#Explorefromthedoor with Sean Conway - #5 Mountain Bike Heaven

If you’re into mountain biking but, like me, aren’t Danny Macaskill and able to throw yourself down 50ft drops, then the Grizedale forest is the place for you. The second best thing about Grizedale is that you don’t need to drive there from Coniston, you can get on your bike right at your door and be there within half an hour.

Izzy Walks the Wainwrights: Numbers 1-73

By Rachael Parkin

Izzy, the newest addition to the Coppermines family, is a Welsh Sheepdog, Border Collie cross with an endless enthusiasm for “walkies”. Lucky for her then that she lives next to some of the best “walkies” country in the UK (if not the world – but we are a bit biased). Bred for working in the hills she is seemingly physically incapable of tiredness, has an uncanny ability for finding sticks in places no tree has ever grown, and as it turns out, and has a talent for posing wistfully on mountain tops.

Get that Festive Feeling in The Lakes this winter

By Rachael Parkin

Whether you get that “festive feeling” by warming your feet on a roaring log fire, by Christmas shopping in quaint market towns and villages or by embarking on an exhilarating walk up a snow-capped mountain there will be something for you here in The Lake District this festive season.

#Explorefromthedoor with Sean Conway - #4 Conistons Old Man.

As my wife will tell you, to her annoyance, I have an unhealthy ambition to one day be The Old Man of Coniston. You know, the crazy grey-haired pensioner who does his weekly shopping on horseback while herding his flock of lamas down the high street because they just really needed a walk. I really want to be that guy. Sadly, I have chosen the wrong town to live in if I want to be The Old Man of Coniston because I will always be trumped by the real Old Man of Coniston – the 803m mountain towing into the clouds.

6 Fantastic Family Walks Near Coniston

By Rachael Parkin

Walking is such a simple thing – most of us do it every single day. But here in the Lake District walking is even more special with endless opportunities to explore and discover so pack a picnic, lace up your boots and head out to create some memories that will last a lifetime.

Our cottages are located within some of the country’s most stunning scenery and there is no better way to take it all in than embarking on a rejuvenating, family walk. Stretch your legs, breathe in some fresh Cumbrian air and enjoy the wonderful views along the way.

#explorefromthedoor with Sean Conway - #3 Life on the Water

The Lake District. It says in the name – Lake. Ironically there is only one ‘Lake’ - Bassenthwaite Lake. Most of the rest are actually Waters. When I decided on a whim to move to the Lakes as I mentioned in July’s blog there were two reasons, mountains and Lakes. I need both in my life to feel alive. It’s hard to explain but Mum did always tell me I was a water baby and would constantly be found lying belly down in any puddle I could find, literally any, even manure puddles weren’t off limits for me apparently.

Things to do in The Lakes this October Half Term

by Rachael Parkin

Autumn is the perfect time to visit the Lake District, the ever-changing nature of the season is a wonder to behold and no two days are alike. Take in the magnificent mosaic of colours, dodge the showers by ducking into a warm, welcoming pub and sit back and watch the world transform around you. Cooler days, a spectacular autumnal landscape and fewer crowds also make October the perfect time to spend glorious days walking and cosy evening’s fireside.

#explorefromthedoor with Sean Conway - #2 Escaping the Crowds, Coniston Valley.

The Lake District is one of the best places to explore in England and has fuelled creative and exploring minds for centuries. Spending time in the mountains has huge benefits both physically and mentally. The one downside can be that some of the ‘famous’ routes and mountains can be slightly busy during certain times of the year which can take away from the whole reason you wanted to come up here in the first place. Don’t fear though, there is a simple solution to avoid the crowds, and it comes in the form of small green dotted lines – footpath, byways and bridleways.

The Tour of Britain is coming (this September)…

It was recently announced that two legends of cycling will be riding through Cumbria next month (how exciting!)

Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas and Giro d’Italia winner Chris Froome will ride together through the county over two consecutive days as part of the Tour of Britain – making it the first time the pair have taken part in an event together for almost ten years.

#explorefromthedoor with Sean Conway - #1 The Call of The Lake District

Exciting news, over the coming months we will be partnering up alongside extreme adventurer and Coniston resident Mr Sean Conway to highlight the beauty and endless adventures on tap here in the Lake District.

Follow us as we explore what makes the area around us so fantastic.

Before we get started here's a little introduction from Sean on how he found himself here in the beautiful Lakes.

Over to you Sean...

The Call of The Lake District ...