The weather in the Lake District has been so magnificent of late that I thought I would write about recent as well as future activities. As some of you will know, there was the Great North Swim in mid-June, where approximately 10000 swimmers swam Windermere and raised funds for charity. We had a number of swimmers staying with us, as well as the swim organisers. And just this weekend past, there was a Triathlon on 29th June. Hubby and I cast rather more than a few admiring glances at the athlete’s racing bicycle during his stay with us!
There is much to see and do in the Lake District, so here are a couple of very different activities for visitors to take part in in the Lake District. The first activity is gentle, whilst the second calls for stamina. For example, guests can go foraging on the Sizergh Estate and do as much or as little as they like:
The 1600 acre Sizergh estate is amazingly diverse and has the potential to provide you with some lip smacking treats and all for free! Sizergh is a particularly good location because of a couple very special trees. Firstly, in the field on your right hand side as you go up the main drive to the castle are some well-established walnut trees. Walnuts are usually a Southern European tree, so the walnuts produced by these Cumbrian trees rarely ripen – but the early fruit is perfect for pickling. Another special food bearing tree, that are sparse in Cumbria are the sweet chestnuts that are growing along Ashbank Lane very close to the reception building and signposted from the main car park. These trees are about 230 years old and are still have mast years when they producing hundreds of chestnuts. Again, due to the latitude, they tend to be on the small side although you can find some cracker jacks!
Sizergh’s woodlands also bear lots of sweet berries. In early summer Dog Kennel Wood, provides an excellent location for gooseberry picking and the hedgerows and are filled with raspberries. In late summer this changes to elderberries, blackberries and if you’re lucky some damsons and apples.
Enjoy cycling? Why not experience some of the Lake District’s mountainous passes on your bike? Take part in the Fred Whitton Challenge:
Our annual Fred Whitton Challenge each May is so popular that we simply can’t accommodate everyone who wants to ride, and sadly have to limit the numbers. But of course the route is on public roads and is available to ride at any time. So we’ve . . . launch[ed] a timed self-led challenge ride, called the Four Seasons Fred Whitton, that you can do at any time of the year, when it suits you, with friends or clubmates for example. This is one of many activities that make the Lake District into the UK’s Adventure Capital.
These are only two of the varied activities that guests can enjoy in the great outdoors of the Lake District. There are lots more things to do in the Lakes and all this wonderful sunshine we are experiencing really does gee up those impulses to get out and about. However, if you a sedentary kind of person, there are equally interesting and enjoyable pursuits to take part in within this wonderful part of the world: from boat rides to easy walks; visiting country piles and local museums; exploring the amazing countryside on sightseeing tours or self-guided drives – the list is endless!
So do come and take in the Lake District for yourself. I think I can promise that its incredible beauty and charm will not disappoint!
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