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Stickle Tarn Lodge
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White Cross Bay, Lake Windermere: a self-catering, superior-graded, dog-friendly, family-owned, pine cabin holiday lodge. Sleeps six.
White Cross Bay, Lake Windermere: a self-catering, superior-graded, dog-friendly, family-owned, pine cabin holiday lodge. Sleeps six.

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We've been visiting some fantastic adventure playgrounds recently now that we have grandchildren with us sometimes.
Lowther Hall near Penrith (about 50 mins drives) has an amazingly magical "lost castle" woodland "experience" (that's the only word for it!). We were there for hours. The hall and its grounds will appeal to young and old alike, and we were fascinated by what’s been done there and the history behind it all.
https://www.lowthercastle.org/to-do/the-lost-castle/
Nearer to home, we revisited the Brockhole Visitor Centre. Again, the adventure playground was fantastic, and there’s an aerial “net world” for older children + a Treeptop Adventure for all ages.
Check out the picture of Jeanne on the playground zip wire!!
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10/31/18
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A few weeks ago we were having our own "week in the Lakes" and went for a walk along Longsleddale (Long Sleddale) - a beautiful valley which we've been wanting to explore for several years.
Unfortunately, the rain closed in on us and the views were poor, to say the least. But we bravely carried on and constantly heard the sound of barking hounds echoing around the valley. We soon realized that a hound trailing event was taking place. The hounds follow a trail of aniseed and are amazingly fast and athletic; but on this occasion the rain had washed away the scent and they'd got confused.
Eventually, they came down from the hills and we got to see them from afar off.
I've attached the pics I took, blurred of course by the mist and the fact they were four or five hundred yards away.
But we've been longing to see another trail event for many many years, and it's all very exciting...so these pics are the best we can offer.
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10/31/18
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2018 is Stickle Tarn Lodge's tenth anniversary. Watch out for fantastic 10% discount offers to celebrate:
www.placeinthelakes.com
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Our own family holiday at the lodge in October was a rather wet one, I'm afraid. Hey Ho! It IS the Lake (or Rain) District, after all.
Thankfully, we've only had relatively few 'wash outs' in all of the 25 years or so that we've been visiting. But we've learnt how to have a good time regardless; especially when children are involved.
Recently, we've discovered the delights of Wray Castle with our granddaughter Amabel (3). There are many different themed play areas for youngsters: soft play, games rooms, dressing-up rooms, art rooms, and 'Peter Rabbit' themed rooms (with costumes).
The picture is of Amabel dressed up as Lily Bobtail.
You can get to the castle on one of the launches, which also helps add some adventure and excitement to a wet day.
Highly Recommended.
Nearly forgot... It's a National Trust property, so there's an entry fee for adults; but free if you're a member, of course. It's well worth joining, especially as you can very quickly recoup your joining fee from the free car parking that comes with membership.
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Jeanne and I had a WONDERFUL few days at the lodge back in June. We walked in a favourite "secret" valley - Borrowdale; just off the A6, North of Kendal.
Friends of the Lake District have acquired a considerable amount of land in the valley and have traditionally restored the pasture and woodland. I've attached some pictures of the wonderful hay meadows, replete with Stichwort, Ox-Eye Daisy, Knapweed, and many other bird/butterfly friendly plants.
Walks in the valley can be either very easy, or more demanding - as you chose. Either way, it's a fantastic, easily-accessible experience.
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9/5/17
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2018 "Early Bird" rates are now available via our website (until the end of October).
Book NOW to secure 2017 prices!
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Some recent adventurous guests spent a day at the Honister "Via Ferrata" - a sort of mountaineering version of 'Go Ape' for want of a better way to describe it. They kindly sent me some pics to put on Facebook...here you go!
And this is the comment about it that was made:
"It was a brill experience which is doable by anyone with a reasonable level of fitness, as long as heights don't bother you!
We did the extreme level and had a lovely group and a good guide, who quickly put us at ease. We did climbs up and down and across using the metal ladders, then a bit scary bridge crossing over a very high gorge, but wonderful views, and finally a net scramble .
A good sense of achievement on completion
and I would do it again."
Not for everyone, I'm sure...but if you're interested, here is the website to visit:
http://honister.com/via-ferrata/
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6/2/17
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We've been working really hard getting the lodge ready for the new season and have spent quite a few thousand pounds on improvements which we hope will add to our guests' enjoyment. This includes new Roman blinds with thermal linings througout the living room, dining room and kitchen, which not only enhance the look (and let in more daytime light), but also improve heat retention.
Not all the other expenditure is so immediately obvious (e.g. new sealed units for the double glazing), but I'm sure those who've been before will notice all the updates. And the squeaky boards in the hallway have more or less been finally sorted out...what a job THAT was!! Together with the most over-the-top Spring clean that we've ever undertaken (even the inside of the oven is dazzling), I feel confident that now 'all ready to go'.
Do come and visit!
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3/28/17
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This year, we've been using "HomeAway" as an agency for increasing the bookings at Stickle Tarn Lodge. Although we would still prefer to have bookings directly through our own website (placeinthelakes.com - and it's also a bit cheaper for guests), we've been delighted with each and every one of the bookings that have come through HomeAway - not least because it still allows some personal communication with our guests; which is very important to us.
Thank you to all those who have stayed with us and for the fabulous reviews which you've given (link below)

https://www.ownersdirect.co.uk/accommodation/p6085808
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