You may have seen the BBC Secret Britain episode which was broadcast on 30 March where Ellie Harrison, Chris Hollins and Denise Lewis were exploring some of the hidden spots in the Lake District; if not you can still catch up on iplayer. The lakes are renowned for outdoor and adventurous pursuits however you do not need to parachute in or shimmy up a shear rock face as they did to enjoy the area. If you do enjoy climbing and are heading for ‘climbing central’ Borrowdale why not explore one of our cottages in the Duddon Valley or near Broughton. Alternatively head for the Little Langdale area to see how steep the Hardknott pass really is. You will also find the remains of the Roman fort Mediobogdum there on the western side which is another spot which is not well known and has spectacular views down the Eskdale Valley.
Of course if you love views, Ellie showed the amazing Scale Force in Buttermere and a gorgeous framed view of the falls at Rydal Hall. The grotto here was purpose built for artists to stay warm and dry while painting. Any of our cottages in Ambleside, Clappersgate or Grassmere are just a few miles away. If you love art we have our very own quirky public art trail ‘Go Herdwick’ with painted model sheep popping up in unexpected places along the route 555 bus trail between Keswick and Windermere. http://www.goherdwick.co.uk/. You can see a couple of the characters pictured.
Also featuring at Blackwell arts and crafts house until September is an exhibition of sculptures by Laura Ford, http://www.blackwell.org.uk/exhibitions/laura-ford-seen-and-unseen-bw. Meet some thought-provoking down and out cousins of Beatrix Potter characters.
Finally, on 21st April to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday in a blaze of glory there will be a beacon lit on the top of Orrest Head overlooking Windermere.
13 March to 30 October - www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wordsworth-house. Hunt for bugs at Wordsworth House with the help of a family explorer bag.
19 March to 22 May – https://www.abbothall.org.uk/. Rembrandt at Abbot Hall art gallery, Kendal.
Sunday 17 April - http://www.morethanmountains.co.uk/course/beginners-climbing-course. Beginners rock climbing course in Langdale.
Thursday 21 April – Beacon lit at Orrest Head near Windermere.
Sunday 24 April – http://www.brockhole.co.uk/events. Family bushcraft and survival skills at Brockhole.
Sunday 1 May - http://www.brockhole.co.uk/events. Birdwatching at Brockhole
30 April to 2 May - http://ravenglass-railway.co.uk. Family fun weekend at Ravenglass and Eskdale railway. Also check out their fish and chip nights.
Friday 6 May - http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/080e683e-1643-439e-a5cd-c20039f6403f/pages/details. Guided canoe trip to Owl Island from Keswick lakeside.
Sunday 8 May - www.fredwhittonchallenge.co.uk. See the spectacle of the saddleback cycle challenge covering 112 miles of the Lake District starting and ending at Grasmere.
Thursday 12 May - http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/steam-yacht-gondola. Landscape cruise and walk at steam yacht Gondola. Discover the legacy of Beatrix Potter with a scenic walk and talk guided by a local ranger.