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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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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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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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