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Posted Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by

Lake_Windermere_blog

 

More than ten miles in length, Windermere is England’s largest lake that offers a wide variety of all year recreation including cruises, fishing, boating, sailing and scuba diving.

 

The beautiful lake is ten and a half miles long and 219 feet deep and is indeed the largest of its kind in England. Its name comes from the Scandinavian for ‘lake of a man called Vinandr’.

 

Given its calming, refreshing qualities, it is no surprise that Windermere is one of the most popular attractions in Cumbria. One of the best ways to soak up the environment is via one of the many river boat cruises, run by local companies such as www.windermere-lakecruises.co.uk

 

They offer cruises from 45 minutes to 3 hours and all day tickets, during which time you can relax on board their luxurious vessels, tuck into some culinary treats and enjoy the gentle surroundings.

 

No matter where you start your journey, be it Bowness, Ambleside or Lakeside, the spectacular voyage gives the traveller magnificent views of mountain scenery, secluded bays and the many wooded islands.

 

A good move is buying a day ticket and then disembarking the boat at one of the many bustling villages and attractions nearby. The town of Windermere is an excellent spot for doing a bit of gift buying and taking a welcome break from your time on board the cruise ship.

 

Or to really get to grips with this majestic body of water, why not ski or sail over the top of it? Being towed behind a powerboat while strapped to a pair of ski’s sounds like madness, but this exhilarating sport must be experienced to be believed. Or relax and let the wind do the work and enjoy the peaceful lapping of the water against the hull of a sailing boat as you tack from bank to bank.  There are various local sports providers nearby Windermere, you can learn in a comfortable and safe environment just how easy it is to skim over the top of the lake on some state of the art blades or sail with the wind in your hair.

 

Don’t visit the lakes without seeing the creme de la cream of English beauty spots, the unrivalled Lake Windermere.

 

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Posted Monday, October 20th, 2014 by

hilltop-blog

 

Fancy a trip back in time? Relive the early 20th century world of a 20 something author, at Beatrix Potter’s cottage. Not only will your trip be memorable, if you’re bringing kids along, the journey is sure to be educational and worthwhile for their young minds.

 

Near Sawrey, Ambleside in Cumbria, Hill Top Cottage is an immaculately preserved homage to an incredible author and woman.

 

A time capsule made of bricks and mortar, it has in place all of Potter’s possessions and trinkets, it almost feels, upon entering the cottage that guests are voyeurs, gazing into a real person’s home. Each room has some sort of reference to Potter’s tales. You’ll recognise the rhubarb patch where Jemima Puddle-Duck laid her egg and the garden where Tom Kitten and his sisters played!

 

The lovely cottage garden is home to a patchwork of vegetables and flowers. At first glance it is easy to see why Beatrix Potter loved this place so much, bought in 1905 with proceeds from her first book, the Tale of, she used Hill Top as inspiration for much of her body of work. It was here that she would gaze out of her window, blot her quill with ink and write those iconic tales of animal shenanigans.

 

Great care must be taken to ensure upholsterers and interiors are not ruined by the movement of too many bodies up against the fragile walls and door frames. For those reasons entry is limited. Only small groups can enter at any one given time. While waiting times can be frustrating, your patience will be rewarded, with an enriching educational experience.

 

There is even a quaint little gift shop in Hill Top, where you’ll find a great range of Beatrix Potter soft toys, books and other lovely gifts. If you buy from the gift shop, you will be supporting the work in the Lake District. Indeed. profits made there go to support the conservation projects at Hill Top, the Beatrix Potter Gallery and the surrounding countryside.

 

For further details see www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hilltop

 

Prices are incredibly reasonable Adults £10.00, child £5.00, family £25.00. National Trust members go free.

 

This really is an unmissable experience with thousands flocking to this part of the country every year, to relive that unique and sentimental world of childhood imagination, that Potter’s books so eloquently created.

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Posted Monday, October 13th, 2014 by

Pencil-blog

 

While you’re in Cumbria, why not visit the Pencil Museum. Tucked away in the quiet town of Keswick, the museum is a great afternoons activity and one that the whole family can enjoy.

 

Keswick, surprisingly is the home of the first pencil, and pencil perfection since 1832.  Indeed it is right next to the precise locale where graphite was first discovered- the nearby Seathwaite Mine.

 

In the rooms of the museum you can learn first hand how pencils have been developed and reinvented over the last 350 years. You can even learn some strange facts and view the worlds longest pencil, which measures 25 metres long.  There is so much to discover and to do. You can discover the secrets behind the fascinating history of the escape artist’s pencil that RAF pilots used during the war to guide them safely home, in the Secret Pencil Exhibition. Get your head around how exactly colours are implemented into pencils and find out whether you have a budding Picasso in the family, by letting the kid’s imaginations run free in the Kids Art Studio.

 

As you can probably imagine the gift shop is stacked full of the finest pencils, so if you are an avid sketcher or writer you can be sure to pick up a few gems.

 

There are work shops through out the year where you can try out some of the pencils under expert guidance of artists who will show you how best to get the most of of these tools.

 

Finally there is a charming cafe that offers the best in the way of post museum treats, such as cakes, coffee and pastries.

 

The admission prices are exceptionally low considering the quality that’s on offer, Adults can enter for just £4.25, children (under 16) pay £3.25. With these kinds of prices there will definitely be enough cash left over for those all important souvenirs.

 

 

For further details see www.pencilmuseum.co.uk

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