It seems a little odd to be writing this post, it’s not usual that we worry about being too hot in the Lake District! While I have been sat on the Reception desk this morning, so many guests have asked me for recommendations on how to escape the heat, so it got me thinking, what are the best ways to keep cool in the Lakes this summer?
It may not be to everyone’s taste, but now is most certainly the time to experience wild swimming. Rydal water measured 18c just the other day, and it’s only going to get warmer, so you can just about get away with not needing a wetsuit! You’re spoilt for choice for Lakes and Tarns in the Lake District, and many are easily accessible. If you’re a little nervous to head out on your own book onto a guided swim with either of these great companies http://www.suzannaswims.co.uk and http://www.swimthelakes.co.uk
What are you waiting for…Jump in!
Head out on the Lake
Any water-based sport is great in the heat of the summer, but boating has to top them all. From chartering a private yacht, taking a Windermere Lake Cruise or hiring your own little motorboat, you will enjoy the cool lake breeze, and the peace and tranquility.
Country Houses and Gardens
We have many Stately Homes in the Lake District which are steeped in history, and a sweltering day is the perfect way to explore the cool rooms, and lose yourself in the splendour of bygone times. Take a stroll around their beautiful gardens which look all the more exquisite when the sun is shining and there is often the chance to sit down with a nice pot of tea in the shade of a pagoda.
Brantwood, the home of John Ruskin can be combined with a journey on the Coniston Gondola so you can enjoy the best of both worlds http://www.brantwood.co.uk
If you desire to get out and explore then head to one of our lovely woods. Stock Ghyll Force and Woods in Ambleside are just a short stroll, and feature a delightful waterfall. In the cool shade of Skellghyll Woods you will find stunning views of Lake Windermere at Jenkins Crag, and a little further afield there are plentiful strolls through Grizedale Forest.
Gin in the Garden
If you just can’t beat the heat, then there’s nothing for it but to relax in the Rothay Manor gardens with a G&T!!