Visit Lingholm Estate by boat.

A brand new 200 foot long jetty on Derwentwater has welcomed its first passengers on board, following the introduction of new daily services linking Keswick with the Lingholm estate. It is the first new landing stage on the lake for more than 50 years and has been built to co-incide with the newly opened Lingholm Kitchen and Victorian Walled Garden.
Keswick Launch will now run up to seven daily sailings until the end of October, before switching to three return trips per day during the winter months.
It is the first time people have been able to hop on a boat at Keswick for the short trip across Derwentwater to the Lingholm estate. It is here where Beatrix Potter spent many summers in the late 19thcentury and famously penned some of her most famous stories, including Squirrel Nutkin and the first manuscript of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle.
When it came to storytelling, the Lingholm woods and the lakeshore were the setting for Squirrel Nutkin which Beatrix wrote and illustrated whilst staying at the house in 1901. The story which was originally written as a picture letter was a follow up to one she had written at Lingholm four years earlier in 1897 that she sent to Noel Moore, the eldest son of her former governess, about some American squirrels who set sail using their tails as sails. She expanded on the story and sent the longer version to Noel again in 1901, and the book was finally published in 1903.
Arriving at Lingholm for the first time, one can imagine that the 19 year old Beatrix would have found great inspiration from the lakeside setting, woods filled with red squirrels, insects and animals, the wide variety of flora and fauna and the landscape which would have been the perfect environment for her interest in illustrating so many aspects of nature.
The now famous Squirrel Nutkin illustrations below were all drawn by Beatrix while she was staying at Lingholm and are all set in the Lingholm woods, or the nearby shoreline, we still have a population of Red Squirrels at Lingholm and are actively working on increasing their numbers with help from the National Trust.
A new footpath has also been created from the lakeshore so visitors arriving at Lingholm by boat can enjoy previously private views from the estate across to Skiddaw – one of the highest mountains in England. The more adventurous can continue up to the heady heights of Catbells, or make a pitstop at the Lingholm’s new café, shop and Victorian Walled Garden.
Lingholm Estate Director Jenny Seymour, says, “Travelling by boat is the quintessential way to explore the Lake District, so it seems fitting that people can now arrive at Lingholm on a traditional Lakeland launch. It’s exciting to think that this is the first new landing stage on Derwentwater for more than half a century and we hope it will enhance the overall experience for anyone visiting this iconic landscape and our new café and garden development here at Lingholm.”

Keswick Welcomes Tour of Britain.

On Monday 5th September Stage two of Britains biggest professional cycle race will see the Tour of Britain return to Cumbria once again as the county emphatically declares itself ‘open for business’ after this winters devastating flooding with a stage from Carlisle city centre to the tough finishing climb of Beast Banks in Kendal, via Cockermouth, Keswick and Ambleside.
From Carlisle the riders will immediately head South to Penrith before turning West and tackling the hills of the Lake District including Whinlatter Pass. The sternest of these tests is likely to come in Ambleside as the peleton take on the climb notoriously known as ‘The Struggle’ to cap a stage with 3,779m of climbing. The subsequent descent will take them down to Windermere before the run in to the finish in Kendal with the 200m, 11% average climb of Beast Banks awaiting riders in the finale.
A huge television screen in Keswicks Market Square will broadcast the Cumbrian stage of this year’s Tour of Britain, which is due to pass through the centre of the town mid-stage on Monday 5th September.
The all day event which will see a range of great activities taking place in addition to the screen has been organised by Keswick Tourism working closely with Keswick bikes, Rather be Cycling, Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre and Allerdale Borough Council.
The race is expected to pass through the centre of Keswick between 1.46pm and 2.22pm after 127 kilometres of racing, although activities will get underway in Keswick from 11am. Having already completed the SKODA King of the Mountains climb of Whinlatter Pass they will then head out of town with riders tackling the days penultimate climb of Chestnut Hill within Keswick.
Vanessa Metcalfe, Tourism Manager for Keswick Tourism Association said
‘Keswick is at the heart of the action for The Tour of Britain’s Cumbrian stage this year and the town has really embraced the event. Many people have entered our ‘Decorate a Bike’ competition and we are expecting a real party atmosphere. Anyone thinking of coming to see the Cumbrian stage will be well placed to see the action by coming to Keswick where you’ll be able to see your cycling heroes in the flesh, then settle down and watch the rest of the stage on our massive 25 metres square television screen’
The 2013 event was a huge success and the organisers are confident that this year will be no different. As well as the live footage, visitors will be able to watch the evening highlights and there will also be a family movie, showing at around 4.30pm to keep the kids entertained.
Come and stay at The Borrowdale Gates Hotel and experience the thrill of The Tour of Britain.