Wednesday, 28 February 2018

A Great Walk With A Dog near Newby Bridge

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One of the best walks in the Central Lakes is up to, and around High Dam.It’s a lake that was much favoured by Wainwright. In fact he said “It is far superior to Tarn Hows” High praise indeed!
It’s a picturesque tarn near Finsthwaite and Lakeside at the southern end of Windermere. A dam was built across the southern end of the tarn in the early 1800s to supply water to the bobbin mill at Stott Park a few miles away. It is surrounded by mixed woodlands of oak, birches, larch and Scots pine to name a few that we spotted. The woodland floor is scattered with bilberry, bracken and heather.
High Dam is a circular route that can be extended up to Stott Park Heights which will afford you a view down on to Lake Windermere.
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Saturday, 24 February 2018

A liitle bit of motoring history that shouldn't be missed!

A Little Bit Of History near Newby Bridge

A Little Bit Of History near Newby Bridge

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Not far from Newby Bridge is the Motor Museum at Backbarrow (which you can walk to through the lanes from Woodside,)  It’ s a great afternoon out. When I went I didn’t think I would find it that interesting, however I was so wrong!!!
There are so many fantastic cars to see, even if you’re not a car enthusiast. You just can’t help but enjoy this museum.
And when you fancy a cuppa or lunch, you can just go next door to Cafe Ambio for some great food. Their coronation chicken sandwiches are my favourite.
And yes! dogs are welcome in the museum and on the terrace at the cafe.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

A Monet Masterpiece to View in Kendal

A Monet Masterpiece to View in Kendal

A Monet Masterpiece to View in Kendal

Monet Masterpiece in the Abbot Hall Art Gallery Kendal. An event not to be missed

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See a masterpiece by one of the world’s most famous painters in Kendal. Claude Monet’s Haystacks: Snow Effect, will be displayed at Abbot Hall Art Gallery from Friday 12 January until 28 April.
The painting, dated 1891, is from a series of work widely regarded as among Monet’s best and is loaned from the National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh. It is believed to be the very first time that a Monet has been on display in Cumbria and cements Abbot Hall’s commitment to show work by iconic international artists.

Monet, a founder of French impressionist painting, produced over 30 haystacks paintings. He worked at different times of day and season to capture the effect changing light had on their form.
The haystacks in this painting stood in a field to the west of Monet’s house in Giverney, France, where his famous water lily gardens were situated. In autumn and the relatively mild winter of 1890, Monet persuaded the local farmer to leave the stacks in his field so he could make a series of paintings. In Haystacks: Snow Effect the haystacks are almost reduced to shadow in the glowing winter light.
There are 25 paintings from Monet’s Haystacks series held at galleries around the globe including Tokyo, Los Angeles, Chicago, Paris and now Kendal. This is your chance to see a Monet masterpiece in Cumbria.

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 12 Jan – Wed 28 Feb 2018 10:30 to 16:00
Thu 1 Mar – Sat 28 Apr 2018 10:30 to 17:00


Adults £7.70 / £7.00 without donation.
Friends, students and children free

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Unusual Things You Can See near Newby Bridge

Unusual Things You Can See near Newby Bridge

Unusual Things You Can See near Newby Bridge

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 A Great Walk With A Great View!

Start Point: SD 389876. There is a small car park on the Fell Foot side road 1 mile north of Newby Bridge.
Height to Climb: 88ms (289 feet)
Terrain: An easy path to the summit and back but a myriad of smaller paths offer great opportunities to explore and vary the route.
Eating & Drinking: There is nothing nearer than Newby Bridge but the outcrops make great picnic spots
Gummers How walk map

Gummer’s How walk

Access is from the Fell Foot Brow road from the southern end of Windermere off the A592. There is a small car park before you get to Sow How Lane if you are coming up from the lake. The path is well trodden and easy to follow, although eroded in places, so watch for small diversions whilst the landscape recovers.
Although not detailed, this map will give you a rough idea of how far the walk is from the road and you will see that from gaining a little height you will have access to views across Windermere and to the fells beyond – quite breath taking.
Wainwright neglected to include Gummer’s How in his 7 main guides, probably due to its insignificant height (less than 400 foot of climbing), but added it later to his Outlying Fells collection. His amusing description here challenges any walker to reach the summit but if they fail to he suggests the potential climber invests in pipe and slippers rather than walking boots! It is simple, can take no more than 1/2 an hour up and down but is worthy of greater exploration. Little rocky outcrops and heather clad slopes are the order of the day on Gummer’s How. It offers great views both up Windermere and also down beyond Newby Bridge to the sea. With nothing else of any interest on the east shoreline of Windermere Gummer’s How is a real find and should be included for all who stay in the area.
Recommend: Although Wainwright talks of the elderly I would add that it is a great first family walk, a worthy summit and has little scrambles ideal for younger children.
View from Gummer's How

Monday, 12 February 2018

Fabulous places to visit in the lakes when it’s chilly outside.

Fabulous places to visit in the lakes when it’s chilly outside.

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Winter Beauty….. sounds romantic. Winter walks …….sounds romantic but not all of us want to walk the fells in the Winter, so I have put together my top 4 places to visit in the Winter months when you stay at Woodside.

The mountains, lakes, valleys and woodlands might be a bracing place to be in the Winter months, but it is a wonderful place for winter walking, cycling, family activities and much more.
And, when the snow falls, there are plenty of slopes for sledging and for building snowmen, which the kids will love! This is the Bobbin Mill across the road, just waiting for those snowmen to be built!
And, with early dark nights and clear winter skies, it is a perfect time to get looking up at the stars.
After a day out hiking the snowy fells (be prepared as the weather can be very unpredictable) or having enjoyed a cruise across lake Windermere from Lakeside  you can get all warm and toasty in front of the fire at Woodside.  Or venture out to The Swan for a great meal.

My top selection for indoor places to visit when at Woodside in the Winter months.
  1. The Aquarium of the Lakes, Newby Bridge
A lovely little aquarium on the southern shore of Windermere at Lakeside, with freshwater and marine life, featuring an underwater otter tunnel and stingrays.
Aquarium of the lakes
  1. Lakeland Motor Museum, Backbarrow
The museum has the largest collection of motoring memorabilia in the country. It has more than 300,000 exhibits which trace the development of road transport throughout the 20th Century.
There’s also a tribute section to legendary racing father and son Malcom and Donald Campbell, a 1920s garage and a 1950s cafĂ© – so there’s lots to do on a visit here and dogs are welcome.
Motor museum and dogs
  1. Lakeland The perfect place to hear about exciting new products, recipes, offers and competitions from the home of creative kitchenware.
The home of the kitchen gadget!  Things you didn’t even know existed! Things you didn’t even know you wanted till you saw it! All this and more, especially on the run up to Christmas. Lakeland is packed with ideas for you and your home, and on a winter’s  afternoon a perfect place to call into when in Windermere. They have an excellent restaurant too.
Lakeland plastics
4.  Hawkshead Village for great shops and cafes. The Hawkshead Relish shop is a must.
Hawkshead relish shop
What ever you do , enjoy your stay in the Lakes in the Winter, a warm welcome awaits you.
Snow at woodside

Friday, 9 February 2018

A little taste of brilliant bakes, wonderful wines and fabulous food!

A little taste of brilliant bakes, wonderful wines and fabulous food!

Low Sizergh Barn is a great place to visit on a Winter’s afternoon. in fact any time of year. The range of food they stock is fabulous: fresh breads, wines, cheeses, savories, cakes as well as raw milk! Then a quick visit to the tearoom where again the food is excellent and if you time it right, you can watch the cows ( through a glass window) being milked. Kids love this. And if that’s not enough you can browse the gift department and ladies do visit the clothing gallery and for those who want a walk, you can take the farm trail.
Low Sizergh Farm, Sizergh, Kendal LA8 8AE
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Tuesday, 6 February 2018

3 Great Places You Must Take Your Camera near Newby Bridge

High Dam must be the top of my list. High Dam is a peaceful quiet lake near the foot of Lake Windermere and the village of Finsthwaite. When I say a hidden gem, anyone who has visited would agree. Peace, a quality walk and serenity can be yours! alfred Wainwright thought this lake "Far superior to Tarn Hows" High praise indeed.

My second choice is Tarn Hows near Hawkshead. this is a very popular lake and as such can be very busy in the Summer.

My third choice must be Gummer’s  How. looking down on to lake Windermere with Lakeside in the distance.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

A Magnificent Church in Finsthwaite

Built in 1874, the church of St Peter replaced an earlier chapel constructed in 1724-5. It was designed by Paley and Austin, the well known Lancaster firm of architects, and won a prize in a competition to design a church suitable for an alpine area. It is a grade II* listed building. A lych gate was added in 1914. The parish clock, which is situated in the tower, was installed in 1918 as a monument to the Fallen of the parish. It was completely renovated and electrified by public subscription in 2005. A set of tubular bells is housed in the tower, and these were refurbished and computerized in 2012. St Peter’s has a dedicated, hard-working congregation with attendance averaging about 18 from an electoral roll of 42. The congregation currently enjoy both BCP and CW services.

One of the graves in the graveyard belongs to the Finsthwaite Princess, Clementina Johannes Sobieski Douglas of Waterside, who was buried on 16th May 1771. It is widely believed she was the daughter of Prince Charles Edward, the Young Pretender, by Clemintina Walkinshaw.
1st Sunday: 9.30am Holy Communion CW
2nd Sunday: 11.00am United Service with Haverthwaite and Staveley-in-Cartmel – Holy Communion CW
3rd Sunday: 11.00am Holy Communion BCP
4th Sunday: 6.00pm Evensong BCP
5th Sunday: 11.00am United Service with Haverthwaite and Staveley-in-Cartmel – Holy Communion CW