Great North Swim 2017 Lake Windermere

It’s that time of the year again, the fantastic event weekend of the Great North Swim. The dates, June 9tt, 10th and 11th, the location, the stunning Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake.

As well as it being the UK’s biggest weekend of open water swimming, the event is also celebrating its 10th anniversary. Each year entries get fully subscribed earlier and earlier thanks to bigger coverage and the rise in popularity of open water swimming in this country.

The Great North Swim incorporates different distances and events for all ages and those for novices as well as experienced swimmers. This year distances will be half mile, one mile, 2 miles, 5k and the biggy, 10k.

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There are also two other new and exciting events for 2017 starting with the Great North Swim250. This event is aimed at new, nervous and families to take the plunge into open water swimming and is 250 metres in the bay area of the lake. The event can be entered by anyone aged 8 years or over (children under 12 to be accompanied by one adult each). Places are limited to it is well worth applying online for places to avoid disappointment.

The second new event is for all those runners and swimmers out there, the Great North SwimRun. Sure to be popular with many people up and down the country and of course triathletes looking for something a bit different to their normal triathlon challenges. What makes this much more than simply a duathlon is it involves teams of two who will navigate their way around the course going seamlessly from land to water, really taking in the very best of the scenery in and around Lake Windermere. For more information on the full programme of events visit

It is always extremely busy in and around Lake Windermere on Great North Swim weekend with 10,000+ entrants and their supporters and spectators. There is still a couple of rooms available in hotels one of which is the Damson Dene Hotel between Kendal and Windermere. IT’s easy to access and it has a pool for last minute training or post swim warm down. Rooms are limited and booking up fast. Visit for more details.

Brimstone Hotel and Beyond in the Lake District

It is worth a little reminder about one of pioneering luxury Lake District hotels, the Brimstone Hotel.

Most visitors to the Lake District will have at some point either stayed or made use of the facilities on the Langdale Estate and it is on the Langdale Estate that the Brimstone Hotel was created and opened 4 years ago. This hotel has gone from strength to strength with guests returning year on year (sometimes more than once a year!) and critical acclaim by journalists from the UK and abroad.

If the Estate wasn’t unique enough, Brimstone firmly and well and truly confirms this. The excitement surrounding this brand new hotel has brought guests to the resort that may not have visited previously.

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The main reason for this post is to make readers aware of all that can be experienced when staying at Brimstone. It is not just a stand alone 5 star hotel but one that is full of character and offers flexibility, relaxation and the ability to do whatever you like, whenever you like.

Firstly the location in the heart of the Lake District where activities galore can be enjoyed. Next, the spa. A spa with swimming pool, gym, sauna and steam room as well as treatment rooms. Dining and beverages is where it gets even more exciting with the fabulous Stove Restaurant serving breakfast, snacks, drinks, cocktails, fine wines and dinner every day and Wainwright’s Inn, a traditional Lakeland inn just a 2 minute walk from Brimstone. And don’t forget, if the suite is too good to leave, there’s the Brimstone in room dining menus to choose from 24/7. Depending on what has been done during the day, the cuisine desired etc, guests are bound to enjoy a meal to suit them perfectly.

Brimstone Hotel is special in more ways than one and it is well worth experiencing if given the chance.


Lake Windermere Wonderland for February Half Term

Half term is creeping up upon us all but what an excuse and time to visit the Lake District and in particular Windermere.

Everyone has their fingers crossed for a good weather forecast so if you’re thinking of visiting and staying over or just taking a day trip in and around Windermere, Bowness and Lake Windermere then there is plenty to see and do and even if it’s a tad damp.

Brockhole and the Lake District Visitor Centre of course has some great activities planned for the whole family as usual including Winter Wildlife Survival Trail. Full of adventure, face painting, outdoor adventures and storytelling and Treetop Treks also on the same site. Brockhole is equally as good fun indoors or out so great whatever the weather.

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Beatrix Potter, another great love of children and families of all ages. Enjoy Easter “Tea with Peter Rabbit” at the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction on Saturday 18th February and Saturday 25th. Cakes and sandwiches supplied along with stories told by “Beatrix Potter” and the chance to explore the World of Beatrix Potter attraction.

And let’s not forget the activity for all ages, abilities and that can be enjoyed for hour or a full day, a Lake District walk. Tips on walking routes and points of interest are always available by the knowledgeable staff at the hotels and B&B’s in and around Lake Windermere. Gummers How is a definite where the short, sharp climb rewards walkers with a stunning view of England’s longest lake.

From places for afternoon, a light lunch through to Sunday carvery’s and evening meals, you’ll lever go hungry in the Lake District and around the Windermere are with a huge choice of places to dine.
Being February and the chance of some wet and cold weather, the hotels around Lake Windermere are the ideal places to stay in. Everything under one roof, many with restaurants as well as bars and some having leisure facilities too. One such recommendation, the Newby Bridge Hotel at the southern end of Lake Windermere and still with views down the lake.

Calling all map, art and Lake District lovers

This is cartography at its most creative and beautiful. Whether you’re a cartographer yourself, a fell walker or runner, a Lake District lover or simply have an appreciation for wall art, these 3D Lake District relief maps could fit on any wall, modern apartment to country house.

Created by husband and wife team Chris and Ruth Scammell from their base in the north western Lake District, these maps combine accuracy but without the graphic information found on so many 3D relief maps. Have pleasure in spotting your favourite Lake District fells before opening up your Ordnance Survey map for confirmation and reminiscing about each summit.

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A Signature Bronze Lake District relief map by Map Sculpture

These 3D Lake District relief maps are available in Classic, a striking metalized coated high definition formed plastic or Signature, in a choice of woods, metals and stone including bronze or cedar wood. The Classic form is available off the shelf with the Signature being a bespoke service and the ultimate piece of craftsmanship where the client can also be involved in the design process.

Contact Map Sculpture via and to view their full product range.

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

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 or by telephoning the hotel on 015394 38062.


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,

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 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.

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,

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 for more info.

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,

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, 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

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