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Posted Friday, September 19th, 2014 by

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Looking for something truly exhilarating during your time in the lakes? Grab a taste of scouring gorges, ghylls and canyons, to really challenge yourself.

 

The word ghyll describes a stream cut into the hillside. A gorge is generally a larger stream or river which tends to be closer to the road. It’s in amongst these natural fixtures that this unique take on rambling occurs. Imagine hill walking without the paths and smooth terrain and you will be close to envisioning what this sport is all about.

 

The craze involves hikes up and through these natural features, to really connect with the land.

 

How much you want to exert yourself is dictated by the individual gorge or ghyll.  Some encompass swimming and getting wet, while some are less precarious and allow you to catch your breath and take in the surrounding area, in a gentler fashion.

 

Gorges and ghylls can be great fun; however they can also prove tricky and some what dangerous if the appropriate safety measures are not undertaken. For this reason we always recommend going with an experienced and reliable instructor. Not only will they ensure that  you survive your excursion unharmed and carry the right equipment throughout, they will also be able to recommend the best sites to run up or down.

 

Some ghylls and gorges are better done in descent. If this sounds tame then don’t be fooled. This generally involves sliding and jumping rather than climbing and scrambling. The descents can also be referred to as canyoning. Canyoning,  sort of like abseiling, is taken pretty seriously in some quarters. You will have to use ropes as you apply yourself to the steep decent down the watery trails. Canyoning requires you bring quite a lot of equipment, so you can’t suddenly get out of the canyon and decide to take it easy, like you can with a gorge or gyhll.

 

Splashing and scrambling up rocky mountain streams, is highly rated by those with an appetite for outdoor adventure.

 

Climbing cascades and sometimes waterfalls, traversing pools and drinking in the captivating views, is a winning combination and one that many of our guests over the recent years have indulged in.

 

These activities do carry a risk, especially if you happen to fall foul of the weather. Plan your day well in advance so you can be sure of no surprises. Slipping down gorges in the pouring rain can make the whole experience much more hazardous. Always bring sensible footwear and waterproofs.

 

Pool jumping is also becoming a trendy thing for young upstarts to get involved in, during their time at the lakes. Pool jumping is undeniably fun, but just make sure before you go throwing yourself into open lakes and pools that you know how deep the body of water is, so you can avoid broken bones, if the pool is too shallow and drowning if the pool is scarily deep. Also, watch out for freezing temperatures that may cause hypothermia. This is England after all.

 

Other than that, get involved! How better to connect with nature.

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Posted Friday, September 12th, 2014 by

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The lake district is an unforgettable place to spend the most magical time of year.

Imagine a magical Christmas and New Year with real fires, snow on the mountains, frozen lakes and waterfalls.

With cosy local pubs and nearby shopping hamlets, even the run up to the big day is a unique and enjoyable experience. Avoid the rush of the mid December high street, by opting to buy all your gifts in the nearby towns of Carlisle, Kendal, Barrow, Penrith and Workington. Indeed, there are many festive experiences on offer in the days leading up to Christmas, from Santa’s grottos, to pantomimes and Christmas concerts. Enjoy the warmth of it all against a stunning back drop of snow dusted mountains and idyllic lakes.

 

Top of the list of Christmas things to do in the Lakes, is the legendary Winter Droving at nearby Penrith. The Winter Droving is an other worldly festival in Penrith that celebrates all things rural, traditional and fun. A torch lit parade through the town, caps off this wild and sometimes musical celebration.

 

Also highly rated is Santa’s magical grotto at Greenland’s Farm Village. The Grotto is open the first 3 week ends in December and then again on the 22nd and 23rd. Surrounded by story books, stuffed animals and Christmas decor, the kids will love a trip to the grotto.  Upon arrival you will be greeted by his cheeky elf, meet the wonderful Father Christmas and to round things off in spectacular fashion, you will even receive a gift from St Nic himself. Priced at just £9 a head, which includes souvenir photos of your visit, this truly is a great Christmas day out.

 

If you’re still looking for things to do with the kids, why not bring them along to the Christmas Disco again at Greenland’s Farm Village. Happening on the 19th of December, the disco is a great way for kids to socialise in a safe and fun environment. Parents can have a well-earned relaxing breather with coffee and cake, while the kids let off all that pre-Christmas nervous energy .

 

Finally don’t forget to check out the Ullswater steamers, on lake Ullswater. Here you you can book a place on a riverboat cruise and enjoy some Yuletide tea. The cruise gently sails down nearby rivers with the Mountains overlooking the southern shore with Yuletide Tea to be taken between 12-5 pm. It is best to book in advance by calling Inn on the lake.

 

For Christmas accommodation look no further than our own festive packages here at Beech Hill Hotel, or why not try an exclusive stay at our five star cottage High Biggin. Let us take care of your schedule, while you relax and indulge with the rest of the family.

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Posted Thursday, September 04th, 2014 by

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Whilst you’re in the Lakes, do not miss out on your chance to visit the historic Hadrian’s Wall.

 

The historic wall was built during the rein of the Roman empire, in order to barricade in the unruly tribes of ancient Scotland, from the rest of mainland Britain.

In AD122 the Emperor Hadrian decided to draw a line from the Tyne to the Solway, creating a border. This border allowed the Romans control of population movement, trade routes, and the tribal hordes.

 

Today Hadrian’s Wall is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The World Heritage Site stretches 150 miles, incorporating the Wall and various Roman sites found down the Cumbrian coast. The Wall itself stretches across the north of England from the west Cumbrian Roman coastal defences at Ravenglass,  to Hexham in Northumberland and on to Newcastle upon Tyne. There are many bus tours operating in the area, making day trips from Beech Hill Hotel entirely feasible.

 

These days Hadrian’s Wall is a tranquil place, nestled in a relaxing and picturesque setting. The area is of huge historical significance and a great place for kids to discover the ancient heritage of the Lakes.

 

Visits to the Nearby tourist spots of Carlisle Castle, Birdoswald Roman Fort and Senhouse Roman Museum serve to enhance the authenticity of your experience of the historic side of Cumbria.

 

Keen cyclist? Why not take a cycle tour along the wall? Linking the North and Irish Seas, Hadrian’s Cycleway is signposted along its entire 174 miles, through the Roman frontier and the Cumbrian coastline. Of course if you’d rather walk, then why not take the Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail, the long-distance footpath that runs through the World Heritage Site. The footpath is 84 miles of glorious walking through rugged moorland, rolling fields and dynamic urban landscape.  With a baggage courier service and plenty of pubs and restaurants along the way, you can easily explore the route in style.

 

Whichever way you decide to experience Hadrian’s wall, you are guaranteed an unforgettable experience. There are few places in the world where you can see up close and personal a historic roman ruin. So charge your smart phone, bring waterproofs and get out and explore.

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