Calling all junior travellers, Charlie and Alfie our new children’s hotel inspectors are planning trips and adventures around Lancashire and the Lake District over the coming months. They will be reviewing all things English Lakes Hotels and checking out many of the local attractions and experiences. Next on the list…
Café Del Lago
Outside on the terrace
Last time we reviewed our fabulous stay at Lancaster House Hotel, however this time we have decided to review somewhere for all the Junior Diners and this place came highly recommended by many of our friends at School.
Café Del Lago, is an Italian style Bistro which is part of the Low Wood Club at Low Wood Bay. This time, we decided also to take our older brother and sister, Matthew and Alex so we could review our meal as a family. Continue reading
There remains controversy about the origins of Sticky Toffee Pudding. Many people from the Lake District to Canada have claimed the original inspiration. Wherever it came from – we love it! Check out the Sticky Toffee Pudding recipe below.
We love Easter. This weekend we will be enjoying a long bank holiday weekend with friends and family, giving each other decorated eggs to celebrate Eastertide. The oldest tradition is to give dyed and painted chicken eggs, but a modern custom is to substitute chocolate eggs. (We also love Chocolate!)
Last year we shared with you a recipe for Cadbury’s Creme Egg Brownies, they were really tasty and a hit with the kids. So this year, we decided to challenge the team at Waterhead Bar & Grill to create a new Creme Egg dessert…
Low Wood Bay unveil revolutionary plan allowing cyclists to cross the lake.
UPDATE 2nd April 2014: Many of you keen eyed followers will have spotted this story about our “Floatation Over Of Lakes Scheme” affectionately known as “FOOLS” was of course an April Fools Joke.
Meet the Foolers
An uncle and nephew team have developed and tested a new concept that would allow cyclists of all ages to safely cross Windermere, bypassing a stretch of road with no cycle lane provision.
The plan would allow cyclists to use patent pending devices that attach to 80% of cycles and allow you to navigate over the lake in all but the worst conditions. Continue reading
Low Wood Bay has hosted many open water swim events from its enviable lakeside location in the Lake District. Events include the Great North Swim – an open water summer swim in the great outdoors, or for those brave enough to tackle the cold, The Chill Swim which recently attracted 570 brave souls in 2014. We have also cheered on Davina McCall as she completed the open water section of her Beyond Breaking Point Sport Relief challenge.
As a result, open-water fever has gripped a number of English Lakes employees who have taken to the water as a personal challenge including David Neale, English Lakes Commercial Director.
The joys of open water swimming
Ian Woods and David Neale
I discovered the joys of open water swimming about 3 years ago as I took on the challenge of the Great North Swim in Lake Windermere. Continue reading
One year ago I was in trouble. I had accepted a challenge to raise money for the Winter Warmth Fund by sleeping on the shores of Stickle Tarn on a cold, snowy, February night. The cold took to my bones.
The Big Sleep field behind Low Wood Bay
Ben Berry after his 450m swim
The cold water does phenomenal things to your body and I certainly felt it as my bottom lip went numb after around 60 metres of my 450 metre event. Trawling the lake with my bottom lip as I powered through the cold gave me time to not only taste the finest water in the Lake District but to think about how wonderful this event is.
The reason I was in the Lake, wearing far too little and at its coldest time of year, was because I was having a whale of a time at the second Chill Swim event, hosted by Low Wood Bay. The event doubled in size with this year attracting 570 swimmers including the Estonian ice swimming champion that I was competing against, the Lake District National Park relay team and people dressed as smurfs in a 30 metre “Penguin Dip”.
Of course, getting cold is only half the story and the reasons for jumping in differ greatly between competitors. Hundreds of people raised money for charity; swimming teams from across the UK and the world entered just for the friendly competition; and people like myself did it simply for the fun. Regardless of the reasons for entering I am certain everyone had a massive amount of enjoyment – the camaraderie, atmosphere, awesome venue and warmth of the day more than displaced any short lived cold.
Was doing an endurance race hard? Yes. Would I do it again? Without a doubt! Continue reading