Top Five Car-Free Days Out from Ambleside

We are delighted to introduce you to Dr and Mrs Eagle, regular guests to Waterhead. They share with us their top 5 car-free days out from the hotel in Ambleside, which adds to a relaxing stay in the Lake District. 

Waterhead Hotel
Waterhead Hotel

Having tried lots of places over the years Waterhead remains our favourite. It’s a luxurious break without the guess work of whether the bed will be comfy or the quality of food and wine or if the staff are friendly.  I’m quite fussy and like a quiet room, thick curtains and a powerful shower. Add to this a stunning view, fluffy towels and bathrobes, a library of DVDs, gingerbread and freshly roasted coffee! All of this adds up to a really relaxing break and that is why we keep coming back.

We love just parking the car when we arrive and then ignoring it for the duration of our stay. Here are out top five picks for car-free outings from Waterhead:

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Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder!

My very first attempt at watercolours under the guidance of Dawn.

It was with a sense of excitement and, I confess, trepidation that I arrived at Waterhead for a weekend of Lake District Watercolour Painting. Signing up for something like this can feel a little like putting your creative neck on the line!

Testing the water over dinner on the Friday evening, I tentatively threw out a line about having not ever really done anything like this before. I was pleasantly surprised, and not a little relieved, to discover that we were all novices, and all nervous about our impending foray into the world of paint, colour, tone, perspectives and vanishing points.  Having established our common fragility, we relaxed and enjoyed a sumptuous three-course meal whilst Dawn Pretty, our artist in residence, outlined what the weekend might hold, promising us that we would all have a work of art to hang on our wall by the end of the weekend. Continue reading “Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder!”

Swallows and Amazons – Ten Interesting Facts about the Book and the Author

The reviews on early showings of the eagerly anticipated Swallows & Amazons re-make are starting to trickle out. It has got to be said that not all are convinced that the vision of ‘capturing the imagination of the Harry Potter generation’ will be realised with this spiced up, ‘white-knuckle-ride adventure’ version of the treasured Arthur Ransome novel. Continue reading “Swallows and Amazons – Ten Interesting Facts about the Book and the Author”

5 Lake District Fell Walks from Waterhead

May is National Walking Month, so time to get the walking boots out and take to the hills to blow away any cobwebs clinging from a winter of hibernation. Waterhead is the perfect location for reaching some great routes and spectacular scenery. We’ve chosen five our of favourites to help you plan your ascent. (All of these can be found on OS Map: O/S 1.25,000 OL7 The English Lakes South East) Continue reading “5 Lake District Fell Walks from Waterhead”

Low Wood Bay Hosts National Geographic Adventurer of the Year at WOWSA Awards

On 5th February 2016 we are delighted to be welcoming to Low Wood Bay, Lewis Gordon Pugh, environmental adventurer, and guest speaker at the World Open Water Swimming Awards hosted by ChillSwim. Continue reading “Low Wood Bay Hosts National Geographic Adventurer of the Year at WOWSA Awards”

8 Christmas Gifts Ideas that Don’t Cost the Earth

Looking for something different to give this Christmas? We know how difficult it can be to give a really special gift, especially ones that Don’t Cost the Earth. Here’s some inspiration…
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Holiday Book Review – See More

There’s plenty of literature around these days that can make motorists feel that they are gas guzzling galumphs bent on desecrating the landscape. Especially in places of outstanding beauty like the Lake District. It’s refreshing, therefore, to find a publication that is dedicated simply to the wonder of what can be discovered when using bus, bicycle, boat and boots – without lashings of guilt trip on the side. Continue reading “Holiday Book Review – See More”