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Posted Monday, July 21st, 2014 by

 

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This year for the first time since 2007, our green and pleasant land played host to the greatest cycling competition in the world; the Tour de France. This summer up and down the country, I think it’s fair to say that we have all gone cycling berserk.  There is a huge appetite out there at the moment for safe, designated cycling trails, upon which the whole family can enjoy a bike ride. Cycling is the perfect family holiday activity and with the bevy of bike trails and tracks for you to discover in the Lake District, it really is no wonder that now more than ever, visitors to our serene pastures are arriving with cycling plans in mind.

 

To help you plan your cycling itinerary in the nearby countryside. We have selected three of the best trails in the local area. Check out these:

 

1) Coniston Circuit

 

One for the slightly more advanced rider, looking to branch out and seek new challenges. Although the ride is fairly agreeable it does encompass some moderately sized mountains. The ride is around 14 miles long, and recommended at a moderate pace of between 7 and 10 miles an hour.

The circuit takes in some breathtaking scenic views namely the Coniston water loop. The first part of the ride is traffic free, beginning on the west side of Lake Coniston, before following onto some quiet roads.  Feast your eyes on some gorgeous aquatic views and gaze in splendour at the Coniston Fells through the trees all the way around the 14 mile ride.

 

For local bike hire contact, Coniston Boating Centre, Tel 015394 41366 please call at least 24 hours prior to the ride to book your bike and allow plenty of time to collect and pay for the bikes before the ride.

 

2) Kendal to Sizergh Castle Loop.

 

Another challenge, for the slightly more experienced, which again proceeds along some fairly large hills and rougher terrain.This pleasant ride starts at Gooseholme Park before taking you through the Kendal countryside, taking in the surrounding villages and some of the best views along the Lyth Valley. Also in direct sight along the route is Sizergh Castle, a National Trust property covering 1,600 acres. Captivating!

 

3) Windermere Shore Line

 

Finally, if relaxed and carefree is your gear of choice, the 6 mile ride along the Windermere Shore line is perfect for you!

This ride is a great way of getting back on the saddle, after a long hiatus. Bringing your kids along couldn’t be easier, as the terrain is seldom a challenge even for the little ones.

 

This amazing bike ride incorporates a boat trip across Lake Windermere.  Starting from Brockhole Visitor Centre and heading across the Lake to the calming western shore.  From here it’s a smooth ride south wards along straight and broad paths to magnificent Wray Castle.  We strongly encourage you take the opportunity to sample what’s on offer at the castle before making your way back to Brockhole Visitor Centre.

 

This route is perfect for the laid back non competitive cyclist, the added bonus of the boat trip to the other side of the lake adds that extra fun element to an already breezy and languid affair.

 

To book your bike call Electric Mountain, on 07407 422798.

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Posted Saturday, July 05th, 2014 by

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Things to do – Shopping in the Lakes.

 

Now I know what your thinking, shopping and Cumbria don’t exactly go together in perfect harmony. However, come spend some time in the sleepy towns that adorn this beautiful part of the world and you will be pleasantly surprised by the couture on offer.

 

Bespoke shops inundate market towns like Ulverston and Cockermouth. Indeed, Cumbria offers a vast variety of shopping choices, from the boutiques found in  smaller towns like Morecambe to the familiar brands on the high street in Carlisle.

 

Shopping may not be top of the list of priorities  for many people coming to the Lakes, who view this holiday destination as a chance to reconnect with nature. But holidays are about pleasure and relaxation and for many people  shopping is just that.

 

Let me give you the lowdown on what’s out there:

 

Yes Carlisle does high street clothing better than most places in the county, but it also offers some hidden gems, like the  shop in Carlisle Cathedral, which offers a range of  fine carved wood, stonework and stained glass gifts. Located at the Abbey, it offers on site parking.

 

Crazy about your labels? Head to K Village Outlet in Kendal. With16 premium factory outlets selling famous brands at up to 70% discount, K Village  offers amazing deals on familiar designer labels.  It’s setting is perfect for an indulgent afternoon. You can stroll along the riverside terrace, stopping for lunch in nearby elegant restaurants and bars.

 

If you want to pick up some truly authentic Cumbrian souvenirs from your time in the Lakes, take a trip to the Hawkeshead National Trust shop in Ambleside. This delightful small shop, sells a range of locally produced gifts and souvenirs, which you can adorn your mantlepiece with, safe in the knowledge no one at home will have any similar trinkets.

 

And now for the truly unique. Head to Barrow and visits the Conishead Buddhist temple to fill up on unique quality gifts, greeting cards, clothes, jewellery, food and confectionary. For the more spiritual amongst you, there is a chance to pick up some authentic Buddhist prints, statues and books at very reasonable prices.

 

Cumbria and shopping, they go together more fittingly than you thought. Come and try it for yourself.

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Posted Saturday, June 28th, 2014 by

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The World of Beatrix Potter

 

The landscape that surrounds the hotel is not only loved and cherished by holiday makers the world over, it also inspired the writings of one of England’s most famous children’s authors, Beatrix Potter. If you get the chance, surprise the kids and head to The World of Beatrix Potter centre at Bowness-on-Windermere, in Cumbria. Who’s knows you might even lose yourself for the day in a world of youthful nostalgia. Even if its not entirely up your street your kids will love it.

 

The centre is easy to find and is signposted with brown tourist information signs. The area is serviced by busses and trains, plus there is ample parking and wheelchair and buggy access

 

Your family can learn all about how the captivating Cumbrian countryside brought to life the world of Beatrix Potter’s imagination that has enchanted children for generations.

 

As museums goes, the place is pretty impressive. Each area is based on one of Potter’s most iconic characters. Journey to Jemima Puddleduck’s underground home, take a trip round Peter Rabbit’s garden and even visit Jeremy Fisher on his lillypad boat. There is even a virtual walk around Beatrix Potter’s beloved Cumbrian countryside. To round it all off there is an amply stocked gift shop, so you can take home a piece of Potter magic.

 

Such was its ability to capture the imaginations of adults and children alike that upon it’s opening the centre received a visit from many celebrities including Richard E Grant, Kim Wilde, Victoria Wood, Gaby Roslin, Cerys Matthews, Lesley Garrett, Rachel de Thame, Gary Kemp and many more.

 

The attraction is so celebrated it even received a gold medal award from the Chelsea Flower Show, in recognition of the expertise and dedication that went into creating the coveted Peter Rabbit herb garden.

 

So what are you waiting for? Check out this well loved family day out for yourself and ensure your kids have a memorable stay in the lakes.

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