Microgapping in Cumbria

Microgapping in Cumbria

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Say hello to Britain's newest UNESCO World Heritage Site and experience countryside like no other. Flushed with outdoor activities like wild swimming and mountain hikes, Cumbria's ‘Lakeland’ is staggeringly beautiful. You can have as much adventure or relaxation as you want here.

1. Rewind at Another Place

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Take a deep breath of cleansing air and drink up views of the second largest lake in England from Another Place’s outdoor hot tub. Nestled in the unspoilt Cumbrian countryside, rooms here are super cosy and the Instagrammable interiors perfectly complement the awe-inspiring landscapes on the hotel’s doorstep.

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Rest those aching joints after a jam-packed day scaling a mountain or paddle boarding with a leisurely swim at the hotel’s Swim Club. Or, if you’re really tapped out, book in a full body massage, and revive yourself in time for a locally-sourced dinner overlooking the lake.

2. Watch the sunset from Hallin Fell

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The only thing that can make a place as dreamy as this even MORE spectacular is an outstanding sunset. Scale the heights of Hallin Fell and be treated to a view that will resonate with you for years to come. 

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Park up by St Peter’s Church to find the pathway by walking 150m back towards Howtown. Be sure to wear sensible shoes as even though it’s a relatively easy trek, some parts are steep. Bring your camera to capture the 360-degree views.

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Hallin Fell

3. Get high at Honister Slate Mine

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Experience dramatic scenery whilst living life on the edge. Your heart will be in your mouth but your eyes will be taking in the gorgeous views as you climb high above Honister Slate Mine, to the Infinity Bridge suspending 2,000 feet high above the Lake District National Park.

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If the Infinity Bridge sounds a bit much but you still fancy an adrenalin rush, try out the Via Ferrata route instead. The path, used by miners to get up the mountain, now provides an exciting course to take in the magnificent natural surroundings.

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Honister Slate Mine

4. Enjoy ingredients foraged from the land

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Living off the land doesn’t mean it can’t be luxurious. Book in for a meal at the Michelin Starred Forest Side with top chef and experienced forager Kevin Tickle. Here you can discover the freshest of ingredients, plucked directly from the Cumbrian landscape.

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Forest Side’s dining is as local as you can get; 90% of the ingredients is sourced from within a ten-mile radius of the hotel. Select either the 6 or 10 course menus and get ready to explore the local area via the medium of gourmet food.

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Forest Side Hotel

5. Dip into wild swimming

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Become one with nature by diving headfirst into one of the amazing freshwater lakes of Cumbria. There’s a huge variety of spots to choose from across the county, from secluded mountain pools to easily accessible lakes near major towns.

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In the Langstrath Valley is Black Moss Pot, this body of water is super popular and even has a waterfall. For a more secluded and otherworldly experience, take a one-hour hike up Eskdale Fell to Burnmoor Tarn – an isolated spot where you’ll spot fish and mostly likely be the only swimmer.

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Langstrath Valley

6. Find your balance paddle boarding

Being equal parts sporty and zen, paddleboarding is a great way to while away a day. The team at Ullswater Paddleboarding will get you set up with the kit and a lesson on the basics, allowing you to gracefully float across the waters of Ullswater like a pro.

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Book onto a beginner’s lesson to learn the fundamentals, or, if you’re feeling confident why not take one of their guided tours around the mesmerising Ullswater Lake? If you fancy being daring and going at it alone, Ullswater Paddleboarding also offer equipment hire separately.

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Ullswater Paddleboarding

7. Make a furry friend

Forget travelling to South America, Penrith’s Llama Karma Kafe is the place to get a fix of llama fun. Follow these woolly critters for a mini-trek around the Lake District, discovering the beautiful landscape and the wonderful personalities of the creatures themselves. 

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As well as the Mini Trek there are two longer courses - Countryside Trek or Half Day Kafe Trek. The Half Day will take you to see some amazing sights and even comes with a glass of Llama Karma Kafe wine to wet your whistle.

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Llama Karma Kafe
02 Oct 2018(last updated)

Locations

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Hallin Fell

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Honister Slate Mine

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Forest Side Hotel

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Langstrath Valley

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Ullswater Paddleboarding

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Llama Karma Kafe