Posted Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 by admin
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!
Posted Monday, November 24th, 2014 by admin
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.
Posted Monday, November 17th, 2014 by admin
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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