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Posted Monday, November 03rd, 2014 by

 

horseriding-blog

 

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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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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