No Zip Lines in Glenridding

Please help us to kill off this idea before it has even started! #noziphere

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Just Say No to the Proposed Zip Wires in Glenridding

My posts here are normally celebrating the natural beauty and tranquillity of the Lake District, and of the Ullswater and Helvellyn area in particular – so I apologise in advance for using this platform for a bit of soap boxing. However it is precisely because I love the Lake District as it is, and want to protect it for the benefit of all, that I am about to rant on against the ludicrous proposals being mooted to install four, 100 mph, 1 mile long zip lines in Glenridding by Helvellyn and Ullswater.

The Story so far…

The Lake District National Park (LDNP) has issued a planning advice statement to a company who are considering developing a new ‘attraction’ in Glenridding – at least 4 parallel, mile long, zip lines, with operating speeds of…

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Last Minute Break – 1 Helvellyn Cottage 11th July

Due to a cancellation 1 Helvellyn Cottage is now free for the week commencing Friday 11th July. Price £650. Please contact us for more information,

Our pet friendly cottages sleeps 4 and is in a great location with views across to the fells and down to the Lake.

Garden Lake District Cottage

The Garden of the cottage last week and the view from the Front Door!

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Farm Experience Days at Crookabeck Farm

Crookabeck Farm Experiences

Get Hands-on at a Local Lake District Farm

Have you ever dreamed of living on a farm, caring for the animals and breathing in the fresh country air? Well now you live the dream (if only for a day!) at Crookabeck Farm in Patterdale, in the heart of the Lake District.

Just a 10 minute walk from our Patterdale Cottage, Crookabeck Farm is home to Herdwick Sheep, Angora Goats and Chickens. They now offer 1/2 and full day Farm Experience Sessions where you can get hands-on with the animals. You’ll help to feed them, learn how to care for them, and even have a go at working their magnificent sheepdog Fly.

Fly the Sheepdog

Fly the Sheepdog

The days are tailored to suit your interests and needs, and depending on the time of year you’ll get involved with all aspects of animal husbandry. If you visit at Easter time you can help deliver the new born lambs and care for them. In the summer you can help prepare the Sheep and Goats for the many agricultural shows across Cumbria. Crookabeck also produces a fine range of Herdwick Wool and Angora Mohair products which they sell in their farm shop, and you can learn about and help with the processing of the fleeces and their conversion into the finished products, from wool balls to jumpers and even dog leads!

Gettings hands on at Crookabeck Farm

Getting hands on at Crookabeck Farm

The farm days run throughout the year and cater for couples, families, and groups of up to 12. If you’re there for the whole day you’ll get a wholesome lunch in the farmhouse kitchen, and for the half day sessions you’ll get a snack and a hot drink. They also offer special wildlife watching outings at certain times of the year, including badger watching in the evening, Red Deer watching in the autumn on Place Fell, and keep an eye out  for Red Squirrels, Roe Deer, Buzzards and Kestrels throughout the year.

Best of all if you’re staying at our one of our Ullswater Cottages you’ll get 10% off the price of your Farm Experience Day. Just let Adam and Charlene know where you’re staying when you book.

Please click the link for more information or to book one of these great Farm Experience Days.

Herdwick Sheep at Crookabeck Farm

Herdwick Sheep at Crookabeck Farm

We have negotiated a range of exclusive discounts for our guests, including Pamper Treatments by local Holistic Therpaist Hazel Bell. Please see our Ullswater Cottages website for full details.

To find out more about any of these special offers or to make a booking please contact us.

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January Special Offer in our Patterdale Cottage

Red Squirrel in Patterdale

Red Squirrel in Patterdale

Short Breaks from just £250 in our Lake District Holiday Cottage

If you’re looking for a short break in the Lake District this January then why not come to our holiday cottage in Patterdale. The How is a detached bungalow which sleeps 3 and has superb views across Goldrill Beck to Place Fell. It’s also just a 2 minute walk from the Patterdale Village Store and White Lion Inn.

As a special offer in January you can book a three night break in The How for just £250, and Pets go free!

If you’d like more details please visit the website for our Patterdale Cottage or contact us. We also have some availability in our Glenridding Cottages. Please note all our Ullswater Cottages are pet friendly. To check availability throughout the year please click on the links to the right.

The How Cottage in Patterdale

The How Cottage in Patterdale

January – the perfect time to visit the Lake District!

January is one of the best times to visit the Lakes. You should expect snow on the tops of the fells, and a walk on a clear blue sky day is simply magical. And of course it’s also quieter so you’ll often find yourself soaking up the views alone. When you return from your walk you can relax in the Cottage, load up the wood burner, and admire the views from the leather sofa of Place Fell. What could be better!

Place Fell above Side Farm

Place Fell above Side Farm

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Christmas 2013 in our Lake District Cottage

Helvellyn Cottages in the Snow

Helvellyn Cottages above Ullswater and Glenridding

Last minute Deal on Christmas Week in our Ullswater Holiday Cottage

Due to a cancellation we are now able to offer Xmas week, from Friday 20th to Friday 27th December 2013 in 1 Helvellyn Cottage, our pet friendly self catering cottage above Glenridding and Ullswater in the Lake District.

The cottage sleeps 4 and is in a superb elevated position above the village, with views down to the lake and across to the fells. There is an enclosed garden to the side and inside there are 2 bedrooms, a double and a twin, an open plan living room/dining room with leather sofas and a wood burning stove, and a kitchen and utility room.

The cottage is perfectly positioned with numerous walks from the door including Helvellyn and many more. It is also just a 5 minute walk from the Travellers Rest pub in Glenridding. For full details or to book please visit the Helvellyn Cottage website.

You can also check our full availability for 2014 in all 3 of our Ullswater Cottages on our website.

In the meantime here are some more photos of the cottage and the local area in the snow!

View from the front of Helvellyn Cottages

View from the front of Helvellyn Cottages

Living Room 1 Helvellyn Cottage

Living Room of 1 Helvellyn Cottage

St Patricks Boatyard in Glenridding

St Patricks Boatyard in Glenridding

Morgan the Lake District Labrador

Morgan our Labrador on Swirral Edge last Christmas

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Autumn Availability at our Ullswater Cottages

Ullswater Dawn

Ullswater Dawn

Last minute deals and availability on our Lake District Holiday Cottages

We still have some availability in our Ullswater cottages for Autumn 2013. It’s a great time to visit the Lake District with the autumn colours and the full mix of weather – from clear crisp blue skies to snow! You can also enjoy the Red Deer rutting season in October.  Full details on all of the cottages can be found through the links on the right.

We have the following availability for October, November and December 2013:

1 Helvellyn Cottage in Glenridding, Sleeps 4 Pets welcome

Friday 13th to Friday 20th December 2013 – price £350

XMAS IN THE LAKE DISTRICT Friday 20th to Friday 27th December 2013 – Price £695

2 Helvellyn Cottage in Glenridding, Sleeps 4 Pets welcome

Friday 18th to 25th October 2013 price £450 (short break available)

Friday 22nd to 29th November 2013 – price £400 (short break available)

Friday 29th Nov to 5th Dec 2013 – price £325 (short break)

Monday 8th Dec to Friday 13th Dec 2013 – price £325 (short break available)

Friday 13th Dec to Friday 20th Dec 2013 – price £350 (short break available)

The How in Patterdale, Sleeps 3 Pets welcome

Half-Term – Friday 25th Oct to Friday 1st Nov 2013 – price £575

Friday 8th to 15th November 2013 – price £375 (short break available)

Friday 15th to 22nd November 2013 – price £375 (short break available)

Friday 22nd to 29th November 2013 – price £375 (short break available)

Friday 29th Nov to Friday 6th Dec 2013 – price £375 (short break available)

Friday 6th to 13th Dec 2013 – price £375 (short break available)

Friday 13th to 20th Dec 2013 – price £375 (short break available)

NEW YEAR – Friday 27th Dec to Friday 3rd Jan 2014 – price £575

To find out more about these special offers or to make a booking please contact us.

In the meantime here are some photos from the last month or so to give you a taster of what awaits you! Enjoy!

Goldrill Beck - Just along from The How

Goldrill Beck – Just along from The How

The view to Greenside from Helvellyn Cottages

The view to Greenside from Helvellyn Cottages

Ullswater - beautiful whatever the weather!

Ullswater – beautiful whatever the weather!

Place Fell from the side of Goldrill Beck

Place Fell from the side of Goldrill Beck

For more photos of the local area why not follow us on twitter.

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Summer Availability for our Ullswater Cottages

Morgan Above Ullswater

Summer Special Offers and Last Minute Deals on Helvellyn Cottages in the Lake District

We still have some summer availability in our Ullswater cottages for Summer 2013. If you want to come and enjoy the wonderful (!) summer Lake District weather the look no further. Full details on all of the cottages can be found through the links on the right.

We have the following availability for June, July and August 2013:

1 Helvellyn Cottage in Glenridding, Sleeps 4 Pets welcome

Fully Booked

2 Helvellyn Cottage in Glenridding, Sleeps 4 Pets welcome

Friday 9th to 16th August 2013 price £600

Friday 16th to 23rd August 2013 – price £600

The How in Patterdale, Sleeps 3 Pets welcome

Fully Booked

To find out more about these special offers or to make a booking please contact us.

In the meantime here are some photos from the last few weeks to give you a taster of what awaits you! Enjoy!

Goldrill Beck View

Goldrill Beck 100 yards from The How

Ullswater View

Ullswater from Glenamarra Park

St Sunday Crag

Footpath sign with St Sunday Crag as a backdrop

Marshall Mount in St Patricks Churchyard

Marshall Mount in St Patricks Churchyard

View to Glenridding and Raise

View to Glenridding and Raise

Snow on Helvellyn

Last of the snow on Helvellyn a week ago?

Snow on Helvellyn

Until we got some more at the start of this week!

Looking over Side Farm towards Helvellyn

Looking over Side Farm towards Helvellyn

Shadows on Place Fell

Shadows on Place Fell

Deer in St Patrick's Churchyard

Deer in St Patrick’s Churchyard

Spring Lambs in Patterdale

Spring Lambs in Patterdale

Spring Lamb

Spring Lamb

Another Spring Lamb

Another Spring Lamb

Spring Lamb enjoying the Sunshine!

Spring Lamb enjoying the Sunshine!

Goose on the Loose!

Goose on the Loose!

Narcissi Photo

Narcissi, Daffodils, call them what you will…

For more pictures of our adventures in the Lake District around Ullswater, Patterdale and Helvellyn, please follow Helvellyn on Twitter. You can also follow Ullswater on Facebook and Helvellyn on Facebook. If you want to come and stay in the Lake District, all these photos were taken within a 20 minute walk of our pet friendly Patterdale Holiday Cottage.

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