Junior Travellers Review: Café Del Lago

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

cdl-outside

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

Passionate About … Crufts!

English Lakes employs passionate people! Passionate about going the extra mile for our guests. This usually comes from a good work-life balance which allows time for other interests and hobbies.

Sandra Gibson, Manager of Low Wood Club and Sandpiper Club loves her canine family and is preparing them for Crufts 2014 in her spare time outside of work.

Adorable - a first outing for the puppies!

Adorable – a first outing for the puppies!

Continue reading

Highlights from Chillswim 2014

Ben Berry after his 450m swim

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

Hundreds set to take part in Big Chill Swim at Low Wood Bay

Over 570 hardy swimmers from around the world will be braving the icy waters of Low Wood Bay Marina, Windermere this weekend for the 2014 Big Chill Swim.

Dive in to the chilly waters

Diving in to the chilly waters of Windermere

The swimmers are not allowed to wear wetsuits and will race over distances of 30, 50 and 450 metres, enduring water temperatures of below 5 degrees. There will also be relay races, and a 1000 metre extreme event for very experienced cold water swimmers. Continue reading

The Annual English Lakes Swimming Gala

Serious Swimming in the Low Wood Club Pool

Serious Swimming in the Low Wood Club Pool

It was the final race, Low Wood Bay WaterBeasts team versus the English Lakes Support Office team. After three of the six swimmers in the relay had gone it was virtually neck and neck and I gently entered the water ready to do my part in the final length and hopefully bring home the Eldoret Shield for the Support Office.

Toddler Ben

Toddler Ben

When growing up I used to be very jealous of all the staff, my dad(now Managing Director), uncle(Estates Director) and Douglas Dale(Operations Director) taking part in the English Lakes swimming gala. I used to spend a lot of my time at the Low Wood Club pool as we lived in the manager’s bungalow on site. But I was never allowed to race. I was a toddler mind… Continue reading