See Ullswater on a steamer!

With over 150 years of experience of running lake cruises, Ullswater Steamers are award winning and are accredited Lake District Attraction.

Ullswater is one of the Places In The Lake District that has to be visited. It has five traditional boats that have a network of routes from Pooley Bridge on the north side which is linked with Glenridding in the south. A new route has also recently been announced which links Glenridding and Aira Force which hosts amazing views including a spectacular waterfall!

The cruises also connect with some of the most famous locations in the National park, for example Wordsworth’s Daffodils from the west shore which is especially good in the spring. The steamers have brilliant onboard facilities including and open deck and a covered upper deck which has seating areas. There are also licensed bars on board!

This Easter they have also announced that children go can go free with their best friends between 8th – 23rd April!

If you plan on coming for one of the Lake District Boat Trips come and stay at the Borrowdale Gates Hotel afterwards for a great night’s sleep and delicious breakfast in the morning.

How to stay safe when walking in the Lake District in winter

Here at the Borrowdale Gates hotel, the Lake District’s incredible national park is just outside the front door. However, you may be somewhat worried about exploring this area of outstanding national beauty during the harsh winter months. After all, you don’t want to get lost during the coldest part of the year or risk slipping on icy paths. But there are ways to manage the slight risks associated with walking in the Lake District during winter. The national park has a crisp beauty during the colder months that you shouldn’t miss out on simply because of cold weather!

1. Safety

The risk of slipping is always present when you go walking in any natural environment during the winter. However, it’s easy to reduce this risk by wearing sensible shoes that are designed to grip the ground effectively. You should also let someone know where you’re going and what time to expect you back, so that if anything does happen, you’ll know someone will come along to help you. Luckily, it’s very unlikely that anything too serious will happen anyway.

2. Navigation

Winter is the worst time of year to get lost, especially in the Lake District: the routes you can walk on are very exposed to the elements. Nonetheless, if you stick to established tracks and take a map with you, you should be able to find your way around perfectly well.

3. Staying warm

You should always dress appropriately when walking or hiking in the Lake District; choose warm, waterproof clothes that can protect you from cold weather and precipitation.

Many people who aren’t experienced hikers worry about walking in the Lake District’s gorgeous national park during winter, but there’s no need for concern. If you follow the advice above, you can explore the area both safely and comfortably. And don’t forget, you’ll be able to return to our warm, luxurious four-star hotel when you’re done!

The Lake District is ideal for your winter break

The Lake District is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK. During the summer it is packed with tourists taking part in great outdoor activities like fell-walking, hiking, and trekking, but it also has so much to offer in the winter months. Here’s a couple of reasons why it makes for a great winter destination!

It looks even better in the winter

There’s no denying that the Lake District is one of the most beautiful places in the UK, maybe even in Europe, but what makes it really special is that it looks just as great in winter as it does in the summer months. Its striking landscapes, woodlands and of course the lakes look even more stunning under a layer of snow or covered in the oranges and reds of autumn than they do bathed in the mid-summer sun. It makes the area great for amateur photographers, too, whether you’re just snapping on your iPhone or you’re taking some more serious kit with you – you’ll be able to showcase your photography talents for your friends and family when you get back home!

You can relax in the comfort of a great hotel

Lots of people associate the Lake District with outdoor activities, such as golfing, cycling, and walking, and even though these are fantastic days out, they aren’t all that the area has to offer. The Lake District is home to some of the most luxurious hotels in the UK, and at the Borrowdale Gates our 4 star hotel and AA Rosette restaurant can keep you comfortable and occupied throughout your break.

Valentine’s Day Walking Mini-Break 2015

Valentines Day Walking Mini Break

Book Now for a 10% discount to stay at the Millican Dalton Suite for 3 nights, to include Dinner, Bed and Breakfast, Afternoon Teas, Lunches, Flowers & Fruit during February 2015.*

There are those who dare to be different, and characters like Millican Dalton took it to another level with his philosophy that work interferes with pleasure. He had a reputation with the ladies but despite the macho image, he was happy for them to lead climbs.

To celebrate Millican’s life in the Borrowdale valley, the owners Colin and Joy Harrison, used local craftsmen to create the Millican Dalton Suite. Guests enter through a heavy oak door and facade of local Honister slate, to elicit a feeling entering a slate cave to sleep.

However, the feeling of camping immediately disappears once inside, as the suite is sumptuous with a panoramic Lakeland view that Millican treasured, from the private terrace.

So this year, why not treat your Valentine to the “Borrowdale Gates” experience with a selection of romantic walks right on our doorstep?

For more details to tailor your visit, please contact us on 017687 77204 / [email protected]

Peace and Quiet (& Romance) Come as Standard

*Please note that this offer is valid for direct bookings only and not valid with any other discount.