I thought I would write a few posts around the August Bank Holiday Weekend coming up starting with this one. After all, August is nigh upon us, being approximately only a week away! As August is one of the main holiday months of the year, let’s look at some of the things to see and do in the Lake District, where there must surely be something wonderful for each one of us to enjoy.
One of the oldest sporting events in the Lake District is Grasmere Lakeland Sports. According to http://grasmeresports.com, ‘The 2015 Annual Grasmere Lakeland Sports, now celebrating 165 years of existence, has been a regular annual event since 1868, unbroken except for the two periods of the First and Second World Wars. Now one of the most popular traditional events in the English Lake District, participants compete in a variety of sports, including Cumberland Wrestling, Fell Running and Hound Trails.’
Grasmere is about 10 miles from Bowness-on-Windermere where our guest house, Blenheim Lodge, is situated. It is a pretty village to explore: visit the Grasmere Gingerbread shop and Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage whilst you are there. Grasmere Sports and Show will take place on Sunday, 30th August during the August Bank Holiday long weekend.
For a totally different experience, how about visiting the RSPB’s Leighton Moss? ‘Leighton Moss is the largest reedbed in north-west England and home to some very special birds such as breeding bitterns, bearded tits and marsh harriers.’ Situated near Milnthorpe, about 20 minutes’ ride from Blenheim Lodge, guests can take part in a Binoculars and Telescopes Weekend at Leighton Moss on Saturday, 29th August through Bank Holiday Monday, 31st August.
Boggled by binoculars or tempted by telescopes? Whether you are an avid birdwatcher in the Lake District or just enjoy watching the birds on your birdtable, this free event is an opportunity to try out binoculars, telescopes and digiscoping and receive impartial advice.
There will be an extensive range of optics to get your hands on and test out and experts from RSPB Optics will be on hand. Bring your own packed lunch to this event or use RSPB Leighton Moss’s own tea room.
One of the major attractions in the Lake District is fell walking. On Friday, 28th August, why not join a guided walk organised by the Lake District National Park? ‘The Silver How and Easedale Tarn Walk is a challenging, circular Lake District National Park Authority guided walk from Grasmere, which features stunning views from Silver How, before returning by the gorgeous Easedale Tarn. Boots and lunch are essential and booking is required either online or call 0845 272 0004.’
These are only three suggestions for things to see and do in the Lakes over the August Bank Holiday long weekend. I’ll be back with more suggestions soon.
Blenheim Lodge . . . panoramic Lake views, peace and tranquillity, nestled against acres of beautiful fields and woodlands, in the heart of the English Lake District National Park.’