Lakes Getaways – Holidays in the English Lake District

The top 5 places to visit in the Southern lake District

High Dam in Summer

1.Windermere Lake Cruises 

There are many great days out that can be reached by boat on Windermere with Windermere Lake Cruises. Dogs on leads travel free on all boats, including the self-drive and rowing boats, and it turns out they even get a ticket of their own!

No Lake District holiday is complete without a lake cruise of some description, and with Windermere Lake Cruises you can enjoy a tour of the lake on one of its main ‘steamers’, Swan, Teal, or Tern, or travel on one of its smaller vessels to selected destinations. Dogs are welcome free of charge! 015394 43360, windermere-lakecruises.co.uk

View of lake Windermere
View of Lake Windermere
  1. The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway

The southern tip of Windermere is home to the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, where you can take a ride on a steam locomotive, complete with 1950s carriages, as it makes its way along 3.5 miles of the former Furness Railway branch line. As Windermere Lake Cruises and the railway connect at Lakeside, consider buying a combined ticket to travel by both boat and rail – dogs travel free of charge on the railway too! 015395 31594, lakesiderailway.co.uk

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Haverthwaite to Lakeside Steam Railway

3.Stott Park Bobbin Mill, Finsthwaite Across the road from Woodside Cottage

The only working bobbin mill left in the Lake District, English Heritage’s Stott Park Bobbin Mill gives you a great sense of the area’s industrial history.

Dogs on leads are welcome to explore the site along with their owners at Stott Park Bobbin Mill. Stott Park Bobbin Mill is an industrial museum which explains the process of bobbin making in the Lake District. Visitors can book a guided tour of the mill to see how a wooden bobbin is made.. There’s also a lovely walk nearby to High Dam, a man-made tarn which once fed the mill.

Stott Park Bobbin Mill
Stott Park Bobbin Mill
  1. Grizedale Forest

The Forestry Commission’s Grizedale Forest is a great place to walk with your dog, and has several waymarked trails for all tastes and abilities. The forest is most famous for its outdoor sculptures, with around 40 artworks to be found along its network of pathways. Dogs are also welcome inside Grizedale’s café. 0300 067 4495, forestry.gov.uk/grizedale

Grizedale has everything for a great family day out.  Located to the east of Coniston Water and to the south of Hawkshead (15 minutes for Woodside) Set in the heart of the Lake District National Park, Grizedale offers an unrivalled day out for everyone.

Sculpture trails, picnic areas, forest way marked trails, (Riddings Wood is push chair/wheel chair friendly) Gruffalo Trail , mountain bike trails, Mountain bike hire but book in advance!, excellent café/tearoom. Go Ape Tree Top Adventure, Zip Trekking Adventure Forest Segway,

Have fun in Grizedale !#

Grizedale Forest
Grizedale Forest

5.Backbarrow Motor museum Address: Old Blue Mill, Backbarrow, Ulverston LA12 8TA

A nostalgic visit suitable for all ages, this museum is located in Backbarrow, on the site of the former Backbarrow Blue Mill – best known for manufacturing the washing additive, Dolly Blue. Well-behaved dogs are welcome throughout the exhibition areas free of charge, but do note that Café Ambio next door doesn’t accept dogs.

30,000 exhibits that trace the development of road transport throughout the twentieth century – cycles, motorbikes, motor cars and automobilia.

Housed in a converted mill in the heart of the Lake District, we’re minutes from Lake Windermere and offer joint tickets with Windermere Lake Cruises and other local attractions.

Much more than just a motor museum, our local history and period shopping displays, authentic recreations and picturesque riverside cafe makes it a great day out for the whole family.

Vintage cars at Backbarrow
Vintage cars at Backbarrow

OPEN 9:30am to 4:30pm   every day except Christmas Day

The Lakeland Historic Car Club meet on the first Saturday of every month at the museum and Cafe Ambio. Everyone is welcome to attend whether you’re an owner, enthusiast or just keen to see some great examples of some classic local cars.

For quality accommodation www.lakesgetaways.co.uk

A walk to the Lord’s Seat

Walking Whitbarrow Scar

Whitbarrow is a hillnot far away from Fell View and Woodside . Designated a biological Site of Special Scientific Interest[1][2] and national nature reserve, it forms part of the Morecambe Bay Pavements Special Area of Conservation due to its supporting some of the best European examples of natural limestone habitats. Also known as Whitbarrow Scar (though properly that term applies to the cliffs lining its western edge), the hill lies about 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) south-west of Kendal, just north of the A590 road, close to the village of Witherslack.[3] Part of the site is a local nature reserve called Whitbarrow Scar.[4][5]

It is a mixture of woodland with good paths.  The hill is easily seen from the A590 with its steep limestone cliffs.

The summit of Whitbarrow Scar is known as Lord’s Seat, and an anticlockwise walk to here from Witherslack, returning along the valley to the west, forms a chapter in The Outlying Fells of Lakeland by Alfred Wainwright. He describes it as “the most beautiful [walk] in this book; beautiful it is every step of the way. … All is fair to the eye on Whitbarrow.”[6]

The walk:

The small hamlet of Mill Side is the easiest place to start this walk. There is an informal layby just across the cattle grid from the A590 – signed Beck Head and Mill Side – where half-a-dozen cars may park.

For full details of the walk and maps follow the link https://www.walklakes.co.uk/walk_202.html

For quality accommodation in the Lake District, please check out our cottages www.lakesgetaways.co.uk

Walking in crisp Autumn air, enjoying nature, fabulous colours. It’s the Lake District!

Grizedale Forest, (15 mins from Woodside and 30 mins from Fell View)  in the heart of the Lake District, offers an unrivalled day out for everyone.

You can find walking & cycling trails or simply discover a quiet spot to admire the wildlife, amazing sculptures, a place to relax and enjoy some great food.  Grizedale Forest is famous for its outdoor sculptures. Since 1977 leading international artists have created sculpture in response to Grizedale Forest’s unique environment, establishing the first collection of site-specific art in the UK.

Now around 40 sited artworks are located across the forest, linked by the network of walking and cycling trails. The sculptures provide moments of contemplation and a special way of navigating this extraordinary landscape.

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 Grizedale Forest is celebrating its 50th Anniversary of Arts and Culture from 24th May – 23rd Sept 2018,

‘Inspired by Nature’ is the result of a special collaboration between Royal Society of Sculptors and The Forestry Commission to celebrate 50-years of art in the forest.

From pine needles to marble, bronze and wood, this exhibition of 9 artists’ works invites visitors to “experience the natural world through the thoughts and ideas of the artists who have produced the works in the exhibition.”

The event is taking place in the heart of the South Lakes, on the site of the old Grizedale Hall, where the impressive architect-designed Grizedale Forest Resource Centre now stands. With globally-acclaimed artists such as Richard Long and Andy Goldsworthy finding inspiration in this forest, Grizedale has gained an international reputation for being at the forefront of the Environmental Art movement.

Other autumn events at Grizedale Forest to look out for:

  • Autumn Stargazing at Grizedale Forest, Friday 7 September 2018, 8.30pm-10.30pm.
  • The Art of the Woodsman at Grizedale Forest, Sunday 16 September 2018.
  • A 1-mile Highway Rat Activity Trail takes the youngest members of the family on an interactive journey through the forest.
  • Mountain bikes can be hired
  • Go Ape through the forest

morecambe bay cycle route

Holker Hall Events

Holker Hall  owned by the Cavendish Family, is a few minutes from both of our cottages and has lovely gardens and tearoom. It is set in 18.800 acres so there’s plenty of room to run around! It is a few minutes from Grange over sands and Cartmel on the stunningly beautiful Cartmel peninsula.

They have some great events happening over the next few months .This is just taste of what’s happening!

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Evening Tour with the Head Gardener
Wednesday 22nd August 2018

Wednesday 22nd August 2018
NGS Open Day – Tour with our Head Gardener

Thursday 23rd August 2018
Kitchen Garden Guided Tours

Every Thursday at 2pm in July & August
Pop-up Pub & Pizza in The Courtyard

Every Saturday from 3pm in July and August
Plant Fair & Holker Food Market

Sunday 26th August 2018
Holker Food Markets

Sundays – Sunday 26th August 2018, Sunday 21st October 2018, Sunday 9th December 2018
Mexican Night at The Ilex

Saturday 8th September 2018
Holker Chilli Fest

Saturday 8th September 2018 & Sunday 9th September 2018
Early Openings for Photography

10th – 14th October
Tour & Tea with the Head Gardener (Autumn Colour)

Wednesday 17th October 2018
Holker Halloween Fun!

Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th October
Winter Market

Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th November
Holker Celebrates Christmas

Fri 30th Nov – Sun 2nd Dec, Thurs 6th – Sun 9th & Thurs 13th – Sun 16th December

Friday 23rd March to Sunday 28th October 2018

Opening and Closing times

Hall (11am-4pm) & Gardens (10.30am-5pm) : Wednesday – Sunday (+ Bank Holiday Mondays)

Gift Shop (10.30am – 5pm): Wednesday – Sunday (+ Bank Holiday Mondays)

Café, Food Hall & Park (10.30am-5pm) :  Daily

Ilex Bar & Brasserie (From 12noon, last orders 3pm): Wednesday – Sunday

Occasionally the Hall opening may vary to accommodate special events. Please check the website before visiting.

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Top country shows in the Lake District- an event not to be missed

Cartmel Village

Over the Summer in the Lake District, they hold the most fabulous shows and these shows are not to be missed! What’s available to see on the day can range from food stalls to Michelin chefs giving a talk ( Cartmel) from Cumberland & Westmorland wrestling competitions to flower displays, from vintage tractors and machinery  to hounds, terrier racing and  dog agility. These family-friendly events are a great way to experience the traditions that have shaped the Lake District and there’s lots of things for children to enjoy at the shows, from bouncy castles to face-painting .

I’m sure you get the picture! Everything you can think of connected with Lake District life is on display, which is why they make for a really good day out and one not to be missed.

This list is just a few of the many shows that can be enjoyed over the next few months. The video is of Hawkshead Village

Langdale Gala   – Sunday 1st July

Coniston Country Fair – Sunday 22nd July

Ambleside Sports   – Thursday 26th July

Cumbrian Steam Gathering    – 28 and 29 July

Cartmel Show – Wednesday 1st August

Hawkshead Agricultural Show  – Tuesday 21st August

 

 

Grasmere Sports  – Sunday 26th August

Westmorland County Show – Thursday 13th September

 

Palettes, Paint and Brushes! Let’s get arty in the Lakes!

Fancy a creative learning holiday?

You don’t need to do a whole week, you can just do a one day course, and there’s loads of them.
Where?

At the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal

Courses?

A real  variety of courses, something for everyone :Chinese Painting and Calligraphy, Garden Sculpture, Life Drawing, Sketching by the Riverside, Painting with Wool, Animals in Clay, Jewellery Summer School, silk painting, Mixed Media. The list goes on and on!!! Check it out, you’ll be amazed.

Cost?

Approx £55 for the day course. All materials are included in the cost of the workshop.

 

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What do you need to take with you for the course? 

An apron and/or wear old clothes. Bring a pen, notebook and your glasses, if you need them.

The courses  can be booked in advance on the Brewery’s web site.

So why not stay at one of our cottages and have a day doing one of the many courses available? 

Quality accommodation in the English Lake District 

www.lakesgetaways.co.uk

Peace and Contemplation in Cartmel Medieval Priory

One of the most peaceful places to visit in the English Lake District is Cartmel’s Medieval priory.

Worship has been at the very heart of Priory life for centuries. Throughout history, people from all around the world have made pilgrimages to the Priory for prayer and worship, each with their own stories to tell. If you look close enough, marks and notches can be found where pilgrims have left their mark for others to discover.

Exploring the Priory will uncover myths, legends and tales of the past, housed in the impressive building that stood all those years ago. If you want to find out more about the centuries of history and heritage that this church is built on, take a look at their History and Architecture pages.

 

The Priory is open to everyone, and welcomes people from all walks of life

The Priory Church of St. Mary
and St. Michael,
Cartmel, Cumbria,
LA11 6QD

Finding Unusual Antiques in Cumbria

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One of the most interesting antique shops to visit in The lake District can be found at Yew Tree Barn near High Newton not far from Newby Bridge.

It is an reclamation yard and if you’re like me you just never know what you can find. It’s great for a browse around, they have a superb tearoom and at Christmas there is a brilliant craft market!

Christmas Market (30 November, 1 & 2 December 2018)

 30th November, 1st & 2nd December 2018 10am – 4.30pm The annual Christmas Market, the must visit festive event in the South Lakes takes place December 2018.

Friday Evenings in Harry’s Cafe Bar.  Harry’s Cafe Bar will be open in the evenings.

ue to popular demand we opening Harry’s CafeBar in the evenings.  Please give us a call to reserve your table!

FRIDAY EVENINGS IN HARRY’S CAFEBAR

Through the year Harry’s CafeBar is open in the evenings, first Friday of the month, bookings advisable.

Now taking bookings for Friday 18 May 2018

 This is what one of our Friday nighters posted on Tripadvisor after dining in Harry’s CafeBar…..

‘Harry’s Cafe operates during daylight hours as a cafe, but over the spring/summer months opens once a week on Friday evening for dinner. The furniture is all reclaimed, quirky, different, and generally all for sale. During the day it can be pretty busy as it is a very popular place, but the staff do an amazing job of seating you quickly, making everyone feel welcome, and checking you are happy. The food is tasty, the coffee good, and the cake portions hearty. On an evening, you are warmly welcomed, talked through the specials, and left to take in the cosy, intimate feel of the place whilst making your mind up. The food is delicious, especially the vegetarian options, which are a welcome variation from the usual cheese and pasta based affairs of less imaginative places. The wine list is excellent and would strongly recommend the quaffable Sangiovese. My only comment would be that the portions were so generous that I was left with little room for a dessert. The main meal could have easily been half the size and I would have remained over the moon on the presentation and taste. We will definitely be making this a place to regularly visit for coffee and cake, as well as pay day date nights during the summer!’

 Dinner Evening Friday 18 May 2018

serving from 6.00pm

Tempura king prawns served with a fresh lime, coriander and chilli sauce on cherry tomato & cucumber salad £6.95

Trio of lamb & apricot meatballs served with a spicy tomato & cumin sauce finished with fresh mint yoghurt dressing £6.95

Blue cheese and creamy mushroom potato cake served on crispy salad with garlic & herb aioli £5.75

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Slow cooked lamb shank on spring onion mash served with a fresh mint and cranberry gravy  £16.25

Grilled plaice fillet with lemon, crayfish & pine nut butter served on wilted baby spinach, cooked in garlic & finished with white wine £14.95

Pan fried pork fillet served on black pudding and mustard mash finished with caramelised apple & cider sauce  £14.75

Wild mushroom, fennel and leek pie served  with creamy leek sauce and sweet potato wedges  £13.25

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Cheese board served with celery & apple, homemade biscuits and chutney £7.25 (add a glass of Port (£4.00)

Fresh fruit roulade served with raspberry coulis and chantilly cream  £5.50

Bailey’s chocolate cheesecake served with ice cream £5.50

Ice creams (Handmade Ice cream co) £4.50

 

 Dinner Evenings

18 May – 1 June 

6 July – 3 August – 7 September – 5 October

(Why not use the X6 bus service, it stops outside YTB, so you can enjoy a drink?)  Please ring to book your places in Harry’s Cafébar asap 015395 31498

 

Wine Tasting in Cumbria

Fabulous views, quaint shops and fantastic cakes! Where am I?

Well I’m talking about Grange over Sands .It’s a  quiet seaside retreat on the Southern tip of the Cartmel peninsula, between the mountains and the sea, and only 7 miles from Windermere. Grange has some of the finest parks and gardens on the Cumbrian coast – the ornamental gardens has a lake with many water birds and a beautiful prom to walk along.

 

Grange is a pretty resort with an Edwardian flavour and a mild climate. It is on the shores of Morecambe Bay, and from the 13th Century until the 1850’s, the major route from Lancaster was across the sands. In 1887, the coming of the Furness Railway encouraged the growth of Grange from a small hamlet to the town we see today.

grange edwardian terrace

The estuary and the countryside around Grange are fascinating places for nature enthusiasts. A tremendous range of birds can be seen, and there are several nature reserves and sites of special scientific interest.

Grange is famous for the cross bay walks, lead by Cedric Robinson, The Queen’s Guide, an event not to be missed.

Cross bay walk

Grange has a brilliant award winning tea room- The Hazelmere

Hazelmere's

And finally the most fabulous walk up Hampsfell to look down on to the Morecambe Estuary. On top is a strange shelter called The Hospice. Well worth the hike up.

Top of Hospice on Hampsfell

Many of the shops are specialist shops: specialist butchers, chocolate producer, boutique clothes etc. Well worth a visit!

A Monet Masterpiece to View in Kendal

Monet Masterpiece in the Abbot Hall Art Gallery Kendal. An event not to be missed

See a masterpiece by one of the world’s most famous painters in Kendal. Claude Monet’s Haystacks: Snow Effect, will be displayed at Abbot Hall Art Gallery from Friday 12 January until 28 April.

The painting, dated 1891, is from a series of work widely regarded as among Monet’s best and is loaned from the National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh. It is believed to be the very first time that a Monet has been on display in Cumbria and cements Abbot Hall’s commitment to show work by iconic international artists.

Monet, a founder of French impressionist painting, produced over 30 haystacks paintings. He worked at different times of day and season to capture the effect changing light had on their form.

The haystacks in this painting stood in a field to the west of Monet’s house in Giverney, France, where his famous water lily gardens were situated. In autumn and the relatively mild winter of 1890, Monet persuaded the local farmer to leave the stacks in his field so he could make a series of paintings. In Haystacks: Snow Effect the haystacks are almost reduced to shadow in the glowing winter light.

There are 25 paintings from Monet’s Haystacks series held at galleries around the globe including Tokyo, Los Angeles, Chicago, Paris and now Kendal. This is your chance to see a Monet masterpiece in Cumbria.

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 12 Jan – Wed 28 Feb 2018 10:30 to 16:00
Thu 1 Mar – Sat 28 Apr 2018 10:30 to 17:00

Prices

Adults £7.70 / £7.00 without donation.
Friends, students and children free

An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) not to be missed.

Today I thought I would share with you an area that is often overlooked as it’s just outside the Lake District National Park. It’s Arnside & Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It’s across the Morecambe Bay and opposite Grange over Sands. http://www.arnsidesilverdaleaonb.org.uk/

This extraordinary place is famous for its amazing wildlife, stunning scenery, and superb walks. From the simple beauty of the lady’s-slipper orchid to the shining sands of Morecambe Bay, the area is simply awe-inspiring.

A great way to visit the area is by train, if you fancy a day off from driving, as there’s a station at both Arnside and Silverdale.

There are 5 major villages to enjoy: Arnside, Silverdale, Beetham, The Yealands and Wharton all worth an explore! From a Victorian seaside resort to a village with connections to the first president of the United States, the villages of the AONB will take you back in time and reveal an interesting history.

Other attractions include :

 Heron Corn Mill is an 18th century Grade II* listed water mill and important local heritage site and visitor attraction within the AONB.   http://www.heronmill.org

Lakeland Wildlife Oasis is an all-weather attraction. Where you can meet the Meerkats,  and  stroke a snake (if you want to!)   http://wildlifeoasis.co.uk/

RSPB Leighton Moss    http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/l/leightonmoss/  

Leighton Hall and Hawk Garden

Leighton Hall is the historic home of the world-renowned Gillow furniture making family, a stunning location for a day out     :http://www.leightonhall.co.uk/ 

A great place to visit in the area is the Heritage Centre and Refreshment Room at Carnforth station which offers you the chance to take a step back in time! Opened in 2003 following an extensive renovation project, the centre attracts visitors from all over the world who come to experience the 1940s’ atmosphere of David Lean’s film ‘Brief Encounter’ which was filmed here.  http://www.carnforthstation.co.uk/