• It might be getting a bit chilly but don’t let that put you off getting outside and into the hills. Find that warm winter jacket, grab your bobble hat and gloves and fill a flask with something hot and you’re all set for a great day out.

    Here are some great walks to try

    Windermere Western Shore

    This is a great one if you fancy a picnic along the way as there are a couple of really good spots to stop. Picnics are even better in winter, especially if you have hot chocolate in your flask. The walk is low-level along the lakeshore and takes you through some really pretty woodland and parkland and you can even go exploring around Wray Castle.  

    More details here 

    Tom Gill to Tarn Hows, Coniston

    This one has a bit of everything, waterfalls, woodlands and great views. It’s only short, so great if you want to give the legs a quick outing, but there are some steep bits so you still earn your cake. Along the way you will pass Tom Gill Beck and a waterfall which drops 30 feet and looks especially spectacular after heavy rainfall (visiting in winter you should see it at it’s best!)

    More details here

    Mickleden Valley Trail - Langdale

    Heading into the very popular and stunning Langdales you are in for a treat if you want to see some of the best Lake District fells including two ancient mountain passes. Although the trail is mostly on a well-defined and level path you still get a real sense of being out in the open fells with an exciting sense of wilderness. A couple of hours easy walking but with simply stunning views.

    More details here 

    Yewdale Valley - Coniston

    Want a bit of Lakeland history on your walk, then this is the one for you. The walk takes in plenty of views of typical rugged Lakeland fells and you can even visit the remains of a disused lime kiln that would have been used to bake limestone. Lime was a much needed resource of farmers as it would be spread over their land to neutralise the acidic soil.

    More details here

     

    There’s plenty more walks to explore so why not come and visit us this winter. You never know we might get some snow and then it’s time to find the best hills to sledge down!

    If you need some top tips on how to keep safe this winter for heading out into the fells, then there is some great advice from the Lake District National Park, they also do a number of guided walks that run from the end of March right up to Boxing Day.

  • 07 November 2017

    Cumbria's top 5 famous foods

    Cumbria and the Lake District are famous for many things; the stunning scenery, Beatrix Potter, William Wordsworth and bagging Wainwrights, but it is also home to some local culinary delights. From award-winning restaurants, locally brewed beers, Lakeland lamb and other foods which have been keeping us well-fed since the 19th century.

    Here are our top 5 tastiest local treats

    Cumberland Sausage

    In 2011 the trusty ‘traditional’ Cumberland Sausage was given Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status, meaning that it can’t be produced anywhere outside of our region and still retain this ‘trade marked’ name.

    The Cumberland Sausage is long compared to a normal sausage and is sold rolled up in a coil. Produced using only the best cuts of pork the meat is chopped rather than minced to give it a chunkier texture with a variety of spices and herbs added for seasoning. If you like a hearty, satisfying sausage then this one is definitely for you!

    Grasmere Gingerbread


    If you have never tried Grasmere Gingerbread then you are in for a treat, it’s nothing like the traditional gingerbread cake that you might be used to. It has a very distinctive and powerful ginger flavour packed into a shortbread type consistency. Amazingly it has been made in the same tiny building in Grasmere, once the village school, since the 1850’s and to exactly the same recipe created by Sarah Nelson in 1815. Thankfully you can now buy Grasmere Gingerbread online but we are only a short drive away if you need an excuse to visit, the warm and comforting aroma within their shop is well worth experiencing.

    Kendal Mint Cake


    Possibly one of the most famous foods to come out of the Lake District, production and consumption of this super sweet peppermint flavoured confectionery is still going strong from its home in Kendal. Famously Sir Edmund Hilary and Sirdar Tensing ate mint cake while they admired the view below from Everest.

    According to history books mint cake was created by accident when a Kendal confectioner took his eye off the pan he was supposed to be making glacier mints in, resulting in a cloudier liquid which gives us the yummy mint cake we know and love today.

    Damsons


    Who doesn’t like a drop of Damson Gin sat relaxing after a hard day in the hills? The Lyth and Winster Valleys, in-between Kendal and Windermere (not far from us) are famed for their Westmorland Damson orchards. A member of the plum family, damsons are grown in other parts of the country, but the unique flavour of the smaller Westmorland Damson is said to be the best there is and is used in both Damson Gin and Damson Jam.

     

    Sticky Toffee Pudding


    Synonymous with Cartmel, a small village in the South Lakes area of Cumbria, Cartmel Village Shop proudly claim to be the ‘home of sticky toffee’. A family owned company they have been making Sticky Toffee Pudding to their traditional and secret recipe for the last 25 years.

    It is unclear exactly where this pudding was first discovered, but the more favoured story is that it was first served as a dessert at the exclusive Sharrow Bay Country House Hotel, on the shores of Ullswater, Cumbria, in 1960. We have been loving this amazing steamed, sponge cake ever since. Filled with finely chopped dates or prunes, drenched in a toffee sauce and often served with lashings of vanilla custard or ice-cream, what’s not to like?

    Yet another great excuse to come and visit us in the lovely Lake District, you definitely won’t go hungry!

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