If you are in the area and haven’t seen the bluebells yet on Rannerdale Knotts in Buttermere then put it on your to do list for your visit! Photos don’t do them justice and the scent that lingers over the hillside is fabulous. We visited today and this was the scene.
We had another snowfall on Wednesday night, with the snow line advancing to about half way down Narrow Moor (the fell behind Manesty). A lovely day followed on yesterday (Thursday) with bright sunshine, wonderful clear Alpine conditions on the tops and lovely spring walking at the lower levels. The longer days make exploring more of a treat as the looming concerns over a ‘benighting’ recede. This photo shows a snow covered Skiddaw just as the sun is starting to rise, taken from the road on the way to Keswick.
The A66 nighttime closures between Threlkeld and Scales have now finished and the road will be open as usual over the Easter holidays. Nighttime resurfacing work is scheduled to start again at 10pm on Mon 9th April with a convoy system rather than a closure. The work is scheduled to be finished by the end of April.
The road north from Manesty to the end of Catbells, Gutherscale and eventually Portinscale is due to reopen tomorrow lunch time (have a look at the Cumbria County Council’s facebook post here). It was washed out after the floods in December.
‘Our’ bus, the 77/77A Honister Rambler has been operating along the east side of Derwentwater since is started running a couple of weeks ago. We will be pleased to have it back on our side again! You can find the bus timetable for the Honister Rambler here. Between Portinscale and Grange it is a hail and ride system: Manesty is between the timetabled stops at Catbells and Grange.
Thank you to everyone who has been in touch to ask how we fared during the floods last weekend. We spent the Saturday making sure the water from the fell went around and not through the houses and are pleased to say that personally we have not been adversely affected here at Manesty. Locally there are a few disruptions of which our guests who are visiting in the next month or so need to be aware:
The road north from Manesty is closed between Brackenburn (half a mile north of Manesty) and Gutherscale (about 2 miles north of Manesty). Therefore Manesty must be accessed via Grange and the main Borrowdale road, B5289, from Keswick. To ensure your sat navs take you on this route please use the post code for Grange, CA12 5UQ. Once in Grange continue for three quarters of a mile, all the way out of the village and through the trees. Manesty is on the left hand side once you come out of the trees. This is the usual way we go to Keswick.
The Greta Bridge in Keswick is now open, so access to Keswick is as normal.
The road from Keswick to Grasmere, A591, is closed south of Thirlmere, where the road has been washed away. We understand The Royal Engineers are currently working to provide a temporary solution here, but there is no indication of when the road may be opened again. Please ask us if you are interested in alternative routes from Keswick to Grasmere.
It is reported that there is no access to Whinlatter from Braithwaite, although we have not been to check ourselves.
Booths supermarket in Keswick is now open with a limited number (180) of core products on sale. There is also a free shuttle bus from Keswick to Booths in Penrith once an hour. The Co-op has opened a small pop up shop in the car park. Both shops aim to be fully open in the new year. It may be worth stopping on your way to Manesty to do your grocery shop in Penrith, where there is a Booths, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s. Alternatively, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Asda all deliver to Manesty and delivery vehicles are having no problems getting here.
Most of the smaller independent shops in Keswick which were flooded have reopened. Everything else is open as normal, expect for the Pencil Museum which was severely flooded and will reopen in 2016.
There is free parking for up to 3 hours in all Allerdale car parks in Keswick until after the New Year.
Fells and walking routes are open as normal, but you may still find a few bigger puddles or stream beds than usual!
For more information please have a look at the Keswick website, http://www.keswick.org/whats-on/news/access-to-keswick , or get in touch with us. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone and please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.
Edited 14th Dec: expected Booths opening date in Keswick of 21st Dec, expected pop up Co-op, reported lack of access from Braithwaite to Whinlatter
Edited 22nd Dec: Booths open with limited stock, pop up Co-op open, Greta Bridge in Keswick open
ManestyInformation for our Christmas and New Year guests
The living certainly is easy with the weather we’ve had this week, with temperatures hitting 24 or 25 deg C the last couple of days. We are having to water the garden, particularly the potatoes.
The owls nesting on our wood are doing well. Guests have reported 3 babies, which have all left the nest and are fast growing up and gaining their adult feathers. Here’s one of the proud parents catching a break between feeding them a couple of weeks ago!
If you’d like to enjoy the Lakes in the summertime have a look at our home page or prices and availability page for our last minute availability.
The daffodils are out, the sky is blue and spring has sprung! Lots of other early blooms, including one lone camelia flower (lots more buds on the bush though), an arrray of different coloured heather and the end of the snowdrops which we first saw in the middle of January.
We’re now offering short breaks in all our cottages throughout March, so if you are thinking about a quick escape to the Lakes don’t hesitate to get in touch and we should be able to help you. We look forward to hearing from you. Enjoy the blue skies while they last
We’ve been busy refurbishing Manesty’s kitchen and have installed a lovely new wood burner in the old inglenook fireplace. There’s now a comfy sitting area by the fire as well as toasty underfloor heating, new tiled floor and a brand new cooker, fridge and separate freezer. It now really is the heart of the home!
We’ve also replaced Cocklety How Stable Loft’s front door. Where before there was wibbly glass and painted wood there are now lovely big glass double doors opening onto the patio. You can now see right across the valley!
We’ve had a very late spring, but the advantage has been the long bluebell and blossom displays – the best in years – and the rhododendrons have yet to peak. Our guests were blessed with glorious weather for both the long weekends in May, and the birds are nesting all over the grounds – wagtails, robins and swallows to name just those I can see from the office window! And as well as our resident tawny own, we’ve had a barn owl patrolling the field opposite Manesty.