Welcome to The Coppermines Conservation Area

By Rachael Parkin

The Coppermines Valley, home to The Coppermines Lakes Cottages, is not only awe-inspiringly beautiful, but it is also important in a national context, being part of the newly listed UNESCO World Heritage Site, included in The Schedule of Ancient Monuments and is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Now the valley has become even more special having recently become home to the Coppermines Conservation Area.

Lake District Snow Days

By Rachael Parkin

Depending on your point of view, snow during your stay in the Lake District can be either a blessing or a curse. For some, a pristine blanket of fresh, glistening snow transforming the mountainous landscape to a sparkling winter wonderland can catapult a holiday into the realms of frozen fantasy. For others, the slightest hint of a snow flurry can send them hurrying for warmth, shelter and a hot chocolate.

Christmas in The Lakes 2019

Christmas is coming…

Winter is a magical time to visit the Lake District; from snow-capped mountains and frosted fells to glowing shop windows and welcoming pubs with roaring log-fires; there’s no better place to escape to this November and December. And with many of our cosy cottages featuring log-burners or open fires (should you wish to roast any chestnuts on them), a pre-Christmas break in the Lakes can be the perfect antidote to the manic festive rush.

Expand your Lakes holiday with a visit to one of Cumbria’s many beautiful beaches

For some true solitude amongst vast wide open spaces expand your trip to the Lakes with a visit to one of Cumbria's stunning beaches. Blessed with mile upon mile of golden sands and with a magnificent mountainous backdrop, Cumbria's coastline is dramatically under-explored by the millions who visit the Lake District National Park every year.

#Explorefromthedoor with Sean Conway - #12 Bagging those Tarns

Munro bagging. Bag a Wainwright. Bag that mountain summit. These we have all heard of but there is one more thing that I love to ‘bag’ in the Lake District, and that is the humble tarn. A tarn is defined as a small mountain lake and there are hundreds of them. What’s better is they are often quite high up a mountainside.

The rules are simple. Hike up to a tarn, and jump in. You don’t need to do a big swim but you need to at least get your entire body underwater. No, dipping your toes in does not count.

Lake District Lake Walks – Low Level Walks Along or Around Lakes

By Rachael Parkin

If you’re coming to the Lake District, chances are it’s because you want to enjoy one of the many serene, shimmering lakes, tarns, meres and waters the area has to offer. We’ve put together a list of some of our favourite lakeside walks from short, wheelchair-friendly strolls to more rugged 10-mile hikes; there are walks below for all ability levels.

Staying Safe on the Fells

By Rachael Parkin

Coniston Mountain Rescue answered over 50 call-outs throughout 2018. The calls covered everything from walkers missing in wintery weather, people in need of medical assistance, injured mountain bikers and even stranded dogs. Some callouts required the presence of up to 20 mountain rescuers, all of whom work as unpaid volunteers.

#explorefromthedoor with Sean Conway - #11 Swallows and Amazons Swim . . . with a dog.

I can’t believe it’s been over a year since I’ve been doing these blogs and I have not yet featured one on swimming. I know. It’s ridiculous considering for quite some time I was known as Sean Conway – The Swimmer. It even says that on my Wikipedia page (If someone knows how to change that I’d be ever so grateful)

Anyway, living in Coniston and not swimming is like being French and not eating all the baguettes, and when it comes to dipping your toes into the often-icy water there is one particular swim that I love the most. I call it the Swallows and Amazons Swim.

Affordable Family Days Out in the Lakes this Summer

By Rachael Parkin
Heading to the Lakes this summer? Wondering how to keep the whole family busy whilst keeping at least some hold on the purse strings? Keeping the kids occupied and entertained all summer can be an expensive business. If you’re on a budget or simply looking to alternate paid for activities with cheaper days out then here are a few of our ideas for keeping the whole family busy in the glorious Lake District this summer.

Lake District Show Season – Take in a show this summer

By Rachael Parkin
July marks the beginning of the Lake District’s agricultural show season. Being a predominantly rural landscape The Lake District has sheep, lots and lots of sheep. Breeds such as the famous Herdwick along with other forms of livestock play an important role within the Cumbrian economy. Consequently, agricultural shows, which bring farmers and traders together, are important events, both economically and socially, growing bigger and more popular as each year passes.