May Public Holiday long weekend

Now that Easter is over, the next public holiday long weekend is just around the corner. As we head into early Summer, the weather is just now settling into that well-known and well-loved softness typical of our Lakeland air, complete with gentle breezes and bright sunshine. The early May Public Holiday long weekend is a great time to take advantage of this beautiful weather, and we would love to welcome you here to stay at Blenheim Lodge B&B.

I always think of May as an ‘inbetween’ kind of month, where flower buds blossom and foliage practically grows back on shrubs and trees and turn greener and greener as one watches! It is the month when very late lambs are born, and if an animal is synonymous with Cumbria, it is the Herdwick sheep. One of our guests who visited in May even saw 2 lambs being born as he walked the fells behind our house.

A Herdwick sheep sedately enjoying its walk along Lakeland paths and fells. I apologise that this is not a Spring or Summer photo, but I could not resist this picture of a Herdwick sheep 'packing up its troubles in its old kit bag and (almost) smile, smile, smiling'! (Photo courtesy of

One of the prettiest pictures I have found is of flowering water lilies floating on Loughrigg Tarn, a mere few miles from Blenheim Lodge, and so very lovely with its lush late Spring and Summer greenery.

A scenic idyll, with gently floating water lily pads surrounded by quiet countryside and watched over by towering mountains in the background. Imagine yourself, with husband or wife, friends or family, relaxing by the waterside and watching the world go by! (Photo courtesy of

Come and visit us in May and take a slow drive to the tarn, where cows graze by its waters in the Summer. For more pictures of this lovely locale, do visit

A truly pastoral scene of cows resting by Loughrigg Tarn, a beautiful tarn easily reachable from Blenheim Lodge. (Photo courtesy of

The pastoral lushness of the Lakes is matched by the richness of its wildlife. For the wildlife enthusiast, do visit us in May to enjoy butterflies, spot wild birds, and take in lovely vistas of flowering plants. Cumbria Wildlife tells us that May ‘should bring much wildlife into activity’ (

One of the most exciting wildlife projects in the Lakes is its Osprey Watch project. Ospreys lay their eggs between mid-April and mid-May; thus if you were to come and stay with us for the early May Bank Holiday, starting Friday, 4th May, you would be in osprey country right smack in the middle of the egg-laying months. The Osprey Watch project is located in Keswick, probably about 35-45 minutes’ by car or bus from Blenheim Lodge. There, you can watch the ospreys via webcam. For more information, visit

There really is so much to see and do in the Lakes, and a long weekend over May’s first public holiday weekend will give visitors a chance to stay a little longer and experience more of the beauty and variety of lovely Cumbrian countryside, visitor attractions, and activities. Blenheim Lodge is ideally placed in the Central Lakes in pretty Bowness on Windermere by picturesque Lake Windermere, which makes our guest house an excellent base for touring and exploring the Lakes. Our rooms even offer much more than a glimpse of our beautiful surroundings, with their stunning views of Lake Windermere to the mountains beyond as well as views of the countryside fells and woodlands at the back of our house.

I will leave you now with a photo that I simply could not resist putting up on this blog. It is absolutely luminous in quality and brings to mind what I hope our B&B encapsulates: peace and tranquility to relax by; enduring depths of warmth and friendliness to enjoy always; shining reflections of a caring and generous spirit; and an evergreen welcome to our all our new and returning guests.

See what the Lord has created for our enjoyment! What a gorgeous picture of beautiful Loughrigg Tarn. Tony Richards, the photographer has to be congratulated roundly for this fantastic study of the Lake. (Photo courtesy of

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