A Pokemon Go Guide to the Lake District
Pokémon Go is the craze of 2016 and if you’re reading this, there’s every chance that either you or your kids will have given it ago. So here at the Daffodil Hotel, we thought we’d put together this guide to show you how you can build your Pokémon collection while enjoying the sites and activities on offer in the Lake District. Even if you’re not into Pokémon yourself, we hope this guide could be an extra reason for your kids to look forward to visiting the Lake District.
Water type Pokémon are more likely to be found in areas near water, so head to Windermere for a possible sighting of a rare Lapras, which has already been found around the shores of the lake. While you’re searching, there’s so much to see and do you can’t possibly get bored. Walking and hiking routes are always popular and one of the easiest activities to do in the Lakes. Other activities include treetop trekking, off road driving, pony treks, clay shooting, cycling and water sports.
Orrest Head is a steady walk of around 30 mins from the railway station. You’ll be rewarded with stunning views over Lake Windermere and can pop into one of the local shops and grab some Kendal Mint Bars for the journey. A sure fire way to keep your energy up.
Whether you’re swinging, climbing, balancing and flying through ancient oak woodland canopy or racing down zip wires, taking in spectacular views of the fells and Lake Windermere, Treetop trekking is for those looking for a little more adventure. Groups can be accommodated for as well as families and couples, but booking is recommended. http://www.treetoptrek.co.uk/
For an ideal way to experience the majestic lake in all its glory, there are several options for water sports with local outdoor activity centres catering for water skiing, kayaking, canoeing and boat tours. But for something a bit special, try the Sail’n’ Dine, where you can enjoy first class food aboard a Beneteau 323 Oceanis Clipper. Booking advised. http://sailndine.co.uk/
Kendal is a more built up area, meaning there’s more likelihood of spotting Pokemon. Already seen in this area are Kadabra, Persian, Vaporion and Jigglypuffs. Non Pokemon related activities include stately homes, castles, food & drink, art & exhibitions, cycling, walking, hiking, and a range of outdoor adventure activities like potholing and abseiling.
For all your water sports and outdoor activities, including potholing, abseiling, canoeing and boat tours, try Adventuremakers in Lyth near Kendal. Adrenaline junkies will love it. http://www.adventuremakers.co.uk/
This stately home and gardens include the oldest topiary in the world, a tea shop, a small brewery, plant centre, labyrinth and gift shop. There’s plenty to keep you busy for an entire day with activities and events happening regularly. http://www.levenshall.co.uk/
Sizergh Castle is one of the longest family-inhabited country houses in the UK. It has over 700 years of national history to be explored with the grounds, gardens, lake and house offering a variety of interesting areas to occupy the best part of a day. The Castle is also well known for its wildlife and dramatic landscape. Perhaps you’ll see a Pokémon alongside an owl. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sizergh
Another water type Pokémon, the very rare Gyarados, has been spotted in the southern part of the lake district, in a small village called Coniston. Nestled at the north end of Lake Coniston, this historic village developed as a farming community and grew in popularity during the Victorian era. This area also offers the usual walking and hiking, water sports and boating, as well as museums and gardens.
Brantwood is a historic house, museum and vibrant centre for the arts, formerly the home of John Ruskin, the leading English art critic, social thinker and philanthropist of the Victorian era. The estate is now free for guests to explore and has exceptional gardens, a café and plenty of exhibitions and events to keep you busy. http://www.brantwood.org.uk/
John Ruskin Museum
Explore the history of Coniston by experiencing first-hand its literary and cultural heritage with collections of national importance and international significance. http://www.ruskinmuseum.com/
Steam Yacht Gondola
If you want to get out on the water but are a little tired after other activities, then why not take a boat tour with a difference on the Steam Yacht Gondola. This Victorian lifestyle experience is played out on Coniston Water where you can sit back and relax as you enjoy an amazing picnic like no other. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/steam-yacht-gondola
The Daffodil Hotel!
Well of course, we would say so! But in between sightseeing and hunting Pokémon, why not relax in our Spa, enjoy a meal or afternoon tea in our dining room or simply chill out in our lounge or lakeside terrace?
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