With its cobbled streets and fascinating history the market town of Ulverston is a great place to visit and full of surprises. For a start, Stan Laurel was born here in Argyle Street inJune 1890. His former home can be still be seen a short walk away from the town centre. A bronze statue of the comedy duo stands outside the Coronation Hall where visitors make a beeline to have a selfie taken with the comedy legends. The Laurel and Hardy museum is worth a visit in the nearby Roxy cinema building containing artefacts and objects belonging to the comedy duo. Regular viewings of their classic films run throughout the day which makes an ideal venue on a rainy day. Ulverstons’s most visible landmark (modelled on an earlier version of the Eddystone Lighthouse) is the Hoad Monument, a concrete structure built in 1850 to commemorate statesman and local residentSir John Barrow. The uphill climb is well rewarded with breathtaking views across the whole area including Morecambe Bay and the Lake District. Swarthmoor Hall is a Grade II* building situated just outside the town and is like stepping back in time. With oak panelled rooms and furnished in authentic pieces of furniture and objects belonging to the people who lived there in the infancy of the Quaker movement. The hall is open to the public and pilgrims from around the world. Another impressive site is the Buddhist temple at Conishead Priory on the coast road to Bardsea which is hard to miss with its golden roof. The priory includes the Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre. Visitors can simply look around the site (with woodland access to the shore of Morecambe Bay) or try a free meditation session at 12.30pm & 2pm each day.
This Leyland Clock stood proudly for many years at the Jungle transport cafe on the A6 near to Shap. In 1973, after being renovated, the clock was moved to the Kendal Brewery Arts Centre where it stands today. Seven Leyland Clocks were located at prominent positions (including on the A1 near Boroughbridge in Yorkshire). There’s an ongoing debate about how many clocks there were, but its generally agreed there were less than a dozen.
Townend was home to the Browne family for 400 years before it was given to the National Trust in 1943. The farmhouse is brimming with character with a library full of rare books and intricately carved furniture. Built in 1626 for George Browne who was a wealthy yeoman farmer. The house has been unchanged down the centuries with many rooms still don’t have electric light. With beautiful gardens a visit here certainly gives you a feel of what a harsh life it once was for the farming community in this isolated place.
Only thirty minutes drive from Lothlorien you will come to the fascinating and relatively unspoilt market town of Kirkby Lonsdale. Set in the picturesque Lune Valley, this beautiful market town has something for everyone. Central is the pleasant Market Square surrounded by a complex of interesting buildings including the imposing Royal Hotel. For shoppers, Thursday is the day, as the market attracts visitors and local people alike. Market day is busy with a range of stalls offering everything from meat, fruit and veg to souvenirs, bakery, plants and clothing. Well worth a visit is the 14th century Devil’s Bridge which is a magnet for motorcyclists throughout the year. Ruskin’s View: Ruskin’s viewpoint is accessible down a pretty alley beside the Sun Inn and through the graveyard of the Norman Church of St Mary the Virgin. Furthermore, this view has been immortalised in a painting by JMW Turner, painted in 1822. John Ruskin described the view as “the loveliest in England”. From Ruskin’s view there’s another pleasant walk down the radical steps to the River Lune. Eating Out: There are plenty of restaurants, pubs and cafes to enjoy a snack or a drink. Kirkby Lonsdale even has its own brewery where you can try their craft beers at their Royal Barn bar in the town. Additionally, the town has always had a reputation for quality independent shops lining the main streets in the centre. For the artistic visitor, the town boasts two art galleries located on the outskirts – Finestra gallery and Leck gallery. Recently, The Sunday Times voted Kirkby Lonsdale one of the best places to live in the North West. Another quirky fact is that the Bronte sisters went to school in nearby Cowen Bridge in the 1820s. Kirkby Lonsdale attracts approximately 24,000 visitors each year.
Claife Viewing Station is an attraction well worth a visit and not too far from Lothlorien. Set on a rocky hillside overlooking Windermere, this ruin of a residence noted for each room being glazed in different coloured glass to represent the landscape in the changing seasons. It was originally built in the 1790s as a summer house by a local clergyman and further expanded in later years. It was once owned by the Curwen family, who owned Belle Isle, Windermere’s only inhabited island. During the 1800s the building was used by wealthy visitors for social events, such as, parties and dances and theatricals. It was certainly a place to go and been seen on Windermere at that time.
Hampsfell high above Grange-over-sands is home to large areas of Limestone pavements. These Limestone rock surfaces were formed under warm seas about 350 million years ago. The pavements seen today, were exposed around 10,000 years ago as soil was stripped off by moving ice during the last ice age. Limestone Pavements are bare limestone rock surfaces comprising of slabs of rock known as clints. Clints have formed large vertical cracks known as grikes which have been developed over time by weathering. Limestone pavements offer a unique habitat for many unusual and interesting species of plant life including flowers and ferns. Furthermore, rare alpine plants, including saxifrage flourish in the crevasses. Limestone pavements are under threat, from the quarrying of ‘water-worn limestone’ to satisfy the demand for its use in garden rockeries.
Cartmel has been celebrating the 800th anniversary of the man who founded Cartmel Priory. The church was founded in 1189 by Sir William Marshall on land recently granted to him by King Henry II. He became a famous medieval figure who was later involved with the Magna Carter. William Marshall still has a bearing on the nations’ laws and governments to this day.
It’s highly likely that William Wordsworth and his family walked along this route from Rydal to Grasmere. The path will have been regularly used before there was a consecrated local burial ground at Rydal. This old corpse route would have been used to transport the dead over a fairly steep route. The nearest consecrated burial ground at that time was at St Oswald’s Church in Grasmere. There are two large stone ‘coffin slabs’ along the route where the bearers could put the coffin down and have a break. The coffin route is approximately 4.5 miles along a well established path. Finally, it takes about 40 minutes from Lothlorien in Kents Bank by car.
We are the Chadwick family and will be delighted to welcome you to this special part of the country. On arrival, we guarantee you a lovely warm Cumbrian welcome. Pam, Holly and Matthew have lived in Grange-over-Sands all their lives. David has lived and worked in this beautiful place for over forty years. To make the family complete we have Matthew’s dog called Buddy, the softest dog ever. We also have Archie, an Irish Draught pony, who belongs to Holly. We live very close to Lothlorien, which will be your home from home during your stay. The property boasts a large garden, summer house, free off-road parking, free WiFi and stunning views over Morecambe bay. As a family, we are committed to your enjoyment and will do everything we can to make your holiday special and one to remember for ever.
The oldest building in Grange is Hardcragg Hall, dating from 1563. It was was once the home of John Wilkinson, the ironmaster. He sailed the first iron boat on the nearby River Winster, manufactured new water pipes for Paris. Furthermore, he fashioned a canon used by Wellington at the battle of Waterloo in 1815. Later, Beatrix Potter, who was a friend of the owners, regularly visited the hall, which had its own piggery. It was on one of these visits she met the original Pigling Bland – a character in one of her successful story books. It is believed the current Grange library occupies the site of the piggery. Even today, the road by the side of the library is called Pig Lane.
Longsleddale is the most easterly of the major valleys of Lakeland, located 4 miles north of Kendal near Garnett Bridge. Delightful and straight, this narrow valley stretches for 8 miles and preserves a wonderful unspoilt feel. Its remote seclusion leaves it untainted by tourism or, for that matter, commercialism. Unusually, the valley has neither a pub nor a shop along its length. Furthermore, the valley is an oasis of pastoral tranquillity amidst inhospitable fells. The valley looks just as it would have centuries ago. Furthermore, it was once an important packhorse route travelling between Scotland and the south, or towards the west. A petition for a bridge at Sadgill was made in 1717 to allow the river to be crossed when in spate. Finally, after 8 miles the narrow road peters out and is as far as you can go by car. Although untouched by commercialism, one point to note is that Longsleddale was the inspiration for Greendale, the fictional home of Postman Pat and his black and white cat.
We are delighted that Lothlorien Holiday Cottage has recently been awarded Four Stars from VisitEngland. Our goal at Lothlorien is to provide guests with high quality accommodation in clean comfortable surroundings in the Lake District. Early in 2019, we were independently audited by an assessor from VisitEngland. VisitEngland conducted a thorough audit to ensure they are satisfied that we meet their quality standard for holiday cottages and self-catering holiday lets. We are overjoyed to have been given this prestigious rating. VisitEngland is the national tourism agency who were satisfied our commitment to quality accommodation met their standard. For potential guests, having this award gives them confidence in a quality label they can trust. Having the award sets Lothlorien apart from our competitors for holiday accommodation in the Grange, Cartmel and wider Cumbria area.
Delightful Gelt Wood near Brampton is a fascinating place to visit. A short walk from the car park takes you into an ancient deciduous woodland. The path follows the valley of the river Gelt taking in a red sandstone gorge and a roman quarry. This hidden gem of Cumbria contains some fascinating graffiti dating back nearly 2000 years. Within the woods, sandstone cliffs still bear the marks of Roman stonemasons who quaried there during the building of Hadrian’s Wall. The marks date back to AD2007 were made by workers quarrying stone for the repair and refortification of Hadrian’s Wall. This site is one of only a handful of Roman quarries in England which still feature inscriptions. The graffiti includes a caricature poking fun at a commanding officer and a good luck phallus symbol. Due to erosion, a partnership between Historic England and archaeologists from Newcastle University are to make a photographic record for future generations before they are lost. This site is one of only a handful of Roman quarries in England which still feature inscriptions.
Elegant Rydal Hall is a stunning place to explore. Set in over 30 acres, close to Rydal Water, it is a perfect place to walk and breath in the clear Cumbrian air . The views are stunning with Rydal Hall boasting amazing views over the Rothay Valley. In particular, the grounds are a perfect place to relax and enjoy this beautiful part of the world. Both visually and historically, Rydal Hall is the most stunning building in Rydal. This magnificent house was built as the country seat of the Le Fleming baronets who can be traced back to 1126. Originally the Le Fleming’s lived at Coniston Hall some miles away. In 1575 they moved to Rydal to the old Hall which was built on a knoll beside the present main road. Later in 1681, is was described as ‘now in ruins’. The new Hall was built by Sir Michael le Fleming in the 16th century. Further alterations were carried out over the years with the main front dating to the 19th century. Experts consider the Hall to be architecturally fine and is listed as Grade II along with terraces, bridges and outbuildings. Since 1963, Rydal Hall has been run by the Church of England Diocese of Carlisle. The Hall offers conference facilitates and accommodation. Futhermore its a place of hospitality, tranquillity and spirituality for all.
The Windermere Ferry is the only way to get from one side of the lake to the other (rather than travel all the way around). The lake is at it’s narrowest at ‘The Nab’ near Far Sawrey and the opposite side at Bowness-on-Windermere. There has been a ferry of one sort or another since the 1300s. The current ferry is named Mallard and was built in 1990 and is operated by a pair of cables under the lake. It is owned and managed by Cumbria County Council. It runs all year and can carry 18 cars and 100 passengers. However, coaches, motor bikes and even horses can be transported. The crossing is so smooth and quiet it’s easy to be half way across before you realise it! A toll is charged and the journey generally takes 10 minutes.
Not many people know this (including many locals), so I’ll let you into an amazing Kents Bank secret. So, here goes. Kents Bank has its very own cave tucked away on Kirkhead.
Kirkhead Cave is situated just outside Grange-over-Sands in the Parish of Allithwaite and is one of only three known Palaeolithic caves in Cumbria. Palaeolithic caves and rock shelters provide some of the earliest evidence of human activity in the period from about 400,000 to 10,000 years
After excavation work was completed, analysis of some of the bones found in the cave revealed they are the earliest bones known from Northern Britain.
Experts took a fragment of a human leg bone and radiocarbon dated it to just over 10,000 years old. This is the earliest known human bone from northern Britain, following the retreat of the polar conditions of the last Ice Age.
The large chamber in Kirkhead Cave has been excavated on numerous occasions over the years going back to the 1860s. Along with the human bones, other bones have been found including horse, cattle and even elk.
Allan Bank is a beautiful National Trust property on the edge of Grasmere. It is a former home of Canon Rawnsley who was a founder of the National Trust. The property was condemned as an eyesore by William Wordsworth when it was being built. To add more intrigue to the story, in 1808 after he had married, he and Mary moved here with their three children John, Thomas and Dora. Also living with them were Mary’s sister Sara Hutchinson, and their literary friends Thomas de Quincey and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. They stayed here for two years during which time they had two more children, Catherine and William, but they moved on because the chimneys smoked too much, and they fell out with the landlord. It is slightly different from any other National Trust property as you can sit and relax, read the papers, make a brew and generally imagine you live there. If that is not enough, the views and location are to die for. Well worth a visit anytime.
It was a pleasant surprised to see that Kirkhead Tower in Kents Bank, Grange-over-Sands, is, at long last, having some structural repair work carried out. I’ve been concerned for a long time that it had fallen into such as state it would eventually fall down. Apparently, the tower was built by the Cavendish Family probably in the 19th century as a summerhouse. The views over Morecambe from here are absolutely stunning.
The Lido in Grange has stood empty since 1993 and has fallen into decline ever since. In 2011, a group of concerned residents formed the ‘Save Grange Lido’ campaign group tosave and restore this iconic building. Detailed plans have recently been finalised, after engaging a specialist architect to draw upa restoration plan, which they intend to present to South Lakeland District Council shortly. Opened in 1932, such structures were a common feature across the country. Grange Lido consisted of a salt water pool with diving board and surrounded by a sun deck, changing rooms and an attendant room. These ambitious plans would enhance Grange as a visitor attraction and,above all, make the residents proud of this iconic structure at the far end of Grange promenade.
A stunning long distance route that takes you on a tour all the way around Morecambe Bay; being one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the UK. Taking you from the south west coast of Cumbria to Glasson Dock in Lancashire, this route is a feast for cyclists. A total of 81 miles, the Bay Cycle Way is a fantastic new route that takes you on a mixture of traffic-free paths and quiet lanes through a beautiful part of Cumbria and Lancashire. The route travels past a number of fantastic tourist attractions including Conishead Priory, Morecambe’s art deco hotel, ‘The Midland’, pretty Cartmel (with its 800 years old Priory), RSPB’s wildlife haven at Leighton Moss and historic Lancaster and Glasson Dock. This route is a perfect and gentle introduction to long distance cycling.
The Predator Experience is the only place in the country where visitors have the chance to walk with Wolves. Furthermore, in addition to learning about them you can see and experience them in their natural environment. Now celebrating its 10th birthday, the owners have exciting plans to enhance further the overall visitor experience. The plans include introducing new training facilities, animal viewing room and an animal hospital. A Walking with Wolves experience lasts for approximately one hour. The Predator experience is 5 miles from Lothlorien and is open all year round.
The River Kent flows into the bay carving deep, ever shifting, channels into the shimmering sands of Morecambe Bay. Cross Bay Walks are led by Cedric Robinson MBE the Queen’s Official Guide. The Guide’s role is to navigate walkers safely over the treacherous sands from Arnside to Kents Bank. Over the years the sands have claimed the lives of hundreds of people from fishermen and travellers. In particular, most have fallen victim to the dangerous tides and quicksands. Morecambe Bay is a fascinating piece of coastline with its ever shifting sands surrounded by gently rolling farmland and classic seaside towns. Lothlorien is a perfect place to stay in the pretty village of Kents Bank on the edge of the bay.
For anyone who hasn’t been before, the seaside town Grange-over-Sands is a perfect base to explore the fells of South Lakeland and the Furness Coastline. This charming Edwardian resort has a sunny, south-facing position on the edge of Morecambe bay and has some of the finest parks and gardens on the Cumbrian coast, including the beautiful ornamental gardens. The bay estuary and the countryside around Grange are fascinating places for bird enthusiasts. Hampsfell Hospice is situated on the fell above Grange and has provided shelter for travellers ever since. Just a half hour’s walk from from Grange, the Hospice boasts an outstanding view that takes in the Old Man of Coniston, Helvelyn, the Langdales and Morecambe Bay.
Is it worth taking a holiday out of season? You can still have a fantastic holiday here in the Lakes even though the days are shorter and the nights longer. Here are some ideas to make the most of your stay: 1. Take time to enjoy many of the National Trust and English Heritage gems 2. Enjoy walking on quieter paths and bridleways 3. Relax over long lazy lunches at some of the excellent restaurants in the area. To book your stay at Lothlorien please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 015395 32642 today.
An interesting place to visit and not very well known is Acorn Bank which is a beautiful sandstone Manor House, park and woodland situated in the Eden Valley near Temple Sowerby. Travel time from Lothlorien is about 45 minutes. The house dates back to the 13th century when it’s first owners were the Knights Templar in 1228. With 180 acres of park and woodland a restored Watermill and a walled garden there is plenty to see and do. The tour of the house is fascinating hearing about its history from it being a Hospital of St John in 1323 through to it being owned by a local landowner called Thomas Dalston and finally being given to the National Trust by the Yorkshire writer, art collector and traveller called Dorothy Una Radcliffe in 1950.
Tarn Hows is a very popular Lake District attraction close to Coniston and Hawkshead. What is less well known is that the tarn used to be three smaller ones called High, Middle and Low Tarn. In 1862 James Marshall gained the land and set about building a dam to raise the level, and with other landscaping largely created the Tarn Hows we see today. Later he sold it to Beatrix Heelis, better known as Beatrix Potter, who eventually passed it to the National Trust for safe keeping.
It is remarkable that this prehistoric stone circle, on Birkrigg Common near Ulverston, has been here for over 3000 years. Known as The Druid’s Temple, the site consists of rare concentric double stone circles in use from the late Neolithic to the end of the early Bronze Age. To think how the world has developed since they were placed here is absolutely incredible.
The beautiful market town of Ulverston is busy getting ready for Tour of Britain which passes through the town on September 7th. Festival flags and bikes dressed by local families are being displayed on the Tank Square roundabout on the A590 approach into town.
Shap Abbey was built in 1199, and was the last Abbey to be founded in England, and the last to be dissolved by Henry VIII in 1540 Located in a secluded but stunning setting by the River Lowther, it can be accessed easily from the main A6 road through Shap. The 15th century tower and other remains can be explored with the help of information boards all around the site.
We will be sad to say goodbye to our first ever Swedish guests in the morning. Thomas and Maria Sidhage are from Falun in Sweden who’ve had a great few days exploring the Lake District including walking on Helvellyn.
Windermere Lake Cruises is the most popular attraction in Cumbria, operating cruises on England’s largest lake – Windermere, in the heart of the Lake District. Boarding in Lakeside, Bowness or Ambleside, the cruises offer magnificent views of mountain scenery, secluded bays and the many wooded islands. Add to this the opportunity to break your journey with some fantastic local attractions such as, Lakeside & Haverthwaite Steam Railway, The Lake District Visitors Centre (Brockhole), Fell Foot Country Park, The Lakeland Motor Museum, Wray Castle and Ferry House for Hilltop and Hawkshead, and you have the makings of a perfect day out. For more information go to: https://www.windermere-lakecruises.co.uk/
High Dam is a picturesque tarn above Finsthwaite at the southern end of Windermere. A dam was built across the southern end of the tarn in the early 1800s to supply water to the bobbin mill at Stott Park a few miles away. The dam is surrounded by mixed woodlands of oak, birches, larch and Scots pine to name a few. The woodland floor is scattered with bilberry, bracken and heather. Scott Park bobbin mill, in nearby at Lakeside, is the only working bobbin mill left in the Lake District and is open to the public for tours.
Gypsies and travellers have arrived in Appleby for the start of the annual Appleby Horse Fair. Members of the gypsy and traveller community have travelled from far and wide to attend the event, from all over the UK, Ireland and further afield. An additional 20,000 people are expected to attend for three days of trade, competition and festivities The fair runs from today (7th)until the 10th June.
Carnforth Railway Station’s main claim to fame is for its use as the location for David Lean’s 1945 film ‘Brief Encounter’. Today it is still an important station being on the West Coast Main Line. Carnforth Station Heritage Centre is well worth a visit as is the themed 1940s cafeteria capitalising on the film. Your visit would not be complete without seeing the famous Carnforth Station clock made by Joyce of Whitchurch in the late 19th century. During the shooting of the Brief Encounter the clock was covered in canvas with painted numbers and moveable hands so the time could be manipulated
The areas around Arnside are renowned as designated Areas of Outstanding Beauty and Sites of Scientific Interest because of the rare butterflies and alpine succulants that shelter amongst the limestone pavements. There are many lovely walks around Arnside Knott and up to the Pepper Pot at Silverdale. A quaint former fishing village, Arnside has a charming promenade with independent shops, pubs and cafes. The fish and chip shop sells the best fish and chips for miles around. From the promenade the sunsets are spectacular and from the pier watching the tide roar in on the bore never fails to fascinate. Arnside is two stops by train from Kents Bank Station.
The Irish pop band – Boyzone will be making their first appearance in the South Lakes this summer. The concert takes place during the June Meeting on Friday June 29. The open-air concert will begin after the racing and will undoubtedly form one of the highlights of Cartmel’s summer racing fixtures.
Experience the stunning beauty of Morecambe Bay in a completely unique way. Why not take part in a Cross-Bay walk? Crossing the sands with an experienced and knowledgeable guide you will traverse the ever changing sands and channels in the bay. Cross-bay walks are internationally renowned for their historic value as people have been crossing the bay with a royally appointed guide since the 1500s. There are about 30 walks during the Spring and Summer of 2019. Most walks cross the sands between Arnside and Kents Bank and are led by Cedric Robinson MBE, the Queen’s Official Guide. Cedric Robinson MBE has been leading walks since 1963 and decided to retire aged 86 in 2019. His successor is a Flookburgh fisherman called Michael Wilson who will be the 26th Guide over Sands.
Furness Abbey near Barrow in Furness was once one of the richest Cistercian monasteries in England, exceeded only by Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire. The soaring ruins of red sandstone soak up the grandeur of this 900 year old site. Located in a peaceful valley, the majestic remains of Furness Abbey once housed the flourishing community of a wealthy order. Many of the buildings are still standing which made up the Abbey, including the Outer Court, the Church with its North and South Transept and Tower, the Cloister Court, Chapter House, the dormitory, infirmary and kitchen. The Abbey was founded by Count (later King) Stephen of Boulogne c.1125, but much of the structure is the later Cistercian, as opposed to the original Savignac. The Abbey developed a harbour on Walney Island to promote its trade in wool and iron, and built a castle at Piel for protection. Furness Abbey is 40 minutes away from Lothlorien by car.
Grange-over-Sands is first mentioned in the ancient Cartmel Priory Registers of the 15th or 16th century, when it was recorded as ‘Grange-with-Kentisbank’. It is generally believed that the name derived from the old French ‘Graunge’ meaning ‘a barn’ or ‘granary’ where the monks of Cartmel Priory stored some of their grain (or possibly ‘Grancia’ – meaning Grain). Grange is a quiet seaside resort with an Edwardian flavour and a mild climate. It has some of the finest parks and gardens on the Cumbrian coast.
Grange-over-Sands railway station was designed by architects Paley, Sharpe and Austin for the Furness Railway Company and opened in 1877. It was renovated in 1916 with its distinctive architecture with glass canopies and cast iron columns again restored in 1997. There are currently proposals to bring the station into the 21st century by Arriva Rail North with new ticket machines, WiFi, upgrade to the toilets and baby changing facilities planned.
Holker Hall is a privately owned country house located in Cark in Cartmel, Cumbria. In its day the hall was “the grandest building of its date” and the house stands in an estate of about 80 hectares surrounded by formal gardens, parkland and woodland. There are many events and activities throughout the year including the Holker Hall Antiques & Fine Art Fair from March 16-18th 2018. The house, gardens, café and local produce shop are open to visitors.
Brigflatts Friends Meeting House of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), is a mile or so outside of Sedbergh. This beautiful building which was built in 1675; it is the second oldest Friends Meeting House in England.
If you are interested in the Quakers, Firbank Fell (about 40 minutes away from Lothlorien by car) is well worth a visit. On this remote fell side is a place of pilgrimage for Quakers, known as Fox’s Pulpit. Here, in 1652, fresh from his vision on Pendle Hill, George Fox addressed a multitude of up to a 1000 followers, and thus began the Quaker movement, ‘The Society of Friends’.
A hike over Hampsfell is a perfect way to see the panoramic views of Morecambe Bay stretching from Yorkshire all the way around to Barrow in Furness. Hampsfell stands at only 220 meters high, yet is boasts some of the finest views of any fell in the Lake District. On the top of the fell stands the Hospice. This solid stone shelter was built in 1846 by the vicar of Cartmel and is an ideal shelter from inclement weather. Above the door is a Greek inscription which apparently reads “Rosy-fingered dawn” and seems to puzzle many people; maybe because it faces East and therefore, directly into the rising sun. Inside the Hospice are several other inscribed panels telling more about the history of the site.
William Wordsworth described Grasmere as ‘the loveliest spot that man hath ever found’, which may explain why the Romantic poet made his home here. There are superb walks with stunning views in all directions leading from the centre of the village. If you fancy enjoying one of his Wordsworth’s favourite walks there is an easy walk along Loughrigg Terrace around Rydal Water with superb lakeland views in all directions. A slightly more strenuous hike is the short sharp ascent to the impressive rocks at the top of Helm Crag otherwise known as the “The Lion and the Lamb” or the “Old Lady at the Piano”, which are names derived from the shape of rock formations on the summit. Grasmere is 45 minutes away from Lothlorien by car.
We have availability for the summer retreat at the Manjushri KMC, Conishead Priory in Ulverston from August 24 – 29, 2018. This retreat begins in the evening of Friday 24th and ends at lunchtime on Wednesday 29th. Access to Ulverston by train from Kents Bank station which is 5 minutes walk away.
“I stayed at Lothlorien when I started work on the first chapter of my first book Einstein and the Art of Mindful Cycling: Achieving Balance in the Modern World. “The start of a book is always the hardest part. But Lothorien helped me get focused and ready. “I spent many happy times gazing out of the lounge window across the wild expanses of Morecambe Bay. I felt as though my worries and cares were drifting far away with the tide, and being replaced by calmness and concentration. “In this replenished state of mind, I found that my head was soon full of creative ideas and solutions for the book. “I was writing about mindfulness, but I was also living mindfulness – thanks to the peacefulness and beauty of my surroundings. A calm sense of self-awareness and openness to the world comes easily at Lothlorien. “I did a lot of hard work at Lothlorien, but I also found it easy to relax in such a tidy and clean house. And when I met David and his wife Pam, they were so friendly and welcoming, it was another reason to feel contented. “I heartily recommend Lothlorien for a happy and mindful holiday.”
Legend has it that the last wolf in England was killed a mile away from Lothlorien at Humphrey Head on the shores of Morecambe Bay in 1390. According to folklore, the beast came down from the fells above Coniston where it had been attacking flocks of sheep. It was then claimed it attacked a child in Cark-in-Cartmel before locals chased it away to Humphrey Head. At the time, efforts were being made to eradicate the species from Britain from the time of King Edward I. Aside from the threat to livestock and humans, wolves were also said to raid graveyards! Many substantial rewards were offered to anyone who killed them. You can still find traces of wolves around the area today, from the Last Wolf ale brewed locally to wolves called Maska and Kajika who are part of the Predator Experience at nearby Ayside.
We enjoyed a look around The Royalty Cinema in Bowness-on-Windermere which was open to give film fans a look behind the scenes. As part of the Heritage Open Day scheme the cinema gave members of the public a chance to find out more about the cinema, which celebrated its 90th anniversary earlier this year. As well as learning about the building’s history, there were a number of old newsreels being shown and the historic Wurlitzer organ was being played by local organist Paul Gregson. We even had a very interesting chat with the owner – Charles Morris, who also has six local cinemas across Yorkshire and Cumbria including the Roxy in Ulverston. From the photos the cinema appearance hasn’t changed much down the years.
Our new table and stools for the patio have arrived today all the way from Rye in East Sussex. We are all set for some lovely weather.