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Scenic drive over Kirkstone Pass from Windermere to Ullswater.

Date: 30th January 2012
Filed under: Things To Do, Top Tips, Uncategorized
Tagged: kirkstone pass, scenic drives, ullswater, windermere

This weekend was perfect for a drive over Kirkstone Pass from the Windermere side. Bright blue skies, snow topped peaks... the photos speak for themselves.

From the outskirts of Windermere you can take the A592 which goes through Troutbeck and climbs towards the top of Kirkstone Pass which at 454 metres (1490 feet) is the highest pass in the Lake District. From the summit its worthwhile parking up to take in the fantastic mountain scenary, with Red Screes above you, and Wansfell to the South.

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Kendal Farmers Market

Date: 18th January 2012
Filed under: Things To Do, Top Tips
Tagged: kendal, kendal farmers market, lake district cottages

If you are staying in one of our lake district cottages or apartments in the South Lakes why not visit Kendal and the Farmers market which is held on the last Friday of every month between 9:30am to 3:30pm.

From award-winning meat and cheeses to jams and relishes, Made in Cumbria who organise The Farmers Market, bring you the best and tastiest of the region's food and drink - all locally sourced and lovingly produced.

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Romantic Valentines Break in Lake District Cottages

Date: 17th January 2012
Filed under: Things To Do, Top Tips, Uncategorized
Tagged: bowness, lake district cottages, short breaks, valentines, weekend breaks

Valentines Day is the perfect time to surprise a loved one, so why not whisk them off their feet and take them away on a romantic short break to one of our Lake District Cottages. We still have apartments in Bowness on Windermere available with prices starting from £149, and lake district cottages East of Ullswater with prices starting from £175 for 3 nights. There are no booking fees and pets stay for free.

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Grizedale Forest Information

Date: 12th January 2012
Filed under: Things To Do, Top Tips, Uncategorized
Tagged: goape, grizedale forest, mountain biking, rally, sculpture trail, wildlife

Grizedale Forest in the heart of the lake district has so much to offer people of all ages and abilities, so I thought it would be easier to list it into various catogories:


Obviously you are spoil for places to walk pretty much anywhere in the Lake District, but one huge advantage of the numerous routes throughout Grizedale Forest are the fact they are clearly marked by coloured posts so no need for map reading and reducing the chance of getting lost. Also the routes take you to the best parts of the forest and some stunning view points. There are routes from a mile long, to all day more strenuous hikes. Grizedale's Ridding Wood trail is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Along this trail you will find some unusual ornate treats and several sculptures.

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Ullswater Beer and Music Festival

Date: 10th January 2012
Filed under: Events, Things To Do, Uncategorized
Tagged: lake district cottages, ullswater, ullswater beer and music festival

The 2012 Ullswater Beer and Music Festival is on the weekend of 18th and 19th May. The festival takes place in Patterdale at the Southern end of lake Ullswater, below Place Fell and Helvellyn.

What better way to unwind and quench your thirst after a good ramble than the chance to sample some of the 70 barrels of real ales, ciders and perrys, which have been specially selected for the festival from local Cumbrian breweries such as Keswick Brewery and Hesket Brewery, and also from neighbouring counties.

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Great North Swim

Date: 9th January 2012
Filed under: Events
Tagged: ambleside, great north swim, windermere

The British Gas Great North Swim is the UK's biggest outdoor swimming event, and will again take place at The Low Wood Hotel on Lake Windermere from 22nd to 24th June 2012. Lake Windermere is England’s largest lake at 10.5 miles long and stretches from Newby Bridge in the South up to Waterhead, Ambleside in the North.

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Tea Party with Peter Rabbit

Date: 9th January 2012
Filed under: Events, Things To Do, Top Tips, Uncategorized
Tagged: beatrix potter, bowness, short breaks, windermere

If you have booked one of our self catering cottages or apartments for February half-term why not take the family along to The World of Beatrix Potter in Bowness on Windermere on Thursday 16th February and enjoy a tea party lunch with Peter Rabbit. The party starts at 1pm and includes a lunch of sandwiches, crisps and cakes, a special guest of honour who will read The Tales of Peter Rabbit, and entry into the main attraction. Adults £10, children £7.50 booking is essential. To book please telephone 0844 504 1233.

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Keswick Film Festival 2012

Date: 5th January 2012
Filed under: Events, Things To Do
Tagged: keswick film festival, rheged

The 13th Keswick Film Festival will take place over the weekend of 23rd to 26th February.

Over the weekend there will be 30 UK and International films, UK premieres, and previews. Films are screened at The Alambra cinema and Theatre on the Lake both in Keswick, and also at Reghed. The festival splits films into various themes:

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Olympic Flame carried through South Lakeland

Date: 30th December 2011
Filed under: Events, Things To Do, Uncategorized
Tagged: ambleside, bowness, grasmere, olympic torch relay

london 2012 olympics logo

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games has announced the route that the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay will take as it passes through the South Lakes on the opening day of the Olympics 21st June 2012.

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Lake District Cottages Christmas and New Year Breaks

Date: 11th December 2011
Filed under: Things To Do, Top Tips, Uncategorized
Tagged: availability, bowness, lake district christmas breaks, lake district cottages, lake district new year breaks, ullswater

Christmas is just around the corner and this photo taken on 10th December shows that the lake district is already a Winter Wonderland so why not come and celebrate this festive period in a self catering cottage or apartment.

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