Drive Less, See More in and from Langdale

The Langdale Valley makes an ideal base for exploring the whole of the Lake District. Being at the foot of Wrynose Pass that leads onto Hardknott Pass, means despite this not being a quick route, the amount of miles is just a fraction compared with alternative routes. You see, the Lake District has quite a few lumps and bumps, ie fells!

So the Langdale Valley itself being delightful, pretty, scenic yet with some big hills. Langdale is close to Ambleside, not far from Windermere, Coniston or Hawkshead. In fact, to get over to Ullswater and the eastern Lakes isn’t much of a problem and in fact a lovely drive over Kirkstone Pass.

So the direct route on mountain passes, less miles than the A roads, more scenic, it’s screaming out to be cycled is it not? From a base in the Langdale Valley, cyclists can experience some of the most famous Lake District routes, most not for the novice such as Hardknott and its 30% gradient but the pride upon completion will far out way the pain.

lake district hotel adventuresStaying in and around Langdale Valley and cycling can be enjoyed at a lot lower level literally. Many routes both on and off road that take in the scenery but at a far more leisurely pace. There is a fab little 11 mile route or a slightly longer 18 mile routes that takes in the famous Lake District beauty spot of Tarn Hows.

Drive Less See More is a campaign led by GoLakes Travel to promote more sustainable ways of getting around the Lake District. Everyone’s a winner, the Lake District for less carbon emissions and noise and the visitor as they really do See More.

Brimstone Boutique Hotel at Langdale are firm supporters of this scheme despite being a high end, boutique hotel. There’s secure bike storage and the hotel hosts will even collect guests from Windermere Train Station with their bikes. Renault Twizy electric cars can be hired too, just in case the previous days ride was a bit tough!



Go green to the 24 Holker Garden Festival in June

This is the 24th Holker Garden Festival and the three day event (or should we say extravaganza) taking place at Holker Hall on Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th June 2016 will be brimming with activities and guest appearances throughout the weekend.

Top horticulturalists from the region and throughout the UK will be in attendance lighting p the estate with brilliant colours, fragrances and knowledge. Although it is also a festival packed with much more than just horticulture. During the weekend enjoy stalls of arts, crafts, food and local Cumbria produce and garden ornaments, neatly detailed in the strap line “Presenting the very best of gardening, countryside, food and crafts”. There will also be exhibitors of garden structures and sculptures.

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It is most definitely advisable to arrive hungry as not only will there be many local producers selling good but also plenty of tasty offerings for consumption on the day from glasses of summery Pimms to local drinks, ales and hog roasts.

Holker Hall is located in Cark in Cartmel just 4 miles from Grange –over –Sands and less than 2 miles from Cartmel set within a 25 acre estate famed for its landscape and ornamental gardens . Visit the Holker website here for more details on the festival.

Looking for accommodation for that weekend? Bay Villa Bed & Breakfast in Grange over Sands is the ideal place to relax and unwind after a full packed day at the festival. Call direct to book on 015395 36793 or visit for more details.