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Posted Monday, November 24th, 2014 by

 

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With the nights drawing in and the shortest day edging ever nearer, this time of year is never ideally suited for those long laborious walks. This is the season of the shorter stroll, the nearer to a cosy pub the better

 

One walk that ticks both of these boxes is the amiable wander up Muncaster Fell. Despite its modest height, this fell offers spectacular views. It is also close to the pubs and the warmth and entertainment of Ravenglass and Muncaster.

 

The pleasant peak offers breathtaking views of Eskdale and the engaging valley of Wasdale. Standing at just 231m, the fell is not exactly a mammoth task to climb, so it is perfect for a languid winter stroll.

 

Begin your climb preferably under clear skies and on crunchy ground, from the car park outside the gates of Muncaster Castle. From the car park you follow a pleasant, easy path that winds at an easy to stomach angle. The first landmark that waits for you is Muncaster Tarn, awash with water lilies and fresh vegetation. From the banks of the timeless Tarn, the path winds onto the soft springy turf that leads to the summit of the fell.

 

Alfred Wainwright was a great fan of Muncaster Fell, he described the route up the summit particularly favourably, he was quoted as saying “here is enchantment”, when speaking about the fell.  Once at the top of the peak, is is easy to relate to what Wainwright was saying. Casting your gaze to the Western Lake District, to the east and the view all the way up the coast to Scotland and out to the Isle of Man, the panoramic view of beauty, awakens the senses. Listen carefully and you can hear the clatter of the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, winding its way around the foot of the hill.

 

The Muncaster Fell truly is a great walk to do this winter. The gentle terrain and spectacular views, lend themselves perfectly to the ideal winter walk.

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Posted Monday, November 17th, 2014 by

 

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The much loved children’s literary character Postman Pat, was inspired by the unique landscape of the Lake District. It was amongst the green and tranquil dales and valleys of the lakes, that author John Cunliffe first became inspired to write about everyones favourite local postman and his trusty feline side kick.

 

John Cunliffe lived in Kendal for six years and much of his inspiration came from the local Cumbrian countryside.The untouched beauty of Cumbria inspired 200 more publications, by Cunliffe, many of which are set in the Lake District.

 

The children’s literary character Postman Pat started life in the 1980s. The series of books followed Postman Pat and his many friends on their merry adventures around the villages and towns of northern England. Although the exact location of Reverends church and Alph Thompson’s farm are never revealed, it has since been confirmed by the author, that fictional Greendale is based on one of the many Cumbrian villages, Cunliffe spent time in.

 

Cunliffe revealed early in 2013, in the run up to the release of the Postman Pat movie, that Greendale was in fact inspired by the village of Longsleddale in Cumbria. It’s twisty roads, tiny bridges and slopping hills, inspired the iconic and much lived children’s characters. Greendale post office was inspired by Beast Banks post office, now closed, in Kendal. A plaque marks the building.

 

Cumbria has long since inspired many literary incarnations. If you are a creative individual, then coming to visit the Lakes, brings with it the very real possibility, that you too could become inspired to write your own fables, tales and prose.

 

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Posted Monday, November 03rd, 2014 by

 

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A popular past time in the Lake District has always been Horse riding.  Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or of an advanced level, there are a range of local stables to choose from where you will be taught the reins ( no pun intended) in no time. The landscape around these parts are ideal for riding horse back and what better way to take in the sights, than perched high on top of a thoroughbred.

 

There are 3 horse riding centres that we would recommend you take a look at:

 

First up is Rookin House, in Penrith Cumbria, with its flexible and accommodating approach to the sport. They invite you to experience the beauty of the Lakeland countryside and its changing seasons in a capacity that suits you. You can sign up for rides lasting between anything from 1 hour to a whole day. Rookin House has more than 20 years experience and over 35 horses for you to choose from. A short trek along the nearby green and majestic trails and you are likely to see deer, rabbits and all sorts of woodland wildlife.

 

With prices starting from £27.50 for 1 hours pony trek and £37.50 for 90 minutes, or £95 for a full day, you are guaranteed to get your monies worth.

 

For more info call: 017684 83561 or email Deborah Hogg: deborah@rookinhouse.co.uk

 

Second on the list is Lakes Activities, who offer Treks of varying lengths in the beautiful lake district countryside. Not strictly horse riding specialists, they also offer other out door activities, Lake Activities are non the less providers of quality treks suitable for all levels. A real highlight on offer are the beautiful treks taking place on the sands of Morecambe Bay, the low fells valleys and even moorland of South Lakeland. What could be better than riding horses along the sands of a beautiful historic bay?

 

Lakes Activities are slightly cheaper in price than other venues. You are looking at £23 for 1 hour and 2 hours from £38. Contact info@lakesactivities.com or call 015395 35999 for more info.

 

Lastly on offer is Murthwaite Green trekking centre, in Cumbria. They offer half hour gentle rides through the village of Millom, for children 4yrs and upwards and adult beginners.

Priced at the incredibly reasonable £12 per adult, the walk begins at 4pm each day.

Murthwaite offer the ideal package for families with young children, looking to spend the day immersed in nature, basking in fresh air.  They are experienced in dealing with first time jitters and provide their riders with horses which have those all important patient dispositions.

 

Contact cath.wrigley@virgin.net or call 01229 770876

 

So, what are you waiting for? Discover horse riding in the lakes- a refreshing and invigorating way of taking in the breathtaking sights.

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