get from the Windermere Lake Cruises as you take in the gorgeous views and learn the history of the surrounding areas.
    3. Claife Viewing Station
      On the other side of Lake Windermere is the beautiful Claife Viewing Station, an ancient tourist attraction from 18th century, with endless lake views and waterside paths.
    4. Beatrix Potter's House
      Not too far from Claife Viewing Station is Beatrix Potter's House at Hill Top, where you can discover the inspiration behind the iconic World of Peter Rabbit.
    5. Loughrigg Fell
      With it being the Lake District, we had to include one of the many fells! Loughrigg Fell is situated just outside of Ambleside and provides an abundance of walking trails to get you there along with many beautiful views over the surrounding fells and tarns.
  • Elterwater walk

    Summer in the Lake District, what a perfect time to get your walking boots on and head to the hills. We really are spoilt for choice with gentle low-level ambles around tarns, to high ridge walks that will challenge even the fittest of walkers and everything inbetween.

    If you are new to walking, unfamiliar with the area or would just like to enjoy the hills in the company of others, then take advantage of The Lake District National Park guided walks. No need to worry about navigation or choosing the best route, one of their volunteers will lead the way giving you insider knowledge and letting you just relax and enjoy the scenery. There are numerous dates throughout the summer so you can choose from a short stroll to a more strenuous full day out.

    Here are some of the walks coming up in the next few weeks.

    Wednesday 26th July
    Walla Crag (near Keswick) - a gentle lakeshore ascent to a stunning view.

    Monday 31st July
    Loughrigg Fell and Elterwater (Ambleside) - a scenic walk from the Langdale Valley to Loughrigg Tarn to extensive views over Grasmere and the Langdales.

    Sunday 6th August
    Helvellyn from Swirls (near Thirlmere) - a full day of walking with some occasionally challenging, rocky and very steep terrain. Expect some scrambling.

    Friday 11th August
    Coffins. caves and crags (Ambleside) - Three tarns, a cave, a crag and tales of old Lakeland. A medium walk on hilly ground.

     

    Miles Without Stiles

    One of the great things about the Lake District is there is something for everyone, and you don’t have to climb the highest fells to have a fabulous day out. We have 48 accessible routes so if you have limited mobility or are maybe a family with a pushchair, then these walks are a perfect way to explore the countryside.

    They are graded as suitable for either ‘all’, ‘many’ or ‘some’, based on gradients and terrain conditions, and all include detailed descriptions from an interactive map.

    Here are just a few to try when you visit us at Lakes Lodge:

    Kentmere: 2.3 or 5.3 miles
    Venture into the Kentmere valley and look out for Buzzards, Ravens and Peregrine Falcons.
    Some rough stone tracks in places and occasional steep sections.

    Staveley riverside: 0.8 miles
    A level path following the River Kent, one of England’s fastest flowing rivers. Watch out for Kingfishers and Dippers along the way. Start and finish at Staveley Mill Yard where you can drop in for refreshments at either Wilfs or More Bakery.

    Windermere’s western shore: 5.5 miles
    Tarmac road and smooth stone track lead you to the quiet shore away from the crowds. Great picnic spots along the route as you weave your way through woodlands and open meadows and pass by fantastic lake views.

    Take a look at our last minute deals, pack those walking boots and come and join us in the lovely Lake District.

  • It’s no surprise the Lake District has played a starring role on the silver screen. Over the years, the lovely Lakes has been the backdrop to a number of films. Thanks to the area’s stunning scenery, lush landscapes and jaw-dropping views, it’s easy to understand why it has been chosen as a film location time after time.

    Here are eight that were filmed right on our doorstep.

    Swallows and Amazons
    The majestic Cumbria scenery provided the backdrop for the latest adaptation of the film released last year. Coniston Water is where the four explorers set sail for Peel Island, or 'Wild Cat Island' as it's known in the film. If you’re a fan of the movie, you can step aboard the ‘real’ Captain Flint’s houseboat, on a Steam Yacht Gondola. If you want to make a day of it, you can cruise along the east shore of Coniston to view landmarks connected to the story and which appear in the film. The cast and crew also paid a visit to Derwentwater in Borrowdale, while the film premier was held at Theatre by the Lake.

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    Scenes showing a formation of low-flying spacecraft skimming the surface of the water were in fact shot at Derwentwater. The scenes were included in the first full length trailer of the movie, which was released in 2015, and racked up an incredible 88 million views in its first 24 hours online.

    Miss Potter
    Hollywood A-listers Renée Zellwegger and Ewan McGregor starred in the 2007 biopic which was filmed near Sawrey. The stunning scenery includes footage of Hill Top and Loughrigg Tarn, which was adored by Wordsworth.

    Snow White and The Huntsman
    An all-star cast of Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, the late Bob Hoskins, Ray Winstone and Eddie Izzard - who were all spotted enjoying drinks and dinner in Windermere more than once. Scenes for the 2012 movie were filmed at locations including Cathedral Cave in Little Langdale, Blea Tarn and the Langdale Pikes.

    28 Days Later
    Who would’ve thought the Lake District was the best place to flee zombies? Director Danny Boyle chose Ennerdale as the location for the closing scenes of the 1997 film, in which survivors take shelter in a farmhouse. The scenes show the magnificent location in all its splendour, with stunning panoramic cinematography.

    The French Lieutenant’s Woman
    This 1981 movie starring Jeremy Irons and Meryl Streep was nominated for five Oscars and features scenes shot in Windermere at the end. The location of choice was Broad Leys, a large Arts & Crafts style house overlooking Lake Windermere.

    Withnail and I
    Famous for the line ‘we’ve gone on holiday by mistake', this black comedy was shot at an isolated farmhouse known as Sleddale Hall. The 1987 film features shots of the beautiful landscapes that surround the village of Shap.

    Pandaemonium
    This film, released in 2001 and starring John Hannah and Samantha Morton, follows the lives of William Wordsworth, Samuel Coleridge and other Romantic poets.

  • It’s no surprise to anyone that the Lake District is packed full of activities for everyone, from active families to intrepid solo-adventurers… One activity worthy of attention is cycling! There’s countless cycling trails all over the Lakes, for a range of different bikes too.

    We understand that not everyone has enough space to bring their bicycle with them on their break in the Lakes, and that’s why the bike shops here are so popular! You can hire a bike for the day from a selection of bike stores for £15 a day!

    What bike is best for me?

    We all have a different idea for biking, some prefer a relaxed ride on the roads, others like to stay off-road and the more adventurous of us like to bike up mountains! For those interested in a more leisurely cycle: a Touring Bike is perfect, with features focussed more on comfort, you can channel your attention to really take in the surroundings.

    If you like a little more choice in where you can travel, not limiting yourself to either the road or off the beaten track, the Fat Bike would be ideal. Primarily an off-road bike, the oversized tryes make riding on unstable and soft terrain a treat!

    Finally, the Mountain Bike: it’s all in the name, perfect for riding in and around the hills, you’ll be ready for any terrain you come across as you cycle on the innumerable cycle trails.

    Where should I cycle?

    There are too many trails to count! Whether you’re into off-roading, touring or mountain biking, the vast list of options available is huge! For a professional opinion, we’d suggest you enquire upon hiring your bike, or you could always call us at 015394 33240 and we’ll tell you all about our favourites!

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