Last weekend in June 2012

This weekend will mark the end of the half-year mark of 2012. I can hardly believe how quickly the weeks have flown by. For those of you who have yet to take a little break this year, perhaps you might like to consider some quality time in the Lakes, indulging in a little ‘me’ time to recharge your batteries for the rest of 2012. I don’t mean this in a selfish way – simply a chance to get away from the busy or mundane business of daily life by relaxing amidst the refreshing beauty of stunning landscapes in the Lake District.

If you do decide to visit the Lakes and want to stay in a centrally located town or village, why not consider a stay at Blenheim Lodge? We are situated in the heart of the English Lakes in pretty Bowness-on-Windermere. Our location is really rather special: perched atop a hill 5 minutes’ walk to Bowness centre and nestled against acres of fields and woodlands, we are hidden away from the bustle and noise of the downtown madding crowds. From our guest rooms and lounge, guests may enjoy the peace and quiet most visitors associate with the Lake District, as well as lovely views of the Lake, mountains and countryside. Thus, we have an ideal location: close to town and Lake with the benefit of close proximity to all local amenities and attractions, but also quietly situated by tranquil walks and view points with amazing 360-degree views.

Shows a standard double room at Blenheim Lodge with a solid brass bed and antique chairs.

One of the rooms we have available this weekend is The Blue Room: a standard double room on the ground floor with a view of Lake Windermere and neighbouring homes from the single bay window.

We do have late availability this weekend for double, single, twin or triple occupancy. Make a romantic break of your weekend with someone special; or take time out for yourself to simply be. Perhaps spend quality time with family and friends, and make memories together.

Make this a countrified weekend by attending the Made in Cumbria Farmers’ Market in Kendal, 15 minutes from Blenheim Lodge. The market is open on 29th June from 9:30 am to 3:30 am.

Kendal’s market charter dates back to 1189 and is the oldest known in Cumbria and the Lake District and each month a vibrant Farmers Market is held in Market Place. The bustling market is built beside the flowing waters of the River Kent in Kendal and many different local traders sell fresh bread, local meats, organic vegetables, Mediterranean olives, oils etc.


On 30th June, why not take a guided walk? The walk is graded by the Lake District National Park as ‘moderate’: ‘Medium length walks around 3 – 9 miles / 5 – 15 km. A reasonable level of fitness is required, on hilly ground with rising and falling levels.’ (

A visit to the ancient British settlement at Heathwaite, followed by a fell walk to Beacon Tarn.

Start: 10:30 am. Broughton in Furness town square.

Duration: 6.0 hrs
; 6.5 miles, 10.5 km

Appropriate footwear essential
. Walking equipment required.
Bring a packed lunch.

Just turn up. 
Public transport to start point available


If the activities mentioned above do not suit, how about checking out two other outings listed below for the same weekend dates, 29th and 30th June?

‘Offering superb views of the panoramic Langdale Pikes, the garden is described as ‘a 2-acre plantsman’s mountain paradise’ and is said to be particularly spectacular in the Autumn. The owner, Professor Robert Haszeldine, is a keen collector of plants, shrubs and trees from mountainous areas of the Far East and Australasia. There are also extensive plantings of spring bulbs, a large selection of alpines and hellebores. Wildlife frequenting the garden includes red squirrels, badgers and a wide variety of birds.’ (Words and photo courtesy of

On 29th June, between 12:30-4:30 pm, Copt Howe at Chapel Stile, Great Langdale is participating in the National Gardens Scheme. This ‘2-acre plantsman’s mountain paradise garden’ is located about 8 miles from Blenheim Lodge and has ‘superb views [of the] Langdale Pikes’:

Extensive collections of acers, camellias, azaleas, rhododendrons, oaks, beeches, rare shrubs, trees, unusual perennials; herbaceous and bulbous species; alpines, trough gardens; rare conifers; expedition plants from worldwide mountainous regions. Outstanding spring and autumn colour. Wildlife sanctuary, red squirrels, badgers, slow-worms, lizards, hotel for wild birds. Major new garden extensions and features. 23yr of opening for NGS.


For lovers of beautiful countryside, why not join the RSPB for a cruise and walk? Moderate fitness is required. For more information, contact Ullswater Steamers on 017684 82229.

Cruise from Glenridding to Pooley Bridge taking in the spectacular scenery of our beautiful lake, Ullswater. You will then be transferred to Roehead by minibus for an RSPB escorted walk onto Askham Fell and Heughscar Hill to listen to the ‘sound of summer’, the beautifully distinctive call of the native skylarks. A fabulous opportunity to hear this special song and to spot some of the other unique moorland birds.


Ullswater boat house at Pooley Bridge. (Photo courtesy of

I hope that these activities have given you a taste for the Lake District. I have specifically chosen country-type outings to tell you about as my aim in this post is to bring the lovely Lakeland countryside to you – whether through local foods and crafts, lakes and walks, or flora and fauna. If you wish to stay at Blenheim Lodge and need help with these or other activities, do feel free to ask for help.

Blenheim Lodge . . . panoramic Lake views, peace and tranquillity, nestled against acres of beautiful fields and woodlands, in the heart of the English Lake District National Park.’

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