Here’s something fun to get up to from your Lake District accommodation – paying the local wildlife park a visit. There are 25 acres to explore, so you’ll certainly be kept very busy indeed!
All animals are free to roam around the wildlife park so expect to see some wonderful sights as you make your way around yourself. The site has been in operation for an impressive 20 years (starting off life as Trotters World of Animals but recently rebranded as the Lake District Wildlife Park) and there are more than 100 species of animal just waiting to be discovered.
Look out for Brian the Lar Gibbon – he’s actually the oldest in Europe and can be found right bang in the middle of the park where he and his family can all be seen monkeying around on a massive oak tree.
So what other animals can be found here? Keep a weather eye out for boa constrictors, bald eagles, vultures, meerkats, mandrills, Asian otters, zebra and more. In fact, the nature reserve has just welcomed Charu, a young male red panda to its fold, in the hopes that he will mate with its female red panda, Meili.
As well as walking around and looking at the site in your own time, you can also book yourself an experience with some of the animals. Choose between a lemur encounter, taking a hawk for a walk, meeting the meerkats or even adopting an animal. All experiences last for one hour and cost £35 – so they’d make a brilliant birthday present!
There are many good reasons for booking accommodation in the Lake District – but one of the most enduringly popular ones has to be to discover Beatrix Potter and her wonderful tales in a new and exciting way.
No doubt you all remember her amazing stories of Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny and Mrs TiggyWinkle from your childhood, but there’s nothing quite like finding out all about the inspirations behind these tales as an adult – and bringing your own youngsters along for the ride as well.
Beatrix Potter herself spent much of her childhood holidaying in the Lake District before she became a hugely celebrated children’s author. With the money she made from her books, she bought some local hill farms and estates in the region, and did an awful lot for conservation in the area – even saving the traditional Herdwick sheep from extinction!
To find out more about her and her wonderful life, head to Bowness-on-Windermere where you’ll find The World of Beatrix Potter. This is incredibly popular and is open all year round, with different shows and themed days put on – so fun for all the family!
However, a new £1 million tourist attraction has just opened up on the Lingholm Estate near Keswick (where Beatrix Potter wrote some of her most famous books, including Squirrel Nutkin and the first manuscript of Mrs TiggyWinkle) that certainly sounds like it’ll be worth a visit.
There’s a beautiful Victorian walled garden to discover, built on the exact same spot of the old kitchen gardens, which Beatrix Potter used as inspiration for Mr McGregor’s garden in The Tale of Peter Rabbit. There’s also a café and an art wall for local artists to display their works – so you’ll be kept very busy indeed.
We’ve been enjoying something of a heatwave here in the UK over the last week or so, with temperatures reaching an impressive 35 degrees C in some parts of the country – which has no doubt inspired many of you out there to explore the countryside from your Lake District hotels.
However, we here at The Mortal Man would urge you all to be as careful as you can when out walking in this beautiful part of the country when the weather is as hot as it has been. Make sure you leave your Lake District B&B with plenty of water and some food for energy, as well as your phone so you can call for help if need be. Always tell someone where you’re going and what time you expect to be back as well.
According to a report in the News & Star, a 23-year-old walker who had been enjoying a hike near Scafell Pike with her boyfriend suffered from severe dehydration and heat exhaustion because of the soaring temperatures.
As a result, the Great North Air Ambulance Service’s Pride of Cumbria helicopter was called out, with a doctor and paramedic on board, before the young woman was airlifted to Whitehaven’s West Cumberland Hospital.
We were relieved to hear that the woman arrived at the hospital in a stable condition but this incident just goes to show how jolly careful you have to be when out walking, particularly if the weather is hot and you’re in an unfamiliar environment. Even experienced walkers can run into trouble, which is certainly worth bearing in mind.