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Caves, Cavern & History Walk
Follow me on an unforgettable journey, through the Lake District's famously beautiful landscapes of mountains, forests, and valleys, where together we will uncover spectacular caves and a HUGE cavern. Feel the chill as you enter the 400ft tunnel... immerse yourself in darkness... lose yourself in mystery... Nothing can prepare you for the feeling of wonder you will experience inside the caves & cavern - just don't forget your camera or your friends will never believe you. Step back in time as I teach you about how this incredible landscape was formed through violent volcanic & glacial events millions of years ago. Unearth the long-forgotten past & understand how ancient beliefs in gods and spirits brought bloodshed to these lands. Learn of the hardships faced by men, women & children working in the mills and the mines during the Victorian era and understand how Wordsworth's poetry helped to transform society. This is a stunning circular hike that will leave you breathless at the beauty of nature & marveling at the Lake District's history. This is a DOG-FRIENDLY walk so please feel free to bring your furry companions along! On-street parking is available free of charge. Please do not park in the pub car park. Need transport? I can collect you from your guesthouse in Windermere / Ambleside or South Lakes area for £10.
Meditate with Heavy Horses
Meditate with Heavy horses experience in the stunning Lake District, Cumbria, UK. - Award winning Cumbrian Heavy Horses. The award winning Cumbrian Heavy Horses is world-renowned and famous for its beautiful gentle giants and gallops on the beach in the Western Lake District. The great news for wellness seekers is that Cumbrian Heavy Horses have now teamed up with Katherine Beaumont from The Lake District’s Meditate with Horses to bring you beautiful soothing mindfulness workshops with these stunning beasts. Horse naturally attune to our wellbeing and as we drift into a coherent and sedative state though meditation, the horses become sleepy and gooey. Words can not describe how intensely relaxing it is to spend time to huge horses in this way and they sway and snooze closer to connect with you.
Make a silver ring with The Ringsmith
Come and enjoy this hands on 2.5 hour workshop getting creative and jewellery making. Craft your very own hammered sterling silver ring, whether as a gift for somebody or a treat for yourself. Hosted by me, who currently runs successful individual brand as well as teaching jewellery. I will guide you through the process of making a ring using traditional goldsmithing techniques including annealing, forging, soldering, and filing to name but a few. In this workshop you will have the option of making a wide hammered band and two fine hammered stacking rings. Over the course of the class you will have plenty of opportunity to practice your newfound skills. Using a range of tools needed to make your ring, as demonstrated by me throughout. The experience will take place at my private studio.I am looking forward to meeting you!!
Lambing Experience - At Rock House Farm
Come and help out on the farm with a hands-on lambing experience. Get up close and personal with our sheep and lambs and learn all about how we look after everybody at lambing time. We cannot guarantee a love birth, but we can guarantee plenty of babies for cuddles and photos, as well as plenty of fun helping with lambing time chores, including bottle feeding pet lambs, turning sheep and lambs out into the fields, mucking out lambing pens and more! We will also provide drinks and snacks fresh from the farmhouse kitchen.
The Yorkshire Three Peaks a guided trail walk
Join us on the famous Yorkshire Three Peak Challenge, starting at Horton in Ribblesdale we will climb Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough the 24.5 mile trail walk with 7000 feet of ascent/decent, that takes you through the stunning landscapes of this beautiful national park. Throughout the tour there are plenty of opportunities to pause to capture photo’s and take in the stunning views. It should be noted that this tour will not suit more novice walkers. It’s approximately 24.5 miles and the aim is for the tour to be completed in under 12 hours. Whilst it is designed to be very demanding it’s fun, flexible in giving short rest breaks and provides a brilliant sense of accomplishment. We also provide each guest with a personalised certificate of achievement emailed after the event. I have competed and coached on track, road and trail for over 35 years climbing across the UK and Europe. Highly knowledgeable on nutritional support and best training practices, I’ve vast experience of the local area and a member of The British Mountaineering Club. Fully insured you’re in safe hands with us! Neil has run and power walked all three peaks numerous times over the last 10 years. He is an excellent pace setter and very knowledgable about the tour route.
Bays & Beaches of Ullswater by Kayak
Ullswater, quite rightly, is considered the most beautiful of the big lakes. It features bays & beaches, islands and lots of scenery. The ethos on the trips is always the same. Enjoy the scenery, have a chat, pass on a bit of knowledge to, and learn from, people looking for a similar venture. The first thing we'll do is sort out what's needed for the trip and introduce the boat. We use double ( tandem ) sea kayaks, unless there is an odd number of people on the trip, then the single is available. This is followed by a quick brief on what to do, then it's on to the water. There's no set route or furthest out point. I'll always take the group and the conditions into consideration. There is beautiful scenery all along the lake. Free parking for most trips ( some parking restrictions May - Sept & Bank Holidays ). Be aware that if you have a BMI of 26 or over, weigh over 102 Kg ( 16 Stones ), or have very little upper body strength, this Experience is not for you.
Breath work and assisted wild swim
Wild swimming in water falls, plunge pools and lakes can be daunting. Not to mention cold! We have spent years optimising the experience of cold water with breath work to benefit our bodies and minds and overcome our fears while learning how to keep ourselves safe. We start the session in a private and beautiful spot by a river where we relax and prepare the body and motivate the mind with intense breath work and meditation practices. We then take a short but scenic walk to waterfalls with plunge pools to assist you in immersing in the cold water and understanding how to keep yourself well in this practice. There will be lots of advice and explanation on the safety of waters and rivers and what to look for to be confident that you can keep yourself safe while outdoor swimming.
Alpaca Meet & Greet experience
We are hosting private farm meet & greets for people to meet our alpaca herd which includes the opportunity for people to hand feed our girls and their babies ,hand feed and learn how to halter our boys then we will give a short safety talk and take them for a short walk around our field whilst taking in the amazing Surrounding scenery and learning how we care for them and to end your visit on a high you can meet our naughty goats and put them through their paces in their very own agility course Other things to note Please be aware that our experiences are all outside and may have to be postponed in bad weather Strictly no dogs
Hadrian's Wall Two Hour Tour
Ancient Britain’s award winning Hadrian's Wall tour, ‘Roam with the Romans’ transports you back 2000 years to a time when Hadrian's Wall was a frontier, a place where two cultures collided. Your local guide, dressed in authentic costume of the era, weaves a narrative from both sides of the wall (the tales of the natives, and the stories told by the occupying forces) as Roman history comes to life when you discover just what Britain was like under the Caesars. Cawfields makes a magnificent backdrop as you explore the hidden archaeological gems of the wall by foot, see our favourite sections of this breath-taking world heritage site. Other things to note The AD 122 bus runs regularly from Hexham and Haltwhistle. Taxis are easy to book. Hexham and Haltwhistle have a regular train service from Newcastle and Carlisle.
Sailing Experience on Lake Windermere
Amazing opportunity to sail on Lake Windermere in the Lake District with an officially recognised tour guide. If you are looking for a unique experience you have found it. Take control of the rudder and set sail in the direction you want with a qualified instructor onboard or sit back and enjoy the view while the captain takes you on an adventure. A fully equipped 23 foot yacht, which accommodates four passengers comfortably with cool box and toilet facilities, moored at Bowness on a private Jetty which has free private parking. Children are welcome when accompanied by an adult. The experience is very flexible and can be tailored to your adrenaline levels, from a smooth and calm sail to hitting the maximum speed possible. Alternatively we can turn on the motor and sail around the lake to see points of interest. The boat can be booked as a private tour or with a mixed group of people. This is a trip that I have run many time and is always seen as the highlight of the holiday. Whether it is your first time on a sailboat or you are an experienced sailor you are sure to have a great time. Other things to note Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. Once I know you are interested in booking an experience we can review the weather forecast to select the best time for your experience
Silver Ring In A Day Class
Indulge yourself in a unique experience with Victoria, an award-winning jewelry designer. Victoria will teach you how to construct your own silver ring. Guiding you step by step, you'll take home your profession creations a silver ring, new skills and some really fun memories. Many people also enjoy a country side walk next to the canal right on our door step. Skipton is known as the Gateway to the yorkshire dales. Its a popular and vibrant destination to visit with many shops, lovely resurants and cafes to get lunch or have a drink. Plently of parking close by.
Coniston Old Man - A guided walk brings this giant to life
Coniston Old Man rises above Coniston like the Matterhorn towers over Zermatt. The tourist path climbs directly up this benevolent giant but our route tackles this deeply loved character by a much more interesting approach. Following the ‘Walna Scar Road’ – an ancient pack horse route – we climb an easy gradient to the raised moorland of Banishead, before turning in to the heart of the mountain through the stunning corries of ‘The Cove’ and Goat’s Water. Here the towering buttresses and dark gullies of Dow Crag rise from the black water to provide a dramatic mountain landscape. A short climb brings us to Goat’s Hawse before we continue upwards to the summit of Coniston Old Man with its sweeping panoramic views. After enjoying the magnificent views we descend via the interesting North East ridge past old abandoned quarries, ruined buildings and beautiful Low Water. Where we may even have time to enjoy a paddle. During this walk we will enjoy magnificent mountain architecture, have a glimpse into the mountain’s history and see why Coniston Old Man is an integral part of the valley’s history. The terrain includes mountain paths, rough stony ground and short steep climbs.
Kiln formed glass taster experience
Make an object in kiln-fused glass. (3.5-4 hrs, limit 2 adults). Be inspired by our range of colours. The aim is to enjoy turning your choice into a unique piece to take home! On the premises next to our AirBnB accommodation is the glass workshop. We maintain a Covid safe environment respecting current distancing regulations, cleaning schedules and mask wearing. After orientation and safety briefing we hand over your starter pack of goodies including PPE. We explain the range of glass techniques, what happens to glass in the kiln, cutting and cold working. Making a pair of 10cm square coasters is a good way to get started, but you might want to make a colourful 10x20cm panel to hang on the wall. We'll develop your cutting skills and help your chosen design become a reality. If you already know your way around kiln-formed glass, why not create a slumped dish, or move onto more advanced techniques? If engraving is more your thing, produce your choice of design using our sandblaster. NB: Kiln glass can produce unexpected results, often interesting - never guaranteed! Simple objects as described achievable in 3-4 hours.
Guided Yorkshire Dales walk with snack and lunch provided
Come a share a guided walk of the Crackpots Mosaic Trail with me, in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This seven mile exploration of Nidderdale will expose you to a host of footpaths and terrains, from moorland to farmland, through fords and woodland. You will enjoy homemade refreshments on route, and a picnic at the end of the walk, provided by your guide, who is also a Private Chef. All dietary requirements can be catered for. If you would like to enjoy all that the Yorkshire Dales has to offer in walking and food, then this is the Experience for you.
Meditate with horses
A brief but inspiring discussion on meditation and why we do it with horses will motivate you to be dedicated and vigilant in your practice. Then we go and meet the horses and I will teach you the basics in animal meditation. Then we groom the horses; this is the best way to get the horses to accept you as herd members as they bond by grooming each other. As we start to meditate, the more stable, connected and balanced the client, the easier it is for the horse to step into his role of soothing, regulating, teaching and inspiring with his gentle and peaceful energy. Often the horses will lie down and we can get down on the grass with them and be close and connected. We work on touching the horses in specific areas and watching for significant reactions to detect connection. There is often an opportunity to test your connection by asking the horses to follow you without a lead and then you can take a little walk together. We often finish with a beautiful guided meditation which will be chosen depending on the specific needs of the client. We always end the session with gratitude and a big horsey cuddle. Other things to note In the summer there may be flies. Bring sun hats and sun cream. Wrap up warm and water proof on winter and please wear wellies or firm boots. No experience of horses or meditation needed but please arrive with an open heart and an open mind.