Great North Swim Tips with Cassie Patten: From Pool to Outdoor Swimming

In the first of our video blogs in the lead up to the Great North Swim, Cassie Patten, open water Olympic Bronze and two times World Silver Medalist meet 12 year old Taylor Aplin and gives her some tips on making the transition from pool swimming to the outdoors in the open water of Windermere. Continue reading “Great North Swim Tips with Cassie Patten: From Pool to Outdoor Swimming”

Cassie Patten’s Open Water Great North Swim Tips

In the lead up to the Great North Swim, we welcome Cassie Patten back to Low Wood Bay. Ahead of the Great North Swim, Cassie met novice and experienced open water swimmers and provided advice with a question and answer session.  Continue reading “Cassie Patten’s Open Water Great North Swim Tips”

5 Easy Walks with Children in The Lake District

There is so much to see and do in the Lake District, so whether you are here on a short hotel break in the Lakes or just visiting the area for the day, here are five of our favourite easy walks with children. Continue reading “5 Easy Walks with Children in The Lake District”

10 Top Tips for Exciting Lake District Walks with Children

In theory, walking with children in The Lake District should be a delight and a family bonding activity. However, the reality can sometimes fall a little short.

If memory serves me correctly (and it is a few years ago now), getting my young children out on a family walk in the Lake District could be as painful as sticking pins in my eyes! Apart from the initial wails of protest followed by the multitudinous reasons why they couldn’t possibly join their parents on a pleasant Sunday afternoon stroll, there was the inevitable and literal dragging of heels and the prolonged sulks which seemed to evaporate only as we reached our tea shop destination.

Despite the initial moans and groans, once the kids are out in the fresh air they soon discover there is so much to explore. So if you are planning a family day out here are our top 10 suggestions that might be worth experimenting with … Continue reading “10 Top Tips for Exciting Lake District Walks with Children”

Raf’s Winter Lake District Nature Frame

Whilst not at work in his role as Low Wood Bay Maintenance Engineer, Raf has been out and about capturing some stunning Lake District winter images. We think you will agree it was worth wrapping up warm and braving the temperatures to share some of his favourite views with us. Continue reading “Raf’s Winter Lake District Nature Frame”

Start your Coast to Coast Cycle at The Midland

The Way of the Roses is one of the UK’s great coast to coast cycle routes. Best cycled from west to east to take advantage of the prevailing winds and favourable gradients, traditionally you start by dipping your back wheel in the Irish Sea at Morecambe and finish when your front wheel splashes in the North Sea at Bridlington. Continue reading “Start your Coast to Coast Cycle at The Midland”

Blencathra – An Emotional Ownership

Lancaster House General Manager and keen fell walker, Tim Bell, tells us why this mountain is deserving of a special place in his heart.

Growing up in the North Cumbrian town of Penrith, the view directly west from my home was the distinctive and unique shape of “Saddleback”, or better known as “Blencathra”. It rises majestically and powerfully on its own from the gently undulating, low-lying moors which separate Keswick and the market town where I spent the first 18 years of my life. Continue reading “Blencathra – An Emotional Ownership”