Lake it or Leave it
Hike The lakes with Linthwaite House
It’s no secret that the Lake District is a super popular destination for a staycation, being one of the most beautiful parts of Great Britain, England’s largest National Park and a World Heritage Site. But if you’re short on time, how do you make the most of it? Linthwaite House’s new “Making Memories” package aims to solve that, treating guests to a full day of hiking with expert Steve Watts, who will take you to the most idyllic, charming spots in the area.
As it is a private one-day hike with Steve, the walk is totally tailored to your interests and abilities, whether you wish to dip into the life of Beatrix Potter, walk alongside shimmering lakes or hike up steep fell climbs. Following a pre-arrival discussion, Steve will create the personalised itinerary and agree a perfect starting point with you. Then all that’s left is for Linthwaite House to provide a complimentary packed lunch and a Herdy flask full of a comforting hot drink or a refreshing cold drink and off you go to experience the best of the Lakes.
After the most magical of days out, there are plenty of peaceful corners in the grounds of Linthwaite House to relax and let tired limbs recuperate: there is a boules pitch, a croquet lawn and a large outdoor chess set, as well as plenty of sheltered seating areas and a small private lake on which to gently row a boat. With a delicious three-course dining experience in Michelin-starred chef Simon Rogan’s inhouse restaurant Henrock providing the icing on the cake.
Rates from £830 for two people sharing a Classic Room, book via leeucollection.com or 01539 488 600.
Join Croatia for its very first Ironman
One for the serious contenders. Croatia is hosting its very first Ironman this October, with a route set against the scenic backdrop of some of the country’s dreamiest towns. Announced by Istrian-based hospitality and tourism group, Plava Laguna, its panoramic cycling track will cover 90km, mostly on the Istrian Y highway. Its lower altitude, combined with relaxed speeding conditions, provide quality terrain and the perfect conditions to achieve a coveted PB.
The event kicks off in historic town of Poreč for a 1.9km swim – an area soaked in a rich past and home to the UNESCO-protected Euphrasius Basilica.
Next, the route heads onto Funtana, a small coastal town along the Porec-Vrsar-Orsera road, where friendly locals will welcome participants to family-run accommodation where home-made dishes await for some authentic refuelling.
Višnjan – the final stop on the route – is a rural inland idyll that offers peace, clean air and beautiful scenery. The streets of the old town are well preserved and steeped in the tradition of the ancient past, providing further stunning scenery to admire in the exhilarating race. Register via ironman.com