Celebrating 60 Years of Man Being On Top Of The World

Edmund Hillary & Sherpa Tenzing (Photo credit: Horowhenua Historical Society Inc.)

Edmund Hillary & Sherpa Tenzing (Photo credit: Horowhenua Historical Society Inc.)

Being located in the Lake District, it is fair to say there are quite a few fell walkers and mountaineers amongst us here at English Lakes. Today is a special day for many hiking enthusiasts as it marks the 60th anniversary of man successfully reaching the highest point on the planet!

The first successful ascent of Mount Everest was undertaken by Sir Edmund Hillary & Sherpa Tenzing Norgay on 29 May 1953.  They were part of the ninth British expedition to Everest. Hillary was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. Continue reading

Holiday Book Review: Haweswater by Sarah Hall

Story telling at it's best - Sarah Halls' debut novel

Story telling at it’s best – Sarah Halls’ debut novel

Sarah Halls’ first novel, Haweswater, is not for the faint hearted. It is a vivid picture of life, love, and death, of the small village of Mardale, in the Lake District. It is set in the 1930s, and it revolves around the intense and passionate life of Jannette Lightburn, her family, and community.

The town, cradled in its remote dale, is changed when in 1936, a representative, Jack Liggett, from Manchester Waterworks, arrives with plans of an impending new dam and reservoir. Janet is revolted by this man and his plans, yet is savagely attracted to him, and he to her, with her wild feral presence, and fierce love of her family, valley, and all that live in it. The love affair that they pursue, leads only to despair, and heartache for those caught up in its wake. Continue reading

Video: Artisan Brewed Coffee at Waterhead

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At Waterhead we are always looking for new ideas to improve what we do by using innovative and creative methods. After doing some research we wanted to find a way of producing the freshest coffee for our customers.

Mark Needham and the team traveled to Limini Coffee in Bradford to learn how to use a new Roastilino coffee roaster which we have just installed so everyday we can expertly roast the finest selected Arabica coffee beans for our guests.

For our new coffee roaster, we source beans from some of the best coffee growers around the world from Brazil, Kenya, Guatemala, Ethiopia and many others. These are purchased as Green beans, which is basically raw coffee beans.

We expertly roast everyday which gives us the freshest artisan brewed coffee in the Lake District. Soon our customers will be able to enjoy there favourite coffee in the Bar and Grill whilst taking in the breathtaking views over Windermere.

Lake District named Dream Spot in Kayaking Poll

A recent poll ran as part of a competition by Sitons has found the Lake District to be one of the UK’s top five dream kayaking locations.

The poll was taken as part of a December competition for watersport fanatics to win a GoPro Hero II camera. Over 500 entrants were asked where would be their dream place to kayak.

Kayaking on Lake Windermere, the Lake District

Kayaking on Lake Windermere, the Lake District

The Lake District ranked an impressive 3rd place out of the UK locations, mentioned numerous times alongside hundreds of worldwide-renowned kayaking spots. Continue reading

Seen Send: the Next Generation of Art inspired by the Lake District

Low Wood Wonder inspired by @cumbrianblondie

Low Wood Wonder inspired by @cumbrianblondie

We love the Lake District and we are always on the lookout for new photography from our guests and visitors to the national park to share and inspire. Artist, J.A.C has taken the search for local photography one step further and is inviting walkers and photographers to share the images they capture.

By using the hashtag #seensend on twitter users can send their images to J.A.C. who will select three that inspire him the most. He will send the winner a copy of the art they have influenced free of charge.

SeenSend rewards people who share wonderful places via social media with art. Continue reading

Visitor Giving is Win, Win, Win!

Bluebells at Barbooth Lot

Bluebells at Barbooth Lot

Research has shown that visitors to the Lake District want to contribute to the beautiful environment that keeps them coming back time after time.

“Tourists in the 21st century are likely to base their choices in travel and tourism on environmental protection and social responsibility” British Tourism Framework Review.

We love where we live and work. Our family of hotels are all located in beautiful corners of Lancashire and Cumbria, with either stunning Lake views, ancient woodland, the Trough of Bowland on the doorstep and on Morecambe Bay an area of outstanding natural beauty. Continue reading

Holiday Book Review: The Grave Tattoo

Holiday Book review of Val McDermid's Lake District based Thriller

Holiday Book review of Val McDermid’s Lake District based Thriller

Before setting off on holiday, I like to try to read a novel either about the place I am visiting or by a local author. I don’t mind if the details of the plot are factually correct or if the author has used artistic license, I am more interested in soaking up an atmosphere or the ‘sense’ of a place; a preparation for discovery.

For visitors to the Lake District, Val McDermid does this in her psychological suspense thriller The Grave Tattoo.  She mixes history, literature and murder most foul wrapped up in the culture and heritage of Wordsworth country. Many of the place names are actual – Lancaster, Kendal, Keswick, Coniston –Dove Cottage, Grasmere and even Zefferelli’s cinema in Ambleside get a mention. Continue reading