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Posted Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 by

Quirky-Blog

 

The Lake District is steeped in myths and legends. Its hallowed grounds are littered with notorious characters.

 

The Caveman of Borrowdale

 

Millican Dalton, known as the Caveman of Borrowdale, was originally a London stockbroker but traded in his life in the Big Smoke for a quieter rural existence. When he first arrived in the Lake District in the early 20th century, he lived off the land, dwelling in a small tent. He later moved to a more permanent address inside a cave near Castle Crag in Borrowdale. He became one of the area’s most well-known mountain guides, until he passed away at the age of 79.

 

Fair Maid of Buttermere

 

Known to some as Mary Robinson, the Fair Maid of Buttermere was in fact the innkeeper’s daughter at The Fish Hotel in Buttermere. Joseph Palmer famously wrote a poem about her that brought hoards of young men to the area, seeking to catch a glimpse of the notorious beauty. She was even mentioned in Wordsworth’s poem “The Prelude”.

 

A few years later, a hotel guest introduced himself to Mary as Colonel Alexander Hope, an MP and brother to an Earl. They married later that year. Mary’s husband turned out to a debt-riddled bigamist liar and he was promptly charged with fraud. His punishment was a public execution.

 

St Bega

 

St Bega was the daughter of a seventh century Irish chieftain. She fled Ireland to avoid marrying a Norse prince chosen by her father, as she had her heart set on devoting her life to God.  Legend is that when she landed on these shores, she brought with her a healing bracelet that could cure a multitude of diseases.

A small church lying in a beautiful position on the edge of the Mirehouse estate by Bassenthwaite Lake is named after St Bega.

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Posted Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 by

walking-blog

 

This beautiful place can inspire even the most cynical of hearts. Even the place names are romantic, for example there is Darling Fell, near Loweswater, Dovenest Crag, Borrowdale and Hartsop, near Brotherswater, to name but a few. There are no shortages of idyllic little spots and trails along which to traipse and fall in love, all over again.

 

Take a stroll along the shores of Ennerdale Water. There is something in the air around these parts, it’s also famously the place where Bill Clinton popped the question to Hillary. Who knows, maybe you’ll be making a few proposals of your own, in that exact same spot. Other beautiful walking spots include, High Sweden Bridge above Ambleside, Haystacks fell, above Buttermere and the majestic views from Ashness bridge overlooking Derwentwater.

 

The village of Boot in the Eskdale Valley, is simply stunning and a perfect beauty spot for a casual stroll. It is one of the more difficult areas of the Lake District to get to, so a car is a requirement. Driving to Boot, allows you to admire the dramatic peaks, including England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, and take photos of the amazing views.

 

The tiny village of Boot is surrounded by mountains, giving it an almost high-altitude feel. The air is alpine fresh and incredibly invigorating. The quaint hamlet, still manages to have two pubs so you won’t be short of beverage choices, should you want to go inside somewhere and have a breather.

 

With the sun shining and the horizon extending towards the sea and imposing mountains at every turn, your troubles will melt away as you drink in one of the most beautiful and peaceful locations on the British isles.

 

What are you waiting for? Spend Valentines day in Britain’s most romantic surroundings.

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Posted Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 by

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The Lake District is full of handy little marinas and docks, where boats and tiny ferries set sail around the timeless waters carrying holiday makers, eager to absorb the unspoilt beauty of the surrounding countryside.

 

However, with it being Valentines Day, should you decide to cruise our beautiful waters by boat, you might want to make the experience a more intimate affair.

 

The trouble with cruises, is that they are full of other passengers and the whole mood of the trip is generally dictated by the organisers. A way of making your trip along the calming pools, more authentic and more your own is to do it via private boat hire. This will give you the chance to reconnect with your loved one in your own time, plus having control of the oars of your very own little vessel, is a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

 

There is the choice of many local venues:

 

Adventure Activities Licensing Authority, Lodore Boat Landings, Derwentwater, Borrowdale, Keswick, offers tuition and hire of sailing boats, kayaks, canoes and can cater to individuals and groups.

 

Should you want to combine your boat trip exploration with a spot of fishing, The Boathouse in Hawkshead, Ambleside, is your first port of call. On the banks of the Esthwaite Water, The Boathouse, is a first class, well managed Trout fishery.  The Boathouse allows you to rent boats which you can sail into the heart of the nearby beautiful natural 280 acre lake, situated in the heart of the Lake District.

 

Derwentwater launch company in Lake Road, Keswick, offers hire of rowing boats and motor boats, should you want to stave off the exercise and inject a bit of speed into your trip.

 

Lastly, there’s Coniston boating centre on Lake Road, Coniston. A bit of mishmash there’s something for everyone. Tours, private hire and cruises are all available.

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