Launched in Winter 2017, Allofthelakedistrict.co.uk is a one stop resource for accommodation, where to eat & drink, activities, shopping, weddings and spas.
In the year the Lake District was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status, it is an extremely exciting time for those who visit the Lake District as well as those who live and work in it. Allofthelakedistrict.co.uk is aimed at being an extremely insightful and helpful resource for both visitors and residents.
As the largest and busiest National Park in England, the Lake District from all over the world and has a choice of some of the best accommodation in the whole of the UK. Enjoy the finest self catering properties, hotel rooms, glamping and bed & breakfast venues of which Allofthelakedistrict.co.uk provides information and links to.
Onto the growing matter of food in the Lake District. With Michelin stars, Rosettes and larder on the doorstep an envy of many a chef up and down the country, it’s not just the fells attracting repeat visitors.
Onto activities and the Lake District being the adventure capital of England. Allofthelakedistrict.co.uk brings ideas for activities and attractions to visit to entertain the teen that never tires or outdoor enthusiast.
Bringing it down a gear or too and the rise in spa breaks is as evident in the Lake District as anywhere else in the UK. The Lake District can furnish guests with private hot tubs or onto luxury and innovative spas with treatments to match.
On top of all this, fine a handy guide to the towns and villages so the perfect choice of location can be found. To find your perfect Lake District break or escape visit https://www.allofthelakedistrict.co.uk/
There’s a hot tub frenzy at the moment in the accommodation industry. From hotels to even bed and breakfasts and holiday cottages, news that hot tubs are being installed is becoming more and more frequent.
When one Lake District hotel was embarking on a new development of luxury suites, they initially thought of including a swimming pool into the plans. After talking to guests and industry associates, the majority verdict was that private hot tubs for each of the suites was a far more preferred option.
Reason and points included, more privacy, more exclusivity, many said they wouldn’t swim on a luxury break anyway and said there was no worry about feeling self conscious as some may do in a shared pool. What a choice it was when the suites were launched 12 months ago. Applegarth Villa Hotel & Restaurant in Windermere is now famous for its hot tubs, the first of its kind in the Lake District.
Each large suite has sliding doors opening out into a terrace and/or large balcony with a table and chairs and a private hot tub, not overlooked by any of the other seven suites in the development. With views over towards Lake Windermere and fells, the owners of Applegarth Villa are finding many of the guests are not wanting to leave their room and hot tub at all! For a special treat, for complete privacy or for the ultimate in special occasion, the Lake District is the place for luxury in the North West.
As of August 1st 2016 the largest National Park in England became even bigger so even more fun, even more scenery so even more beauty to enjoy.
Firstly to the south of the Lake District National Park and an area from Helsington Barrows to Sizergh Fell, an area north of Sizergh Castle and part of the Lyth Valley.
The largest added section comes further north where not just the Lake District NP has increased but so too the Yorkshire Dales National Park. This has created a large area made up of Whinfell, Grayrigg, Orton and Tebay meaning the M6 is now the only dividing line between these two National Parks.
Orton and Tebay have always been popular areas to visit being gateways to not just the two National Parks but also the Northern Pennines. With more support, promotion and increased rights of way, they are due to flourish even more so.
Many will know Tebay as the home of the famous motorway services, Tebay Services. Until their sister site opened, Gloucester Services of the M5, Tebay was the best services in the whole of the UK, now it has one of its family members to contend with! There’s now even more reason to visit this area, now withint he Lake District National Park, take advantage of the beautiful walks, great cycling routes and stunning landscape. Bring the dog, bring the family, stop on business or with a group of friends. The Tebay Services Hotel on the same site as the services is an ideal place to stay with advance booking rates at just £87 per room including breakfast. Stay in comfort with a vast range of local produce and come and enjoy the newest part of the Lake District National Park.
Picture the scene, a bright Lake District day in the Langdale Valley, stunning 360 degree scenery, peace, calm and tranquillity, pure proposal perfection.
The Langdale Valley is home to one of the most iconic and well known picture postcard views, the Langdale Pikes. Choose to ask the question of a lifetime on one knee besides Blea Tarn or Loughrigg Tarn with The Pikes behind.
So where to stay in the Langdale area? Although the Langdale Hotel holds a civil wedding ceremony licence catering for small to medium weddings, it’s not just about The Big Day. The Langdale Estate incorporating 35 acres of private grounds just 4 miles from Ambleside and set in the true heart of the Lake District National Park, it is the ultimate destination for popping the big question, engagement celebrations, honey moons and mini moons as well as the joy of celebrating countless anniversaries.
Adding the luxurious Brimstone boutique hotel on the Langdale Estate into the mix gives the ultimate in exclusivity for such life memorable occasions. The hotel can be hired out exclusively for celebrations for close family and friends but the true USP of this place is exclusivity for two. At Brimstone, you don’t even ever have to leave the suite if you don’t want to!
Top Tip – Check out the Langdale Estate map on their website and locate the Founders Seat where the best views of the Langdale Pikes can be seen. It’s private and proposal location perfection!
View the Brimstone Hotel rooms here and select the perfect place for wedding memories throughout life.
Yet another year of very successful Easter and Whitsun holiday periods, the English Lake District has further broadened its appeal. With the fells to bursting point with seasoned walkers and newbie’s alike, the beauty of this region is truly being appreciated. To compliment the free fresh air are a multitude of festivals and events on this year too.
It’s the little things that are contributing to the Lake District appeal. For food lovers then the local produce in Cumbria the Lake District is hard to beat. Cumberland sausage gaining its protected status has further cemented this region on the culinary map. Then the now ultra famous and in demand Herdwick lamb hoggat and mutton, Cumbrian produce is highly sort after in London such as at Borough Market. Then sweet treats and condiments like Grasmere Gingerbread, Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding and Hawkshead Relish now international brands. Chefs in many of the hotels in the Lake District have been resurrecting traditional Lakeland dishes and using as much local produce as possible on their menus. The for real ale fans, Cumbria and the Lake District has the highest concentration of micro breweries in the country. All in all, a foodie paradise.
The outdoors and walking is paradise for dog owners. The Lake District is geared up for dogs with the endless walking routes but also many pubs and other establishments being dog and pet friendly. There is now a very good choice of dog friendly hotels in the Lake District. Not every dog owner likes self catering holidays or like having to put their dog into a kennel. Dog friendly hotels suit both the dog and its owner.
So, Cumbria and the Lake District is really leading the way in tourism in this country. It is moving with the times, enabling visitors to try out diverse activities and experiences and caters for adventurists, romantic weekend break seekers and now more than ever, foodies. Grasmere is definitely #theplacetobe for foodies. Check out Oak Bank Hotel in Grasmere village with their award winning 2 AA Rosette The Dining Room Restaurant. Exciting food in relaxed surroundings. Visit http://www.lakedistricthotel.co.uk.
Brathay Windermere marathon and half marathon is taking place on Sunday May 22nd 2016. After the previous 9 year success of the full 26.2 mile Brathay Marathon, the organisers have added a half marathon, a brand new event for 2016. This marks the 10th anniversary of arguably the most beautiful UK race of this length and the reason why it is referred to as “The Beautiful Marathon”.
The half marathon will surely not disappoint, a 13.1 mile route through the beautiful village of Hawkshead, onto Esthwaite Water, returning with views of the iconic Langdales and the surrounding fells. The closing date for entering either event is Friday May 20th 2016.
Whether its pre or post race, either full or half marathon, some rejuvenation to the legs is a must and why its worth choosing accommodation with a pool and even better the healing properties of hot bubbling water and saunas.
In the heart of Ambleside in a peaceful location is The Old Vicarage Bed & Breakfast. Hidden away under the garden terrace is a 9 metre heated indoor swimming pool, hot tub and sauna, the only one of its kind in the area within a B&B. The leisure facilities are ideal for relaxing and gathering thoughts pre and post race.
Unlimited, free use of the pool, sauna and hot tub is available to all guests at The Old Vicarage. For more information and to book online visit http://oldvicarageambleside.co.uk/
When Cumbria and the Lake District are mentioned, it’s the fells and lakes that people associate most with the area which typify and set this region and National Park apart from the rest. It is one of the most sparsely inhabited counties in the UK yet at the same time one of the busiest in terms of visitors. Compact yet bountiful with such a varied landscape on offer.
But another landscape aspect is a jewel of Cumbria and the Lake District is the coastline. Surrounding almost 50% of the county, the coast stretches from Silverdale in the south to Bowness-on-Solway in the north (with the official Cumbria Coastal Way route going beyond to Gretna). This vast and varied coastline has heritage, history and multiple Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
Just recently Allonby in the north of the county has been included in the top 30 best places to live by the sea according to The Times. Out of the enormous coastline in Britain, this inclusion just goes to show the quality of this unspoilt and relatively unknown coastline.
But it all starts in the south and vastness of Morecambe Bay and this area is a pleasure to walk on its own. A great segment is to begin at the official Cumbrian Coastal Way start of Silverdale walk onto Arnside (fish & chips on Arnside Prom an absolute must!), onto Milnthorpe before heading into the Lake District National Park past Meathop and dropping down in Grange-over-Sands. Silverdale to Milnthorpe is 9.5 miles and Milnthorpe to Grange 12 miles. Grange-over-Sands is a stunning place to make a base. Choose to carry on up the coast and do a couple ore segments or simply enjoy the views over the bay with the fells behind the town. There is a good choice of places to stay in Grange-over-Sands like Bay Villa Bed & Breakfast with large rooms from £110 per night B&B.
Grange is within touching distance of the Lake District fells and just 7 miles from the southern tip of Lake Windermere at Lakeside and Newby Bridge. Bring a bike as well legs and open up the varied county of Cumbria from the base at Grange-over-Sands.
Make this the summer to combine adventure with a spot of luxury and low carbon travel in the Lake District, a recipe for a perfect weekend break.
There’s no need to sit at a computer planning it for hours and hours, Brimstone Hotel on the Langdale Estate have taken care of that for you. With their unrivalled Lake District location in the Langdale Valley and a doorstep leading to some of the best walking routes in the National Park, Brimstone Hotel has it all to offer.
Guests can complement the luxury with sustainability in the form of travelling by train to the Lake District and then hiring one of the fleet of low carbon cars from Co-Wheels either from Windermere or Oxenholme train stations. Choose from standard, hybrid or electric cars or which The Langdale Estate has its own charging facility. Hiring is now even easier and with more perks such as new for 2016 all Co-Wheels vehicles come with a roof mounted cycle rack for two bikes. Choose to bring your own bikes or hire one from Windermere Station.
Whether exploring by car or cycle, enjoy the very best of the Lake District from the base at Brimstone. The Berghaus Bootroom at Brimstone also supplies guests with bulky walking gear for use during the stay. No need to carry these items on the train, more room for cycling kit (or dresses and heels!).
To top it all off, exclusive to Brimstone guests Reading Room is stocked full of beers, wines and other beverages as well as snack, all complimentary and to ease any aching muscles, use of the Langdale luxury spa.
What is responsible tourism? Responsible tourism for today’s travellers and operators goes much further than carbon footprint reduction.
A responsible tourism operator is now looking at ways in which to support the local environment, local suppliers and their immediate environment and even respecting neighbours in the form of low noise production.
I know for one, responsible tourism is something that should be followed by the hotel and leisure industry as well as the tourist. It is by these two parties working together that areas such as the Lake District will be preserved for years to come as well as being at its most enjoyable right now for tourist’s right here and now to benefit from. And it is this point that fully confirms the need for tourists when visiting to buy local and for the operators to use local produce and suppliers. By using local business services, a town or village stays alive, popular and has reasons to be visited and brings much needed money into the local economy. Any business or inhabitant in the towns and villages in the Lake District know this is hugely, highly important.
Fixing and Nurturing the Lake District fells.
Cumbria, the Lake District is definitely on the foodie map, there are just so many amazing producers. It baffles me beyond belief when for example lamb, beef, sausage and cheese have been sourced out of the county when there is some of the best quality of each right on our doorstep. When is highly exciting now and what appears to be growing in popularity is the growing of produce and breeding of animals for meat by individual operators. Not only does it reduce food miles immensely but the idea of from field to plate and knowing exactly where the meat has come from and how it has been reared is not only exciting for chefs but also for the guests. The Tebay Services Hotel between Kendal and Penrith on the M6 is one such champion of responsible tourism rearing their own meat, supporting local suppliers and producers and being involved with The Tourism & Conservation Partnership.
Cumbrian and Lake District Produce
Responsible tourism incorporates many components and different people have different views as to what is more important to them and to the environment. If everyone who visited Cumbria and the Lake District looked to do one responsible tourism act of looked to specifically select somewhere to stay, eat or drink that carried out responsible tourism practices, it is surely going to help this beautiful part of the United Kingdom.
People may have heard of the location Far Sawrey in connection with it’s most famous past inhabitant, Beatrix Potter. Despite thousands visiting Hill Top, the home of Beatrix Potter, each year, this area of the Lake District remains tranquil and unspoilt. It is sneakily located sandwiched between the western side of Lake Windermere and Esthwaite Water, just a handful of miles from the larger village of Hawkshead.
A little extra bonus when travelling to Far Sawrey is being able to go on the Hawkshead Ferry across Lake Windermere. When visiting from the south of east this is by the far the quickest way to reach it. Of course, it isn’t too far away from Ambleside either so every facility is close by whilst peacefulness is retained.
If you stay in this little village and you’re into walking, you could stay a week and never have to use a car there if you wanted, there are just so many different walks to do from the village.From walking up fells to around tarns and lakes to circular walks incorporating woodlands, none of the scenery will disappoint.
For anglers there’s Esthwaite Water, home to trout, pike, coarse and roach fishing. A short drive away there is Grizedale Forest which is an excellent place for families with adventure trails and the Go Ape experience but so too mountain biking enthusiasts with trails to suit all abilities.
Accommodation varies from bed and breakfasts to self catering and inns such as The Cuckoo Brow Inn. The Cuckoo Brow is family and dog friendly, has contemporary bedrooms with local produce featuring throughout the menu and local real ales so very well suited to a holiday or short break in the area. Visit http://www.cuckoobrow.co.uk for more details and to book online.
So by choosing Far Sawrey for your next Lake District holiday gives you the best of both worlds. Great and handy location with peace and tranquillity.