Enjoy Jubilee long weekend in the Lake District

A few days back, we received an email from Bowness Tourist Information Centre asking us to publicise their charity Jubilee Celebrations on 4th June between 10-5, with the winner taking home a crown-shaped cake made by a local baking studio. It prompted me to look at what else is happening in the Lakes in terms of activities during the long Spring Bank and Jubilee holiday weekend starting on 1st June.

More information can also be found on www.lakedistrict.gov.uk. I have taken a few of the offerings listed on the Lake District National Park website and shared this information below.

Two walks have been organised for 1st June, one of which, the afternoon walk, starts at 2 pm with walkers meeting at the TIC in Ambleside for a 2.5-hour ramble involving ‘a short, steep climb to enjoy glorious views of Windermere and Great Langdale. Return down Fox Ghyll and alongside the River Rothay.’ Ambleside is 5 miles from Blenheim Lodge and may be reached by boat, bus or private transport.

A view looking towards Windermere from Todd Crag, near Ambleside. The photo, taken by Bob McCraight, comes courtesy of www.panoramio.com/photo/42047149.)

A few different activity options are available from the LDNP on 2nd June. One of these is called ‘Get Biking with the Experts’, where enthusiasts may ‘learn new skills while being supervised by some of Britain’s top instructors. Bikes and helmets are provided. Sessions from 11 am – 4 pm. Suitable for all ages.’ This hands-on event takes place at Brockhole, about 2 miles from Windermere town, and reachable by ferry or private transport from Bowness-on-Windermere.

Sunday, 3rd June, offers three different choices of things to do under the auspices of the LDNP, with the most laid back option being ‘an afternoon of jazz in beautiful surroundings.’ ‘Sunday Music on the Terrace’ commences at 2 pm and takes place at Brockhole, about a 10-minute drive from Blenheim Lodge.

New for this year is a moderate walk of 6.8 miles starting out from Glenridding, which is about 45 minutes’ drive from Blenheim Lodge. This event on 4th June meets at 10:30 am at the Ullswater TIC. The LDNP describes it thus: ‘Walk by picturesque Lanty’s Tarn, visit the ice house then on through an ancient deer forest to Silver Bay on magnificent Ullswater.’

A view of Silver Bay, Ullswater, with a steamboat ferry in the background. (Photo courtesy of www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1769569. © Copyright Anthony Parkes and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.)

On 5th June, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the LDNP has organised two walks, one of which takes in views of the magnificent Langdale Pikes. ‘Walk up Tilberthwaite Gill and over Hawkrigg with stunning views of the Langdale Pikes and southern lakeland.’ This 3.4-mile hike commences at 10:30 am and starts off from Tilberthwaite Quarry car park, near Coniston.

So there you have it – a few walks and activities to enjoy in the Lakes. Visiting the Lake District is a great way to relax, and what better way to do so than to sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery around you? Or make it up close and personal and WALK! You will see more when you walk than from a vehicle whizzing along the roads.

The mostly pristine countryside in the Lakes encourages more gentle modes of transport too, including cycling and riding. Do take advantage of all the different opportunities to get outside and enjoy the richness of the stunning landscapes that will surround you when you visit the Lakes. You will be amazed at how refreshing it is to the spirit. I often think, as I look around me, ‘How great Thou art!’ (Lyrics of this great hymn are by Carl Boberg, 1859-1940.)

This photo of Blea Tarn with the Langdale Pikes in the background combines some fantastic colours. (Photo courtesy of www.cumbriaphoto.co.uk.)

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