Cycle link across Windermere now a reality

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.

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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

Winter Open Water Swimming – remind me why this was a good idea?

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

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

An enchanting, walk over a Lancashire Landmark

Tim Bell, General Manager of Lancaster House discovers a family-friendly day-out with a difference close to the hotel.

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By its very reputation, The Lake District will always lend itself naturally to the great pastime of walking.

But just down the road in North Lancashire, the walking culture is just as vibrant. The Trough of Bowland in particular offers stunning scenery and a plethora of accessible walking routes to rival many of Lakeland’s classic rambles here on the doorstep of Lancaster House. Continue reading

My favourite winter walk: Braithwaite to Grisedale Pike

Lancaster-based Tim Bell, shares one of his favourite Winter Walks.

Leaving Grisedale Pike

Leaving Grisedale Pike

Personally, I’ve always preferred the winter for heading up into the Cumbrian fells. Before heading out the door with the courteous “see you later, I’m off for a walk”. As the front door closes behind me, the inevitable “OK, But Be Careful” advice is offered emphatically from upstairs.

I am prepared. I’ve done the right courses, listened to the instructors, bought the right equipment and am now able to confidently and safely reap the benefits of a Lakeland Winter.

Before I tempt you further, be sure to read my previous blog: 3 Essentials to remember when winter walking in the Lake District. Continue reading

Photos of Lancaster & Morecambe from a Typhoon Fighter Jet

RAF Typhoon Aircraft (Credit: UK Ministry of Defence)

RAF Typhoon Aircraft (Credit: UK Ministry of Defence)

Here at English Lakes we love to show off the beauty of the local area we have the pleasure of living and working in. Previously we have blogged about the fantastic photography of the Lake District and Lancashire taken from the International Space Station by Canadian astronaut, Chris Hadfield.

Earlier this week we came across a selection of aerial images taken a little closer to Earth. BEA Systems stunning trials photographer, Chris Ryding, captured aerial pictures of Lancaster and Morecambe from the cockpit of a Eurofighter Typhoon jet.

At sea level the jet can reach speeds of Mach 1.25 (1,470 km/h or 910 mph) and they can be regularly seen throughout Lancashire and Cumbria while on test flights from BAE Warton.
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Festival of Smoke – Sunday 16th March at The Wild Boar

Festival of Smoke – Sunday 16th March From 11.30am

FREE entry to see and sample everything that is The Wild Boar!

The Wild Boar Inn, Grill & Smokehouse is set in the ancient beauty of the Gilpin Valley, with 72 acres of private woodland and a beautiful tarn. A very special and traditional Lake District Inn which has a long earned reputation for classic British cuisine.

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The Wild Boar has taken local provenance to a new level with its own onsite Smokehouse and microbrewery – The Brewhouse. As well as its own real ales, The Wild Boar has created a Whisky Club following and has over 100 of the best international malt whiskies.

Come along to our Festival of Smoke on Sunday 16th March to see and sample everything that is The Wild Boar! FREE entry to join the fun. 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