Scafell Pike Walks

It’s the time of year for getting to the top of the highest mountain in England, Scafell Pike. Last week we took the Hatton family from Lincolnshire to the top and it was a great day. We had wind, a little rain and hail on the top but we also had clear blue skies and when we did the views were brilliant!

Walking for Softies

October’s a great month for walking in the Lake District and one of our walks was for a group of “Softies”. We lead a number of walks for Diamond Holidays each year which are entitled “Walking for Softies” and they are designed for people who want to sample the Lake District in a nice gentle fashion. This picture is of our group at Rydal Hall, just about to explore the gardens before strolling down to Ambleside.

Americans in the Lakes.

I’ve just returned from a wonderful week walking the Lake District with a group of Americans as part of a Country Walkers walking holiday. We started in the north of the Park with walks to Ullswater, Borrowdale and Buttermere and then we headed south to explore Grasmere, Coniston and Hawkshead areas.

We stayed in some wonderful hotels and enjoyed a mixed bag of weather, so we experienced the Lake District in all its moods.

I made some great new friends and hope we’ll meet again some time after several invites to visit the National Parks of the USA.

Spring Flowers

April is a lovely time of year at Bobbin Mill Cottage! All the birds have arrived back from their winter holidays and there are all the wild flowers popping up everywhere. By now the Snowdrops and Daffodils are past their best, but the Primroses and Bluebells are simply magnificent. Why not book a walk to come and see this wonderful scene.

Coracle Building

I recently spent a weekend at Higham Hall in the north lakes, learning how to, and actually building a coracle. It was great fun and we ended up paddling our coracles on Bassenthwaite Lake. It’s quite an art to paddle a coracle and if you come along to an activity at Bobbin Mill Cottage we can have a go – but do bring some dry clothes!

Beginners Drystone Walling Course

Saturday 9th July 2016

We’ll be running a beginners drystone walling course here at our lovely location in the Lake District on the above date. Get in touch to book your place on what will be a wonderful afternoon for those wanting to give this Lakeland craft a go.

The cost for the afternoon will be £45.

Bobbin Mill Cottage

It’s a lovely time of year. The garden is looking lovely and full of life and we’re kept busy at Bobbin Mill Cottage making sure that we don’t get swamped by all the plants that are growing.

Young birds are all around including Redstarts, Pied Flycatchers and Spotted Flycatchers. Yesterday a female buzzard was teaching it’s young to fly over the wood, mewing to keep contact with them all.

Secret Mill in Borrowdale

Colleen and Chris have spent another week taking a group of American guests around the Lake District.

One of the highlights of this trip was a visit to a wonderful old Mill at the head of Borrowdale. One of the guests had relatives who used to live here and we followed an old map to find it. It was magical and had this lovely water wheel. You’ll have to look hard to find it!

Bluebells and Primroses

The wild daffodils have just about finished now, but they’ve been followed by the Bluebells and Primroses. There’s a wonderful showing of these pretty flowers this year and with the arrival of most of the migratory birds, it’s a busy time at Bobbin Mill Cottage.

Heard the first Cuckoo first thing this morning whilst feeding the sheep!

Spring Wild Flowers

What a difference a little bit of sunshine makes! We’ve had some lovely weather up here in the Lake District over the past few days and a walk along any lane is now brightened by the appearance of wonderful wild flowers, such as these Celandine. Why not join the Lakeland Guide for a walk where we’ll learn all about these colourful additions to Spring.

Lake District Guided Walks and Activities