The “Park Up and Walk” service at Far Sawrey

The service enables people visiting the tranquil villages of Near and Far Sawrey to park at their chosen starting point (your accommodation for example) and walk on amazing variety of routes in the southern Lake District.

Near and Far Sawrey are excellent choices of places to stay, leave the car and just explore on foot or by bicycle on a choice of footpaths, cycle tracks and bridleways. Drive Less See More the strapline to the GoLakes Travel programme couldn’t be better illustrated around this part of the Lake District.

Walk to Hawkshead and visit the many shops and cafes in the jewel of the Lake District. Head for a leisurely stroll up to Hill Top, the once home of Beatrix Potter and the location that inspired her and made her work into one of the most popular children’s story books of all time and still to date. But the villages of Near and Far Sawrey also allow easy access to Lake Windermere and even Bowness and Windermere towns.

Just a mile, 20 minute walk from Far Sawrey is Ferry House where to Windermere Ferry departs from taking passengers across the lake to Ferry Nab in Bowness. The ferry can take cars and bicycles also. From Bowness take a cruise down to Waterhead for Ambleside or up to lakeside or wander up to Windermere and climb the scenic Orrest Head for unparalleled views of Lake Windermere and fells beyond.

Being off season and far quieter it is the ideal time to visit Tarn Hows. This, the most beautiful of picture postcard locations is often a wash with visitors in the summer but autumn and winter means the full beauty can be admired. The tarn is surrounded by small hill made up of woodland and where the name Tarn Hows is derived. The walk from Far Sawrey is a nice, flat 3.9 miles and goes alongside Esthwaite Water which itself is also a stunning piece of water.

Accommodation can be found at the Cuckoo Brow Lake District Inn at Far Sawrey from £86 per room per night including breakfast.

Wilderness first responder training course Saadani Tanzania

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Between July 16th and 25th 2016, a very special wilderness first responder training course will be taking place in the stunning Saadani National Park in Tanzania.

The organisers, SOLO are experts and a leading organisation providing wilderness medicine courses across the world. This specific course, taking place within the Saadani National Park in Tanzania with a base at the A Tent With A View Simply Saadani Camp, is a 70-80 hour programme focusing on travel and tropical medicine providing a comprehensive in-depth look at the standards and skills of dealing with response and assessment, musculoskeletal injuries, environmental emergencies and survival skills, soft tissue injuries, and medical emergencies. Additional topics such as CPR are also included. What a location for learning whilst taking in the landscape.

The hosts, A Tent With A View are a leading Tanzania safari tour operator based in Dar es Salaam and with camps within the Saadani National Park. With over 20 years experience of leading tours in remote locations, they are fully aware of the importance of course like this and the knowledge gained from them and support and direct medical programmes for the residents of Tanzania.

Bookings and enquiries for the course are to be made via Course price is $1200 per person and includes airport to airport transportation, WFR course and materials, lodging and food. Contact A Tent With A View for pre or post course safari experiences and tours here

May Bank Holiday breaks in The Lakes

Fast approaching is another lovely Bank Holiday in the United Kingdom! It also happens to be the last one until August so I reckon, even more of an excuse to take a short break or holiday and make optimum use of a free day off.

By the end of May, the weather is most certainly getting warmer and in recent years especially, the Lake District has experienced simply stunningly hot weather around this time.
Just remember, after the Spring Bank Holiday in May, its a wait until August for another, that’s 3 month! With the county and National Park often experiencing dry, bright weather during May into June, the Lake District and Cumbria should be THE destination of choice for a late May getaway.

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Fingers crossed for warm 2016 Spring Bank Holiday!

Many hotels including those in the hot spots of Ambleside, Bowness and Windermere still have availability and some great offers for 3 night breaks too. Windermere is an excellent destination, centrally located for exploring but plenty to do should the typical British and Lake District weather get hold.

There is a huge amount going on this spring bank holiday weekend in and around Windermere including events and sightseeing at nearby Coniston and Ambleside. And of course there’s always a cruise up and down Lake Windermere and the 365 day a year attraction the fells open for walking. Our accommodation tip is Applegarth Villa HOtel & Restaurant in the centre of Windemrere with views, private hot tubs and free off road parking. Visit for more information and for to book.

Free air is free in the Lake District in more ways than one

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Fresh air is free in the Lake District so “Drive Less See More” as the Go Lakes Travel programme campaign has been promoting over the last couple of years. Working with businesses throughout Cumbria and the Lake District encouraging and enabling visitors and guests to make greater use of sustainable modes of travel and car free activities.

From both the Langdale and Brimstone Hotels, guests can walk to six different places of interest, cycle on the many routes around the Langdale Estate and beyond, walk many of the fells in the Langdale Valley and even hire electric cars.

Experiencing the Lake District in these ways is so much better in so many ways. It is great exercise with a sense of achievement when completing a fell walk or bike ride for example. The real Lake District is viewed one to one, not through glass. Less cars on the road means less noise and much less pollution and in the busy summer months walking and cycling if often quicker than a car anyway!

Even back at the Brimstone suites, fresh air is a big factor and in abundance. Each of the 16 suites making up Brimstone have their own private balconies. The suites lead out through full length and width sliding doors with a table and chairs each and plants. When the doors are fully open, even when inside the suite, guests have a sense of being outside and the use of natural, local and sustainable materials echo this perfectly. More about Brimstone can be found by clicking here. The air in the Lake District is like no other and a world away from that of a city so make the most of it when visiting whatever time of the year.