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Posted Monday, July 06th, 2015 by

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Are you, or is one of the people in your traveling group, a wheelchair user? Experiencing an outdoor holiday in countryside terrain where there is an emphasis on walking, can prove challenging for those in wheelchairs. The Miles Without Stiles project has created routes through the lakes that are accessible for wheelchair users and also those with young infants who will be using  pushchairs, during their walks.

 

Miles without Stiles, have created walks with better, smoother paths and implemented gates to replace those tricky stiles. There are already 42 routes across the national park, with several new routes in the pipeline that are set to open early this Autumn.

Gradients on many of these walks are no more than 1:10 and the surfaces are made of tarmac or smooth, compacted stone with a diameter of 10 mm or less.  Also for ease of use, path width is kept to a minimum of 1 metre with plenty of room to pass other people along the way.

 

Maps of all the miles without stiles walks are available from either Bowness on Windermere information centre, Keswick information centre or Ullswater information centre at Glenridding. Consult lakedistrict.gov.uk for information on the easiest routes to any of these centres from the Beech Hill.

 

A standout walk created by the folks at Miles without Stiles, is the one around Blea Tarn. This walk is made all the more pleasurable by the easy access to the 19th century pub the Old Dungeon. A classic hikers’ and climbers’ bar in the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, Great Langdale, it is the perfect place to relax and wet your whistle before you embark on your next trek.

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Posted Monday, June 29th, 2015 by

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Every year, thousands take up the three peaks challenge, a mountaineering expedition involving the 3 highest peaks in Scotland, Wales and England, with the English peak- Scafell Pike situated right here in the Lakes.

 

Scafell Pike situated at Wasdale Head is traditionally the starting point for the three peaks challenge. Wasdale Head is just over an hours drive from the Beech Hill Hotel here in Windermere. To locate the carpark, use the postcode for Wasdale Head which is CA20 1EX.

 

Wasdale is Britain’s favourite view and the home of British mountaineering, so what better place to start your hill-walking challenge? Many of those who do the challenge come in groups that are organised by the individuals themselves, although many of the popular UK charities do usually assemble groups of walkers who are taking up these challenges in order to raise money for specific causes. Indeed, you may find many walkers this time of year on the peak who are there on a charity fundraising mission.

 

Two usual routes are available for walking Scafell Pike, one from Wasdale Head and the other from Seathwaite. Longer routes are available from Langdale and Eskdale. The Wasdale route is 6 miles long with 989 metres of ascent and the Seathwaite route is 9.5 miles long and includes 996 metres of ascent.

 

Make sure you have at least one person in your group who can navigate in difficult conditions. Wear the correct clothing and footwear and make sure you have enough food and water. Have fun!

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Posted Monday, June 22nd, 2015 by

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Want to travel back in time to a long forgotten England? The great thing about the lakes is that beautiful blend of the historic and the contemporary that seeps into the environment that characterise this area. One minute you could be taking part in the latest water sports armed with sophisticated safety technology and the next minute you could be wandering around the original home of William Wordsworth.

 

One such attraction that is steeped in old-world ambiance is Sarah Nelson’s Gingerbread Shop, Church Cottage, Grasmere. The adorable store has been in business since 1854 and has never been short of admirers and consumers, from its opening to present day. The shop itself is right next to the village church, giving it that quaint rural community feel.

 

Produce from this famous sweetshop is the quintessential Grasmere souvenir. The all-time favourite pick-me-up of visitors, is the traditional gingerbread with a half-biscuity, half-cake texture, cooked according to the same top-secret recipe since the 19th century. Reasonably priced, you can walk away with twelve slices for under six pounds. A nice touch which adds to the time-traveller feel of the place, is the fact that customers will be served by friendly ladies dressed in frilly pinafores and starched bonnets.

 

A visit to Sarah Nelson’s is an educational trip for the young ones. The store is packed full of Victorian produce that kids can explore and engage with, to really get a feel for what dietary habits were like two centuries ago.

 

Grasmere is just a short 20 minutes car journey away from the Beech Hill Hotel or an even more convenient 30 minute train trip.

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