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Posted Monday, August 04th, 2014 by admin
Rookin House Activity Centre
Let’s get one thing straight, the more exhausted the kids are after a long day of activities, the more likely they are to sleep soundly a night, giving you the opportunity to unwind at our hotels relaxed and comfortable restaurant and bar. However, finding suitable long lasting things for the kids to do can prove a challenge. To save you the unwanted pressure of thinking on the spot for ideas once your holiday is already in full swing, get to know Rookin House, your one stop shop for all things out door activities.
Rookin House Equestrian and Activity Centre is situated at Troutbeck, a mile and a quarter off the A66, between Penrith and Keswick. It is best to check the map on their website for the exact locale as there are other Troutbecks in the area. The Centre is about a 25 mile drive from Lake Windermere, along a beautiful scenic route. This may seem a little off the beaten track, but trust us it is well worth the extended car journey.
The centre boasts a plethora of outdoor challenges and sports. From the frivolous to the more complex, technical tasks. Sample the likes of quad biking, fishing, archery and JCB operation. The centre offers family packages, as well as individual options for adults and children. There are even couples packages, where you can choose from various combinations of activities to do throughout the day. Also, on offer at this fabulous venue is air riffle practice, human bowling (not for the faint hearted), tree climbing, Dakar off road (4×4 driving with a difference) and Madtrax (sort of like quad biking but way more extreme).
Visitors are guaranteed to have an unforgettable experience. In addition to all the unique activities on offer, the site itself boasts a spectacular lakeland backdrop. What could be more exhilarating than gliding down a zip wire with the timeless beauty of the onlooking peaks and hills, either side of you?
Worried about safety? Don’t be, Rookin House has over 20 years experience in providing activities to a range of different participants. Your safety whilst in their care is of paramount importance. All staff have received training and obtained the necessary qualifications to teach and supervise activities. Regular risk assessments are conducted to ensure that activities continue to be provided in an environment where risks are minimised. Furthermore, all equipment conforms to the British safety standard.
After an exhausting day of adrenaline and physical ardour, the only thing left for you to do is put your feet up back at Beech Hill and enjoy a fabulous meal in our relaxing surroundings.
Posted Sunday, July 27th, 2014 by admin
Get back to nature at the Predator Experience.
If you work all year round in the city, you will know that when you finally get that much needed break in an area more renowned for its live stock than stock markets, you want to be able to fully engage with all that it has to offer. Getting back to basics and immersing yourself in the simple pleasantries of clear country air, unspoilt earth and unpolluted waters, really invigorates the soul. You will come away from your experience with an over riding cathartic feeling.
There are many ways in which you can reacquaint yourself with the elements. One of the best ways is through getting up close and personal with all creatures great and small that are native to this glorious part of the British Isles.
You can do that by heading along to the Predator Experience within the stunning Lake District National Park in Cumbria. The Predator Experience provides innovative bird of prey days, falconry days, reptile and mammal experiences.
The Predator Experience is a leader in the outdoor activity sector when it comes to interactive experiences for the adventurous of spirit. It really is a great way to rekindle your love of the natural world. Unlike its contemporaries the centre is not exclusively for bird watching it offers far more in the way of nature experiences. It is not open to drop in visits, so do ensure you book ahead via their website.
There are many evolutionary adaptations and environments for you to explore, your journey starts with the ‘Eagle Experience Day’ on the Lakeland Fells, where you can witness flying golden eagles, and white-tailed sea eagles swooping in over the Irish Sea. If you are still captivated by these magnificent birds of prey and want to discover more, ‘Hawk Walks’ takes you on a trail through the beautiful woodland countryside with a team of hawks. A must see trail for all bird enthusiasts.
The Predator Experience also offers wolf and fox encounters, where you can observe these mighty creatures in their natural environments and see firsthand the different ways in which the two species, build their homes, raise their young and hunt their prey.
Whichever walk or experience you chose to sample, you can be sure all the mammal, reptile and falconry experiences at the Predator Experience are designed to inspire and captivate. They are professionally delivered by a dedicated team of qualified handlers in an environment of untamed natural beauty.
Go on, get back in touch with nature, you are guaranteed to feel exhilarated.
Posted Monday, July 21st, 2014 by admin
This year for the first time since 2007, our green and pleasant land played host to the greatest cycling competition in the world; the Tour de France. This summer up and down the country, I think it’s fair to say that we have all gone cycling berserk. There is a huge appetite out there at the moment for safe, designated cycling trails, upon which the whole family can enjoy a bike ride. Cycling is the perfect family holiday activity and with the bevy of bike trails and tracks for you to discover in the Lake District, it really is no wonder that now more than ever, visitors to our serene pastures are arriving with cycling plans in mind.
To help you plan your cycling itinerary in the nearby countryside. We have selected three of the best trails in the local area. Check out these:
1) Coniston Circuit
One for the slightly more advanced rider, looking to branch out and seek new challenges. Although the ride is fairly agreeable it does encompass some moderately sized mountains. The ride is around 14 miles long, and recommended at a moderate pace of between 7 and 10 miles an hour.
The circuit takes in some breathtaking scenic views namely the Coniston water loop. The first part of the ride is traffic free, beginning on the west side of Lake Coniston, before following onto some quiet roads. Feast your eyes on some gorgeous aquatic views and gaze in splendour at the Coniston Fells through the trees all the way around the 14 mile ride.
For local bike hire contact, Coniston Boating Centre, Tel 015394 41366 please call at least 24 hours prior to the ride to book your bike and allow plenty of time to collect and pay for the bikes before the ride.
2) Kendal to Sizergh Castle Loop.
Another challenge, for the slightly more experienced, which again proceeds along some fairly large hills and rougher terrain.This pleasant ride starts at Gooseholme Park before taking you through the Kendal countryside, taking in the surrounding villages and some of the best views along the Lyth Valley. Also in direct sight along the route is Sizergh Castle, a National Trust property covering 1,600 acres. Captivating!
3) Windermere Shore Line
Finally, if relaxed and carefree is your gear of choice, the 6 mile ride along the Windermere Shore line is perfect for you!
This ride is a great way of getting back on the saddle, after a long hiatus. Bringing your kids along couldn’t be easier, as the terrain is seldom a challenge even for the little ones.
This amazing bike ride incorporates a boat trip across Lake Windermere. Starting from Brockhole Visitor Centre and heading across the Lake to the calming western shore. From here it’s a smooth ride south wards along straight and broad paths to magnificent Wray Castle. We strongly encourage you take the opportunity to sample what’s on offer at the castle before making your way back to Brockhole Visitor Centre.
This route is perfect for the laid back non competitive cyclist, the added bonus of the boat trip to the other side of the lake adds that extra fun element to an already breezy and languid affair.
To book your bike call Electric Mountain, on 07407 422798.
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