Easter will be soon be here with the promise of a long weekend and where better than to recharge your batteries in the beautiful Lake District. The daffodils, which Wordsworth so famously wrote, are in full bloom, the days are lighter and lovely lambs are filling the fields.
Here in the Lake District there are so many things to do this Easter from exhiliarating walks to visiting fascinating historic houses with dramatic tales to tell. Here is our round up of great ways to spend your Easter break in the Lake District and we hope to see you soon.
- Take a walk in England's only mountain Forest, Whinlatter.
Very close to us here at the Pheasant Inn is Whinlatter Forest, England’s only true mountain forest. With a superb visitor centre and café, there are a variety of interesting walks of varying degrees of difficulty. All are colour coded and we particularly enjoy the green route to the summit of Seat How. This takes about 2-3 hours and is moderately strenuous, but the paths are all easy to follow. You are then rewarded at the top by gorgeous views of Derwentwater, Grizedale Pike, Causey Pike and beyond.
- Rejuvenate yourself at the Spa
If rest and relaxation is more up your street, you will be pleased to hear that we offer complimentary passes (subject to availability) at the acclaimed luxury Spa at nearby Armathwaite Hall. There is a 16-metre "infinity" pool, sauna and steam room and outdoor hot tub overlooking the garden. The Spa also has ten treatment rooms, including a couple's room, where the expert staff offer professional attention and tailor every treatment to suit guests' needs. For more information https://www.the-pheasant.co.uk/facilities/off-site-spa
- Admire the works of celebrated Cumbrian artist Julian Cooper
From Friday 7 April, the award-winning Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendal, Cumbria is presenting an exhibition of work by internationally celebrated Cumbrian artist, Julian Cooper, on the occasion of his 70th birthday. The show comprises over 30 monumental paintings from 1970 to the present day. You can also spot one of Julian's paintings hanging here at the Pheasant which depicts our bar on a busy night.
- Visit the site of daffodils which inspired William Wordsworth
Visit the site of the daffodils that inspired Wordsworth's most famous poem on the 15th April, exactly 215 years to the day since he first saw them. It was while walking by Ullswater on 15 April 1802 that William and Dorothy Wordsworth first saw the daffodils which inspired his most famous poem. Follow in their footsteps and see them for yourself over 200 years later in a special guided tour with the National Lake District National Park and Dove Cottage. Meet at the Ullswater Information Centre, Glenridding by 9.40am and you will then take the steamer from Glenridding to the legendary Aira Force waterfall, visit the site of the golden daffodils and return along the lake shore. The tour is FREE but boat and parking charges apply.
- Discover a 'Manor from Heaven' at Bassenthwaite Lake
Mirehouse and Gardens sit just across Bassenthwaite Lake from us here at the Pheasant Inn and have been described as a "Manor from Heaven" by Melvyn Bragg. This beautiful house with tranquil gardens are open to the public from the 1st April and are well worth a visit. The house itself has a wealth of literary connections including Tennyson, Southey and Thomas Carlyle and visitors are welcome to wander around this great house with live piano music flowing from room to room. The gardens are a haven of peace and included a walled bee garden, a terraced poetry walk and woodland trails.