Snow’s melted

After Friday’s snowfall, I was wondering whether there would be more precipitation during the weekend. On Saturday, I looked out of our windows and saw that it was trying to snow a few times, but nothing really came of it. Today, Sunday, is dry as dry can be, with no feel of impending snow in the air, and very sunshiny. It is also a touch breezy and two of our guests have gone sailing on Windermere. In fact, I can see a yacht from our lounge window as I write. Sails unfurled, it looks like the sailors are going at a fair old pace!

blenheim lodge bowness-on-windermere lake district

The view from our lounge at Blenheim Lodge. This is a little more like what it looks like outside our house right now, compared with Friday’s snow-covered landscape.

I have been reminded that this time last year we were enjoying 20-degree temperatures. Frankly, I could not remember. However, since more than two people have told me so – separately – in the last couple of days, I will rely more on their good memory than on my own sieve-like one. The Lake District is one of those places, like much of the UK, where a body can experience four seasons in a day. An American couple who stayed with us for two days and left us on Friday were bemused by the weather they experienced here. They arrived to a cloudy start on Wednesday, experienced blue cloudless skies on Thursday, and found a few inches of snow coating everything outdoors on Friday morning. Having enjoyed their stay with us and being in good spirits, they quipped, ‘You should normally have to pay more to experience all these weather conditions in two days!’ Well, I suppose it must be true, since one would normally have to take a holiday in Summer or Spring and another one in Winter or late Autumn in order to experience the weather we did.

I do not know what the weather will hold for us in the coming days of Easter weekend and Spring break. I hope that no one will be put off visiting the Lakes because of the recent cold snap. At Blenheim Lodge, we still have single, double, twin and triple rooms available over the Easter public holiday long weekend and also the days and weekends in-between. And even though these periods comprise traditionally popular dates, we have continued to run our 10% discount for midweek breaks and held our 2009 prices for Easter long weekend.

room at blenheim lodge, bowness on windermere, lake district

One of our rooms available for a late availability Spring break and over Easter long weekend.The Dalesway, a pretty room with tranquil woodland views where you might hear an owl hooting at night and birds singing to you an early evening lullaby.

Cumbrians are a hardy lot, and most activities, including outdoor ones, were open as usual. Some of our guests took cruises on Windermere, and a couple sailed on a yacht. Today, we have some guests checking out a horse-riding facility.

I hope that this post will inspire anyone coming to the Lakes to enjoy it despite any inclement weather. Never say never is the motto, unless there is absolutely no help for it. As usual, Hubby and I will always endeavour to make our guests comfortable, and help with any arrangements for activities or sightseeing. There is always something to see and do in the Lakes. Truly! But don’t just take my word for it. Check it out on the Lake District National Park website, where you will see a calendar of events. I am sure you will find something to interest you.

ghyll head, lake district fishing

Enjoy an activity break in the Lake District this Springtime and Easter long weekend. Ghyll Head is open all year from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset. Blenheim Lodge offers 2 free fishing permits on a first come first served basis to our guests. The permits cover a number of other lakes and waters, besides Ghyll Head. (Words and photo courtesy of

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