August Bank Holiday long weekend is almost upon us and there will be a number of activities planned by various organising bodies in the Lake District which may be of interest to our visitors. The Lake District is a great place to visit for people of all ages, as there is something to suit everyone: from zip-lining to sedate walks; touring fabulous gardens and stately homes to traversing Lakeland’s high passes and countryside; taking part in adrenaline and water sports to tranquil landscape painting classes and shopping on terra firma; and so on. However, in this post, I would like to talk about a few guided walks and bike ride which take in some of the loveliest scenery close by our guest house in Bowness-on-Windermere.
The long Bank Holiday weekend begins on Friday, 24th August. For lovers of Wordsworth, why not combine a visit to Rydal Mount, one of his former homes in the Lake District, with an organised gentle stroll around Rydal Water to Rydal Hall, where walkers will be able to take advantage of a guided tour of its gardens with head gardener, Iain Turnbull. Rydal Mount is just by Rydal Hall, and is fronted by Dora’s Field on the main road to the one side, where Wordsworth, his wife, sister and gardener planted a field of daffodils in memory of his daughter, Dora, after she died in 1847.
On Saturday, 25th August, guests can join an evening walk up to Orrest Head and ‘enjoy far reaching Lake [Windermere] and fell views after climbing through ancient woodland as the sun sets’. For more information about this walk and the one above, please visit www.lakedistrict.gov.co.uk. The starting point for this walk is Windermere, only about a mile from Blenheim Lodge in Bowness-on-Windermere.
A new event has been organised by the Lake District National Park which involves riding electric bikes. Meet at Coniston Boating Centre on Sunday, 26th August, for an outing that ‘explore[s] the picturesque Tarn Hows and dramatic scenery around Tilberthwaite on this electric bike assisted ride.’ There is a £20 bike hire charge and booking for this event is essential. Again, check out www.lakedistrict.gov.uk for more information.
Bank Holiday Monday, 27th August, is another new day for exploring yet another picturesque walking trail. Guests at Blenheim Lodge are at an advantage here as this walk joins onto the Dales Way, which is just behind our guest house. Walkers taking part in this event will ‘climb to Brantfell summit for a bird’s eye view of Windermere, then head along the Dales Way, returning on pleasant farmland paths.’ (www.lakedistrict.gov.uk)
Well, I hope that these activities have whetted your walker’s appetite to explore some of Lakeland’s countryside on foot, and perhaps the electric bike. Zooming past on the roads alone is no substitute for getting up close and personal with the flora and fauna of the Lakes. Surely viewing the stunning scenery and landscapes will be ample reward for the intrepid walker!
Finally, if you are thinking of visiting the Lakes during the August Bank Holiday long weekend, Blenheim Lodge is open for business and still has rooms for single, double, twin and triple occupancy. We offer bed and breakfast at our AA 4-star guesthouse and are centrally located for access to these walks I have told you about in this post. Do come and stay with us for a relaxing break where you can enjoy some fantastic Lake Windermere views from your room windows.
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