Summer’s here and the Western Lake District is the place to be. Off the beaten track, away from the crowds but with an abundance of things to do, see and experience. Whether you’re in the streets of Whitehaven, Silloth or Cockermouth, let the plethora of local festivities and music festivals entertain. Don’t miss the Taste Cumbria Summer Food Festival in Whitehaven on July 22nd and 23rd, the Workington International Street Market July 21st to 23rd, the multi-award-winning Solfest music festival on August 25th to 27th or the Seaton Carnival.
What better time to hit the quiet beaches of Allonby, St Bees and Haverigg, to try the fascinating town and harbour walks in Egremont and Harrington – or to set out by foot or on bike along the famous Coast to Coast routes or Hadrian’s Cycleway Route 72 starting from Ravenglass? There are many places to stay in the Western Lake District. There are strolls, hikes and rides for all the family, from coastal walks at Flimby to pony rides on Silecroft beach, organised through the Murthwaite Green Trekking Centre. Golf at Workington and the Harrington driving range? Or what about a perfect, lazy day’s fishing on the Salterbeck reservoir, or from the pier at Whitehaven?
Of course when the sun is dancing on the Lakes, the urge to get out on the water is irresistible. So don’t resist. Take a leisurely cruise on Derwentwater with the Keswick Launch. Hire and take out dinghies, windsurfers and many other craft on there too. Also experience canoeing, kayaking, dragon boating and even raft building courtesy of Keswick Adventure Centre. Derwentwater is also a haven for open water swimming, one of the fastest growing activities to do in the Lake District.
Where to stay? Well the area is very lucky to have an excellent and diverse choice of the accommodation from self catering to B&B’s and hotels. Making a great base for exploring the weatern Lake District is Hunday Manor Hotel which has stunning views over the and out to the Cumbrian Coast, the Solway First and even the Isle of Man. It is located close to Workington, Whitehaven and Cockermouth with fast links to Keswick. This 4 star country house hotel has everything you need on site serving delicious food daily and with very well priced rooms. Visit http://www.hundaymanorhotel.co.uk/ for more details.