The advent of the Furness Railway transformed the small fishing village of Grange-over-Sands into the fashionable Edwardian resort, with wealthy merchants building grand houses, which now accommodate several tasteful hotels. Continue reading
For 200 years locals & visitors to Ambleside have enjoyed this traditional Lakeland Sports Day. Gates open at 10am & the first race begins at noon. Attractions at the 2016 event on Thursday 28 July this year include:
Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling
Foot & Cycle Races
Guides & Fell Races
Restaurants in Kendal.
Guests often ask for our advice on good places to eat out in Kendal. There are many good places to eat in the area and here is just a selection for you. Continue reading
The village of Coniston lies at the southern end of the Lake District National Park to the west of Windermere and on the north-west shore of Coniston Water. On arrival at his beautiful Lakeland village take a look at the scenery – it’s impossible not to be amazed by the impressive Coniston Old Man towering over the village! This Lake District fell has several well-marked paths to the 803m summit and is really popular with walkers. Continue reading
Today I am going to take you from Cumbria over the border into Lancashire to discover the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty known as Arnside & Silverdale. Continue reading
What to do around Kendal – Easter 2016
Visit Kendal’s 1657 Chocolate House.
Enjoy some Chocolate House delights from 16 speciality hot chocolate drinks (all named after chocolate History and the 1600’s) to handmade Gateaux made from a long standing secret recipe…not forgetting a visit to the Chocolate Shop afterwards. Choose from over 100 kinds of loose luxury chocolates and a large selection of chocolate gifts. Continue reading
Cumbria – Battling back from the floods
As you are probably aware early last December Storm Desmond caused much damage & flooding in many parts of Cumbria. Kendal was particularly badly affected with many homes and businesses suffering.
We consider ourselves very lucky indeed to have been spared any damage here both on the caravan park and to our home. Cumbria however was left with big problems including some bridges & roads around The Lake District being closed and it has obviously taken time to begin repairing the damage.
It is great that the county is now recovering well and is gradually getting back to normal. Many bridges, such as Victoria Bridge in Kendal, have already been repaired and are now open again. Continue reading
Amazing scenery & beautiful lakes undoubtedly make The Lake District National Park an extremely popular tourist destination. Before the days of tourism Cumbria’s natural resources were used in many different ways to boost the county’s economy. Cumbria has plentiful supplies of water, woodlands, limestone, slate, wool fleeces & also goods historically imported from the West Indies such as sugar, spices & tobacco creating an interesting industrial heritage.
An unusual mixture of Kendal’s charming features to stimulate the senses!
Down by the River Kent on Waterside is a plaque set into the wall. Here you can see the levels where the River Kent has risen to in past floods. Hopefully not such a problem anymore due to The River Kent Flood Relief Scheme carried out in the 1970s. To find the plaque follow the river down-stream slightly from the bottom end of Lowther Street along the riverside path.
Circular drive from Kendal through The Lake District to Keswick, Ullswater, Bowness-on-Windermere & back to Kendal.
This circular route takes you through The Lake District with some of the most beautiful lakes & magnificent mountains & much to see along the way.
From Kendal take the A591 to Windermere then continue to Ambleside along the side of the lake. Continue reading