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Posted Saturday, June 21st, 2014 by

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Things to do near the Lake. What’s on this summer.

 

There are stacks of exciting activities and events to satisfy a plethora of tastes and preferences this summer in the Lake District.

 

There is simply too much on offer to summarise in this short article. However we have hand picked the events and places of interest on offer, which we feel are the most unique and unmissable. For more information on all events in the area all year round go to www.golakes.co.uk

 

First up on our list of must see events, is 2020 Vision, a collection of street photography, featuring UK wildlife and natural habitats in three outdoor locations around Morecambe Bay. Captured over a period of 20 months and in 20 locations, the collection challenges the many misconceptions we have of nature and features the UK’s top nature photographers.

 

Exhibition runs from Tuesday 1st July to Saturday 2nd August.

 

Another great experience is The Cycle Cafe. The tea garden is a must see vantage point during your Lake District stay, as is open to everyone on Fridays 12am to 6pm, Saturdays 10am to 6pm and the second Sunday of the month 10am to 6pm, until the end of September. The friendly and relaxed environment is perfect for families and those wishing to fully decompress whilst on holiday. The cafe offers a range of speciality teas and cakes and even offers you the chance to observe the galloping racehorses on the near by Greystoke estate.

 

If you feel overwhelmed by the bevy of events and experiences on offer, why not sit back and let yourself be guided through the entire A-Z of Lake District attractions? You can do this quite feasibly via one of the many bus tours on offer in the local area. Make sure you don’t miss out on a single acre of beautiful views, scenic hotspots or great shops and restaurants along the trails. Check out Millennium travel who offer scenic tours with short easy treks in the company of a guide.

 

Lastly on your list of things to do, why not check out some music? Cumbria is steeped in folk music tradition and is home to some of Britain’s most highly regarded folk musicians. For three dates this summer, there is an opportunity to see some of the countries best loved musicians come together for a night of unique folk, blues and Americana performances. The show, which is called Roots in Cumbria aims to highlight the wealth of musical talent in the area and promises a memorable night rich in folk entertainment.

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Posted Saturday, June 14th, 2014 by

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Summer is upon us already and although it may seem like this year is going far too quickly the advent of summer does mean that the area near Beech Hill is more vibrant and colourful than at any other time in the year. We can’t wait to get out and explore.

 

It’s no revelation that the Lake District is gorgeous. From the Cumbrian fells to the sands of Morecambe bay, this part of the world offers some of the most impressive viewpoints in the country and one thing that our breathtaking setting has to offer in spades is country walks. Yes, whether it’s a pleasant gander or a more arduous trek, there are hoards of walks for you to choose from. Indeed, the sheer beauty and diversity of walking activities available to visitors has been the key reason why tourists never tire of coming back to these green pastures.

 

Let us talk you through some of our favourites, all of which are a short distance from  Lake Windermere:

 

For a pleasant stroll, check out Loughrigg Tarn.

 

This walk begins in a lovely wooded glade, which once completed leads you onto the relaxing banks of the Tarn. On a clear day you can see the Langdale Pikes in all their splendour, while you relax on the dreamy shores of the Tarn. This area is also a prime location for picnicking, so don’t forget your hampers!

 

If its trepidation you’re after, check out the Corniston Fells walk, it may be a stiff climb in places but as always the scenery is second to none.

 

The walk begins  with the ridge walk between The Old Man Of Coniston and Swirl How, there is some rough bits of terrain so do make sure you arrive well equipped with solid hiking boots. The stiff climb to the Old Man, the ridge and then the exciting crossing of the Prison Band to Wetherlam makes this walk a memorable one!

 

For the more experienced hiker and those looking to sink their teeth into a challenge, The Fairfield Great Rigg and Heron Pike Walk will satisfy your thirst. This 10 mile walk involves a steady climb from Mill Bridge on the A591 to Grisedale Tarn and then a steady climb up to the summit of Fairfield. From there the walk heads on to Great Rigg and Heron Point, where spectacular views lie in wait until the final descent to the outskirts of Rydal.

 

Here’s one for all the family; Elderwater Waterfalls Walk. This easy-going Lake District walk visits two aquatic forces, small compact Skelwith Force and the larger multi-spouted Colwith Force.

 

In addition there is a walk past shallow Elter Water and a brief fell climb to High Hacket. This gentle circular really does offer a wide variety of outdoor features. The best time to do this walk is just after a period of low pressure when the waterfalls are at their most powerful. You will be sure to hear them before you see them!

 

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Posted Monday, April 14th, 2014 by

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I guess the clue is in the title, it’s certainly been a while since I’ve had the time to sit down and write a blog! But I feel I need to bring you all up to speed with what’s being going on, and indeed, what’s planned over the coming months.

 

We really are all proud of the Beech Hill and all it offers to both you our guests, and the team that operate it on a daily basis. I must say I’ve seen a lot of new faces over the winter and had some great and interesting conversations as well! I’ve even met a woman who grew up living in the hotel with her parents who ran it before, during,  and after the Second World War! We chatted about the “old days” and how her father would go into the woods opposite the Hotel to shoot deer, and then her mother would prepare it ready for dinner in the restaurant that same evening! I ‘m happy to say that our venison, although very local, doesn’t come from the same source! Anyway, as always, it’s a pleasure to meet and chat with you,  and the team here are always on had to offer help and advice about things to do and places to go. And remember not to let the weather stop you, almost every local attraction is now open twelve months of the year !

 

So what’s been happening lately? Well we’ve had a very busy winter when it comes to “High Biggin” our luxury holiday cottage, in fact, it’s been pretty much booked solid from November! If you haven’t already had chance to check this property out, I’ve got three words for you…. “DO IT NOW!” It’s an amazing place, and words don’t do it justice, pictures don’t really either, so we’ve got a HD video as well! Its well worth a look and as it can accommodate up to eight adults, its great value too!

 

The hotel has been kept quite busy as well, although it’s safe to say, I’m very happy to be in spring and can’t wait for a busy (and hopefully) hot summer! We’ve continued doing small projects inside and are planning to continue our upgrading of bedrooms and bathrooms as we move through the year. We’ve also got plans to make some great changes and improvements to the swimming pool area. This includes upgrading the changing rooms, we hope to be able to increase them in size as well, and I know this will make a huge difference to the general quality and feel of those areas. We’re also planning to add a Jacuzzi poolside, again, this will really enhance what’s on offer.

 

Finally I’m pleased to say it’s stopped raining and we can get outside and start painting! We all know we’ve had one of the wettest winters for a very long time, it’s made it impossible to get much done to the exterior of the Hotel. We have just started what looks like a very long list of jobs that will see the place looking lovely again. The gardeners have already done the first real cut of the grass this season and are already busy working on the flower beds and borders. We’ve got some lovely ideas and plans that will see lots of colour and also add some real interest to the gardens.

 

As always, we like to keep everyone informed on changes and of course offers and competitions on line. So make sure you follow us on Twitter , Facebook and Google+, and remember to keep our website in your favourites too, we often update great late availability deals that are too good to miss!

 

I’m always available to talk too and if any of you would like to discuss anything with me personally, from what’s going to, to the history of the building, feel free to contact me at the hotel, or better still, have a chat to me during your stay!

 

I hope to see you soon……

 

Kind regards

Jonathan

General Manager

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