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August 27, 2015

Autumn Breaks

Published on August 27, 2015 by Wayne

*** Read on for some special September Offers ***


Perhaps the most romantic (and less frantic) time to visit the Lake District is from September onwards. It is always peaceful at Ellen Hall, but Autumn breaks harbour a special tranquility throughout the area. It’s not just that families are back at work and kids back to school, it is of course the gradual and remarkable transformation of the fells and valleys. Days may be a little shorter, walks might be a little cooler; the lakes though are much quieter and the views just breathtaking!



(Click on the pictures to get an expanded view)

The grounds around the cottages themselves are always a joy for our guests. September has brought some of the best British weather in the past few years (fingers crossed for this year) and the evenings are stunning looking out over the Ellen Vale. October is a favorite for many of our regular guests and those visiting the Lake District national park: this is when truly dramatic scenes can be enjoyed as the fells are draped in the greens, reds, yellow and browns, the Lakes themselves so perfectly mirror the craggy peaks and magnificent mountain sides…….even the greys add to the inspiring setting.


 Lakeside autumn reflections.

Lakeside autumn reflections.


The long range weather forecast from the Met Office looks promising for the beginning of September (so far)! But even if it does deviate toward the darker side, as they say- “there’s no such thing as the wrong weather; just the wrong clothing”. There are plenty of walks from the cottages themselves and if you’re bringing a canine friend there are dog friendly pubs (2 in the village) and beaches nearby too. Don’t worry about a bit of mud or sand either; the beck running through our grounds is a great walk-thru dog wash- when its not in spate of course! We always love getting on the fells with our dogs: Rannerdale Knots from the little car park near Hause Point, Crummock Water is a good one. This can be done from Buttermere also, with the added advantage of a pub to refresh in afterwards (The Bridge Hotel has a dog friendly bar) and we have done this walk with all levels of ability and ages; there are some steep bits mind. You can see more on this in an earlier blog- Rannerdale Knotts, Buttermere.


 It's great up here! (Dasher atop Blake Fell).

It’s great up here! (Dasher atop Blake Fell).



Dog friendly cottages, walks, pubs, beaches…….it’s a top spot for dogs!!





Here’s a few other walkies suggestions, enjoyed by recent guests- 1/ Buttermere Lake- (click to see an earlier post). 2/ Loweswater. 3/ Dodd Wood (Bassenthwaite). 4/ Tarn Hows – this also has a wheelchair friendly walk. 5/ Latrigg – Keswick. Has some steep bits but good for views across to many of England’s highest mountains. Of course there are many more walks, these are just handful of some picked from our cottage vistor books and testimonials.


 💡 Feel free to post/comment on any of your favorite walks, indeed see our Special Offers page for a nice little discount if you post a picture or two as well! 💡




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  • Testimonials

    5th – 12th November 2022. Back for our third visit (2 x Salkeld, 1 x Dykes) and, once again, we don’t want to go home! Everything was just perfect, apart from the weather. But even the rain and wind helped us to have a perfect stay; all the more reason to light the fire, close the curtains and relax. We’ll be back again next year!
    Suzanne & Gavin, Oldham.
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