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.

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Coniston – At the Heart of the Lake District

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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  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 for more details and to book.

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.

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