Holiday Book Review: From High Heels to High Hills

From High Heels to High Hills: One Woman Walking the Lake District - in Her Own Style

From High Heels to High Hills: One Woman Walking the Lake District – in Her Own Style

It was the cover of this sassy book that first caught my attention and captured my imagination. I had toyed with the idea of packing a day sack and heading to the hills for some months but always stopped just short of planning a route. I’m not sure if that was because it was just easier to enjoy the view across Lake Windermere and the hills beyond on the drive to work but, more likely, a lack of confidence fuelled by the many thoughts that assailed my mind – ‘you are not outdoorsy enough’; ‘you will get lost and end up having to call out mountain rescue’; ‘people like you should stick to tea rooms and garden centres’.

Whatever the reason, my interest was piqued by the pair of spotty red, white and blue Dune stilettos (mud photo-shopped on!) pointing resolutely towards a magnificent Lakeland mountain scene and taking centre stage on the cover of From High Heels to High Hills. Tanya Oliver was obviously a lady after my own heart! Continue reading

Wimbledon – Cheering for the Czechs

Adam, at The Wild Boar, was first introduced to tennis when he was a small child growing up in the city of Ostrava in the Czech Republic. Tennis is a very popular sport in the country and him, his Dad and brothers had lots of choice when it came to choosing clay tennis courts in the area.  Continue reading

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