It’s all about food and cycling this autumn in and around Penrith.

The two go hand in hand really, you can’t cycle without food (AKA energy) and after a gruelling bike ride, food is the must have aid to recovery (and probably what’s get you through those last few miles!).

Autumn is such an exciting season for hearty food in the hearty Eden Valley and with the Tour of Britain event not just passing through the region but also playing host to what’s set to be one of the most exciting summit finishes in TOB history, cycling is also very much “in season” too.

What could be better than some super September seasonal lamb? Cumbria, internationally acclaimed for its high quality lamb and quintessentially linked. Along with the equally as famous Cumberland sausage, these two dishes are longed for and anticipated when visiting the county and almost always consumed by visitors at once. They are warm, welcoming and recovery inducing post ride meals that’s for sure.

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The Westmorland Family farm near Orton

Pioneers many say, immense supporters and producers themselves, Tebay Services and the Tebay Services Hotel offer their own reared Cumbrian lamb across all the Westmorland Family businesses. Starting out as farmers, the ethos of local, quality, yet good value meat following into all manner of other food products continues to be to be core values of the business at every site.

Throughout autumn and winter the Tebay Services Hotel has a special dinner, bed and breakfast offer which will be released very soon along with a new menu. For the meantime take advantage of the current offer of £108 for bed & breakfast (along with a 10% off voucher for use in the Tebay Services Farm Shops) and sample rump of lamb with salsa verde on the menu right now.

Walking and water breaks break back on at Cuckoo Brow Inn

The Cuckoo Brow Inn at Far Sawrey are offering special offer breaks throughout the Autumn and Winter that offer experiences of the two main pleasures of the Lake District, taking advantage of the stunning fells and lakes.

Despite more and more of visitors coming to the Lake District for food travel, adventure sports and events, it is still walking and enjoying the various lakes and bodies of water that is the prime reason why so many flock to this National Park.

Whether it’s walking and enjoying the freedom of the open fells or cruising on Lake Windermere in complete relaxation with not a care in the world, both activities are indicative to this region and make up the perfect recipe for a short break.

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Cuckoo Brow In is located in the heart of Beatrix Potter country on the western side of Lake Windermere. Guests can take advantage of the Windermere Ferry for exploring Bowness and the eastern side of the lake either by boat, foot or by bike. The special offer packages are aimed at either Walkers or Cruisers with a choice of 2 or 3 night breaks. Walkers get set up for a day on the fells with a hearty packed lunch and cruisers are provided with tickets for a cruise on Lake Windermere. The package includes full inclusive dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation at the inn and on the first night a special treat of a bottle of wine. The prices are £145 person for 2 night and £210 per person for 3.

So make the most of the quieter autumn and winter months, recharge the batteries after a busy summer and visit the Lake District and enjoy the fresh air. For more information and to book, visit http://www.cuckoobrow.co.uk

An activity packed September in Ambleside

With the children almost about to start the new term and back at school it’s time for those who have been delaying their break or holiday until they have gone back to come out of the woodwork. September is often a busy time in the Lake District with the days still offering plenty of light and warmth still being produced by the sun, busy yes but far quieter than hugely busy July and August months.

And in particular the weekend of September 12th and 13th where there’s a couple of great yet very different activities to enjoy in Ambleside. Firstly over the full weekend is something for the green fingered amongst you, an Apple packed weekend at Hayes Garden World. Apple aficionado John from Stairway Trees will be passing on his expert knowledge of this very British fruit just in time for the UK apple season when they will be appearing on shelves and in gardens. He’ll be giving insights in to new as well as heritage varieties and showing examples of trees and an apple tasting session.

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A very different activity is next but still as enjoyable and very current in terms of popularity, cycling. Sunday September 13 sees a GoSkyRide local ride starting from Ambleside and taking the new Grasmere Trail to Grasmere Village learning about the World Heritage Site bid whilst cycling along. The trail is a super way to enjoy road free cycling and at 10 miles is suitable for many and classed as one of GoSkyRide’s “Steady” routes. Booka place quickly and easily through the GoSkyRide website here.

Not booked anywhere to stay yet? Rothay Garth B&B in Ambleside has rooms available that weekend and is just 1 minute from the start of the bike ride at Ambleside C of E Primary School Vicarage Road LA22 9DH and just a 5-10 minute walk to Hayes Garden World for the apple extravaganza. Rooms start from £84 including breakfast and there’s private, off road parking.

Time waits for no guest at Brimstone this late summer

The summer is drawing to a close and for some it’s the chance to grab a quieter break away as the children and teachers head back to school for the start of the new school year.

But if plans were to try out the award winning Brimstone Hotel at Langdale either for the first time or as returning guests, then take note, You Snooze, You Lose! Rooms for the remainder of August and during September are now extremely limited. Another reason to gets your skates on when looking for a September break is to take advantage of the booking 30 days or more in advance offer which entitles early birds into a fabulous 20% off room rates.

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One of the Fireside Suites at Brimstone

If you’re still umming and ahhing then here’s a little reminder of the extras you can enjoy at Brimstone, not found in any other hotel in the Lake District. Firstly access to The Reading Room, complimentary homemade cakes, snacks, tea, coffee, soft drinks, beer and wine and The Bootroom by Berghaus, full of walking gear to use during the stay in case you’ve forgotten to bring some, not brought any at all or the weather has taken an unexpected turn for the better/worse. Everything from rucksacks to boots and waterproofs.

So don’t miss out on a chance to enjoy the last of the summer in the Lake District and in luxury.

Booking info
Brimstone suites can only be booked direct via http://brimstonehotel.co.uk or by telephoning the hotel on 015394 38062.

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We’re looking forward to a super South Lakes Bank Holiday weekender

It’s looking set for a bumper, fun packed and fabulous Bank Holiday to round of the summer in the South Lakes this weekend. Whether you’re into the arts, food, cruising, strolling or adventure then the South Lakes has it all and in abundance for four days.

Starting with cruises on Lake Windermere and this can be either a letting someone else do the work for you and a cruise up and down the lake via Windermere Lake Cruises or by hiring a rowing boat from the various providers from Bowness.

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Windermere walking views

The Holker Producers Market at Holker Hall on Sunday is where foodies can stock up and enjoy along the way, Cumbrian and Lake District produce including chutney’s meats, breads and cakes.

To feel like you’re working a bit of that food off then pop up and have walk around Grasmere Sports after. What a setting and the chance to witness some of the counties finest fell runners in action and traditional Lakeland sports competitors along with again, great food, crafts and entertainment.

And if you just want to get out and do your own thing then nothing beats walking and the Ash Landing and Claife Heights walk as detailed via The Guardian here, http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2012/mar/28/top-10-walks-lake-district.

A central base is always handy and the Applegarth Villa Hotel & Restaurant in Windermere, complete with parking, fits the bill when visiting any of the events above. A few last minute rooms are available starting from £180 per room on a luxury bed & breakfast basis. Visit http://www.lakesapplegarth.co.uk/ for more details or call 015394 43206.

 

Cheap, clean and healthy 2 wheeled holidays in Grange

Cycling couldn’t be easier in and around Grange over Sands. When just starting out on two wheels, Grange is the ideal introduction with enough flat routes to enjoy and a super train service enabling even more places to be explored.

The station is located on the Furness Line connecting Barrow in Furness to Lancaster. Lancaster Station is on the West Coast Mainline making Grange easily accessible for those travelling from Scotland or London. Trains from Lancaster to Grange run hourly and is priced from just £6.50.

The Furness Line weaves in, around and over Morecambe Bay. The scenery along the whole line is something to behold and journey times are slashed compared with driving. Take for example going from Grange to Arnside. By road this journey is 14 miles in length with an approximate time of taking 24 minutes. Grange to Arnside on the train which hops across Morecambe Bay, just 6 minutes. Head over to Arnside on the train and cycle, cutting down the amount of cycling on a road, and visit Arnside & Silverdale AONB before stopping off for some of the world famous fish & chips from Arnside Chip Shop right on the front.

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The train line crossing the Arnside Estuary (photo c http://arnsidevillage.co.uk/)

The station at Grange has bike storage for up to 20 cycles so visitors can cycle to the station and then go exploring by train and on foot or the Transpennine Express trains has a limited amount of room for cycles.

Travel Advice
A great resource for hints, tips and advice on travelling throughout the UK in a cleaner, healthier and cheaper way visit the new Sustrans Change Your Travel page here, http://www.sustrans.org.uk/change-your-travel.

Accommodation
Bay Villa on Main Street is a luxury B&B just 0.3 of a mile from the station with large rooms perfect for unwinding in after a day on the bike and breakfasts that will most definitely set guests up for a full day of riding too. Visit http://www.bayvilla.net for more info.

Super summer savings still available in the Lake District

Admittedly, summer has been a little lack lustre compared with the previous two years in terms of the weather. BBQ’s and garden furniture have had a year off that’s for sure but the Lake District has been fairly dry, none of the flooding conditions as seen in the south, pleasant overall you could say, providing plenty of chance to get out and still enjoy some time off, a day out or a holiday.

It definitely hasn’t put people off visiting the Lake District and no event, festival or show has been cancelled which is excellent news for both guests and organisers. The shows such as the Steam Gathering at Flookborough, Cartmel, Hawkshead, and Ambleside Sports all had super days of course leading to super attendance figures. And summer isn’t over yet with Bank Holiday weekend still to come and a packed programme of Lake District activities, shows and events still to come.

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Dalemain for the food festival, Grasmere Sports, Cartmel Races

There’s the Producer’s Market at Holker Hall on Saturday 29th August, Cartmel Races on the 29th and 31st, Grasmere Sports on Sunday 30th and all Bank Holiday weekend The Great British Food Festival at Dalemain near Ullswater.

A super September is on the cards too with the Westmorland County Show, Holker Chili Festival and lots, lots more. Check out the GoLakes What’s On Guide for full listings.

So with plenty going on, some of the best weather in the UK, it sounds like the Lake District should be the destination of choice for last minute, end of summer break don’t you think? The Lakeland Cottage Company have holiday cottages available with late deal savings. Take for example Grammar School House at Ullswater for the food festival at Dalemain, Lyme Cottage at Lindale for Cartmel Races and Holker Hall and Shepherd’s Nook at Kentmere for Grasmere Sports. To book any of these Bank Holiday late deals visit, https://www.lakeland-cottage-company.co.uk/

New Lake District Get Out Get Active website goes live

From the award winning Langdale Hotel & Spa team, a brand new website promoting biking, running and walking routes in the Lake District has just gone live, http://www.langdaleactive.co.uk/.

The site aims to promote the Lake District for what it’s USP is of adventure and making use of the great outdoors, after all the Lake District is the Adventure Capital of the UK. Whether it’s a leisurely stroll on a fairly flap route to a full days road or mountain biking, the strap line “It’s free and its’ fun” sums up perfectly just what you can enjoy in the Lake District.

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The location of the Langdale Lake District Hotel & Spa in the Langdale Valley naturally makes it the ideal base for waling, climbing, running and cycling with so many of the guests who stay taking part in at lest one of these pastimes during their visit. Taking to fells, on the footpaths, cycle routes and bridleways will be families, couples, groups of friends and corporate team building parties all being fuelled by fresh air.

A recent article on Getoutwiththekids.co.uk, the highlights just how important fresh air is for children and adults alike, boosting moods and feeling more energised is just what the Langdale Hotel are hoping to achieve through this new website.

For information on the full list of services and accommodation at the Langdale Hotel visit http://www.langdale.co.uk.


In association with: Nurture Lakeland