All posts tagged: Lake District

3 Things to Go Do in the South Lakes

You can take the girl out of Cumbria, but you can’t take Cumbria out of the girl. I’ve frequently been back visiting the Lake District since I left many years ago. Apart from the STUNNING scenery, it has some great places to visit tucked away in the South Lakes area, even in these chilly, early months of the year; here they are: 1. Visit Walney Island I love islands. There’s something about their isolation and separateness from the modern world that intrigues me. Sometimes they’re wild and forgotten places but they can also be a mere stone’s throw from civilisation which makes them seem otherworldly. Walney Island is one of the latter, lying off the coast of Barrow in Furness which is best known for its industrial heritage and nuclear submarines. But a trip over the Jubilee Bridge from Barrow to Walney is one of winter’s great treats, especially when you leave behind Vickerstown and escape to the island’s wild beaches. Walney, lying along the tip of the Furness peninsula with spectacular walks along the Irish Sea …

New Year at The Lakeside

My 2015 ended in Cumbria, ending a year of challenges for myself, friends and family. So to spend a few chill out days in an amazing location, with stunning views overlooking the southern tip of Lake Windermere, was an invite I could not refuse. A peaceful and idyllic place for a New Year unwind. The Lakeside Hotel is that for me. I jump at any chance to go back to the Lakes, my homeland. The festive house party was just amazing….the staff were ‘genuinely’ friendly, service excellent and high house standards maintained throughout. Originally a 17th Century coaching house you can feel the history throughout this hotel with its beautiful entrance foyer and large hallways with numerous fires blazing and filled with fresh flowers and plants. Loved all the terracotta Yorkshire flowerpots, and recalling memories of sitting in the snug of the wood panelled bar frequented in my youth! With its own pool, spa and restaurant together with the incredible views I can completely understand why people don’t want to leave The Lakeside. The views across …

Twixtmas

Here we are in that rather strange time period – between Christmas and New Year. ‘Twixtmas’ The period between Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve presents an opportunity to do something different. It gives the chance to take stock, do things we don’t normally get time to do. As this is a time to reflect on the year soon to be behind us all, I have lots of high spots and some lows to remember. The highs – I thought I’d pinch some images from the last 12 months, together with a few words of wisdom,  and ‘voila’!  

Lover of the Lakes’

If you’re a lover of the great outdoors, the Lake District is one corner of England where you want to linger. It has a sweeping panorama of slate-capped fells, craggy hilltops, misty mountain farms and glittering lakes and popular with crowds ever since the Romantics pitched up the early 19th century, and it still remains one of the country’s most popular beauty spots. I grew up here, and only now do I appreciate its beauty and it attracts me back like a magnet. I am a serious 21st-century Romantic, so a stay for a special occasion at The Samling would be a treat. This secluded luxury hotel, on its own 67-acre estate, overlooks the sprawling expanse of Windermere. It was here, when the main house was called Dove’s Nest that Wordsworth trekked to pay his rent on Dove Cottage. http://www.thesamlinghotel.co.uk Here are some of the top things I like to do when I return to visit this gem of an area. Blackwell House Two miles south of Bowness on the B5360, Blackwell House is one …