Pony trekking – a unique way to discover the Lake District

While walking and cycling are great ways to enjoy the tranquillity of the Lake District, pony trekking also offers visitors to the area the opportunity to appreciate the breathtaking scenery at a leisurely pace. From The Borrowdale Gates Hotel, guests can enjoy a leisurely cycle to one of several nearby riding stables, from where they can enjoy a fully supervised trek to some of the Lake District’s finest views. Riding experience is not essential as all levels of competence can be catered for, and you can also take the whole family as children can ride safely with you.

With one of the most comprehensive networks of bridleways in the country, the Lake District is the perfect place for exploring the countryside on horseback, allowing visitors to enjoy views that otherwise would be difficult to reach, away from the beaten track and the more popular destinations that tend to become crowded in the summer months. A leisurely ride above Derwentwater, for example, is the perfect opportunity to practise your photography skills, while a longer adventure will take your through some of Lakeland’s prettiest villages, with a stop or two at the local pubs!

A day spent combining an energetic ride from your 4 star hotel with gentle and relaxing pony trekking is guaranteed to be as enjoyable as it is memorable, giving you a fantastic opportunity to explore the beautiful countryside for which the Lake District is renowned. Returning to The Borrowdale Gates Hotel, you can unwind in the AA rosette restaurant at the end of an invigorating day.

Come and take the Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle tour

Who’s your favourite Beatrix Potter character? It’s a tough question, as the famous author created so many adorable little creatures, but naturally we’re a little biased. Given the close proximity of Borrowdale Gates to the Newlands Valley – home of the wonderful Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle – it’s no surprise we’re huge fans of the friendly hedgehog washerwoman.

Perhaps you know her story, which was published by Beatrix Potter 110 years ago, back in October 1905. A small child named Lucie happens upon Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle’s cottage in the Catbells and is invited to stay for tea. She then helps her host deliver fresh laundry to the birds and other animals in the neighbourhood.

The Newlands Valley and surrounding hills were the inspiration for the famous tale, and the book contains beautiful drawings of the local landscape. The fells are awash with hand-built dwellings, rustic pathways and stone walls, and Beatrix Potter managed to capture the magic of the area perfectly in her sketches.

To celebrate the 110th anniversary of The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, the Borrowdale Gates Hotel has created a special two-day programme for our guests. This allows you to explore the surrounding hills and valleys, and learn more about the history of the book and Beatrix Potter’s close links to this area.

She spent time in and around Keswick on holiday, particularly at the Lingholm Estate on the edge of Derwent Water. We’d very much like you to follow in her footsteps – to come and explore the wonders of the northern Lakes for yourself. We promise you won’t regret it!

A feast for the senses in Keswick

So many of us are choosing to holiday in Britain at the moment, exploring the wealth of wonderful landscapes and culture that is here on our doorstep. So why not take the opportunity to introduce yourself to the wonderful attractions of the English Lakes this summer?

Our luxurious four-star hotel is well-situated for a host of activities that will find favour with everyone, young and old alike.

The Theatre by the Lake in Keswick (theatrebythelake.com/whats-on) has a wonderful season of plays planned for the late summer and early autumn. Abigail’s Party, Mike Leigh’s iconic observation of 1970s suburban society, is a highlight that will be sure to delight.

Keen cyclists will enjoy the friendly community they find at the Greystoke Cycle Café in nearby Penrith (greystokecyclecafe.co.uk). The venue also runs a series of “Quirky Workshops” that will appeal to the inner artisan in us all! Choose from bushcraft, stone carving, wood whittling, spinning… Find inspiration in the breathtaking landscape of the Lakes and develop a new skill with one of these highly popular day courses.

Families will enjoy the variety of activities available at the Rheged Centre (rheged.com); the Minecraft summer activities are sure to delight many youngsters whilst the programme of films (including live broadcasts from the National Theatre) will impress the cinema fans in your family.

Finish your day in our AA Rosette restaurant where head chef Christopher Standhaven will delight you with the best of local Cumbrian produce. Prepared simply and beautifully, traditional British and classic French cuisine will thrill you whilst the panoramic fell views in our restaurant will leave you enchanted.

Contact us today and begin planning a holiday that will please your senses and leave you feeling refreshed and rested.