When Thirsty Earth Begged His Brother Sky
… for much needed rain, Sky beamed ever brighter…”Why cry thus to me, ask your mortal men, they steal your bounty and live in sin”
R Lindley 1974, after a Story told by his Native N American Grandfather
Welcome to this our first post GRDP newsletter … it’s a real scorcher. Like our summer, it’s full of Hot Gossip and tempting Sizzling Offers.
So – who will be the first to identify our mystery pic above? – there’s a free bottle of our English Wine Sharpham Dart Valley Reserve for the best explanation received by email before the end of July.
Exclusive 3 4 2 Offer
Welcome to those of you newly promoted to Loyalty Card Status.
This editions’ offer is available exclusively to those on our Acorn & Oak Mailing List.
Make any new three night booking from now up until August 24th and pay for only two !!
( Cheapest night – completely free – other nights at normal rates.)
Every now and then I try to share with you some literary recommendations – books by Authors who love wild mountain times!
In this edition its a link to an online blogger with many mountain adventure stories for you to enjoy. Incidentally back in the mid 1970’s when I started climbing, “Footless Crow” was the name given by first ascensionist Pete Livesey to the hardest route yet climbed – on Goat Crag behind Grange here in Borrowdale.
We were amused recently to read a guests’ completed questionnaire – in the section where we ask ..” is there anything we can do better ” one guest clearly wrote “Improve the Wife”! We assume this subliminal slip was a reference to our restricted wifi as marital relationship counselling is definiitely not on our menu!
While we are currently extending wifi access we are also endeavouring to ensure that our lounges remain “off-grid” and conducive to hearty conversation & perhaps a little gossip!
It’s true that over the years we’ve had a somewhat tempestuous relationship with Trip Advisor. The tyrannical power of the reviewer has at times had us screaming – “Why don’t they just read what it says on the tin!”
Nonetheless, we’re proud that over the last five years we’ve consistently achieved TA’s Certificate of Excellence. Thank you to those that have sung our praises.
John Muir Trust Helvellyn Appeal
JMT are working closely with the Lake District National Park Authority, the local community, graziers and partners to carry out a sensitive land management programme that ensures both nature and people can thrive, including maintaining and restoring paths, carrying out wildlife monitoring and protecting rare plants.
For those of you who remember Annette (our former Assistant Manager) – you may be interested to note that it is her husband Pete ( former Park Ranger ) that fronts JMT’s management efforts here.
If you believe that we must do more to retain The Lake District’s wilder side please consider supporting this appeal.
The John Muir Trust is a conservation charity dedicated to protecting and enhancing wild places in the UK
Bob Graham Record Broken
Local hero – Billy Bland has lost his 36 year old fell running record to Kilian Jornet.
The Bob Graham Round is a fell running challenge in the English Lake District. It is named after Bob Graham (1889–1966), a Keswick guest-house owner, who in June 1932 broke the Lakeland Fell record by traversing 42 fells within a 24-hour period. Watch a wee video here. it’s just another way to reconnect with your beloved Lake District when trapped miles away from “home”.
For those of you who missed it “The Lakes with Paul Rose”.
This charming episodefeatures Derwentwater and our beloved Borrowdale. via iplayer
While the hottest stickiest weather may be over – the long-range forecast suggests there’s plenty wam dry weather still to be enjoyed this summer and early autumn. If any of the above snippets are tempting you to return to Borrowdale – just pick up the phone and give us a call: 017687 77214
Winter Mid Week Breaks
Don’t forget In Novemberwe are again offering our Winter Discount breaks form only£58pp DB&B
Best Wishes, from Nuala, Sue and all at The Royal Oak.