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A Family Day Out to Ingleton Waterfalls

Naturally, as a Cumbrian-based company, we’re a little biased sometimes celebrating the seasonally changing beauty and countryside of the Lake District. Lancaster House also lies just 20 miles from another great National Park, the Yorkshire Dales, and I’ve been out with my family exploring one of the jewels in the Yorkshire crown.

A little under half an hour’s drive from the hotel is the picture-postcard village of Ingleton. Home to many a quaint gift shop, tea room, but also one of the Yorkshire Dales’ most iconic attractions, the famous Waterfalls walk.

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Low Wood Bay Home of Sticky Toffee Pudding?

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.

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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

Inspiring Art … Green – After Monet

Artist Patsy Derry

Artist Patsy Derry

Patsy Derry is our second featured artist living and working in close proximity to our Lake District Hotels. Patsy’s beautiful and intriguing photograph will be hanging at Waterhead’s Reception area between February and April.

“Unfortunately, I can’t remember exactly where I took this photograph, so my outdoor photography always involves a bit of a quest to rediscover the location”! Continue reading

3 Essentials to remember when winter walking in the Lake District

Keen fell-walker Tim Bell, explains why there’s plenty to consider before heading up the Lake District Mountains this winter.

Personally, I’ve always preferred the colder months for heading up into the Cumbrian fells. My friends and family still look at me in a baffled way when, on a cold, bleak winters morning, I’m up before the day breaks, preparing a big flask of soup, before heading out the door with the courteous “see you later, I’m off for a walk”. As I close the front door behind me, the inevitable “OK, But Be Careful” advice is offered emphatically from upstairs.

Snow Topped Lake District Fells

Snow Topped Lake District Fells

And “Careful” I will be. For I know all too well the dangers that those picture-perfect, snow-capped mountains can hide. They might be beautiful and hugely alluring with a crisp, white coat, but head into them without the right preparation and your day might not turn out as planned!

Now don’t get me wrong. It’s not my intention to paint a picture of danger and inevitable doom. By following a few simple pointers, you can achieve the right balance of a safe and rewarding day out in the fells. Continue reading

Holiday Book Review: Felltarn Friends – fun for all the family!

How many of us have dreamed of writing and publishing a children’s book? Me, for one!

Now tell me, how many of us have actually achieved it? Sadly, I’m sure like many others, not me! However, meet two plucky women from Cumbria who had that dream and in December 2013 picked up the proof that the dream had become a reality.

Claire Mansfield and Amy Onyango are the creators of Felltarn Friends, a children’s activity book that will keep younger members of the family amused for hours on end and, I predict, will be ‘best friend’ to all visiting families to The Lake District who come across this little gem.

The dream becomes a reality. Amy and Claire with their newly published book

The dream becomes a reality. Amy and Claire with their newly published book

Cleverly crafted and beautifully illustrated, this 96-page book is literally packed with things to learn, craft and colour and discover. Claire and Amy have meticulously researched activities and family days out in the area, ably assisted by their children aged between 2 and 10. Continue reading

English Lake District – inspiring art

Jean Grazier begins our series of blogs from artists living and working in close proximity to our Lake District hotels. In December through to February we will feature one of Jean’s paintings in our Reception area at the Waterhead in Ambleside.

Lake Windermere from Borrans Park, very close to Waterhead

Displayed at Reception, painting of Lake Windermere from Borrans Park, very close to Waterhead

“I was born in Manchester and my interest in painting began early whilst at school. However, it wasn’t until retirement to the Lake District that I found the opportunity to renew my school-day passion for painting. Various workshops and courses were then pursued in order to develop my skills. My tutors included the late pastellist, Christopher Asheton-Stones and Tiana Marie who taught and supervised my O.C.N.W. course. Courses in botanical illustration at the Lakeland Horticultural Society at Holehird, Windermere, as well as at Higham Hall, contributed to my interest in floral painting”. Continue reading