At last the days are lengthening, the temperatures rising and the buds and blossom are everywhere. Bird song starts early to welcome in the day and the Lakes are warming up into the summer. May gives us the amazing spectacle of carpets of bluebells and blossom everywhere, and the summer is a joy – even if it rains ocassionally!
We have to remember its the rain that gives us the lush of the green.. All seasons here are amazing in their own right, but Summer gives us so much pleasure. The chance to wander for longer; sit outside, mellow out. Watersports come into their own, with people enjoying a paddle, a steamboat tour or a wild swim.
There’s always lots to do in the Lakes over the summer. Check out all the usual websites including www.golakes.co.uk for all the events and happenings. A couple of highlights this year:
Beatrix Potter would have been 150 this year. We’ve lots to thank this amazing woman for – beside the 23 Little White Books she wrote. She was a major player in the conservation movement that means the Lake District is why it is today – leaving over 4,000 acres of land and 15 farms to the National Trust; ensuring that places were not over-developed or ruined. She was also a herdwick sheep farmer, and you’ll see her legacy dotted around the fells, smiling out at you! There are many events celebrating the anniversary this year: get out on the Beatrix Potter trail and find out lots more about this fascinating woman.
We’re proud to be involved in the World Heritage Site Bid for the Lake District by offering a stay in one of our lodges as a competition prize: appropriately named Herdwick Lodge – see www.lakesworldheritage.co.uk/win
We have Festival galore in the Lakes right through the summer: from Keswick Mountain Festival, Lake District Summer Music to the Comic Art Festival, and Kendal Mountain Festival in November. Lakes Culture are putting on all sorts of quirky and uplifting things to go and see and take part in : see: www.lakesculture.co.uk and Lakes Alive is promising a ‘summer of spectacular happenings’ starting with the enigmatic ‘FLIGHT’ by Geraldine Pilgrim at Brockhole. Get yourself on a boat trip – Windermere Lake Cruises, Ullswater Steamers or Steam Yacht Gondola or Coniston Launch all have different ‘watery’ experiences. And if you want to skipper your own, there’s lots to choose from.
Just being outside, enjoying the Lakes in all its glory is so uplifting, time to refresh the spirit. Long summer days that never seem to end, barbeques, swimming, walking or pottering around, shopping, eating and seeing the sights.
Then coming back after a busy day out to your relaxing, private lodge – feels like home from home….