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Posted Monday, June 29th, 2015 by admin
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!
Posted Monday, June 22nd, 2015 by admin
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.
Posted Wednesday, June 03rd, 2015 by admin
It might sound daunting at first, but paint-balling is a safe and fun activity for all the family. Growing in popularity, it is a fantastic holiday activity. Exhilarating scenarios will challenge you and your teammates to fight through the testing terrains, plus you will always be well equipped with the right safety apparel, protective clothing and receive full inductions from trained instructors. Paint-balling is the perfect stag or hen-do activity and also a great chance for family bonding, whilst your enjoying your Lake District retreat.
There are quite a few paint-balling outlets in the Lake District, which with the use of a car are easy to get to from the Beech Hill Hotel. Practice your aim and scurry away from the enemy at one of these local sites:
Rookin House Activity Centre, Troutbeck, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0SS, is a great little spot for crawling under enemy lines and launching your attack on the unwitting opposition. Featuring free parking and disabled access, these facilities are 9 miles from Penrith rail station. For more details see: www.rookinhouse.co.uk
Up next is Lake District Paintball, the original Lake District paintball site. With 14 years of successful paintball instructing, they have seen thousands of happy customers pass through their gates over the years. Situated at Rookin House Farm, Troutbeck, Penrith, Cumbria, 6 miles from Penrith rail station, it is the Lake’s premier paintball site. The games take place on a gorgeous 400 acre woodland estate. For more details check out: www.lakedistrictpaintball.co.uk
For a fun group activity for 10+ people, check out Lakes Activities. Included in the cost is 200 paintballs, although more can be purchased on the day. All activities need to be pre-booked to ensure that there is a suitably qualified instructor there for you on the day. Prices vary depending on the type of paint balling activity you chose. There is a choice of different layouts which include urban, woodland and lakeside. Visit their website for more details regarding locations and price: www.lakesactivities.co.uk
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