What a week it is set to be for the annual Coniston Power Boat Records Week, the 46th in its history. Running from Monday October 31st until Friday November 4th the weather is forecast as being fairly settled for this time of the year and couldn’t been better for records attempts.
Every year the entries rise and competition hots up with more and more national and world records being broken. The 2016 records week is set not to disappoint with the amount of interest already being shown. Spectators needn’t have been to an event like this in the past to enjoy the action on Coniston Water, arguably the most stunning body of water in the Lake District National Park. For full event details visit http://www.conistonpowerboatrecords.co.uk/
The Lakeland Cottage Company guests staying in the self catering cottages in Coniston this week have been in for a treat and have been lining the lake to watch. Coupled with being amongst the best examples of an autumnal landscape in the whole of the National Park thanks to the tree lined water. The warm start to autumn and no storms or strong winds has meant the leaves are still attached tightly to the trees. The colours of reds, oranges and terracotta’s is sure to prompt photography heaven.
Remaining Coniston cottages for power boats records week include Park Gate Cottage, Campbell and Garden House all sleep 4 reduced to £512 – £542 for a 7 night break starting Friday 28th October. Visit https://www.lakeland-cottage-company.co.uk to view all the cottages and to book.
Plenty to do on two wheels in the Lake District this September
Cycling in late summer and in the Lake District, it doesn’t get much better than that as a form of transport, activity and way to explore the area.
And the GoSkyRide programme of cycling events is the ideal, easy and fun way to enjoy being on two wheels. These guided bikes rides, events and ride socials detail what to expect and guidance on what type of bike to use and the level of difficulty. They also take all the hassle out of deciding on a route as it is all sorted for you.
This September and October the cycling fun doesn’t stop with some super routes especially in the area to the west of Lake Windermere where the roads are quieter, there is a large amount of bridleways and designated cycle routes as well as woodland tracks. Also look out for rides around nearby Grasmere and Kendal. The GoSkyRide programme does finish at the end of October for the season so make the most of the last of the longer days and these excellent, and often free, organised cycling events.
A leisurely start time of around 11am meaning those staying in B&B’s can enjoy breakfast before setting off on mainly off road routes often requiring a mountain bike or a hybrid with off road tyres, check each ride and events profile and recommended bikes. Booking can be done online via http://www.goskyride.com which also gives all the route, gear and other information required including f the ride is suitable for children and level of difficulty.
Cyclist friendly accommodation suitable for easy access to many of the remaining GoSkyRide events can be found at the Cuckoo Brow Inn and Lake District B&B at Far Sawrey. Just a hop across on the Windermere ferry or accessed from the southern end of Lake Windermere. Peaceful and with quiet roads, just 2.5 miles from Hawkshead and Ambleside.
Lake Windermere – The ultimate UK summer staycation for all ages
Summer is finally here! The school holidays are within touching distance and children are looking forward to 6 weeks off and parents to the annual summer expedition.
For those who have selected the Lake District and especially in and around Lake Windermere, you’re in for some real treats with most definitely plenty to see and do. Just under 11 miles of fun, activities, scenery and things to do for visitors of all ages.
Until September enjoy the Beatrix Potter musical “Where is Peter Rabbit?” at The Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness. Celebrating Potter’s 150th anniversary, this is the first musical adaptation of her work.
During July enjoy summer evening buffet cruises at Windermere Lake Cruises, canoeing taster session for those wishing to enjoy another form of transport on the lake and until September enjoy the Beatrix Potter musical “Where is Peter Rabbit?” at The Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness. Celebrating Potter’s 150th anniversary, this is the first musical adaptation of her work with three shows daily.
As well as these special events remember there’s also the museums and attractions in the area including Brockhole between Windermere and Ambleside and at the southern head of the lake, the Lakeland Motor Museum, Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway and the Lakes Aquarium.
The family friendly (and dog friendly too) Newby Bridge Hotel has some late deal availability during August and September but it is being booked up fast. Located at Newby Bridge, close to the attractions above and with Lakeside Pier within walking distance for ferries travel up and down the lake. http://www.newbybridgehotel.co.uk for the latest availability or call 015395 31222
It’s Show Time this Bank Holiday in the Lake District
It doesn’t matter where you’re lucky enough to be spending August Bank holiday in Cumbria and the Lake District because they’ll be at least one show not far away.
Starting on Saturday August 27th and the annual Patterdale Dog Day will be taking place. A community event centred around farming but that attracts dog and country pursuit lovers as well as general visitors each year to this stunning setting of the King Georges playing field surrounded by the Ullswater fells.
Moving south and also on Saturday is Cartmel Races. With a meet each August Bank Holiday Saturday and Monday the growing appeal of these horse racing fixtures in the special village of Cartmel is astonishing. Again, you do not need to be into horse racing to enjoy either day with Monday being a more relaxed affair.
Onto Sunday 28th August and not just a large community event but also a prominent one on the sporting calendar is Grasmere Sports. Having been held for over 160 years, Grasmere Sports is a celebration of Lakeland sports, country pursuits, animals and livestock, produce and crafts with fell races, Cumberland wrestling and hound trails being some of the most highly anticipated items. Book tickets online before Friday 26th to take advantage of lower prices.
The fun continues on Bank Holiday Monday 29th over to the far east of Cumbria in Dent on the Cumbrian/Yorkshire Dales border. Dent Gala is held on the school playing field and as with all of these events during the Bank Holiday weekend, the setting and views surrounding the site is stunning. The gala is fun from start to finish with great food and stalls provided during the day, competitions and entertainment.
Fun and entertainment is guaranteed the length and breadth of Cumbria and the Lake District this Bank Holiday. The only thing we can’t guarantee is the weather but really, that is not going to stop us all having a fantastic time.
Where to stay?
The Lakeland Cottage Company have a selection of luxury holidays cottages from larger properties to retreats for two in Ullswater for Patterdale Show, Cartmel for the races, the central lakes for Grasmere show and Sedbergh for Dent Gala. Visit https://www.lakeland-cottage-company.co.uk/