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Posted Tuesday, August 04th, 2015 by

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Across England the August bank holiday signifies the end of Summer. Often a poignant time, it’s one of the last chances families get to come together, before the kids go back to school and the last of the warm weather dwindles.

 

As always Cumbria and the Lake District, provide the perfect setting for tourists to take a last deep breath of summer air, before the leaves start to turn and the crisp Autumn days appear.

 

The August bank holiday can often be a crowded, heady period, but not in the Lakes. Here, it is always tranquil and serene. Avoid the queues and the dizzy late summer rat race, by paying us a visit.

 

There are of course some unmissable walks to enjoy, while the weather is still pleasant. Why not take the family on a rugged, countryside adventure along the Lancaster Canal? Stretching out along 27 miles along the towpath between Lancaster and Kendal with many features and much wildlife to enjoy, it takes about two days.

 

If a larger body of water is more what you had in mind to feast your eyes upon, why not try The Cistercian Way? It takes 2-3 days. You walk the 33miles from Grange-over-Sands to Piel Island near Barrow-in-Furness, along the paths of the low limestone hills that fringe the northern shores of Morecambe Bay.

 

Whatever you decide to do with your time in the Lakes during the August bank holiday, you won’t regret choosing this idyllic corner of the world as your landscape upon which to watch the summer disappear.

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Posted Monday, July 27th, 2015 by

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You can’t say this place isn’t classy. The Lakes are filled with timeless buildings and properties, so much so that there are times when the entire area looks like a Hollywood movie set, or at least a film set of the British variety.

 

For the first time since 1761 a Downton Abbey-esq property in the Lakes is available for £3.25m. Lowbridge House has been home to the Fothergill family for 254 years and finally they have decided to up sticks and move on.

 

Based in a 2,000 acre estate, The Fothergill family like many modern clans, have decided that space is not of paramount importance anymore and have decided to opt for a smaller more manageable property.

 

The property near Kendal comes with a host of old-world features, including a billiards room and its own lake. As you can imagine interest has been generated far and wide, especially in North America.

 

A lot of the interest is down to the fact that English period houses come with such a rich history and have featured so prominently in many iconic films and TV dramas, over the last 50 years.

 

Claire Whitfield, from estate agents Strutt and Parker, said: “What makes it so special is that in the 254 years since it was built it has never before appeared on the open market.”

 

No doubt the new owners will be very happy with their new purchase and be in no way short of admirers.

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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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