Holiday Book Review: Photographing The Lake District

Here at English Lakes we scour the Internet looking for all things Lake District to share with our guests and followers. When we came across some of Stuart Holmes awe-inspiring Lake District paragliding photography we were hooked! We waited patiently for the release of Stuart’s new book, Photographing the Lake District to feature it in our ‘Holiday Book Review’ blog series.

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Raf’s Lake District Nature Frame

Through our passionate people series with have introduced a range of passionate English Lakes employees! Not only are they passionate about going the extra mile for our guests but the also have many other passions, interests and hobbies. Sometimes the work-life interests coincide and we find ourselves sharing these things with our guests. As a perfect example of this, we’d like to introduce Rafael Garea-Balado, who works as a maintenance engineer at Low Wood Bay.

Our own Dr Doolittle ... Raf with a Bluetit

Our own Dr Doolittle … Raf with a Bluetit

One of my hobbies outside of work is Photography especially landscape, Wildlife/Nature and Travel. This started at an early age spending a lot of time in the Lake District as a child. My craving for the outdoor lifestyle later led me to becoming a Snowboard Instructor and I travelled for many years to stunning countries all over the world, from Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Switzerland, France to name just a few. Along my travels my trusty point and shoot camera was always to hand to document and share my experiences by capturing many of the sights I had seen.

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Photos of Vintage By The Sea in Morecambe

Thousands of people flocked to sunny Morecambe this weekend (6th and 7th September 2014) for the second Vintage By The Sea festival hosted in and around The Midland hotel.

The seafront area was transformed into a celebration of all things vintage including music, fashion, dance, craft and food. Here is a selection of our favourite moments from the weekend as shared by Twitter users… Continue reading

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Dragons on Windermere at Low Wood Bay

On Sunday, 14th September Low Wood Bay will be hosting the inaugural Dragon Boat charity regatta – Dragon Bay 2014, so we spoke to Lynn Shamal, part of the Paddlers for Life, Low Wood Bay’s resident Dragon Boat team to find out more Dragon Boat Racing and what it has meant to her over the years….

The Windermere Charity Dragon Boat Regatta

This is an event that is open to all and it’s not too late to get together a team of 16 – 18 paddlers and your all-important drummer. English Lakes will supply your boat. Registration is easy and it is a great fun way to raise money for your chosen charity as well as promoting Paddlers for Life and the work they do with breast cancer survivors.  Continue reading

English Lakes Bake Off: Our Onion Tart Recipe

It has been a while since we have featured one of our Chefs recipes here on the English Lakes blog. So, with Great British Bake Off being back on on our screens we thought we should share with you one of our favourite simple, but tasty bakes….

White onion tart with walnut, pecorino and endive salad

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Malt of the Month – Glenfiddich 15 Year Old

For our September Malt of the Month at The Wild Boar, George Hutton is taking us on a tour of Speyside for a Whisky that he has have come to love. Continue reading

Picnic Wine – choose the Perfect Picnic Pairing

Lindsay Price, continues our series on seasonal wines. Here she shares a few of her al fresco recommendations. So, shake out the tartan rug, blow the dust off the picnic basket and start planning your outdoor feast in the Lake District

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A picnic in the Lake District

Don’t tell anyone … it looks like we are going to have a warm September!! So quick before the sun gets shy, get out into the great outdoors with a delicious picnic, paired with the perfect bottle of wine to accompany it. The main questions you will need to ask to find the perfect pairing is firstly, can you keep the wine cool, and secondly, what are you having to eat? Continue reading