• We can't believe it's May already, where has the last few months gone!

    Here's a few events you might like to attend this May, and as always if you need more ideas on what to do on your Lake District break just ask a member of our friendly team.

    7th - 10th Keswick Jazz Festival

    14th - 17th Keswick Mountain Festival

    17th - Brathay Winderemere Marathon

    29th - 31st - Holker Hall Garden Festival

    30th - 31st - Country Fest, Westmorland County Showground

    This beautiful image is of Knotts Wood at Brathay and was taken by talented photographer Eric Pye, you can see more of his work on his website.

    www.ericpyephotography.co.uk

  • The Lake District is awonderful place to visit, with all the things to see and do you'll be sure tohave a great weekend. However it is not a place to go unprepared; that is whywe've compiled this list of 5 items that should accompany you on your trip!

    1. Coat –With the often unpredictable whether in the Lake District, this one is ano-brainer. Make sure you've got something warm and waterproof, especially inthese winter months. If you don't feel like you have the adequate clothing athome, there are plenty of shops rounds these parts that specialize in that sortof thing!

    2. Walking boots – Appropriate footwear is also a necessity if you're planning onexploring the beautiful scenery that the Lakes has to offer. You want somethingthat can handle the mud!

    3. Camera –Will all the amazing views, you'll regret not bringing a camera. Don't forgetyour batteries/charger!

    4. Phone –Does what it says on the tin. Always handy to have in unfamiliar territory. Canalso kill 2 birds with 1 stone as your phone probably has a camera in it!

    5. Map/guidebook – Ok were cheating a bit here, maps and guidebooks aren't the samething, however you will want to be able to find your way around whilst knowingthe best places to visit!

  • At Lakes Lodge we love to explore the countryside and Ambleside's very own 'Rydal Cave' walk may just be that wonderful winter wander you've been looking for...

    Beginning just north of Ambleside town on the A591, this pleasant stroll will take you and your trusty companion through Rydal Park to the old 'coffin road', running from the back of Rydal Mount which overlooks the beautiful Rydal Water. Concluding at Dove Cottage in the Grasmere Village, you can then drop down to White Moss at the north end of Rydal Water. After crossing the footbridge over the Rothay, you will proceed through the woods to the open fell and return to Ambleside round the far side of the Lake. You will pass the majestic Rydal Cave quarry on your way, then following on to the Underloughrigg Road for the final part of your journey.

    Leaflets illustrating this walk are available from the Ambleside Tourist Information Centre.

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