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017687 77214
Traditional Lake District Accommodation


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 episode features 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 November we are again offering our Winter Discount breaks form only£58pp DB&B
Big News … we’re still here !
Little News …. Dowie’s Dogged by Data Debacle !

General Data Protection Regulation 

“Big Brother is watching you..”   George Orwell 

“Data is a precious thing..” Tim Berners-Lee

Well – what a shambles the last email proved! – I’m so sorry to cause so much hassle.

As many of you found the re subscribe link took you to a “Sign Up” form  – which then told you, you were already on the list! Those with more savvy than me found the “Update Preferences” link at the foot of the mailing. I finally discovered some online tutorials with tech wizards in California that I hope have now given me the coding to make it work!

As card carrying members of our Loyalty Scheme we really do want you to stay with us through this process. We really want you to stay with us here in Borrowdale again soon. If you’d like us to keep in touch, to forward news from Borrowdale and alert you to tempting discount offers – you need ( I’m so so sorry ) to complete the process. The Law requires you to opt in and I’m not allowed to complete the subscription process for you.

Please use button below or the link in the email circular to update preferences. Alternatively, ring Nuala on 017687 77214 to have this done manually for you.

” As an Ook cometh of a litel spyr” 
Was it Geoffrey Chaucer that prompted the proverb “Mighty Oaks from Acorns grow”?
No matter – the sentiment endures. Our small forest of loyal followers is falling to the woodman’s axe. We hope you have enjoyed the benefits that your Loyalty Card brings – whether you are a baby Acorn or one of our mighty Oaks we trust we’ll see you here at The Royal Oak again soon.


It’s been a while since our loyal regulars have enjoyed such a generous discount – here exclusively for Loyalty Card holders is a Three nights for the price of two Special Offer. 
Come Tuesday 14th & stay until the morning of Friday 17th of August and pay for only two nights DB&B.
Subject to availability and updated status only)
Please quote “August 342” 

Roberta ( Percy ) Kelly’s paintings help illustrate this edition of our newsletter. Muted & shadowy paintings portray the tormented artistic life of a working class Cumbrian seeking to reconcile their gender in an  era devoid of light or hope. Gaining now in recognition and appreciation, their work is well worth viewing. The main picture is of Loweswater and this Uldale – Lakeland’s northernmost & almost forgotten valley… it has a Lake too – do you know which?
The drive from Bassenthwaite by Robin Hood to Hesket Newmarket takes you through the open Caldbeck Common’s  – that land The Back O’ Skiddaw  from where John Peel hailed and halloo’d

Eycott Hill.

In the far North East of the National Park is Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s newest Nature Reserve. I explored this late one evening – scrambling over a few low rocky ridges on the way to the little summit – ( lower than the carpark from where you start ) – it has to be the easiest ascent of a Lakeland top – ever! The views to SE – S  – SW are truely stupendous – a highly recommended short excursion missed by AW but a worthwhile half day for any lover of the wilder lakeland landscape. More info here.

Borrowdale Badgers: After nearly three years of patient watching – Miro – our hard working Slovakian member of staff,  was recently rewarded with the joyous scene of a family of Badgers frolicking around outside their local sett. These flighty fellows are easily spooked … but if taking an evening stroll do keep an eye and ear out for them – they are sometimes seen in the daylight of our long summer evenings…. and more frequently can be heard whickering their territorial claims to the spoils of Rosthwaite’s gardens. 

Summer Mid Week Breaks

During July & early August we are again offering our Summer Discount breaks for stays of three or more nights from only £62pp DB&B
p.s. ….Despite rumours a foot  – we are all still here… But if from within your own social network you know of anyone who would relish nurturing the Old Oak through a new era of Fawlty Towering – please send them the link:- Hotel For Sale

… and please don’t forget to update your preferences so we can continue keeping you in touch with all things Borrowdale

Best Wishes, from Nuala, Sue and all at The Royal Oak.
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Cam Spout & Slight Side from Bowfell, Guy Richardson
Mountains are the beginning and end of all natural scenery
John Ruskin
Winter’s claw still  grasps our Lakeland Fells, as we in Borrowdale emerge from enforced hibernation. Here is our late winter Newsletter with attractive special offers and local goss.

Works to resurface the B5289 have seen road closures, detours and chicanes resulting in an unusually quiet start to the year. Peace and solitude – so tranquil for some – so lonely and isolating for others.
How must the young man who lost himself on Scafell Pike have felt as he began a second dark night out alone? I felt pretty beat after only five hours searching through knee deep slush and howling gales on the first night of the remarkable rescue. ( Click link)  Thankfully he was found alive – but it remains a salutary reminder of how essential good navigational skills can be.

As with some other protracted searches of the Central Fells – this lone walker was found in Upper Eskdale … The picture above was our winter quiz – won by Ann Bristow from  Atherton in Lancashire  who most accurately described this beautiful view taken from the video of Lakeland Winter – by Guy Richardson. She wins an extra night’s stay – Free of Charge.

Spot: Our resident sausage recycler died this month and we are touched that so many of you have already shared your sadness. He was such a gentle & friendly dog – a fixture by the rear door and loved by all.
Thanks to Barman Tod from the Riverside who took this picture on New Bridge.


Two Nights DB&B from £200 / Room
(£220 in any riverside room)
please quote “WLAD” and see our other special breaks below

Book now – available until  8th March to enjoy this Special Late Winter Discount

Come and sit by the roaring fire and escape the winter chill

Having staff with a sense of adventure – makes working at The Royal Oak fun!
Introducing Graeme – our  new Junior Manager and Cook.
Classic Discounts this April
 Several of our regulars tell us they too have classic cars – but so few of you seem to use them.
With Drive it Day coming up in April we here at The Royal Oak are prepared to offer a 10% Discount to those that turn up in their Pre 1986 Vintage, Historic or Classic Car.
“Carry On … Regardless”
No not the title of a Kenneth Williams or Frankie Howard film, nor a track from Beautiful South – just a reminder that Susan , Nuala,  Ann and the team are all still here. We’ve been a little alarmed at the number of people that assume we have sold  and gone! While the hotel does still remain “on the market” we are most definitely still here – carrying on our own brand of friendly and informal hospitality.
We promise to let you know if we go.
It’s Off. Objections from multiple sources seem to have prevailed. Thank you to those that supported the campaign to Stop Thirlmere being developed as a cheap theme park. It’s been announced today that the application has been withdrawn.
We believe that Honister may be re applying for their own version – contentious but with less environmental impact. 

Stimulate your Mind &  Exercise your Body

Why not shake off your winter lethargy with some revitalising activities. Mix some brisk walking with entertaining and thought provoking literary talks.

Talks and Walks – so good for the Soul.
Words by the Water Theatre by the Lake
9th to 18th MarchMore Information 
Three Night Long Weekend Breaks
from – £185pp – inclusive of DB&BMid Week Winter Breaks
 from –  £58 pppn  for  Dinner Bed & Breakfastavailable until  22nd of March 
2018 Tariff Please can we remind our regulars that although a rough guide to availability and prices is shown online our best deals are always available by making direct contact via email or phone.
Best Wishes, from Nuala, Sue and all at The Royal Oak.

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