See Ullswater on a steamer!

With over 150 years of experience of running lake cruises, Ullswater Steamers are award winning and are accredited Lake District Attraction.

Ullswater is one of the Places In The Lake District that has to be visited. It has five traditional boats that have a network of routes from Pooley Bridge on the north side which is linked with Glenridding in the south. A new route has also recently been announced which links Glenridding and Aira Force which hosts amazing views including a spectacular waterfall!

The cruises also connect with some of the most famous locations in the National park, for example Wordsworth’s Daffodils from the west shore which is especially good in the spring. The steamers have brilliant onboard facilities including and open deck and a covered upper deck which has seating areas. There are also licensed bars on board!

This Easter they have also announced that children go can go free with their best friends between 8th – 23rd April!

If you plan on coming for one of the Lake District Boat Trips come and stay at the Borrowdale Gates Hotel afterwards for a great night’s sleep and delicious breakfast in the morning.

Choose the Lake District this summer

With summer around the corner and the sun is finally coming out to shine you may  be wondering Where To Go In The Lake District, a great activity to keep in mind when visiting Windermere is one of the many Lake District Boat Trips along the Lakes.

At just over ten miles long and more than a mile across at its widest point, Windermere is huge. To get a real sense of how big the Lake really is, we recommend going on the lake cruise. Windermere Lake Cruises lets you board at various locations around the Lake District such as Ambleside and Bowness. Lake Windermere is definitely one of the Best Places To Visit In The Lake District.

You could even combine your ticket with local attraction this summer. Specific boats run to cater to walkers and cyclists exploring the Lake District.

Thinking of getting married? Lake Cruises holds private receptions for your special day! Enjoy the beautiful scenery around the Lake and its shores. Every wedding is a unique occasion which is why their team will assist you creating your perfect day.

Whilst you’re staying in the Lake District book a room and stay at the Borrowdale Gates Hotel for a great night’s sleep and brilliant food!

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In-Depth Tourist Guides Now Available

Cumbria’s Living Heritage have produced a great Heritage Past Port guide, downloadable from their website, that lists all the unique, secret and not-so-secret attractions to be discovered in the Lake District.

Included wonders among the 33 must-see sites are:

  • A letter ‘written in the hand of God’
  • A 700-year old cat and a fish from the last ice age
  • A bee penthouse
  • ‘First edition’ Beatrix Potter books, sketchbooks, journals, and original artwork in the Beatrix Potter Gallery, to celebrate her 150th birthday
  • A tracing of the life of William Wordsworth
  • William Morris wallpaper
  • A glimpse into the 17th Century Radish Feast
  • England’s largest window
  • A 900-year-old pillar
  • A collection of historic motor cars, including those owned by Sir Malcolm and Donald Campbell.
  • A chance to learn the Arthurian legend of Sir Gawain and the Greene Knights
  • Muncaster Castle, one of the most haunted buildings in the UK
  • The Quaker Tapestry Museum
  • The aero-engine of the Halifax Bomber LL05
  • The National Trust’s largest collection of medieval and culinary plants
  • The Acorn Bank, owned by the Knights Templar in the 13th Century
  • Topiary depictions of Queen Elizabeth and her Maids of Honour, the Judge’s Wig and monarchy chess pieces
  • The 21 fruits of pomology
  • The Healing Herb Garden

The Heritage Past-Port can be used by group travel organisers to plan your itinerary, and the Cumbria’s Living Heritage website features maps and a group planning tool giving further information about each attraction, including free parking.

Have a true taste of Cumbria at The Lakes Distillery

A leisurely 25 minute drive away from Borrowdale Gates lies The Lakes Distillery, one of Cumbria’s newest attractions. It’s a must-see for those who enjoy the finer things in life, whether that’s vodka or Victorian architecture.

Nestled in the picturesque heart of the Lake District National Park, The Lakes Distillery is next to Bassenthwaite Lake and surrounded by breathtaking nature – though you may not be up to any hiking after a visit here.

The distillery is located in a refurbished model farm, originally built in the 1850s, but lovingly renovated to contain the business. The main barn is home to the mash and still houses, while one cattle shed houses the main warehouse. Other cattle sheds now contain the on-site bar, bistro and gift shop, all filled with sophisticated Cumbrian fare.

The recently opened distillery offers hourly tours from 11am to 5pm, which includes a tour of the distillery premises, a journey through two centuries of distilling heritage, and a tasting session of three of the business’s best artisan tipples.

Try The ONE (finely blended malt whisky), The Lakes Gin and The Lakes Vodka alongside expert advice on how best to enjoy each one. The price of a tour ticket also includes a £5 discount voucher for any 700ml bottle purchased in the retail store.

The Borrowdale Gates Hotel obviously does not condone drinking and driving: instead, buy a bottle of your favourite spirit to savour as a nightcap while you relax in style in our luxurious four star hotel.

The Lake District is ideal for your winter break

The Lake District is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK. During the summer it is packed with tourists taking part in great outdoor activities like fell-walking, hiking, and trekking, but it also has so much to offer in the winter months. Here’s a couple of reasons why it makes for a great winter destination!

It looks even better in the winter

There’s no denying that the Lake District is one of the most beautiful places in the UK, maybe even in Europe, but what makes it really special is that it looks just as great in winter as it does in the summer months. Its striking landscapes, woodlands and of course the lakes look even more stunning under a layer of snow or covered in the oranges and reds of autumn than they do bathed in the mid-summer sun. It makes the area great for amateur photographers, too, whether you’re just snapping on your iPhone or you’re taking some more serious kit with you – you’ll be able to showcase your photography talents for your friends and family when you get back home!

You can relax in the comfort of a great hotel

Lots of people associate the Lake District with outdoor activities, such as golfing, cycling, and walking, and even though these are fantastic days out, they aren’t all that the area has to offer. The Lake District is home to some of the most luxurious hotels in the UK, and at the Borrowdale Gates our 4 star hotel and AA Rosette restaurant can keep you comfortable and occupied throughout your break.

The Lake District: star of the screen

The Lake District is renowned worldwide for its exceptionally beautiful scenery, so it comes as no surprise to learn that producers for many films and TV programmes have chosen it as a backdrop for their stories. Our four-star hotel is the ideal location for your stay while you explore some of the Lake District’s most famous parts.

Most recently, the 2015 TV drama Safe House, which stars Christopher Ecclestone, was filmed at Lake Coniston. Also filmed at Coniston, fittingly, was the TV movie Across the Lake, which documents the last few weeks of the racing driver Donald Campbell’s life, winner of many land and water speed records. Other TV programmes that have visited Cumbria for filming include Poirot, which used locations in Middleton and Kirby Lonsdale, and, of course, The Lakes.

The Lake District stars on the silver screen in several movies, including Miss Potter, the biopic of the famous author of children’s books. Starring Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor, the film uses a number of locations, including Grasmere. However, Beatrix Potter’s home, Hill Top Farm, was deemed unsuitable for filming purposes, so another of her homes, Yew Tree Farm, posed as Hill Top for the film. Swallows and Amazons made use of Windermere and Coniston as filming locations. Other films in which the Lake District plays a part include The French Lieutenant’s Woman (Windermere), and Withnail and I (Bampton, Sleddale).

Fans of the Harry Potter series may expect to be able to find one of the locations from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in the Lake District. However, they may be surprised to learn that the cast and crew never actually travelled on location to film here. Instead, the producers chose to have an enormous scenic backdrop created of a magnificent Lake District view, and filmed the scene in the studio.

After following in the footsteps of the stars, return to our hotel and AA Rosette restaurant for some of our famous four-star luxury.

Top 3 things to do in Keswick

Keswick in the Lake District has so much to offer. Whether you enjoy hiking and fell-walking, taking in the beautiful views, or prefer browsing the local shops and spending time in a quaint English tearoom, there is plenty for you to do at any time of the year.

There are many hotels to choose from, but for a real treat stay at Borrowdale Gates Hotel, a 4 star hotel with AA Rosette-awarded fine dining restaurant.

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If you are going to spend a few days in this lovely part of the country, here are our top three suggestions for really great days out in Keswick.

1. Derwent Water

Derwent Water is the largest and most popular lake in Keswick, and you can walk almost all the way round it. Start at the boating jetty (at the end of the lake closest to the town centre), take the little ferry to the next landing. From there turn left and walk with the lake on your left all the way around. About half way round is a tiny hamlet, a perfect place for afternoon tea.

2. Theatre by the lake

Just off the shore of Derwent Water lies the Theatre by the Lake, a small and intimate venue to see some well loved plays. Cakes in the cafe are not to be missed either!

3. Keswick climbing wall

If the British weather defeats you but you still want to do something active, head to the Keswick Climbing Wall for some serious climbing adventure. Learn how to climb and belay for others.

When planning your visit check out regular annual events and festivals for around the time of your visit. For instance, during June each year the Keswick Beer Festival proves very popular, as does the Keswick Victorian Fayre in December. Enjoy your stay!

Three reasons you should visit Borrowdale

So many have dreams of visiting the Lake District, and with the varied and dramatic landscape, it’s easy to see why. However, the vastness can seem intimidating to the first time visitor, so we’ve gathered a few facts about one of our favourite places to help you along.

1. There are lots of historic activities

Long a haunt of lovers of history, Borrowdale features a remarkable amount of important historic sites. Perhaps the most famous is the visually striking and continuously impressive Castlerigg Stone Circle, the Neolithic monument blanketed in mystery and regarded as a major prehistoric landmark around the world.

The Lake District has also played a major part in the country’s literary history, with writers and artists such as Beatrix Potter drawn to its magic and inspired by its dramatic landscapes.

2. It’s destined to be a major Star Wars attraction

Filming for the latest Star Wars film took place in the summer of 2014, and continued until December. It’s well known that the popularity of Game of Thrones boosted tourism in Northern Ireland; the same can be expected in the Lake District after the release of the highly anticipated Star Wars film. Seeing the area’s natural landscape for yourself before the rush is an absolute must.

3. England’s highest peak is yours for the conquering

For those searching for adventure, there’s surely no greater challenge in England than Scafell Pike, the beautiful 978 metre tall mountain nearby, and one of the three British peaks climbed as part of the National Three Peak Challenge. Situated in a dramatic horseshoe of stunning fells, the mountain is perfectly situated for visitors to Borrowdale who are eager to try their hand at climbing.

Why not make the most of your trip and stay over with us here at The Borrowdale Gates for a truly wonderful experience.

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