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8 Beautiful Vistas in the Lake District

Tom Hall September 26 2019

8 Beautiful Vistas in the Lake District

It’s no secret The Lake District is one of the most revered national parks in Britain. Nowhere blends ruggedness and cottage garden prettiness so seamlessly. Every fell, lake, and hidden woodland takes your breath away. The Lake District has been a place of pilgrimage for lovers of natural splendour since at least the 19th Century. It has also helped inspire some of our most precious literary masterpieces

Top Events and Activities in The Lakes this Summer

Rothay Garden June 25 2019

Top Events and Activities in The Lakes this Summer

The Lake District is a hive of activity all year round, but come the summer months when the days are longer and the clime warmer it's the perfect time to explore Cumbria and experience some events that make this part of the world come to life. There are some that will challenge and others that will inspire.Below are our top recommendations within an hour of Grasmere. Follow in the Footsteps

Things to Do This Spring in the Lakes

Rothay Garden Hotel April 26 2019

Things to Do This Spring in the Lakes

"A sort of national property in which every [person] has a right and interest who has an eye to perceive and a heart to enjoy"- William WordsworthThe Lake District made such an impression on Wordsworth growing up here, it influenced his poetry for the entirety of his adult life. He describes a deep connection with the Lakes—in what he saw with his eyes and felt with his heart. However, it isn

10 Best Wild Swimming Spots in The Lake District | Rothay Garden

Tom Hall February 20 2019

10 Best Wild Swimming Spots in The Lake District | Rothay Garden

In all of Britain, no other place compares. Geological quirks of fate, millions of years in the making, have turned the Lake District into a wild swimmer’s paradise. A kingdom of water. Indoor pools with artificial lighting and eye-burning chlorine will never elicit the sense of rawness, and wide-open naturalness of wild swimming.There’s something vital and immediately cleansing about cold

After This, You’ll Be Desperate to Visit the Lakes in Winter

Tom Hall December 18 2018

After This, You’ll Be Desperate to Visit the Lakes in Winter

Winter, the dark months. The seasonal closing of door. Our time for hibernation, sniffles and moaning about the weather.Summer, as lovely as it is, has a monopoly over staycations. This isn’t news. The moment summer hits we dart from our hidey holes, millions of us jostling for our patch of wilting sun. The hotter we get, the better. The sun, our ruler. It’s understandable – considering

The Lake District: Wordsworth’s Romantic Landscape

Tom Hall October 15 2018

The Lake District: Wordsworth’s Romantic Landscape

There are few people who haven’t heard this verse –“I wandered lonely as a cloudThat floats on high o'er vales and hills,When all at once I saw a crowd,A host, of golden daffodils;Beside the lake, beneath the trees,Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.”This is taken from William Wordworth’s poem ‘I wandered Lonely as a Cloud’ – a celebrated poem and one of our national favourites

Lake District UK: Things to do in Autumn 2018

Daniel Twigg August 31 2018

Lake District UK: Things to do in Autumn 2018

Of all the Lake District hotels, four star, Rothay Garden has to be one of the best placed for the exciting activities that people want to experience in the high peaks. Walking and climbing at Helvellyn, Langdale Pikes, Fairfield Horseshoe and Scafell Pike are easily accessible without a car, and other popular routes at Coniston Old Man and Skiddaw are just a short drive away.Grasmere, where

Beatrix Potter Lake District Attractions: The House, Potter World, Gallery

Tom Hall June 01 2018

Beatrix Potter Lake District Attractions: The House, Potter World, Gallery

Call us biased, but at the Rothay Garden Hotel in The Lake District… we can’t get enough of The Lake District and its literary and film connnections.On the coat tails of director Will Gluck’s latest film, Peter Rabbit (Rascal, Rebel, Rabbit) we thought we’d explain what Beatrix Potter has to do with our neck of the woods, in Cumbria. Beyond stunning scenery, one of the main reasons people

Top 6 Most Beautiful Lake District Villages

Dominic Garnett April 24 2018

Top 6 Most Beautiful Lake District Villages

When it comes to classic small villages in England, the Lake District has some of the loveliest you could lay eyes on. Indeed, while many Brits wax lyrical about rural France or Italy, it’s a shame we sometimes overlook such delightful places much closer to home. Besides, if you visit Grasmere or Cartmel, you won’t need a phrasebook. Nor will you get a cracking pint of real ale or the ultimate

UNESCO World Heritage Site status for the Lake District: Key sites to visit

Rothay Garden February 27 2018

UNESCO World Heritage Site status for the Lake District: Key sites to visit

The very words “UNESCO World Heritage Site” tend to conjure up images of Egypt’s pyramids, The Grand Canyon and Hadrian’s Wall. However, as of 2017, the Lake District now has official status as one of the globe’s great historic treasures. Understandably, we're delighted with the recognition. But what does the award mean for the future of the National Park? And where should you visit to experience

6 Top Lake District Activities & Things to Try in 2018

Dominic Garnett January 02 2018

6 Top Lake District Activities & Things to Try in 2018

As we reach the new year, it is a great time to think about new experiences and things to try for 2018. Should you find yourself in Lake District, there has never been a better selection of things to experience these days. So what would be on our list of essential things to do and see in the region? Here are some recommendations to make your next trip truly memorable.  Conquer a FellEven if you

Festive Markets, Events and Christmas Breaks in the Lake District 2017

Rothay Garden November 01 2017

Festive Markets, Events and Christmas Breaks in the Lake District 2017

For anybody wishing to spend a less hectic, more relaxing Christmas this year, The Lake District offers a flavour of festive celebrations as they used to be. Whether it’s a traditional craft market, classic festive food and drink, or the sound of a real choir, we love the season of good cheer here in Grasmere and Ambleside. Here are just some of the reasons to come and enjoy it with us in 2017,

Lake District Events, Activities and Special Offers for Autumn 2017

Rothay Garden September 19 2017

Lake District Events, Activities and Special Offers for Autumn 2017

From fiery autumn colours and rutting stags to great seasonal events, autumn is a wonderful time in the Lake District. Here are some highlights to look forward to for October and November 2017, from right on our doorstep in Ambleside and Grasmere, to the wider area. Guided walks and autumn wildlifeWith fewer tourists and the rigours of winter ahead, much of the local wildlife is active during the

Take our Lake District Quiz

Rothay Garden August 07 2017

Take our Lake District Quiz

How well do you know the region of Wordsworth and Windermere? Whether you’re a regular visitor to the Lake District or not, we’ve put together this fun quiz to see how well our visitors know the Lake District. Go on, give it a try!      

Top 10 Must Try Lake District Activities and Experiences

Rothay Garden June 12 2017

Top 10 Must Try Lake District Activities and Experiences

You could easily spend weeks on end exploring the pretty towns and epic scenery of the Lake District. But if you only have a short break, what would we recommend? Here are a selection of our favourite activities and things to see on your next visit.Discover some of England’s prettiest villages and townsFor anyone who dreams about simpler living, with less traffic, more space and more time to relax

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