Photos of the Lake District from the International Space Station

Chris Hadfield
Chris Hadfield, currently on the ISS

Canadian astronaut, Chris Hadfield currently on board the International Space Station has tweeted photographs of the Lake District and Morecambe Bay from space!

Commander Chris Hadfield, who is a flight engineer currently on Expedition 34 on board ISS, has gained popularity on Twitter by sharing stunning photography of space. Many of which are his views of Earth as the International Space Station orbits Earth at over 17,000mph. Continue reading “Photos of the Lake District from the International Space Station”

214 Wainwrights in One Year!

It seems like an eternity ago, I was stood in my kitchen, glass of Balvennie Doublewood in hand, staring at PM Burgess’s Tubular Fells, contemplating whether I could walk all 214 ‘Wainwrights’ in the calendar year of 2012. I wasn’t a complete novice to the Lakeland Fells, so I was under no illusion as to the task ahead of me, but I’m sure the alcohol clouded my judgement!

Wastwater from Lingmell
Wastwater from Lingmell

It would be some weeks before a beautiful frosty January day in Great Langdale set me on my way.  All 5 peaks were hit on that occasion, just 209 to go! Continue reading “214 Wainwrights in One Year!”

A Walk on the Wild Side (Part 1)

Welcome to the Woods

I had cause to take a walk through the woods at The Wild Boar recently, led very proficiently by Charlie Lemm, the son of Andy and Michelle who manage The Wild Boar Inn. Having forgotten my wellies, I was relieved that the Inn had a choice of sizes to borrow – and we needed them! Continue reading “A Walk on the Wild Side (Part 1)”

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder!

My very first attempt at watercolours under the guidance of Dawn.

It was with a sense of excitement and, I confess, trepidation that I arrived at Waterhead for a weekend of Lake District Watercolour Painting, one in a series of events hosted by English Lakes. Signing up for something like this can feel a little like putting your creative neck on the line!

Testing the water over our champagne and canapé reception on the Friday evening, I tentatively threw out a line about having not ever really done anything like this before. I was pleasantly surprised, and not a little relieved, to discover that we were all novices, and all nervous about our impending foray into the world of paint, colour, tone, perspectives and vanishing points.  Having established our common fragility, we relaxed and enjoy a sumptuous three-course dinner whilst Dawn Pretty, our artist in residence, outlined what the weekend might hold, promising us that we would all have a work of art to hang on our wall by the end of the weekend. Continue reading “Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder!”

I Love Where I Live

The following blog is written by Maria Walker, Reservations Manager at English Lakes Support Office.

The picture I see each day is different depending on the weather and time of day. I ask myself on many occasions how people can take this area for granted?

Spectacular views from the English Lakes Offices. Left: View over Low Wood Bay of the Langdale Pikes over Lake Windermere. Right: Rolling fields behind the hotel and offices.

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Groundforce Lancaster

As part of Lancaster House’s commitment to local charities, members of the hotel team recently swopped their chef’s whites and uniforms for Gardening gloves and Wellington Boots for Heysham-based charity Primrose House  The local residential care home which provides dedicated 24-hour care for severely disabled young adults had a back garden in desperate need of a Horticultural make-over. 10 years of thorn and weed growth had overgrown a sizeable area and was preventing the residents from enjoying this spacious area.

Lancaster House Groundforce Team
Helen Luszczak, Wedding Coordinator, Dave Jarret, Head of Maintenance, Damien Ng, Head Chef, Emma Underwood, Operations Manager, and Ricky Robinson also from the maintenance department

They were also joined by Tim Bell, General Manager who is Chair of Trustees for Primrose House and a keen supporter and fund-raiser for the charity.

“It was a certainly a very different day for us” Tim comments. “The sheer scale of the gardening challenge was very daunting when we first arrived in the morning, but thanks to some great team work and a few handy tools lent to us by a local landscape gardening firm, we were able to completely clear the area in just 5 hours. Now, the residents and staff can fully appreciate the back garden and enjoy the nice weather we’re hopefully looking forward to this Spring and Summer”

The team were recently awarded Gold status in the Green Business Tourism scheme thanks to efforts and projects such as the gardening day at Primrose House and are looking forward to helping more local charities and projects in the future.

English Lakes achieves Green Tourism Business Awards

We are pleased to announce we have scooped multiple accolades for our commitment to sustainability.

Each of our six, four-star properties has achieved awards for excellence in the Green Tourism Business Awards.

English Lakes management team Back row Cllr Ben Berry, Simon Berry MD, Douglas Dale Operations Director Front row General Managers: Mark Needham Waterhead; Nevil Jeffery – Low Wood Bay; Tracy Smith (Deputy GM) Storrs Hall; Andy Lemm – The Wild Boar; Matt Stanaway – The Midland and far right Tim Bell – Lancaster House

Lancaster House, Low Wood Bay and The Wild Boar, have gained Gold awards – the highest available – for their commitment to sustainable tourism.

Our hotels were praised for their extensive efforts to enhance the visitor experience while reducing their impact on the environment.

“As the assessor for the group I was impressed by the overall commitment to the environment and the Green Tourism Business Scheme,” said GTBS senior grading assessor Stuart Brain. “Since their entry to the scheme the management and staff have worked hard to improve the environmental performance of each hotel.

“The group supports local environmental and social initiatives. On site each hotel has undertaken significant measures to reduce water and energy consumption as well as using fair trade products they are also committed to using local suppliers where ever possible.  Overall, a strong performance from a forward-thinking group with the potential to become leaders in British sustainable tourism.”

Staff training initiatives were also highly commended along with the hotels’ willingness to ‘give something back’ by supporting a variety of environmental and social projects.

English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues were praised for their commitment to using local food and produce. The Wild Boar Inn Grill & Smokehouse being singled out for their concentration on local meat, vegetables and beer together with an on-site purpose-built smokery.

Nevil Jeffrey, Manager of Low Wood Bay, who co-ordinated the hotels’ entries into the awards said:

At all units within English Lakes we have a dedicated Green Champion Club

‘We are very pleased with the results of the accreditation. Each of our hotels has worked incredibly hard to ensure that we are as environmentally and energy efficient as possible.

“The awards acknowledge the hard work of all of our staff and the commitment of our guests to greener tourism also. We will continue to work hard to make further improvements and ensure our impact on the environment is as small as possible.”

The Midland, Storrs Hall and Waterhead each achieved a silver award for their efforts.

Waterhead, in Ambleside, was praised by the assessor for its use of local food ensuring “guests get a taste of the Lakes”. The Midland, in Morecambe, was praised for its staff being well informed and trained in sustainability, and Storrs Hall, in Windermere, was also praised for its reduction of waste in energy and water, as well as having an extensive vegetarian menu.

The English Lakes Group was given an overall Silver Award and was lauded for the enthusiam and strong management within the company, its reduction of waste, giving back to social and environmental projects – such as more than £100,000 to Nurture Lakeland – replacing water bottles with water coolers, good recycling and the use of some LED lighting, among other initiatives.

You can find out more information about our commitment to the environment, sustainable tourism and our policies on our website.