Helvellyn -The Sky’s Not The Limit: Helvellyn is the third-highest mountain both in England and in the Lake District. Access to it is easier than to the two higher peaks of Scafell Pike and Sca Fell. The scenery includes three deep glacial coves, including Red Tarn, and two sharp-topped ridges on the eastern side (Striding Edge and Swirral Edge). Helvellyn was one of the earliest fells to prove popular with walkers and explorers, especially in the later 18th century. Among the early visitors to Helvellyn were the poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth, both of whom lived nearby at one period. Most visitors enjoying a Lakeland holiday at Lothlorien will be aware of Helvellyn. However, few will know about one of the most daring and spectacular events in its history when a biplane landed on its summit in 1926. Despite attempts on the 15th and 21st of December being abandoned, a small aeroplane landed on the summit plateau of Helvellyn and took off again on the 22nd. The two-seater biplane was an Avro 585 Gosport, was flown by Bert Hinkler. He was accompanied on the flight by John F. Leeming, president of the Lancashire Aero Club. The landing on the steep slope was successful due to a strong headwind helping stop the plane extremely quickly. However, the uphill take-off was incredibly difficult and the plane nosedived off the edge of the summit with inadequate airspeed, narrowly missing the treacherous Striding Edge before returning to Manchester. Additionally, after landing the biplane, the pilot asked a witness on the ground, Professor E. R. Dodds, to sign a paper stating he witnessed the landing. Consequently, he then took off and returned to the aerodrome in Woodford. Commemorative Plaque: There is an engraved stone tablet on Helvellyn’s summit, 40 yards south of the shelter. The tablet commemorates this unprecedented and to date unrepeated publicity stunt. We invite you to stay at Lothlorien Check our availability Relax and unwind. Check out our availability and book online today. Book Now
Here are 3 Stunning Lakeland Woods Walks: Cumbria contains a wealth of wonderful woods in beautiful settings. Many of these woods are Woodland Trust woods offering fantastic walks with much to see and explore, both in the woods themselves and in the wider landscape. The idea of spending time in outdoor natural spaces and a desire to experience nature could be key to improving your wellbeing. A walk in the woods is rewarding at any time of the year. 1. Grubbins Wood Grubbins Wood is a hidden gem lying close to the foreshore between Arnside and New Barns Bay. The clear uninterupted shore of the Kent Estuary, where noisy waders feast in the mud, contrasts with the shade of the ancient yew woodland. Away from the stands of yew, Lancastrian whitebeam clings to the ramparts along the shore. This incredibly rare tree, which is full of red berries in the autumn, is only found in limestone outcrops around Morecambe Bay. 2. Moss & Height Spring Wood Moss & Height Spring Wood is managed as one wood but with two distinct areas – Moss Wood and Height Spring Wood. This lush wood, divided by an old coffin road now a public byway), lies within the beautiful Rusland Valley. The flood plain of Rusland Pool has wet mosses and pastures alive with dragonflies and wild flowers. The valley sides are cloaked in ancient deciduous woodland and the views to the fells beyond are spectacular. The area has the feeling of remoteness but with the advantages of a network of footpaths, small villages, a pub and seasonal tearoom at nearby Bouth. 3. Beckmickle Ing, Staveley Beckmickle Ing is part of a well-wooded area on the east bank of the River Kent near Staveley in the Lake District National Park. The walk takes in the beauty of deciduous woodland, with riverside interest and flower-rich grassland, including part of the Dales way. There are excellent public transport links to Staveley as well as toilets and refreshments in the village. We invite you to stay at Lothlorien Check our availability Relax and unwind. Check out our availability and book online today. Book Now
Castlerigg Stone Circle (also known as the Keswick Circle) is a Neolithic stone circle about 1.5 miles east of Keswick. To get there take the Penrith Road from Keswick and take the first branch road then a right up a narrow lane. It is estimated to have been built around 4,500 years ago by prehistoric farming communities who settled on the fertile regions fringing the Lakeland mountains. The site was carefully chosen to impress and to draw upon the natural drama provided by the surrounding fells. Additionally, it is thought the circles were probably used as places of worship. The Castlerigg circle is differently places to the other stone circles in the county. The others generally occur on high land, the Cumbria coast and the Eden Valley. Furthermore, Keswick’s circle is in the fell centre and its setting very much adds to the drama. Apparently, its tallest stones line up with the sunrise over High Rigg at Candlemass in February and with the setting sun at Skiddaw at Summer Solstice. The Castleriggs circle is slightly oval. There remain forty-eight stones, some of the quite bulky, and on the east side is an unexplained and unusual oblong ‘chamber’ within the circle. 3 more places you may like to visit nearby; Bowder Stone Millican Dalton’s Cave Ashness Bridge We invite you to stay at Lothlorien Check our availability Relax and unwind. Check out our availability and book online today. Book Now
Lindale is close to the River Winster on the old Lancashire and Westmorland border. St Paul’s church along with the local pub, The Royal Oak, are situated at the top of the hill overlooking Lindale. The church was designed by the Kendal architect, George Webster (1797-1864). It is believed Lindale has had a place of worship in the village since 1577. Unfortunately, due to dwindling congregation numbers and increased maintenance costs the church has had to close. It held its final service on 25th January 2019. Rev. George Wilson took the last service. John Wilkinson, the ironmaster, is buried in St Paul’s churchyard, in an unmarked grave; it was his fifth burial! Firstly, his coffin became lost on the sands of Morecambe Bay, but subsequently recovered. Secondly, an attempt to temporarily lay him to rest in the grounds of Castlehead, his former home, as a larger iron coffin was made – the original one was too small. Thirdly, the gravediggers hit rock, so the grave was too shallow and he was later buried deeper. Castlehead subsequently changed hands, and the new owners objected to the grave and the memorial above it. Consequently, the memorial now stands on the Lindale junction to Grange-over Sands and John Wilkinson’s final resting place was in the village churchyard. Finally, and unusually, for a village of this size, there are three large car showrooms. Hadwins Volkswagen Lake District Audi Lloyd South Lakes MINI We invite you to stay at Lothlorien Check our availability Relax and unwind. Check out our availability and book online today. Book Now
The Parish Hall (pictured) on Cartmel Fell was once the school but closed in 1971 due to the falling number of pupils. Opposite the hall you will see a rock slide, warn smooth by countless children down the years (see photo below). When the school was built in 1871, it was very modern, with a high ceiling and large windows set above eye level to avoid distracting the pupils’ attention. Until the new school was built, children attended lessons in the church. To this day, in the Cowmire box pew, carved grid patterns can be seen on the seats which are probably methods of teaching children fractions. In 1971, Cartmel Fell school became unviable due to falling puypil numbers and was closed. It now used as a parish hall. It is now used for the W.I meetings, flower festivals, dances and other social activities. We invite you to stay at Lothlorien Check our availability Relax and unwind. Check out our availability and book online today. Book Now
Rampside Needle: This tall slim lighthouse is situated at Rampside close to Barrow-in Furness. It is known locally as the Rampside Needle and can be seen easily for Piel Island nearby. Built in the 1875, it is the only surviving example of 13 such beacons erected around Barrow to guide vessels into the port. It is 20 metres (66ft) tall and built of red and yellow bricks. This distinctive elegant landmark is set south-east of Barrow-in-Furness just off Roa Island Road. Rampside Lighthouse is Grade II designated building by English Heritage. We invite you to stay at Lothlorien Check our availability Relax and unwind. Check out our availability and book online today. Book Now
The Amazing Story of Millican Dalton: Millican Dalton was born in Nenthead, Alston, Cumberland, on 20 April 1867. He was known as the cavemand of Borrowdale. He spent his early life in the northwest of England before his family relocated to Essex. Earning a living as an insurance clerk in London, he lived in Loughton where he had a cottage. By the age of 36, gave up this existence and went to live in a cave in Borrowdale. Undoubtedly, he was decades ahead of his time, Millican Dalton – vegetarian, pacifist and teetotaller. Furthermore he lived off his wits, surviving on a modest income as a climbing instructor. “Dalton’s Cave”, as it is known locally, is on the east face of Castle Crag. It comprises two inter-connected split-levelled caves left over from the slate quarrying industry. He inhabited for almost fifty years. As a result, and to this day, Dalton’s legacy can be seen in the upper chamber of the cave, where he etched an epitaph into the wall… “Don’t Waste Words, Jump to Conclusions”. Whilst conducting his camping excursions he enjoyed campfire conversations and was always ready to pitch in an opinion on the great ideas of the day. Additionally, visitors often spoke of a sense of peace and relaxation after spending time with Millican. Embracing the solitude of his cave, he became attuned to the nature around him. It was during an interview with a newspaper in 1941, he commented, “Well, I don’t sleep much, and while I am awake I lie and listen and think. There’s a lot to think about just now, isn’t there? All the sounds of the nights, the roar of the mountain stream, the barking of our dogs and foxes, the cries of birds, how can I be lonely with such company?” Finally: Another interesting places to explore is the Bowder Stone. Visitors to Lothlorien are welcome to use the free WiFi to plan the best route to this fascinating location by visiting www.keswick.org We invite you to stay at Lothlorien Check our availability Relax and unwind. Check out our availability and book online today. Book Now
Cartmel Gatehouse: The Gatehouse in Cartmel, near Grange-over-Sands dates back from the 14th century. Over the years, it has housed the school and for many years the local court. Following restoration in 1922, the building was gifted to the National Trust. We invite you to stay at Lothlorien Check our availability Relax and unwind. Check out our availability and book online today. Book Now
Arnside Tower House is located over in Far Arnside and was built close to the old agricultural and fishing community. It was originally referred to as Heathwaite. The Tower is believed to date back to 1375 and was built to offer protection against Scottish raids. The building burned down in October 1602, and was subsequently rebuilt. In 1884, a hurricane blew down the south-west wall. Today the ruins of the 15th Century Pele Tower are in a sorry state. Fortunately, there is enough still standing to get an idea of the imposing structure it would have been 500 years ago. It is actually private property and illegal to enter it (not to mention quite dangerous) but you can get right up close to the outside for some nice pictures and a bit of close up investigation. If you walk a little bit down the hill, where the defensive ditches are, there is the abandoned entrance to a tunnel. We invite you to stay at Lothlorien Check our availability Relax and unwind. Check out our availability and book online today. Book Now
The No1 Top of the World Treat: Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay ate Romney’s Kendal mint cake on the summit of Mount Everest on 29th May 1953. This being the first successful expedition to the summit. Romney’s were approached by the 1953 expedition to Everest, to see whether they could supply Mint haste. Fortunately, they had sufficient stock to meet their needs, and the staff willingly gave up their sweet ration coupons to comply with the law. Sir Edmond Hilary and Sirdar Tenzing ate this Mint Cake on top of Everest as they gazed at the countryside below them. Mint Cake is still made to this day in Kendal by three different companies. However, the mint cake creation was apparently an accident! A confectioner called Joseph Wiper, while making a batch of clear mint, had a lapse of concentration and the product ended up cloudy. As it tasted nice, the batch was saved, so this sugar-based confection was born. Since then, Kendal Mint Cake recipe has become the no1 favourite with hikers, climbers and visitors to the Lake District. Throughout Cumbria, Mint Cake is widely available through camping and outdoor equipment shops. We invite you to stay at Lothlorien Check our availability Relax and unwind. Check out our availability and book online today. Book Now
The Kendal – Lancaster Canal: The Kendal canal was opened in 1819 as an extension to the Preston to Lancaster canal. The canal’s main purpose was to transport coal north from the Lancashire Coalfields, and limestone south from Cumbria. Due to the nature of these cargoes the waterway was given a local nickname – the Black and White Canal. By providing cheap coal to replace water power with steam power it enabled Kendal’s manufacturing industry to expand. However, with the coming of the railways in 1840, the canal began a decline and by 1955 was deemed commercially unviable. A final nail in the canal’s coffin was in the in the 1960’s, when the M6 motorway was built, cutting off the northern reaches at Tewitfield, leaving the canal to deteriorate. The section from Stainton to Kendal was closed down and the last two miles were filled in. On a more positive note, the route of the canal south of Kendal is still evident with most of the bridges still in place. We invite you to stay at Lothlorien Check our availability Relax and unwind. Check out our availability and book online today. Book Now
Sundown in Arnside: Arnside is a wonderful place for an evening stroll. The sunsets are spectacular with amazing views over the Kent estuary towards the Lake District. There’s nothing quite like watching the sun go down and listening to the curlews and oystercatchers pottering along the shoreline. The village is located within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Undoubtedly, Arnside is one of England’s best kept secrets. Arnside was once a thriving fishing port when shrimps were plentiful in Morecambe bay. The fishing industry faded when the railway arrived and the early Victorians made the village a seaside resort. For further information on Arnside click here. We invite you to stay at Lothlorien Check our availability Relax and unwind. Check out our availability and book online today. Book Now
The launch of the new MV Swift A new boat took to the waters of Windermere recently. Windermere Lake Cruises’ brand-new 300-seat MV Swift embarked on its maiden voyage last Sunday October 25th 2020. The boat is smaller than other boats in their fleet and is fully accessible for disable passengers. The vessel was built at Lakeside and after being inspected by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and granted a Passenger Certificate ready for service. The launch of this new boat has come at a time of significant uncertainty in the tourism industry. Undoubtedly, the MV Swift has a bright future on the lake and will play a significant role in helping the economic recovery post the Coronavirus pandemic. We invite you to stay at Lothlorien Check our availability Relax and unwind. Check out our availability and book online today. Book Now
Cumbria To Host Tour of Britain Stage in 2021: Cumbria will once again host a stage of UK’s elite road cycling race – the Tour of Britain 2021. The announcement that Cumbria will feature in the UK’s biggest cycle competition has been welcomed in the county. The race is set to return to the county in September 2021. Geraint Thomas As a result of the event, the county’s tourism sector will get a boost following the dreadful year we had in 2020. Originally, the race had been planned to take place for September this year but had to be postponed due to the pandemic. Having the race stage in Cumbria will shine a spotlight on the area internationally and bring with it a lot of tourism for the event. We invite you to stay at Lothlorien Check our availability Relax and unwind. Check out our availability and book online today. Book Now
Cast-Iron Shop Front in Dalton-in-Furness: Hartley’s Restaurant at 51, Market Street in Dalton-in-Furness has its own individual identity from other shops in the town. Its shop front is ornate and made of cast-iron which is unusual. The shop front will have been installed in the latter half of the nineteenth century. Moreover, being made of cast iron it allowed shopfronts to be tall and elegant for the first time. We invite you to stay at Lothlorien Check our availability Relax and unwind. Check out our availability and book online today. Book Now
Working Remotely on Holiday: Enjoy a Workcation break in stunning Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria: Are you working from home and tired of the same four walls? Here at Lothlorien we would like to offer you a change of scenery for your home working regime with a workcation. In other words, having a holiday and still being able to keep working remotely. With free fibre broadband WIFI, you can enjoy a break away from home whilst continuing to work seamlessly and still be productive. Contact us at Lothlorien and speak to us about your requirements. Check our availability Looking for accommodation? Check out our availability and book online today. Book Now
The Temple of Naval Heroes: Storrs Temple is also known as ‘Temple of Naval Heroes’. It sits at the end of a stone causeway leading from the grounds of Storrs Hall out into Windermere. Providing glorious views up and down the lake, the temple was constructed by Sir John Legard of Storrs Hall. It is as a folly to the house he had built in the latter years of the eighteenth century. As an expression of his patriotism, Sir John requested that the octagonal building carried the names of four great naval heroes in the ongoing war against the French. As a result, the folly is decorated with four engraved stone slabs which read: Howe, St Vincent, Duncan and Nelson. He travelled extensively in Europe, but in later life suffered ill-health, including a condition which left him unable to walk. Hell-bent on enjoying an outdoor life, he moved to the beautiful shores of Windermere where he continued his passion for sailing. Indeed, Sir John played a significant role in establishing the annual regatta on Windermere in 1801. The the event remains extremely popular to this day, over two hundred years later. In his indicatively named yacht, “The Victory”, he repeatedly won against other eminent local enthusiasts. Many people said that when he dedicated Storrs Temple to the admirals he was playfully reminding his contemporaries that his prowess on the lake was equal to the mastery of the Royal Navy at sea. Sir John’s health deteriorated and he was forced to vacate Storrs Hall only a few years later. Nevertheless, subsequent proprietors continued to value the existential nature of this truly exceptional ‘Temple of Naval Heroes’. Locals and visitors to Lothlorien are strongly recommended to pay it a visit. Consequently, the last owners of Storrs Hall, by now a hotel, handed the building to the National Trust in 1965. The general public can walk through the hotel grounds and out to visit the temple. Check our availability Looking for accommodation? Check out our availability and book online today. Book Now
The Lake District – UK’s No 1 Top Place to Go: The Lake District has been named the UK’s top destination on Lonely Planet’s new international ‘Ultimate Travel List’. The prestigious international travel guide has ranked hundreds of what it calls “unmissable global travel experiences” around the world. The Lake District came top of the UK list along with Hadrian’s Wall who came in at number 13th most essential destination. Acknowledgement of both of Cumbria’s World Heritage Site speaks volumes for the region. Furthermore, the Lake District boasts the highest number of Michelin stars anywhere north of London – making Cumbria a true food-lovers paradise. With Cumbria’s wide-open spaces providing the perfect environment for a visit based around relaxation, health and wellbeing. Additionally, the county has a lively, vibrant culture and arts sector made famous by the famous Lake District writers such as Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth. The Lake District is also home to the deepest lake and highest mountain in England. The whole area gives endless opportunities for adventure and fun in the great outdoors.
Stunning Gummers How: Gummers How is locally and nationally known for its stunning walks and wonderful views. On a clear day, you can see all along Winderemere, from Newby Bridge to Ambleside. Recently, the land has been singled out as an area of habitat importance. Management responsibility for the land is undertaken through the Higher Level Environmental Stewardship Scheme. The scheme is designed to preserve and enhance the important ecological value of the upland vegetation on the fell. For the same reason, hardy Luing cattle have been introduced to Gummers How to assist vegetation management designed to encourage the important shrub and flower habitat once abundant on this fell. On top of that,, Luing cattle have been selected for their special characteristics adapted to survive on rugged hill ground. Secondly, this hardy breed evolved on the island of Luing in Argyle off the west coast of Scotland. It is a cross between Highland cattle selected for its ruggedness and hardiness, and Shorthorn, for their beef qualities. As a result, the cattle have the best qualities from both breeds. To conclude, Gummers How is 8 miles away from Lothlorien and is easily reached by car in less than 20 minutes. Check our availability Looking for accommodation? Check out our availability and book online today. Book Now
Love Wild Swimming? Have you ever thought about dipping your toes (and hopefully the rest of you) into a cool, sparkling lake or tarn? Wild swimming is becoming ever more popular, so what makes people take a plunge into a cold, wet lake? For a start the water is a breath-taking refreshment to your body, the view is completely different from down below the bank and after the shock of the cold water it galvanises the heart. Cumbrian lakes are now cleaner, safer and more accessible than at any time in living memory and the health benefits of a wild swim or a natural dip are well publicised. Take proper precautions and wild swimming can be a safe and fun way to enjoy the outdoors. On a warm, calm day wild swimming is a really special experience. So stay safe and the shimmering waters will reconnect you with the natural world around you. A couple of great wild swimming places in the Lake District are: 1) Grisedale Tarn Set in Grisedale Hause in a gap in the Helvellyn range, between the valleys of Thirlmere and Ullswater, Grisedale tarn is a perfect place for high, wild plunge. It has gently shelved banks and some useful flat boulders for ease of access and sunbathing. 2) Derwentwater Derwentwater is one of the finest swimming lakes in the Lake District. It is three miles long and surrounded by dramatic, rugged mountains. It is surreal looking up at the scenery when you are in the water swimming between the little islands. Check our availability Looking for accommodation? Check out our availability and book online today. Book Now
Holiday rental in Grange-over-Sands: Whether you like exploring, rambling or simply relaxing, Lothlorien holiday rental in Grange-over-Sands is a perfect choice for your staycation. Set on the edge of Morecambe bay it is within easy reach of the Lake District. In fact, the southern end of Windermere is less than 8 miles away at Newby Bridge. Lothlorien boasts bay views, a large enclosed garden, off-road parking and free fibre broadband. We are pet and dog friendly and welcome well-behaved pets. What more do you need to have a relaxing break in this beautiful part of the country? Check availability and prices below. Check our availability Looking for accommodation? Check out our availability and book online today. Book Now
Chapel Island Cross-Bay Walk: We have enjoyed a lovely walk out onto Morecambe bay today to visit Chapel Island. Chapel Island is a short distance from the shore and is separated by the River Leven. When you reach the Island you can see the ruins of an ancient chapel built by Cistercian monks from nearby Conishead Priory around the 14th century. The purpose of the chapel was to provide shelter for travellers and fishermen trying to negotiate the treacherous sands. As always on the bay, there is a permanent danger from strong currents and quicksands. The Island lies on the path of the ancient crossing from Cartmel to Conishead. It would have been a place of haven to travellers caught out by the tide. We invite you to stay at Lothlorien Check our availability Relax and unwind. Check out our availability and book online today. Book Now
Nine Standards Rigg is a collection of large cairns sitting high on the fell above Kirkby Stephen. It is believed the cairns have stood on this site for over 800 years. Furthermore, there is evidence there may have been as many as 13 cairns at one time. The Coast to Coast walk made famous by Alfred Wainwright runs over the summit where walkers can enjoy panoramic views across the Eden Valley. Although the summit is within Cumbria the Nine Standards Rigg lies within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Check our availability Looking for accommodation? Check out our availability and book online today. Book Now
The Hazelmere cafe is situated on Yewbarrow Terrace opposite the duck pond in Grange-over-Sands. The cafe is an independent, family run business and has been owned by the Stubleys family for nearly 40 years. They aim to use local food and suppliers wherever possible. Everything they make to serve is made on the premises by their extensive team of chefs and bakers. Furthermore, baking continues throughout the night to ensure freshness. Their popular artisan breads are being used by many local restaurants and eateries. Alongside their very busy deli, bakery and restaurant they also have an upstairs showroom and shop which houses the famous ‘Dorothys Teas’. Dorothy the owner of the whole business has travelled the world extensively searching for many of the teas that you see in our showroom shop today. The shop now boasts over 120 different teas and tisanes to choose from! The Hazelmere has been featured in numerous national food magazines and newspapers, as well as on television. Check our availability Looking for accommodation? Check out our availability and book online today. Book Now
Eleven Great places to eat out in the Grange-over-Sands Area 11 Restaurants around Grange-over Sands The Grange area boasts a fantastic variety of pubs, inns, restaurants, cafes and tearooms to suit all budgets and tastes. From a Michelin starred dining experience to afternon tea, the area offers exceptional food and drink. You are never far away from one of our many independently run businesses offering delicious food and drink. Here is a sample of what’s on offer: The Estuary on Main Street, Grange-over-Sands; L’Enclume in Cartmel; At Home Cafe & Bistro on Main Street, Grange-over-Sands; Thyme Out Coffee House & Restaurant at Devonshire House, Grange-over-Sands; Choco-Lori of Grange – Handmade Chocolate Shop, chocolate Cafe & Bar on Main Street; The Netherwood Hotel, Lindale Road, Grange-over-Sands; The S Café on Yewbarrow Terrace, Grange-over-Sands; The Cavendish Arms in Cartmel; Clare House, Park Road, Grange-over-Sands; The Pheasant Inn in Allithwaite; Hazelmere Café on Yewbarrow Terrace, Grange-over-Sands; Check our availability Looking for accommodation? Check out our availability and book online today. Book Now
New Cartmel Footbridge A new footbridge has recently been installed in Cartmel. The new bridge crosses the River Eea (an ancient term for ‘water’) by the side of the Kings Arms linking it with the Rogan & Co restaurant. We invite you to stay at Lothlorien Check our availability Relax and unwind. Check out our availability and book online today. Book Now
Dove Cottage & Wordsworth Museum “This plot of orchard-ground is ours” Dove Cottage is the world-famous home of William and Dorothy Wordsworth. Their Grasmere home and museum is due to reopen on Saturday August 16th 2020. After several months of closure due to major restoration work, Dove Cottage will again open its doors.
Have a relaxing break in Grange-over-Sands. If your overseas holidays are off-limits this year, look no further than a relaxing break in Grange-over-Sands. With a mile long promenade, formal flowerbeds and smart cafes, what could be more enjoyable than looking out over the vista of Morecambe Bay? Furthermore, Grange has one of the mildest climates in the north of England. There are numerous local walks from Grange including Hampsfell with its panoramic views from the hospice. The hospice is a building given by the vicar of Cartmel as a resting place for travellers. Climb up the stone staircase for a 360-degree view from the Lake District mountains to the Isle of Man to Blackpool tower. Another favourite walk is to Humphrey Head, a striking limestone promontory jutting out into the bay. Humphrey Head is known for its important flora and fauna. It is also reputed to be where the last wolf in England was killed. If you are interested in bird watching, an estimated 200,000 birds visit the bay during the winter. Grange also has a diverse mix of independent businesses with Higginsons Butchers and Hazelmere cafe being the best known. So, for a holiday with a difference this year, have a staycation in Grange and enjoy your well-earned holiday. Check our availability Looking for accommodation? Check out our availability and book online today. Book Now
Chapel House Woods near Staveley is on the southern edge of Windermere and covers an area of 333 hectares. Chapel House is situated within the Lake District National Park. Most of the forest was planted in the 1950’s and 1960’s mainly with spruce, larch, Scots pine and silver birch. Over the years, the woodland has been used in the manufacture of various items. Firstly, for besoms (a broom made of twigs tied together on a long handle) Secondly, in bobbin manufacture at nearby Stott Park Finally, for producing charcoal. There are still remains of the old charcoal pits in the woods. The woodland also contains many watercourses, marshes, bogs and ponds, including Simpson Ground Reservoir, which is accessible along forest tracks. The car park is at Barrowbanks, which is 6 miles from Lothlorien.
Levens Hall is situated just off the A6 at near Levens village. The hall (with pele-tower) is the largest Elizabethan house in the Lake District. The topiary gardens are world famous in their own right and are a must for any gardener visiting the area. The hall has a fascinating history including once being gambled away in a game of cards.
The Lakeland Motor Museum is a great local attraction with something for all the family. Besides being in a beautiful location, this modern state-of-the-art museum is a must for all motoring enthusiasts. Nestled in the scenic Leven Valley the museum is open to visitors seven days a week The museum opened its doors at its original site at Holker Hall in 1978. As a consequence, it has welcomed more than 1.5 million visitors. The current museum is a collection of some 30,000 exhibits collected over a period of 50 years. The collection is home to more than 150 cars and motorbikes, plus bicycles, pedal cars and other motoring related items. It is fair to say that the collection will unlock nostalgic memories for everyone. Furthermore, a separate exhibition is dedicated as a tribute to father and son, Sir Malcolm and Donald Campbell. The pair between them, captured twenty one world land and water speed records in the Bluebird series of cars and boats. Donald Campbell was tragically killed on Coniston Water in January 1967, whilst attempting to break his own water speed record. Highlights include full-size replicas of the Bluebird car built in 1935, the Bluebird K4 boat, and the famous 1967 jet hydroplane, Bluebird K7. Café Ambio, which is on the same site, overlooks the River Leven and is an ideal spot for something to eat or drink. Check our availability Looking for accommodation? Check out our availability and book online today. Book Now
This is an odd waterway as it isn’t connected to the UK’s canal network. In the beginning, Ulverston grew up as a centre for leather, copper and iron ore. In December 1796, England’s deepest, widest and straightest canal in the UK opened for business. Its length is entirely straight and on a single level. It is a lovely place for a stroll. When you reach the end you will be rewarded with fine views of the estuary and the railway viaduct. The canal was completed in order to provide the town with a waterway and port. It is situated one and a half miles from the coast. At 15 feet (4.6 m) deep and 66 feet (20 m) wide, it was intended to take very large deep-water ships. On the first day, 4 vessels including 2 brigs from London and a sloop carrying coal came up the canal and docked in the basin. The Ulverston Canal was once the starting-point for steamers to Liverpool, passenger ships to Scotland and London. Cargoes included local slate, bobbins, Coniston copper and gunpowder shipped to coastal towns around Britain. Unfortunately the arrival of the Furness Railway in the mid-1840s scuppered the canal’s long-term profitability. The canal was closed down for good in the early 20th-century. Today the canal still plays a role in the day to day life of the town; the towpath is a popular place to go for a stroll.
Sedbergh is England’s official book town which came about after the devastating foot and mouth disease in 2001. Many of the shops and cafes and even the chippy stock books of all descriptions. There is even a ‘book shelter’ in the old bus shelter. Westwood Books in the town has more than 70,000 books in stock. Located in Cumbria and in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Sedbergh is much loved for its beautiful setting in the Howgill Fells. Sedbergh sits at the confluence of for rivers – the Lune, Rawthey, Dee and Clough, which made it an ideal location for the textile industry. A remnant of the industry remains to this day in in the shape of Fairfield Mill. Fairfield Mill was rescued from closure in 2018, thanks to a huge fundraising campaign.
The Hoad monument is a memorial to Sir John Barrow who was born in Ulverston in 1795. Built in 1850 from local limestone it was funded by local subscription. The Hoad is a 100ft scale replica of the Eddystone lighthouse. Above all, it was erected to commemorate Sir John Barrow who was a seafaring explorer and founder member of the Royal Geographic Society. Finally, this 1905 photograph shows the monument keeper – John Tyson in the uniform at the foot of the monument.
Roudsea Wood and Mosses is situated just off the Leven Estuary near Greenodd. The wood is one of the Britain’s most important woodland sites. To the east of the woodlands lie the bogs of Roudsea Moss and Holker Moss. Both were formed over thousands of years due to the very high rainfall in the area. These bogs have laid down deep peat deposits below the bog surface. Development of this landscape goes back to the early eras of geological time with much of the soil formed 450 million years ago. During the ice age, when the ice sheets retreated, vegetation began to recover, eventually developing into the woodlands you see today. The influence of man has been playing its part in the development of this landscape for thousands of years. It was in the 17th and 18th centuries when Roudsea Wood began to be manged on an industrial scale. The wood produced charcoal and potash for the local gunpowder factory at Low Wood at Haverthwaite. Check our availability Looking for accommodation? Check out our availability and book online today. Book Now
Frank’s Bridge spans the river Eden at Kirkby Stephen. Built in the 17th century, the bridge was used for transporting coffins from the nearby hamlets of Winton and Hartley. Stones (at the far end of the bridge) can still be seen where the coffins could be rested on route. Legend has it that a ghost called Jangling Annas is supposed to haunt the bridge by jangling her chains. She is said to have been a prisoner at Hartley Castle who escaped in her chains and drowned in the river. Kirkby Stephen is 40 minutes by car away from Lothlorien.
Old Park Wood and Leven Estuary Old Park Wood is an ancient woodland situated on the Holker Estate. The area is managed for wildlife and conservation purposes and is an internationally important habitat. Accordingly, the woodland in the area supports a rich diversity of flora and fauna. Before the last world war much of the woodland was managed for coppice production. Young trees are cut to the ground level to encourage vigorous regrowth and a sustainable supply of timber. In the past, the material was used in gun powder production and to fire Lime Kilns in the locality. As a result, coppicing is carried out primarily to improve the biodiversity of the woodland and create habitats for wildlife. Opening up the woodland to create open spaces encourages smaller native shrubs and flowers. In addition, open spaces benefit moths, butterflies and birds. Furthermore, the Estate works with national bodies to protect this habitat and conserve wildlife such as the native red squirrel. This involves controlling grey squirrels using humane cage traps for instance. Wild Roe deer are also controlled to prevent damage to growing trees. Finally, the coppiced material is now used to make craft products and charcoal using traditional charcoal burners.
Prom Art in Grange-over-Sands is a craft fair that takes place on the last Sunday of the month. Over 80 stalls set up along Grange-over-Sands Victorian promenade. From fine art, prints, photography and crafts from some of the region’s best artisans. Set along the promenade (with a stunning view of the Morecambe bay sands), hundreds of visitors and locals alike wander around the stalls. Even the brass band can be heard in the nearby Park Road gardens. We invite you to stay at Lothlorien Check our availability Relax and unwind. Check out our availability and book online today. Book Now
Kadampa Temple of World Peace Travel two miles south of Ulverston, along the A5087 and you will see the dramatic Victorian Gothic mansion that is Conishead Priory. It sits on a site originally occupied by a twelfth-century Augustinian priory. Over the years, the building has been a stately home, military hospital, miners’ retreat. The main building, Temple and grounds are owned by the Manjushri Buddhist Organisation. Kadampa Temple for World Peace This this large Gothic Revival building and Kadampa Buddhist Temple are close to Lothlorien and easily accessed by car or train. Furthermore, if you are interested in a visit to the Buddhist Temple, house or grounds, an introduction to Buddhist meditation, or in depth courses and retreats, Manjushri KMC offers an enjoyable and meaningful experience. Additionally, there is a free 15-minute meditation daily at 12.30 and 2pm in the Temple. Lothlorien is an ideal place to stay for visitors to the 2020 NKT-IKBU International Festivals in Ulverston. 2020 Festivals The Spring Festival – The Power of Compassion runs from May 22 – 27, 2020 and Summer Festival – The Joy of Kadampa Life takes place from July 24th – August 8th, 2020. Find out more about the Kampala Festival. Check our availability Looking for accommodation? Check out our availability and book online today. Book Now
Milnthorpe Tower: As you travel along the A6 between Levens and Milnthorpe you will see a round, grey tower, on the hilltop close to Milnthorpe. St Anthony’s Tower was built by Henry Smithies to commemorate the passing of the 1832 Reform Bill – an excuse for folly builders all over the country at that time. The tower contains a vaulted ground floor chamber, and a first floor room reached by a winding external stair. Inside, an internal stair winds up to the roof, where the stump of a flagpole is still visible. Furthermore, the views from the roof, over the Kent estuary are stunning. During World War II, the tower was used as an observation post, being manned by the Home Guard. The building has been restored in the last few years but unfortunately does not have any public access. We invite you to stay at Lothlorien Check our availability Relax and unwind. Check out our availability and book online today. Book Now
Tarn Hows is probably the most popular beauty spots in the Lake District. It is pretty and picturesque especially in the autumn and winter. This popular Lake District attraction is close to Coniston and Hawkshead. You can picnic at the tarn, which is studded with islands. Furthermore, it is surrounded by a gorgeous conifer woodland with a backdrop of rolling hills. It takes an hour to walk around the tarn on its well-kept paths. The land here was donated to the National Trust by Beatrix Potter in 1930. 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. This along 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.
Penrith Beacon forewarned of attacks by Scottish raiders down the centuries. There has been a Beacon on this site since 1296 and a building here for more than 500 years. The present monument was built in 1719 of sandstone taken from the hill. This structure replaced an earlier structure and was restored in 1780. The first beacons here were piles of wood and branches replaced by pitch-boxes. More recently there has been an illuminated cross at Easter, but was stopped due to vandalism and fire risk. The path to Beacon Hill pike begins on Beacon Edge on the outskirts of the town. The pike is 937 ft (286 m) high. From the summit you get views over to the Lakeland fells and Eden valley.
Dalton was historically the capital of Furness and is mentioned in the Domesday Book. Dalton Castle is a 14th century pele tower built to assert the authority of the Abbot of Furness Abbey. Additionally, it was protection for nearby Furness Abbey. Over the years it has been used as a courtroom and a gaol. Furthermore, it was formerly the manorial courthouse of Furness Abbey. The castle is open 2pm to 5pm on Saturday afternoon during spring and summer. Admission is free. You can enjoy a walk around the historic buildings around the Market Place. Look out for the unique cast-iron shop front at No51 Market Place. There is also an elegant drinking fountain, the market cross and the slabs of stone used for fish drying in the 19th-Century. Dalton also boasts the home to the earliest recorded book club in the world established in 1764. Another interesting face is that the artist George Romney was born at Beckside, Dalton-in Furness in 1734.