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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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Posted Thursday, March 07th, 2013 by

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The Lake District in north-western England is a place of great natural beauty and abundant in history. While Bassenthwaite Lake is the only body of water in the district actually classified as a lake, there are several others known as tarns and waters including Windermere which is the largest in the area. Majestic mountain peaks and dense forests surround the lake, tarns, and waters creating an amazing setting for outdoor activities of all types. Historically, the Lake District was the well-known haunt of literary greats and poets like John Ruskin and William Wordsworth, and many cultural events and venues pay tribute to their work. With its many attractions and stunning scenery, it is no wonder the area is fast becoming the main destination for weekend holidays.

 

Enjoying Outdoor Pleasures in The Lake District
The pristine, lovely lakes beckon visitors to hire a boat and explore the waterways. The Coniston Boating Centre in the Lake District National Park provides visitors with a variety of water recreation activities as well as biking trails for land adventures. Water craft of all types including motor boats, sail boats  and canoes peacefully troll the waters at Coniston. The boating centre offers safety instruction with all equipment hires to ensure guests have a safe and memorable time on the Coniston waters. Water recreation activities continue at Windermere which extends for 10 miles and contains several small islets. Fishermen especially enjoy the fact that Windermere has a great abundance of trout, pike, and perch.

 

The forests surrounding the lakes have not been forgotten by Lake District tourist attraction operators. An outfit called Tree Top Trek at Windermere presents visitors with aerial physical challenges sure to send one’s heart racing. Visitors race through the trees on ziplines and test their balance and nerves on Tree Top Trek’s specially crafted rope obstacle courses. Tree Top Trek outdoor adventures is great fun for family groups, company parties, and couples.

 

One of the best ways to tour the quaint villages and engaging countryside around the lakes is by bike. Motorists share the road with bikes, and visitors stop whenever they desire to visit an eye-catching attraction. The clean air and exercise gained from biking the countryside surrounding the Lake District is the perfect weekend tonic for lethargic, weekday office workers. Motor cycles are also available for hire at the Lakes Escape which provides all-inclusive motor cycle tour packages to popular area attractions.

 

Other Distinctive Cultural Attractions Of The Lake District
The Lake District is home to a very unique museum featuring some of the world’s most exquisite collection of miniatures. The miniature museum is a must see for doll house collectors, artists, and anyone else fascinated by the details of these pint-sized works of art. Their collection includes 1/12 scale versions of antique living room, dining room, and other furniture pieces. Miniature paintings, embroidery, and musical instruments are also on display at the Miniature Museum. The level of detail is astounding, and the museum is sure to impress all who walk through its doors.

 

John Ruskin was a famed author, social activist, and later philanthropist of the Lake District. His late secretary started a museum in the area in his honour in the early 1900s, and one has been in operation in the Lake District ever since. This museum features some of Ruskin’s early handwritten transcripts and surprisingly skilful childhood paintings. Although John Ruskin’s later years were reportedly marred by mental illness, his ideals of social justice remained a guiding point for his peers and contemporaries. The talented man raised amongst the British élite advocated for universal education and better housing for all.

 

One collectible of John Ruskin somehow did not make it to the Ruskin Museum; his row-boat named “Jumping Jenny” is on display at its namesake the Jumping Jenny Tea Rooms. Jumping Jenny is a great place to relax while taking in afternoon tea or grabbing a quick cup of coffee. Their nutritious, palate tempting meals made from fresh, local produce is particularly noteworthy as well.

 

Why not treat yourself to a Lakes Escape this Spring or Summer and enjoy everything the Lake District has to offer….

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