After a period of no luck for the glorious village of Grasmere since the floods back in December, Friday May 13th is set to be far from unlucky with no resident, business or visitor giving a second thought to the usual superstition.
Since early December, the main A591 road has been closed just north of Grasmere due to the road subsiding stopping all traffic from travelling to or from Grasmere. A temporary road was constructed and a special bus service was put into operation allowing visitors and residents to get to not just Keswick but many other destinations north.
But Friday May 13th 2016 is the date, the date the road reopens and it definitely going to be well attended with much excitement on social media and in the news. Grasmere is lovely whatever time of the year but it’s now looking the greenest of green with the brand new shoots on the trees and new lambs bouncing around and the real May treat, bluebells galore. The village is fast becoming the go to destination for food with new restaurants opening along with artisan cafes and producers. Enjoy all this and with the fells, waters and lake on Grasmere’s doorstep.
Its perfect timing for the Spring Bank Holiday and half term so if it’s not possible to attend the opening on Friday, get a weekend or holiday booked later in the month to drive or cycle along this now famous stretch of road. Raise View House in Grasmere is a luxury B&B with rooms from £120. Welcoming walkers and cyclists, enjoy peace and quiet with all the restaurants in Grasmere on the doorstep to sample.
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.
The Lake District, a haven full of peace and tranquillity. This is very true and why it is one of the reasons so many visit this National Park every year. But not everyone wants a slow pace of life on a holiday in the Lake District and that what makes it such a special destination, it caters for everyone. Thrill seekers and those loving action packed holidays are well and truly catered for in England’s largest and most dramatic National Park.
The Lake District is officially the “Adventure Capital of the UK”. There are just so many activities for all ages and all abilities to enjoy.
Langdale being at adventure epicentre of the Lake District is surrounded by opportunities to enjoy the more adventurous and more active holiday. Mountain biking and walking are particularly popular obviously in the Lake District but there’s also horse riding, the via ferrata at Honister, rock climbing, hot air ballooning, kayaking and canoeing to name but a few. All these activities more than burn off the great food you can also find in the Lake District! A win win situation we say!
Where to stay on the adventure then the Langdale 4 Star Hotel & Spa are strong advocates of adrenaline fuelled activities. A spot of luxury along with great food is the perfect way to refuel before another day on the fells, off road tracks and paths that can be enjoyed directly from the hotel door. Rooms start from £120 including breakfast. Visit the Langdale Active website for adventurous ideas and http://www.langdale.co.uk for accommodation details and to book a room.
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.
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.