We’re going Electric!

To mark the upcoming installation of electric car charging sockets at the Borrowdale Gates, during August we are offering our guests an exclusive 1/3rd off Twizy car rental (one half day or one full day) from Keswick Brewing Company.

Book Directly with The Borrowdale Gates for August and you could find yourselves enjoying a 1/3rd off the hire of a Twizy car and enjoying the sights and sounds of the Lake District. You can drive your Twizy without having to worry about driving your car around cyclists and walkers and all the stresses of parking a larger vehicle in high season.

With a range of 100km, the Twizy is a 2 seat electric vehicle, perfect for navigating our narrow country lanes during the busy summer season. Easy to park in a tight spot too!

If you have never driven a Twizy you will not want to miss this opportunity. If you have already driven one you will know what fun they are. Tethera is an electric Twizy and looks just like a sheep. He is part of a flock of 10 which are part of the See More project which help people to enjoy our great landscapes with a reduced environmental impact. You can hear the sounds of your lovely surroundings as you do not get the normal car noises.

Tethera’s name comes from the Cumbrian dialect for counting sheep. Yan, Tyan, Tethera, Methera, Pip, Sethera, Lethera, Hovera, Dovera and Dec are the numbers from 1 to 10. Tethera is number 3. Tethera can take 2 people for a day of fun (the driver at the front and the passenger sat behind)

Do your bit to look after the beautiful Lake District with a drive in a stress free, low carbon car.

Early Reservation is Essential! Please contact reception at The Borrowdale Gates on 017687 77204 for more information

This offer is valid for direct bookings only and subject to availability.

Red Pandas and Ospreys!

According to BBC Wildlife ‘When it comes to variety, beauty and abundance of wildlife, Cumbria is the county with everything’.

If it’s the best place to live, it’s also the best place to visit.

The Lake District Wildlife Park has welcomed a new arrival, a young male Red Panda called Charu who arrived from Dublin Zoo on 25th May.

Keepers at the Lake District Wildlife Park are hoping that Charu will breed with their existing Red Panda Meili (meaning beautiful one in Chinese).
Meili arrived from Whipsnade Zoo in autumn 2013. Since arriving, she has become quite a star, creeping down her Oak tree for treats during the Red Panda Talk, while keepers explain how they live how they are becoming more vulnerable in the wild.

Charu is getting used to his new surroundings and is quietly being introduced to Meili. For the first few days he will be in his own space, but when they get used to seeing each other, they will then share the oak tree and the enclosure. Visitors will be able to watch progress and how they are getting on.

Cumbria is rich in birdlife. Over 200 species of bird are recorded in Cumbria in any one year. Many visitors to the Lake District in recent years have shared in the excitement of ospreys breeding near Bassenthwaite Lake, the only actual Lake in the Lake District, the others are meres or waters.
The Osprey Project has made viewing Osprey accessible, through telescopes in Dodd Wood and via the webcam display at the Whinlatter Visitor Centre.
Between April and August the Ospreys put on their annual aerial display between Whinlatter and Bassenthwaite. They have an impressive five feet wingspan – if they’re flying about you can’t miss them. They first nested beside Bassenthwaite in 2001 – the first wild osprey to breed in the Lake District for 150 years.
The birds were encouraged to stay with the help of a purpose built nest provided by the Forestry Commission and the Lake District National Park. This was the culmination of several years of hard work. Ospreys had been summering in the Lake District since the mid 1990’s and in 2001 they started breeding, immediately adding sticks to the nest.
Once the breeding pair lay their eggs, wardens keep a round the clock watch on the nest to prevent thieves stealing the eggs. Ospreys usually lay three eggs which take about six weeks to hatch. The young stay in the nest for six or seven weeks. In late summer the female will migrate south leaving the male to teach the youngsters the art of fishing.
Ospreys are not the only big birds to be seen circling the Lakeland fells. Look out for buzzards, peregrines and Kestrels.