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Posted Thursday, December 04th, 2014 by

Catstycam-blog

 

For the very best in winter walks in the Lake District, look no further than the popular ascent up Catstycam. Begin your walk up the inimitable fells from the Information Centre, at Glenridding. Make sure you set off wearing solid durable boots and plenty of waterproofs.

 

Catstycam is a fantastic mountain to walk up.  It is England’s third highest mountain, and one which takes in some particularly glorious views. It’s easy to spot this peak from the ground below, its distinguishable pyramid shape, means that it is instantly identifiable and distinctly different from other peaks in the range.

 

The fell winds up a steep path following Miresbeck, where after a short climb you can reward yourself with lunch near the famous Hole in the Wall pub, after just over two hours, of your climb. The view from outside the pub is spectacular and conveniently takes in the two famous edges, Striding and Swirral. On a clear day even the sparkling waves of the Solway firth can be glimpsed way over yonder.

 

The next place of interest, on your way up the fell is the Red Tarn. If you are lucky you may spot the lesser seen fish; the schelly, a rare breed which populates the tarn. The effects of climate change are sadly eroding the delict ecosystems of Catstycam, this may be one of the few chances you will get to see the fell, in its untouched and untarnished state. It is likely that generations to come, will scarcely be able to enjoy the fell in its current form.

 

What may surprise you about the fell and its surrounding areas, is that the land does in fact have a rich lead mining history. It is well worth your time to study this industrial heritage and delve deeper into the fascinating history, of the effects this industry had, on the land and its people.

 

As you descend the peak, you can enjoy the magnificent views for a final time.It is recommended that you choose a day of pleasant weather, for your trek. The peak should not be tackled in high winds and should only really be attempted in good light. An early morning start time beckons for this challenge.

 

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Posted Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 by

Trip-Advisor-Green-Leaders-blog

 

The Beech Hill Hotel is awarded a bronze green leader by Trip Advisor!

 

Adding another green arrow to our bow, we are delighted to have achieved a bronze award level rating in Trip Advisors new Green Leaders programme.

 

Developed in partnership with the Carbon Trust, the UK Green Building Council, the United Nations Environment Programme and The international Tourism Partnership, Green Leaders was introduced in the UK in March of this year. The programme was designed to help travellers make greener choices by promoting hotels that have adopted environmentally sustainable practices via there Bronze, Silver or Gold accreditations.

 

Some of the green practices assessed include having a linen and towel re-use plan in place, tracking energy usage on a regular basis, having an extensive recycling programme, educating staff on green practices and much more! I can tell you they don’t give these awards easily, and the process was long and detailed, but it certainly means that if you see a hotel with this accreditation, they are doing there bit for the environment, and then some!

 

For those of you that read our blogs and visit our website regularly, you’ll already know that we’ve been working on the “going green” thing for some time. Having had our Bio Mass boiler up and running for over a year now, and being one of the first hotels in the area to enhance and promote many green practices.

 

We feel incredibly proud to be able to add this award to our collection!

 

Jonathan Allan

General Manager

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Posted Monday, November 24th, 2014 by

 

Muncaster-Fell_blog

 

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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