Goosemire Cottages Blog
Date: 24th April 2012
How many lakes are there in the Lake District? it is actually a trick question. Most people will answer 16 but infact there is only one real lake which is:
Bassenthwaite - 4 miles long, 3/4 mile wide and only 70ft deep. The most northerly of all the lakes and very popular with sailing boats. Also the lake has a very rare breed of fish called Vendace which are only found here and in Derwentwater. Lakeside Lodge is only a stones throw from the lakeshore.
Date: 31st January 2012
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.
Date: 30th January 2012
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.
Date: 10th January 2012
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.
Date: 11th December 2011
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.
Date: 13th October 2011
Thousands of outdoor enthusiasts from around the globe descend on Kendal each November to celebrate their love for mountain culture through film, lectures, art and literature.
This year’s festival takes place from Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th November. Tickets are now on sale for the various lectures and films throughout the four day event, and can be purchased by telephoning 01539 725133.
Date: 23rd September 2011
Formarly known as the Ullswater Walking Festival this years event takes place from 24th September until 2nd October. Over the nine days there will be 20 guided walks around the stunning Ullswater valley with Lake District National Park Voluntary Rangers. Most of the walks are free, but should be booked in advance with Ullswater Tourist Information Centre 01768 482414. Some walks will also be dog friendly, and will cater for the hearing impared. Many of our self catering cottages in the Ullswater area are pet friendly, and pets go free.
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