Celebrate World Gin Day 2017 at Fredericks Cockermouth

fredericks bar cockermouthWorld Gin Day is fast approaching and it is certainly set to be the biggest and most celebrated yet. The date – Saturday June 10th 2017 with tastings and events happening worldwide.

Gin has had a massive revival in recent years and it must be said, even the makers could not have predicted just how big and popular gin has become not just in the UK but throughout the world.
At Fredericks Lounge Bar & Restaurant in Cockermouth, gin is the super refreshing drink or aperitif for many visitors and diners.

Along with artisan tonics and mixers, different herbal flavourings and accompaniments and the diverse choice of gins, it is one of the most popular drinks served at this bar in Cockermouth. There is now a gin for everyone from the traditional juniper botanicals to those with tasting notes of lemon and coriander.

At Fredericks gins are available from all over the world but even more exciting some distilled just 10 miles away. Choose from 10 different gins including the famous Scottish gin Hendricks (great with slices to cucumber) through to lesser known Mare from the Mediterranean (Fredericks like to serve Mare with mango and Fever Tree Mediterranean tonic). Excitingly close to home are three Lake District distilled gins that are not just loved by locals but by bar and restaurant owners and gin lovers throughout the UK. Representing the Lake District is the fabulous Bedrock Gin as well as their Export Strength. Bedrock goes fantastically well with lime and basil and of course Fever Tree tonic.

The gin revolution has further been confirmed with the vast choice of tonic waters now available. Fever Tree is absolutely the brand to mix right now with exciting flavours including the Mediterranean above or the elderflower.

It doesn’t matter what the weather brings on June 10th at Fredericks in Cockermouth. Sip in the sun outside on one of the relaxing outdoor tables or stay inside in the stylish lounge bar. To book a table and to view the full list of gins and food available, visit https://frederickscockermouth.co.uk

Grasmere prepares for the cycling sportive of the year, the Fred Whitton!

cycling grasmere lake district

As the adventure capital of the UK, Cumbria – the Lake District holds its fair share of events and sportives for those more active types especially cyclists. From now until September there is a steady stream of cycle sportives to suit a variety of abilities but many learn towards the hardcore cyclist out there. It’s quite obvious when you think about it due to the nature of the roads and Lake District terrain.

The biggest most popular and most famous of the Lake District cycling races is the Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge, challenge being the operative word.

The Fred Whitton is a gruelling 110 mile race at nearly 100 feet per mile. Starting and finishing in Grasmere at the Sports Field taking in nearly every Lake District pass with the utterly ridiculous Hardknott Pass with its 30% gradient thrown in towards the end. Scenic it is so for spectators and support teams there are far worse places to be stood around, the scenery however is not a factor for the riders! At the finish, plenty of wobbly legs and hugs from friends and relatives, everyone with a look of joy that it had finally come to an end with many saying “I never want to see that bike again”. Despite this, most people don’t just do it once and it is one of the most entered and oversubscribed cycling events in the country!

There are many of these lunatics that are local to Cumbria and the Lake District but a massive amount come from all over the UK which require somewhere to stay. Bicycle lovers themselves who will more than welcome and understand what has just been accomplished are Keith & Jacky of Raise View Bed & Breakfast in Grasmere. They know exactly where to go to refuel afterwards too in the many excellent restaurants and inns in Grasmere Village, just what is needed after a ride and a half!

The Fred Whitton Challenge will be taking place on May 7th 2017 and all the proceeds go to charity each with the recipients of 2017 being Macmillan Cancer Support, Duddon & Furness MRT, North West and Great North Air Ambulance and finally Millom BeSpoke BikingTM – a cycling based life enrichment project for pupils in the Millom area. “The Fred” has raised over a million pounds in the 16 years it has been held.

Head out west to the Western Lake District & Cumbrian Coast

hunday manor hotel western lakesThe western Lake District is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in the UK and which is also the location for the highest mountain in England.

The western Lake District covers a large area from the Solway Firth at the northern most tip right down to Millom. It is extremely diverse in its landscape having some of the largest mountains but also having miles of coastline. It is the most enriched areas of Cumbria but which offers real escapism from the hugely busy South Lakes.

Still on the coast and moving down to Whitehaven and Workington, the areas busiest and most central locations. Whitehaven has undergone much regeneration in the last few years and the harbour there is really worth a visit especially the biennial Whitehaven Maritime Festival. Further down the coast and you get to St Bees. St Bees has one of the best beaches in the UK. Clean sand and wonderful views towards St Bees Head.
The mountain and lake panoramas are the most dramatic of the whole of the Lake District. The market towns of Cockermouth and Keswick are havens for walkers attracting thousands of visitors each year to walk the famous and accessible fells of Skiddaw and Helvellyn. It also situated next to the beautiful piece of water, Derwentwater and only 3 miles away is Bassenthwaite. Bassenthwaite Lake is the only piece of water that is officially a “lake”. All the other bodies of water are either a “mere” or “water” for example Buttermere and Crummock Water.

Finally, panoramas do not get any better than the view from the southern end of Wastwater looking towards Great Gable, Kirk Fell and Scafell Pike, England’s highest peak. This view won “Britain’s Favourite View” a few years ago but there’s no doubt it is still the case. To add to it’s accolades, Wastwater is also the deepest lake in the Lake District at 260 feet deep.

You are sure to find an activity or attraction in the Western Lake District to suit the entire family. There is a wide variety of Lake District Attractions on offer. There are award winning visitor attractions as well as exciting new activities and many outdoor pursuits. The possibilities are endless.

Easy to access from the North, East and South are the areas of Workington and Cockermouth which provide excellent bases for exploring all of the above. Hunday Manor Hotel has stunning views, a choice of affordable rooms starting from just £95 and serves delicious food in the bar or restaurant daily. Visit http://www.hundaymanorhotel.co.uk/ for more details.

Spend Easter 2017 in the Lake District

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What better place to visit than the Lake District at Easter. Although not being the birth place of daffodils, the Lake District does represent the daffodil very well with the abundance on roadsides and in parks and the hugely famous Wordsworth poem of the same name.

The daffodil seems to epitomise the Lake District being bright, fresh and plentiful just like the open countryside, fresh air, lakes and mountains in this region. A certain Mr William Wordsworth most certainly had a fondness for them.

So it lends itself quite well to either a cheeky Easter weekend break or for a family taking advantage of the two week school holidays. For a family, it’s a great time to enjoy a full week away or even really go for it and make it two weeks.

Spring time is an excellent time to visit the Lakes. Even though is a beautiful place to visit whatever the time of year, there is something about the spring air, the colours of the landscape and the fact it really feels as though it is coming alive. Everywhere is bright green, fresh and new including the super cute lambs found in their thousands in nearly every visible field.

Easter is perfectly located in the middle of April this year, the freshness and newness will be even more evident in the Lake District and even some daffodils may be out. It is just really worth while taking advantage of the extra long Bank Holiday weekend isn’t it. Two free days off and often much needed after a long, cold winter of which this winter has been long and cold for all!

Spring heaven can be found at the Damson Dene Hotel Lake District. Their 3 night Easter break includes breakfast each morning, a 3 course evening meal in our Heron View Restaurant each evening, full use of our on-site pool and leisure facilities, Lake Windermere cruise tickets and a chocolate Easter gift. Rates start from just £399 per couple and the offer is only available to book direct. Situated in the Lyth Valley and close to Bowness, Damson Den is the perfect base for an Easter break. For more information visit http://www.damsondene.co.uk.

What A Year for Hotels in the Lake District

brimstone luxury lake district hotelWhat a year 2016 has been in the land of hotels in the Lake District and Cumbria.

Hotels have been developing, expanding and rejuvenating throughout the year and being recognised for their efforts in the form of awards both nationally and internationally.

Despite still some recession doom and gloom hanging around any business putting effort in has been rewarded with guests and recognition in the press and tourism industry it seems when it comes to the hotel sector in Cumbria. Many of them not the cheapest hotel rates in the country by any means but what a guest gets when they stay in this county if value for the money they spend. It is very similar to how consumers are now reverting to the way they shopped years purchasing from the retailers offering customers added value not just in the price but also in service and after sale support.

Brimstone Hotel on the Langdale Estate is the perfect example. Gaining national and international acclaim opening 3 years ago and even more importantly, local acclaim and approval. From journalists coming up from London and the south and reviewing very favourably to couples coming over from the North East for a special birthday or celebration, Brimstone is a hit with all.

After the first half of 2016 seeing the brand new Stove Restaurant and Bar open on the Estate to the autumn opening of the Brimstone Spa, it has been yet another revolutionary year for both Brimstone and Langdale Hotels.

The region as a whole had a great end to an already busy year with overall room occupancy it’s highest in a decade at a whopping 79.4% according to the Cumbria Tourism business report.
So keep a watch out for hotel news coming from the Lake District and Cumbria as everyone knows is already a 5 star location but now has 5 star accommodation, spa and food to match.

For more information on the Brimstone Luxury Lake District spa, visit http://www.brimstonehotel.co.uk

Eskdale – the Lake District’s Hidden Adventure Capital

eskdale lake districtEskdale combines picture postcard cottages and hamlets with dramatic Lakeland fells and a location offering activities and adventure galore.

From the Eskdale embark on walking up England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike. The views from the summit are simply stunning.

The area is a cyclist’s paradise whether it’s mountain bike or road biking routes. For road bikers then it has to be Hardknott Pass, a technical challenge or mind body and strength! Hardknott Pass leading to Wrynose Pass is the gateway to the central Lakes including the Langdale Valley too. Facts – England’s steepest road, a gradient of 30% (or 1 in 3).

For mountain bikers there are routes for all abilities from flat, bridleways and riverside tracks to downhill mayhem. With the narrow roads in the area, getting around on a bike is one of the best ways.
But let’s not forget the water activities including kayaking and caneoing, rock climbing, abseiling and more. Eskdale and the surrounding area really is adventure (and enjoyment) paradise.

Eskdale is fully geared up for groups breaks and holidays whether that be families, friends or a collection of couples. With some excellent large self catering properties to hire at rates far cheaper than the south and central lakes, it’s time to sample the wonderful Wester Lake District in 2017.

Accommodation spotlight:
Rowan Bank cottage in Eskdale, an 8 person self catering property within touching distance of the famous Woolpack Inn at the foot of Hardknott Pass. The owners also run West Lakes Adventure, activity and adventure providers. Due to open spring 2017 are two exciting eco bunkhouses in the same location each sleeping 6.

For more details on accommodation and activities visit http://www.stayineskdale.co.uk/

Coniston – At the Heart of the Lake District

coniston lake district cottages

Coniston is situated in the heart of the English Lake District with Hawkshead to the east and the western Lake District to the right and surrounded by a tremendous landscape of streams, lakes and mountains including the most famous and distinctive, Coniston Old Man. Coniston Old Man rises to 2,633 feet and can be walked in various ways to suit all abilities. Dow Crag provides some of the best rock climbing in Great Britain, while lake-shore walks to Torver are very popular. Grizedale Forest, located nearby is the ideal landscape for mountain biking, viewing the many sculptures within the forest, walking and there is a Go Ape experience there too.

Tarn Hows is a location that a huge number of visitors to the Lake District make a trip to. Its stunning setting and panorama brings some three-quarters of a million people a year to view it. This view looks almost due north across the foot of the Langdale valleys towards Helvellyn.

Coniston Water is only 10 minute walk from Coniston village. On the lake there is a Steam Yacht Gondola, a plush Victorian steam-powered yacht and the Coniston Launch. The Coniston Launch has been converted to solar-electric power and has a regular sailing timetable in the season with the ability to also hire each boat for private functions.

Synonymous with the lake is Donald Campbell. It was on Coniston Water where he lost his life attempting the world water speed record in the famous Bluebird boat. His body is now laid to rest in the local cemetery. Donald Campbell successfully broke the water speed record in 1955 but it was when he was trying to regain it in 1967 that the incident occurred. Coniston has lots of references and memorials in memory of him including information regarding him in the Ruskin Museum.

Brantwood is the home of John Ruskin. It can be visited by cruising across the lake or a pleasant walk by foot. It is a house of historical importance but also a centre for contemporary arts attracting 30,000 plus visitors each year. John Ruskin was a very influential man inspiring the founders of the welfare state, the National Health Service, the National Trust and public libraries. Brantwood is now an essential attraction to visit when in Coniston.

Coupled with the landscape, culture, activities and adventure are great places to stay especially self catering cottages. Period cottages, slate houses and country houses can all be found to rent in and around Coniston offering everything from romantic retreats for 2 up to large properties ideal for large or extended families. One of the best selections can be found at The Lakeland Cottage Company where quality if the key too. Visit
https://www.lakeland-cottage-company.co.uk/lake-district-cottages/coniston_collection/  for more information.

It’s Not Too Late to spend Christmas in the Lakes

lake district christmas breaksLeaving holiday bookings to the last minute is common practice for today’s traveller. However there are certain times of the year when just a little bit of prior planning and booking may be necessary, most notably Christmas.

For many reasons even booking to go away for Christmas may be a late decision but it is getting quite near now, just a month away in fact!

Busy schedules on the run up to Christmas are inevitable but some prospective Christmas travellers may be simply holding out for a bargain. Yes, there are offers but lets face facts, it is Christmas and understandably one of the most expensive times to go away.

Yet the Lake District for example could make Christmas more than extra special. Booking a holiday cottage is the ideal solution whether being booked for 2 or 12. Imagine a walk up the fells on a crisp Christmas morning before settling down to a delicious festive dinner. Naturally, a holiday cottage will enable guests to make dinner themselves but there is an amazing choice of restaurants and hotels who serve Christmas dinner too.

Many holiday cottage agencies have availability for the Christmas week and some have opened up the remaining selection for short breaks too. Filling guests with even more festive cheer is The Lakeland Cottage Company who are offering 20% discount on Christmas short breaks and full weeks in their cottages located in Coniston, Ullswater, Windermere and Cartmel. All would be quite simply stunning places to create and enjoy the most memorable of Christmas celebration with friends, family or just the two of you. Visit https://www.lakeland-cottage-company.co.uk/ for more details and to book.

Warming offers this winter at Grasmere hotel

grasmere hotel winter offers

Oak Bank Hotel in Grasmere village is offering two fabulous winter warming offers. Choose from stay 3 nights and only pay for 2 and stay 4 nights and only pay for 3 from November 6th until February 9th 2017.

Choose to have a pre Christmas escape and be treated to Grasmere village all trimmed up and super Christmassy. The choice of shops, most independent means any last minute shopping can be done at the same time. Grasmere has an excellent selection of retailers from Lake District gift and crafts to outdoor clothing, books and not forgetting the famous Grasmere Gingerbread shop.

After Christmas get away from it all in January in full relaxation, the perfect antidote to a hectic festive and New Year period. Sit back and relax with no washing up!

After shopping, exploring the area, heading up one of the many fells on the doorstep, head back to Oak Bank, relax in front of the real log fire in the lounge with pre dinner drinks before enjoying the 2 AA Rosette food prepared by Head Chef Stephen Collier.

Changing with the seasons and making the most of the local produce found on Oak Bank’s doorstep, dining at the hotel from breakfast through to dinner is a real delight. Head Chef Stephen is a desert master, look out for his delicate use of the very now Douglas Fir.

The offer equates to just £65.33 a night per room midweek through November, December, January & early February. The only stipulation is that guests on the warming winter offer 3 for 2 or 4 for 3 deal dine in the restaurant a minimum of 2 or 3 times respectively. Being such a renowned hotel for its food with most guests choosing Oak Bank for this very reason, both new and returning guests will have the best of breaks.

For more information, to check availability and to book visit, http://www.lakedistricthotel.co.uk

Kendal #theplacetobe for the Lakes Comic Art Fest this October

comic art festival kendal

Taking place over three days in October 14 – 16, the Lakes International Comic Art Festival is the only event of its kind in the UK gaining more and more critical acclaim every year. 2016 will be the fourth festival and the biggest yet.

2016 has been a huge year for Cumbria and the Lake District with celebrations up and down the county to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter. The Lakes Conic Art fest is also taking part through the competition “Beatrix Potter Reimagined”. This exiting competition which closed on September 1st was open to all students of the arts to reimagine the characters, tales or artwork of Beatrix Potter by giving it a modern or unusual twist in a comic art style. The winners have been selected and the works are most definitely going to be one of the highlights of the festival.

Over the three days and in various locations around Kendal will be both free and ticketed events with something for any age. Gain insights into comic artists working, take part in workshops and demonstrations or look around the many pop up art venues across the town.

View and download the full programme of events via the festival website here, http://www.comicartfestival.com/about/.

Looking for accommodation? The Riverside Hotel in Kendal has parking, offers good value for money rooms and is close to the train station. It also has a bar and restaurant and is just a 2 minute walk into the centre of Kendal.

Nearly 550 Tripadvisor 5 star excellent ratings for Lake District B&B

cuckoo brow lake district b&b

The Cuckoo Brow Inn at Far Sawrey has had a tremendously busy summer and it seems their customers and guests have been busy too, giving 5 star excellemt ratings and glowing reviews on Tripadvisor.

Just 3 more 5 star reviews will take this traditional Lake District inn to s staggering 550 first class reviews. “Friendly”, “welcoming”, “great food”, “lovely staff” are just some of the review headlines.

The Cuckoo Brow Inn continues its growth in popularity and guest numbers year on year since its change of ownership and refurbishment. The Inn has a lot to live up to due to its location in the peaceful and stunningly beautiful village of Far Sawrey, the once home of Beatrix Potter and where her house can still be visited owned and maintained by the National Trust. Nearby Hawkshead is a typical and true Lake District village offering plenty to see and do but what brings so many to stay at the Cuckoo Brow is the walking of the many fells surrounding the Inn.

Cuckoo Brows approach of Muddy boots, children and dogs welcome has created a relaxed atmosphere yet they have combined it with first class service, decor and food. Only the very best, local produce is used with traditional dishes, some given a little twist, but all delicious. The local real ales on offer are always a hit whether dropping in for a drink post walk or whilst staying over in one of 14 refurbished bedrooms. All en-suite, twin, double and family rooms are available.

For accommodation availability and all the information regarding bar, food and rooms at The Cuckoo Brow Lake District B&B visit http://www.cuckoobrow.co.uk

Walking and wildlife gems throughout October in and around Grange over Sands

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During October and organised and led by Cumbria Wildlife Trust are two Conservation Work Parties in the Grange over Sands area. The work parties held throughout Cumbria offer the chance to be educated and learn about each special location whilst at the same time helping to save and conserve rare species and habitats within it.

Firstly on Thursday October 6th the location is Brown Robin Nature Reserve. Brown Robin is a very special site with superb views of Morecambe Bay. Within the reserve you’ll be rewarded with fungi, sites of geological and historical interest, spring flowers and wildflowers and the spectacular view. From 9.30 am until 4pm those attending the work party will have the chance of experiencing various tasks including coppicing at this varied nature reserve above Grange-over-Sands learning some traditional forest management techniques.

Before winter arrives then it’s really worth doing one or all of the Morecambe Bay Partnership Seldom Seen walks. A set of 5 maps has been developed by Barrow-based artists Art Gene covering Morecambe Bay, to help you explore from Walney Island near Barrow-in-Furness in South Cumbria, all around the estuaries to Cockerham, south of Lancaster in north Lancashire. The Flookburgh to Humphrey Head is of particular interest and great when staying in Gramge over Sands. Uncover ancient sites, explore the fishing and shipbuilding heritage and immerse yourself in this unique corner of Britain and especially the compelling landscape.

Bay Villa bed and breakfast in Grange over Sands makes for a relaxing place to unwind after enjoyable but also packed days of conservation or walking. The breakfast will certainly set guests up for a full day out. Rooms start from £125.

Still chance to celebrate 150 years of Beatrix Potter in the Lake District

beatrix potter lake windermere

If you missed celebrating the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter during the summer then it’s still not too late to do so in and around Windermere.

Hill Top, her home for so many years and now owned and maintained by The National Trust are continuing the 150th celebrations with the exclusive after hours Hill Top Showcase Tours and day Garden Tours taking place during October. The garden and shop are open daily throughout the whole year with the house closing for the winter on October 30th and also every Friday. Visit https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hill-top for more details and to book.

Moving onto the Old Laundry Theatre in Bowness and “Meeting Bea” a theatre production by Eric Pringle is on daily from September 16th until October 9th; after ‘Miss Potter’… Meeting Bea … a new life… a new love… two uninvited guests shatter her peace. Beatrix Potter, now Mrs William Heelis.

Also at the Old Laundry Theatre on October 30 is the Beatrix Potter Magic Lantern Show with Afternoon Tea. Enjoy an exquisite traditional afternoon tea, and join Beatrix Potter as she educates, entertains and enthrals us with her Victorian “Magic-Lantern Show. Tickets should be booked in advance, £14 for adults, £10 for children via http://www.oldlaundrytheatre.co.uk/.

Every day except Christmas there’s also the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction in Bowness which is worth walking around for any Beatrix Potter fan but definitely a fun filled experience for children. Looking ahead to half term and look out for special events going on there.

Windermere is really geared up for families with so much to see and do, boredom is not a factor. Both Windermere and Bowness have an array of places to eat catering for just about all tastes from Italian to Thai and Greek and even British!

Where to stay?
The Newby Bridge Hotel in the Lake District at the southern end of Lake Windermere is family friendly, offers great value for money accommodation and serves tasty food.

Warming luxury at Brimstone Hotel at Langdale this winter

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If the thought of the short days and cold weather is filling you full of dread as we approach winter, fear not, the luxury brimstone Hotel on the Langdale Estate is just the antidote to all of those worries.

Brimstone Hotel on The Langdale Estate offer a superb year round offer, 20% off all room rates if booked 30 days or more in advance in order to feel warm, soothed and relaxed and ready to take on winter. This equates to these luxury rooms starting at a very reasonable £240 per night which includes breakfast, access to The Reading Room (full of complimentary food and drink goodies to enjoy during the stay) and use of the Berghaus boot room.

The spacious rooms are spaces where hours can be enjoyed. Intelligent lighting and heating ensures that no matter what the weather is like outside, the climate and ambiance is just right. If it’s really nippy the real log fire can be lit. Step outside onto the vast, private balcony to take in some fresh, Lake District air and before too long be out on the fells kitted out from head to toe in the latest, free to borrow, Berghaus walking kit from the Brimstone Berghaus Bootroom.

Stove the brand new dining experience on the Langdale Estate is the place for great food and drinks, all day, every day. Choose to have breakfast there or have it in the comfort of the Brimstone suite.
With a reputation for relaxed luxury with minimum disturbance, Brimstone Hotel can only be booked direct. For full details and availability visit http://www.brimstonehotel.co.uk or call 015394 38062.

New Lake District holiday cottage – Enjoy staying in the West Wing

luxury lake district cottageThis new property has the grandeur expected for a luxury, 5 star holiday property yet with the modern design, fixtures, fittings that suit today’s Lake District self catering guests.

The West Wing of Summer Hill House is luxury personified offering accommodation for up to eight people fusing modern with period in a show stopping restoration and development. The exterior wows as much as the interior with extensive, communal landscaped gardens as well as a private garden just for Summer Hill guests.

The location of the quiet and peaceful Spark Bridge, perfectly situated for exploring Coniston Water, Lake Windermere but so too the pretty South Cumbria villages such as Cartmel. Just a short walk from Summer Hill are two lovely village pubs both serving local real ales and food daily. There are walks right from the property but a 10 minute drive will take guests to the southern tip of Coniston Water.
Very accessible from the motorway for travelling to and from, it is just half an hour from Junction 36 of the M6.

Our tip: This would make the ideal place to spend Christmas in luxury with friends or family and it’s available too for a week break starting December 21st.

To check availability for Summer Hill, to book and for full details visit, https://www.lakeland-cottage-company.co.uk/lake-district-cottage/summer_hill.

Izzy Twizy let’s get busy in the Lake District!

langdale lake district hotel twizy hire

We are in the midst of experiencing the hottest September on record with dry, above average weather looking to continue further for the next few days. Early autumn is one of the best times of the year to visit the Lake District for a relaxing break after the school summer holidays yet still with some length to the days.

Although the British weather can be unpredictable no matter what time of the year it is, September into early October gives the chance for long days outdoors enjoying the Lake District fells for walking, cycling, sailing and even alternative ways of driving thanks to electric car hire.

Electric car hire but with a different o many, a Renault Twizy. Small, compact, perfect for two and the best way in which to travel along the multitude of mountain passes in the Lake District. These vehicles enable visitors staying in the south and central Lake District to visit the Western Lakes taking in Wrynose and Hardknott Passes. Renault Twizy’s can be hired from the Langdale Hotel and are just the best form of travel over these narrow passes. Head over these historic roads and reach attractions such as La’al Ratty, the miniature steam train which runs from Eskdale to Ravenglass by the sea and western fells. Charging points can be found at Eskdale to top up before returning to the Langdale Valley.

Another great drive and destination in a Langdale hired Twizy is over Kirkstone Pass and to Ullswater where a cruise on one of the Ullswater Steamers can be enjoyed. Another fantastic day out and the views when heading down Kirkstone Pass in the valley are stunning.

Langdale Hotel have a fleet of Twizy’s that can be hired from the hotel reception for just £10 per hour. A valid drivers licence is required to be shown and the rate includes membership of Co-Wheels. For accommodation then this Lake District Hotel has a variety of room choices starting at £125 per room or alternatively rent one of the self catering lodges, cottages or apartments for 3, 4 or 7 nights. Full details of all the accommodation options and Twizy hire details can be found by visiting http://www.langdale.co.uk.

Three tasty reasons to stay at one Windermere hotel

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Windermere is becoming more and more of a foodie destination as the weeks go by. What a choice of places to dine there are both in stand alone restaurants and restaurants within hotels.

It is definitely something the owners and head chef at Applegarth Villa Hotel & Restaurant have noticed and they have more than stepped up to the plate to offer their diners, residents and non residents, an even better gastronomic experience.

Local, seasonal produce are the buzz words up and down the country at the moment which is so good to hear. It’s what we should be eating as much as possible for it’s sustainability, support of local businesses, freshness and goodness. Here are three great reasons to visit and stay in a hotel that understands all this:

Reason 1 – Breakfast, the most important meal of the day. Here are two different breakfast options offered by Applegarth Villa, Cumbrian smoked salmon and eggs benedict using local, free range eggs and Cumbrian ham.

Reason 2 – Cumbrian beef and lamb. Cumbria and the Lake District farmers know a thing or two about rearing the very, very best. They are both highly popular choices on menus up and down the county.

Reason 3 – Sticky toffee pudding. Not all the ingredients may be local but it is most definitely a pudding born in Cumbria and well worth celebrating (and devouring!). John’s recipe is also gluten free.

To experience any of them or all of them visit http://www.lakesapplegarth.co.uk for room availability and restaurant information.