The Lyth Valley turns a shade of purple in September with the famous damson trees weighted down with this old English native fruit.
The Lyth Valley or Westmorland damson, a variety in itself, is highly aromatic with September being the best month to pick and enjoy this fruit. Damson orchards can be found at Low Farm in the Valley and if you’re lucky walking around Crosthwaite, Winster and Underbarrow you may come across the odd tree.
This very versatile fruit can be used in sweet and savoury dishes and condiments. Damson jam the perfect Autumn afternoon tea accompaniment, damson chutney with a British cheeseboard and the famous damson gin, delicious with sparkling water as an aperitif or as it is as a post dinner liquor. Farm shops, independent food stores and Booths supermarkets in the area all sell a great selection of damson goodies.
September is also a fantastic time to enjoy a weekend break and the aptly named Damson Dene Hotel in the Lyth Valley has to be the hotel of choice surely. Full of peace and tranquillity, the Lyth Valley is the perfect base for exploring the historic market town of Kendal and just a short drive from Bowness and the Central Lakes. is A new menu has just been launched full of the new season’s produce from locally shot pheasant to haunch of Lyth Venison. On bookings from September 19 until November 20 take advantage of the special Autumn 2 night break with prices starting from just £94 person including dinner on one evening, a complimentary glass of house wine, a full Cumbrian breakfast each morning. Visit http://www.damsondene.co.uk/ for more details.