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Why choose a Lake District Hotel for a Twixmas break?

Article by Mike Dunbobbin

The period between Christmas and New Year is known in the hotel trade as Twixmas; that short period of downtime between the two major celebrations.It’s the perfect time to hit the UK holiday hot spots as there are great deals for short breaks, dinner inclusive packages, and much more on offer. It’s also a good time of year to sneak into popular Lake District Hotels that get been booked up for New Year months in advance – and grab a great New Years Eve Package at the same time. You can then explore the Lake District in relative peace whilst others wait for New Year.Things to see and do in the Lake DistrictThere are so many exciting things to see and do in the Lake District you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Shopping You’ll be just in time for the January sales so there’ll be lots of great shopping to be done. From the independent and unique shops of Penrith and Appleby to the main town centre of Kendal and the outdoor specialists in Ambleside you can take your pick and bag a bargain. A sprinkling of Christmas lights will enhance the festive feel – as will a quick stop for a mince pie and cuppa at one of the many tearooms and cafes!

Eating Out Cumbria has everything from award winning restaurants in the Lake District’s best hotels to scrumptious fish and chips from the chippy and light lunches in traditional cafes. Local specialities include Cumbria Fell Bred lamb, locally reared Venison, Westmorland Rabbit and the area’s famous Sticky Toffee pudding. In fact, with a dinner inclusive winter saver package you’re sure to want to eat in rather than out!

Outdoors There’s a vast range of walking routes that criss cross the area and cover all abilities from wheelchair and pushchair friendly routes to high level ascents of the four 3,000 ft plus mountains. And with the forecast on your side the winter wonderland will take your breath away; there’s nothing more tranquil than an icy lake, frost laden trees and snow covered fell tops.Visitor AttractionsAttractions include historic houses such as Dalemain House and Gardens and Hutton-in-the-Forest House and Gardens; High Head Sculpture Valley; Farm Shops and Rheghed Visitor Centre; the Settle and Carlisle railway; and family attractions such as Eden Ostrich World, The World of Beatrix Potter and much more. And with so many lakes, meres and tarns there are plenty of watery attractions including lake steamers, water sports centres and an Aquarium.Selecting a great place to stay There’s a huge range of accommodation available in the Lake District ranging from self-catering and campsites to well known hotel chains and family run boutique hotels. However, with such good seasonal deals on offer you can stretch your budget much further and select a luxury Lake District hotel. The Appleby Manor Hotel is a four star country house hotel on the edge of the Lake District with open log fires, luxurious bedrooms, a fine selection of wines and whiskies, an award winning restaurant, indoor leisure club and superb views over Lake District fells. You can book online and secure last minute or seasonal breaks, including Twixmas.

For the best hotels in the Lake District try a 4 star hotel break in Cumbria. Look no further than Appleby Manor one of the best Lake District Hotels situated on the edge of the English Lake District with great views over the Cumbrian fells and Eden Valley.










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Family friendly Lake District breaks: The Eden Valley

Article by Mike Dunbobbin

The Lake District really is nature’s playground and offers great value and flexibility to families. From water sports to walking, visitor attractions to street theatre, shops to festivals, there is a packed itinerary on offer!

Here are our top tips on planning a family friendly break in the Eden Valley:

Tip no.1: Book a family friendly hotelThe Appleby Manor Country House Hotel is ideally placed for families wanting to explore. The hotel offers easy access to the Northern Lake District and to the Yorkshire Dales, has a selection of family friendly accommodation including family rooms and adjoining rooms, and delivers on leisure facilities (full sized pool table, indoor swimming pool, table tennis, board games and putting green) for any rainy days.

You can choose from a range of holiday packages including Lake District Short Breaks and Last Minute Offers, and select Dinner, Bed and Breakfast, or Bed and Breakfast stays.

Tip no.2: Time your trip to fit with the best Lake District eventsHotels in the Lake District can get very busy during the peak visitor season, so plan well ahead if you want to stay at a particular time of year to avoid disappointment.In summer, the children will particularly enjoy the agricultural fairs that are held throughout the summer months in local towns and villages, the Windermere Air Show, Kendal’s Mintfest Street Art Festival, Potfest in the Park at Hutton in the Forest, Appleby Horse Fair, the Scarecrow Festival at Langwathby, and Appleby Town Carnival.

If your family has older teenagers and young adults, Appleby Manor Hotel is not only on the edge of the Lake District, it’s also a stone’s throw from the Kendal Calling Festival. Why not book a relaxing break and leave the festival goers to camp on site?

Tip no.3: Combine your activity planning with your bookingLake District hotels very often partner up with activity providers and the Appleby Manor is no exception. You can book activities at Rookin House Farm through the hotel.

An established adventure venue, it has offered a wide variety of outdoor activities for over 20 years. Family owned and operated, Rookin House has a strong focus on both fun and safety – children’s activities include lead pony rides, treks and pony club, family fishing pond, mini quad bikes, cub arts and more. And of course, there’s plenty on offer for Mum, Dad and Grandparents too.

Tip no.4: Come prepared for the weatherAsk any Lake District hotel owner about the weather and the answer will be ‘it’s changeable’. From glorious sunshine to sharp showers and storms, it’s better to be prepared, so do pack a lightweight waterproof to take on your day trips.

If you are taking to the fells with the children make sure they have adequate footwear, layers for the change in temperature as you get higher up, and a backpack for drinks and snacks to keep them fully charged during the outing!

To find out more about family friendly Lake District breaks at Appleby Manor Hotel visit their website.

For Family Friendly Hotels, visit Appleby Manor, a leading Lake District Hotel







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Discover the Lake District Bike

Article by Max Brockbank

You haven’t really seen the Lake District until you’ve experienced it from a bicycle. Cycling is an immensely popular pastime in this stunning section of Britain, and you don’t have to load yourself down with equipment in order to take part. Whether you enjoy mountain biking or more leisurely cycling, it’s easy to find a cycle hire shop that can fit you out with something perfect. If you’ve been thinking about going on holiday in the Lake District, learn more about hitting the area’s many great trails, cycleways, bridleways and country lanes by reading on below.

Getting Started

Regardless of where you’ll be headquartered during your Lake District sojourn – whether it be Windermere, Keswick, Lakeside or any of the other popular places in the region – you’ll find that it’s wonderfully easy to hire a bicycle for the day, or even for the week. Several cycle hire shops can be found at Windermere, for instance, and several of them are located at Lakeside or Newby Bridge. With this sort of convenience, there’s no need to worry about packing up your own bicycles for your Lake District adventure.

Cycling Trails in the Lake District

There are many phenomenal cycling trails to enjoy in the Lake District. A few top choices include:

The C2C Cycle Route – The C2C, or coast-to-coast, cycle route is one of the best-known in the UK; a very scenic section of it cuts through the Lake District. At 85 kilometres in length, only the most ambitious cyclists will want to take on the whole thing – but shorter sections are just as enjoyable.

The Keswick-Ullswater Loop – With its prime location in the heart of the Lake District, the Keswick-Ullswater Loop is a great choice for beginners and more advanced cyclists alike. This extensive loop measures approximately 65 kilometres in total, which takes an average cyclist about four hours to complete.

Mountain Biking Trails in the Lake District

The Lake District is a mountain biker’s dream; two prime mountain biking trails can be found in Lake District National Park:

Altura Trail – Experienced mountain bikers will get a thrill by hitting this 19-kilometre-long trail. When you’re done with it, you’ll want to retire to your last minute hotel for a bit of rest – it’s a grueling trail.

Quercus Trail – You can choose to cycle the full 7.5 kilometres of the Quercus Trail, or just 3.5 kilometres of it. Several Lake District hotels are nearby, making it a convenient choice.

Max is an author, writer and editor. He is married with two children and a cat and lives in south east London.










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