Tour of Britain … close to the action!

Chris Chapman Tour of Britain Competition winner

Chris Chapman Tour of Britain Competition winner

The following guest blog was written by Chris Chapman a competition winner who won a 2 night break a Low Wood Bay and  the opportunity to follow the race in one of the official Tour of Britain Race cars as the race passed through Cumbria in September.

Monday morning early and I’m in the car travelling across the fells to Carlisle.  The riders are signing on as I arrive.  This is where my involvement with the race would normally end but today is different.  Thanks to my competition prize I am a passenger in one of the official cars leading out the riders through the streets of Carlisle.  Then we head out towards the west; police motorcyclists zooming ahead to control the traffic, team cars with racks of bikes on their roofs, cameramen on motorbikes, all part of the cavalcade.

Then the rain started; driving soaking rain with a whipping wind off the sea.  Did it deter the spectators? No chance!  Full marks to the people of Cumbria for turning out in their thousands to cheer on the cyclists.  Such enthusiasm – even a passenger like me in the official car got the treatment, and my arms got tired with waving to cheering crowds as if I was royalty.  The school children were out in force; from the tiny tots in their matching hi-viz vests, smiling and waving, right through to the senior pupils, enjoying the occasion and undaunted by the driving rain.  Continue reading

Ten Facts About Windermere and The Lake District

1. What’s in a Name?

The name ‘Windermere’ is made up of two words, ‘mere’ the Old English word for a body of water and the old Norse name ‘Vinandr’. We do not know who this character Vinandr was, but presumably somebody with a rather large ego who looked out over the lake one day and decided it belonged to him. Guests at Low Wood Bay and Waterhead can readily enjoy Vinandr’s view in a more civilized way over a nice glass of Chardonnay!

English: Lake Windermere,Lake District

Windermere, Lake District (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2. Fluffy grey sheep

Another inheritance from our Viking forefathers are the grey sheep that you will see dotted around the fells. These are the now native Cumbrian Herdwick sheep prized for their robust health and their ability to live solely on forage. The wool quality has unique qualities relating to durability – thick bristle type fibres forming a protective barrier layer in blizzards. They have been known to survive under a blanket of snow for three days while eating their own wool! Continue reading

‘Name our Boats’ Competition Winners

We’ve been hiring motor boats on Windermere since 1984 here at Low Wood Bay Watersports Centre. Our brand new Kruger beta two will be the best boats on the Lake and we enlisted the help of our Facebook and Twitter followers to help name the new fleet of six boats.

The new Kruger beta two motorboat in our workshop awaiting its new name

The new Kruger beta two motorboat in our workshop awaiting its new name

Now that the entries are in, the judges have had a hard decision sifting through all of the entries. One entry which the judges really liked came from Michelle Miles who submitted “Sam” because Sam the dog is our children’s mascot for Sam’s Club. Sam is also Michelle’s eldest son’s name. Continue reading