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Claife Heights mountain bike / walking route

Date: 14th March 2012
Filed under: Things To Do, Top Tips
Tagged: claife heights, cycle route, mountain biking, walking route

Claife Heights is a circular route of approx 10 miles and includes some great forest tracks, a long climb up Base Camp, where you are rewarded with some fantastic views, and then some good downhill sections. You can even pop into the Sawrey hotel for a quick pint before heading back down to the carpark or car ferry.

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Scenic drives through the Lake District in Cumbria

Date: 13th March 2012
Filed under: Things To Do, Top Tips
Tagged: beatrix potter, lakeland, windermere

Cumbria is a beautiful county in Britain, and the best way to see it is by car, bicycle, or on foot. There are stunning vistas at every bend in the road. A perfect visit will be one of discovery, tossing the map aside. Each morning will bring something new, from a visit to Muncaster Castle to the stone circle atop Castlerigg.

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Self catering apartment in Bowness on Windermere added to our portfolio

Date: 8th March 2012
Filed under: Top Tips, Uncategorized
Tagged: bowness, self catering accommodation in bowness on windermere

the loft apartment in bowness on windermere

Goosemire Cottages have a new addition to their portfolio of lake district cottages and self catering apartments. The Loft is a one bedroomed first floor self contained apartment in a converted Coach House and Stables in the centre of Bowness, with good views of the Claife Heights fells and glimpses of lake Windermere.

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Freerange Comedy Festival 2012

Date: 7th March 2012
Filed under: Events, Things To Do, Top Tips, Uncategorized
Tagged: freerange comedy festival, kendal

After the success of last years first Freerange Comedy Festival, the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal have managed to secure even bigger well known stand up acts for this years festival on 23rd to 27th May.

Acts include Jack Dee, Jeremy Hardy, Lucy Porter, Phil Kay, Chris Ramsey, late night comedy club sketch shows, with loads more acts to still be announced.

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Grasmere Gingerbread

Date: 5th March 2012
Filed under: Top Tips, Uncategorized
Tagged: grasmere, grasmere gingerbread

The humble Ginger Nut is an often over looked biscuit living out its days in the bottom of the biscuit barrel, however Grasmere Gingerbread (a cross between a biscuit and a cake) is truly immense! As I sit writing this blog all I can think of is popping downstairs to the kitchen to try another slice....hardly surprising as it is acknowledged by food critics as "the best gingerbread in the world".

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Kendal Museum

Date: 20th February 2012
Filed under: Things To Do
Tagged: free activities, kendal museum

If you are staying in one of our lake district cottages in the kendal area, then its worth considering paying a visit to Kendal Museum of Natural History and Archaeology.

The museum is opposite the train station and Peugeot main dealer. The first collection of plants, fossils, minerals, animals and antiques was put together in 1796 by William Todhunter and is one of the oldest museum collections in the country. The museum is based on his collection, and after World War 1 moved location to a former wool warehouse. The museum was then run by honary curators on behalf of the town council, one of which was the famous fellwaker Alfred Wainright.

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Historic village of Morland

Date: 16th February 2012
Filed under: Things To Do, Top Tips
Tagged: eden valley, morland

The village of Morland which is steeped in history is just a 15 minute walk away from Cranesbill where you can see the Saxon tower of Morland Church, which has a squirrel shaped tree in the grounds. The church is the oldest Cumbrian building still in daily use of it's original purpose.

In the centre of the village, overlooking Morland Beck's waterfall is the Mill Yard Cafe & Bistro which is a great place to have a drink and a bite to eat. It's open 7 days a week and they also serve evening meals on a Friday and Saturday. There is also a deli section which sells locally sourced food, home made cakes, beers, wines and gifts.

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Spring Beer Festival 23rd to 25th March

Date: 16th February 2012
Filed under: Events, Things To Do
Tagged: spring beer festival, staveley

Hawkshead Brewery is holding its Spring Beer Festival at The Beer Hall, Mill Yard, Staveley, LA8 9LR over the weekend of 23rd to 25th March.

Friday 12 -11pm

Saturday 12 -12pm

Sunday 12 - 6pm

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Malcolm Wilson Rally 3rd March

Date: 16th February 2012
Filed under: Events, Things To Do, Top Tips
Tagged: free activities, grizedale forest, malcolm wilson rally

The Malcolm Wilson Rally starts at 8:30am in Cockermouth's Main Street on Saturday 3rd March. Entries from all over the UK will compete in the three forest stages - Whinlatter Forest near Bassenthwaite Lake and Keswick, Grizedale Forest near Ulverson and Coniston, and Greystoke Forest near Penrith.

Free entry for spectators.

If you are looking for short breaks in the lake district for this weekend please take a look at our self catering cottages that we have available close by to the three Forests.

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Aira Force Waterfall Walk, Ullswater

Date: 31st January 2012
Filed under: Things To Do, Uncategorized
Tagged: aira force waterfall, dockray, lake district cottages, ullswater, walks

Aira Force close to the shores of Lake Ullswater and Pooley Bridge, is the most famous waterfall in the Lake District. The waterfall drops an impressive 65ft, and can be reached by strolling through ancient woodland. If your lucky you may spot a red squirrel.

In the 1870s the Howard family of Graystoke Castle landscaped the area around the waterfall and used it as a pleasure garden, planting over half a million trees and forming a network of footpaths, tracks and bridges. The land is now owned by The National Trust.

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