One of the famous festivities in the Lake District – The Newby Bridge Hotel Christmas Carvery

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s all about food and festivities thanks to the tempting menu’s on offer in the Lake District. A full Christmas roast isn’t just for the big day. In December, fit as many in as you can!

The now fabulously famous Sunday Christmas Carvery at the Newby Bridge Hotel is the official start to the everyone’s festivities. December 16th is the date, from 12pm is the time for delicious food and a true Lake District Christmas atmosphere.

The Newby Bridge Hotel is already adorned in decorations throughout from reception to the restaurant and Huntsman’s Inn with real log fire. Enjoy the celebrating with friends, family or work colleagues for great food, fine wine and fantastic location.

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The Sunday Carvery is available each Sunday in December but the 16th is set to be extra special thanks to extra mulled wine and festive tunes from the Ulverston Town Band to get you in the spirit. Call us on 015395 31222 to reserve your table.

This set to be the perfect start to Christmas and whether you’re living or working in Cumbria or not, the cherry on the Christmas pud is an overnight stay at the Newby Bridge Hotel Lake Windermere too. Enjoy the Christmas carvery followed by a leisurely walk or a cruise down Lake Windermere followed by relaxing drinks in the Huntsman’s Inn. Choose from the 2 night Winter Deal or just choose to stay on a one night bed & breakfast basis. Both provide excellent value for money, the official start of Christmas and even fit some last minute Christmas shopping in. Just a short distance from the hotel are the lovely towns of Ulverston, Kendal, Bowness and Windermere which all have a great choice of independent shops and gifts galore.

Visit https://www.newbybridgehotel.co.uk for more information and to book both the carvery and rooms.


Windermere Christmas Celebration 2017

After last year’s huge success, the Windermere Christmas Celebration is back for its second year.

Held in the streets of this very popular Lake District village, be treated to the very best way to start this year’s festivities.

The dates December 9th and 10th with opening times from 11am until 8pm on Saturday 9th and 10am until 4pm Sunday 10th.

As in its inaugural year, the weekend attracted both locals and visitors from all over the country. What a great way to combine a weekend break with some last minute Christmas shopping and the ability to be fully immersed in Christmas!

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It was reported that the weekend was the busiest trading day for Windermere businesses in 30 years as not only are there stalls adorning the streets in true festival style but the fantastic independent retailers in Windermere Village were open and offering complete Christmas cheer. The village has gift, clothing retailers, local food producers and suppliers and an excellent choice of cafes and inns for day long refreshments.

It was the local traders in both the stalls and the village itself that proved the biggest hits and this 2017 celebration is set to feature even more. Whether its locally made gifts including scents, food and crafts to locally reared and produced food for the festive table, just make sure if you’re visiting to bring plenty of bags! Hot food will also be available as well as, the absolute must, mulled wine.

The Windermere Christmas Celebration is an ideal time for sneaky. Pre Christmas break too. There are some great offers to be had in hotels in the area including the Damson Dene Hotel near Bowness and Windermere. The hotel has a very tempting two night winter deal on at the moment for just £99 per person for two nights B&B and dinner on the first evening. Visit http://www.damsondene.co.uk/ for more details and to book direct to take advantage of this offer.



It’s been a busy month at Langdale’s Wainwright’s Inn

If heading into the summer holidays with all the extra visitors wasn’t enough, Wainwright’s Inn owned and run by and located on the Langdale Estate have had an even busier and exciting last 4 weeks.

Firstly and foremostly, new beers. The inn has been a leading real ale pub for some time now showcasing beers from a couple of miles away, throughout the North West and further afield. Championing small scale, craft breweries have been the name of the game for Wainwright’s. But news on a slightly different scale has dominated the social media accounts of the inn, the launch in mid July of Wainwright’s ale on the pumps of the Wainwright’s Inn.

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Eric Robson, Chairman of the Wainwright Society launching the ale

So many people will have heard of Wainwright’s Ale being available nationwide and bottles in so many outlets. It continues to be an extremely popular ale, light but not too hoppy and something that can quench thirst but is always welcome in the winter too, a real all year round ale. Although Thwaites the brewers are a large concern, being a Lancashire based company firmly keeps the authenticity of their beers.

Scottish breweries are really taking off and new to Wainwrights this month have been Fyne Brewery ales brewed in Argyll. Look out for Jarl, Avalanche, Maverick and Hurricane Jack on the pumps.

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Fine Fyne Ales and smoky specials

With so much beer to try, it is always wise to keep food in mind and the newly operational smoker at Wainwright’s is proving a real hit. They’ve been smoking everything from meat to fish and cheese in the smoker (AKA an old hot water cylinder – keeping with the eco ethics of the Langdale Estate!). Just one of the latest special has been smoked BBQ ribs with classic sides of chips and coleslaw. Just imagine, Pint+Ribs=Post Walk Perfection. Guests of the Langdale Lake District Hotel & Spa can also choose to dine at Wainwright’s being just a stones throw away.


It’s Pimm’s O’Clock during August at Brimstone Hotel

Pimm’s, quintessentially English, quintessentially summer (despite the weather – it’ll cheer you up even if it’s raining!) and quintessentially refreshing, the perfect way to start a holiday or short break.

And Brimstone Hotel at Langdale have more than taken this onboard knowing some of the guests are travelling from far and wide and what better way to instantly ease them into the Langdale Estate and the Lake District pace of life than a free jug of Pimm’s complete with all the condiments, cucumber, strawberries, citrus fruits, ice etc.

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Pimm’s O’Clock at Brimtone

For all guests staying at the luxury Lake District Hotel Brimstone during August during the midweek days, a jug of ice cold, refreshing Pimm’s will await to enjoy on their private balconies. Take a short stroll outside and explore the area before returning to the suite to get ready for dinner either dining in room or in one of the choice of 4 restaurants within the Langdale Estate.There’s plenty to do in and around the estate from walking and cycling to use of the pool and no stay at Brimstone wouldn’t be without taking a bath in one of the luxury tubs in each suite.

Being the height of the summer, rooms are booking up fast but there are still some remaining midweek nights and 2 night breaks available. Visit http://brimstonehotel.co.uk for more details or call one of the special hosts on 015394 38062.


100 Years of Climbing Central Buttress, Scafell

Easter Sunday, unfortunately a distant memory for most with everyone being back at work and school now but what a weekend it was and especially for those visiting the Western Lake District.

Easter Sunday was not just a fantastic day for all that were visiting or staying in the area (and residents too of course) with 4 consecutive days of fine weather but it was also the 100th anniversary of Britain’s most legendary mountain climb, Central Buttress on Scafell. Back on April 20th 1914, Siegfied Herford & George Sanson were the first people to accomplish this climb and what a feeling it must have been for them to have achieved this with the merest of equipment, no helmets or safety gear, wearing blazers and trousers, quite remarkable.

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Siegfried Herford on the Great Flake, first ascent of Central Buttress, Scafell, April 1914. Photo: GS Sansom / FRCC Archive.

Of course, this section of rock has not changed and despite more knowledge and better equipment, Central Buttress is still a route for experienced climbers. But there are many other climbs for a variety of abilities. A great insight into them can be found on the UK Climbing website be clicking here.

The Lake District is lucky enough to be home to some of the best climbers and guides in the UK. Climbers from outside of the region wishing to climb, especially some of the more challenging routes such as Central Buttress, then it well worth checking out blogs from Lake District climbers such as Leo Holding and highly qualified guides such as West Lakes Adventure when looking for expert rock climbing activity days around the Scafell area.

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Guided rock climbing in the Western Lake District

The Wasdale and Eskdale Valley’s where Scafell towers between, are home to a plethora of climbing routes which is no surprise when gazing up at the rocky and craggy landscape that makes up this, the most dramatic of locations in the Lake District. Accessible from Eskdale or Wasdale Valley, Scafell and the surrounding fells will never disappoint climbers and walkers alike who take pleasure in the challenge as well as the peacefulness.

To finish, a great comment from Katy Forrester, a Scarpa-sponsored member of the GB Ice Climbing team who lives in the Eden Valley, “So, go to Scafell. It’s not important what you do. Just go, and feel the magic of the place.”


A Competition Brimming Full of Luxury

In association with Crisp White Sheets, the guide to 5 star luxury hotels in the UK, Live Magazines are offering an amazing chance to win a star at the ultra 5 star Brimstone Hotel.

Live is the premier guide to luxury living in the Ribble Valley, Preston & Fylde in Lancashire so close neighbour of Cumbria and Brimstone.

Brimstone Hotel is the newest hotel in the Lake District offering a truly unique experience like no other in the Lake District, if not the whole of the North West. The quick and simple to enter competition requires only a name and contact details to be inputted on the online form here http://www.live-magazines.co.uk/competitions/win-a-luxury-break-away-for-two/ which enables the entrants chance of winning a one night stay at Brimstone in one of the 16 stunning suites, dinner for two, use of the luxury spa facilities and breakfast the following morning. Closing date Friday 16 May 2014.

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One of the Fireside Suites at Brimstone

With so many competitions being offered either locally, online or through social media it’s easy to discount entering with many people uttering the words ” well I never win”. Well enter and there’s as much chance as anyone and this prize really is worth entering.

Brimstone Hotel having only opened in July 2013 has been receiving excellent praise for architecture, interior design, the green credentials and most importantly rave reviews from guests. Everything from the gadgets in the bedrooms to the service and tempting Reading Room full of goodies, it seems Brimstone is really making a mark on the new wave of hotel accommodation available in the United Kingdom.

So get entering! Do it now!

By Jenny Andrew


Egg-Citing Easter Holidays in the Western Lake District

Have a break from the norm of chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate this Easter and instead choose an egg-citing family holiday in the Lake District.

Before we know it, the school Easter holidays will be here. A whole 2 weeks to entertain the kids and a great chance to book a weeks holiday or even just a long weekend or midweek break. Whichever is possible, it is a great chance to make the most of time off, longer days and spring weather.

Being the Adventure Capital of the UK and a family friendly holiday, what better destination than the Lake District to spend Easter. Outdoor adventure, fun, family bonding and tired children at the end of the day, what more could you ask for!

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A family canoeing activity on Wastwater, Western Lake District

And Easter could be the ideal time to look at venturing to a different area of the Lake District. Windermere, Ambleside, Grasmere and Keswick are amazing places but most visitors have already been to them. Why not have a change this Easter and come out west? The Western Lake District is home to England’s deepest Lake, tallest mountain and most dramatic scenery so it makes complete sense for some outdoor adventuring.

You won’t find steam boats on Wastwater, England’s deepest lake but you can enjoy this lake by walking around it or canoeing on it. At the head of Wastwater and the Wasdale Valley is the imposing Scafell, Scafell Pike and Great Gable can be seen. A guided fell walk up any of these is a really great way of introducing children to the delights of this pastime and the views (on a clear day!) or breathtaking. Move along to the next valley, Eskdale and this multi functional area offers ghyll scrambling, fast flowing river canoeing, mountain biking and rock climbing.

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Introduce children to rock climbing in the Western Lake District

Nether Wasdale and Eskdale have a choice of family friendly places to stay including camping and self catering as well as family friendly places to eat and drink. Guided Lake District rock climbing, ghyll scrambling, fell walking and canoeing activities can be booked through a local business serving Wasdale and Eskdale, West Lakes Adventure on 019467 23753.



Prices Freeze as Snow Comes to the Lake District!

After only having a sprinkling on the very tops of the Lake District fells until now, overnight has brought a covering of snow down to a lower level across the park with more forecast during this week. It then appears quite apt doesn’t it that the holiday cottage agency, Lakeland Cottage Company, have announced they are continuing their price freeze offer then!

The price freeze offer was launched before Christmas enabling those booking 2014  short breaks and holidays to book them at 2013 prices.  Furthermore, and in light of this price freeze extension, the flash sale 10% extra discount is also being continued.

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A snow capped Lake District from Bowfell (image c Cumbria Tourism)

It doesn’t need much more explaining to realise this is the ideal time to be booking a holiday and it could even be a good way of getting a cheap short break as well as a full holiday.

In fact, just this coming week there is Valentine’s Day and half term that would be a great time to book a last minute holiday or short break in the Lake District. A romantic getaway doesn’t get much better than one in the Lake District. With availability still to be had, even those who may have overlooked (forgotten!) this occasion can redeem themselves with whisking their loved one away to the Lakes.

For families then there are plenty of activities and events on around the county during the half term school holiday and family friendly accommodation to match.

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Available for half term, Wheelhouse Cottage in Cartmel

The Lakeland Cottage Company have cottages available and suitable for both romantic getaways and family holidays including Cartmel cottages and Ullswater cottages.



Langdale Gala – A Month to go!

It’s just four weeks until the highly anticipated Langdale Gala.

Held on the first Sunday in July each year, the Langdale Gala has run successfully for years and years. A mixture of activities and fun for people of any age and the whole family has made this gala one of the most popular in the county

It is primarily a community festival but many people flock from other parts of the county as well as from further afield to join in on this celebration of the area as well as Cumbria and the Lake District as a whole.

The Langdale Gala

The Langdale Gala


Traditional Lake District activities can be watched or take part in including Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling and a junior/senior fell run. For the smaller members of the family there’s a fancy dress competition and children’s flat running races and for everyone there are craft stalls, music, and food and drink.

For anyone travelling and visiting the area from out of the county and wishing to make a weekend of it then the Langdale Estate has a choice of accommodation close by including a 4 star hotel as well as Lake District self catering properties for hire. Visit http://www.langdale.co.uk for more details and to check availability





Dog Friendly Review – Cuckoo Brow Inn

Dog friendly hotels, b&b’s and cottages reviews courtesy of the legend and expert that is Mac the Border Collie.


Cuckoo Brow Inn

The humans took me and my new brother for a walk near Hawkshead last weekend. Although I’m still unsure if I completely like my new brother, I do very much enjoy seeing him try and chase me around as I’m much faster than he is!
The walk was brilliant and I got a really nice chicken treat for not chasing the sheep we saw. I love being out on the fells, jumping over rocks and across streams. I also like it when the humans go for something to eat after a walk, a bet you can’t guess why….

This weekend they went to the Cuckoo Brow Inn and me and the little one were both allowed inside which was brilliant. Yeah, treats again and before the humans even got their drinks! Now, that is the sign of a good establishment. I spied at the end of the room a fire so I dragged the humans over to the table near there. One can not waste a real fire to lay in front of, can one and I was snook a little morsel of meat from one their dinners, very nice.


For any of my fellow doggie buddies, I would very much reccommend the Cuckoo Brow Inn and B&B in the Lake District as both my brother and I were made to feel really welcome and we got some lovely treats.