Posts Tagged Walking

Kipp Cottage, Dumfries and Galloway

Kipp Cottage is a beautiful hideaway for two in Dumfries and Galloway. In a secluded position in the grounds of Kipp House on the edge of the village of Kippford, the accommodation is located on the first floor, with special storage area suitable for bicycles and/or wet weather gear on the ground floor.

Perfect for an activity holiday base, the village is set on the Urr Estuary, a popular sailing centre. For keen cyclists, the trailhead for the local section of the 7 Stanes Mountain Bike Network is less than 5 minutes away by car. There is also a small golf course and two hotels/pubs serving food plus local shops within walking distance of the cottage.

The double glazing and full oil fired central heating make this a cosy and comfortable cottage at any time of the year.

Outside view of cottage

Modern kitchen

Beautiful grounds




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Tatton Park adventure

On the Beatrix Potter Trail in Tatton Park. Picture by Elisa Artesero

On the Beatrix Potter Trail in Tatton Park. Picture by Elisa Artesero

I visited Tatton Park this Easter weekend for a spot of photography in its gorgeous selection of gardens. Little did I know that I’d also find myself caught up in the hustle and bustle of the many family activities taking place across the park!

Beatrix Potter inspired the weekend’s events; these included a Peter Rabbit trail across the gardens, the Pigling Bland trail and the Easter storyteller in the farm, and also magic shows and Punch and Judy shows in the stable yard. An adventure playground, an old-fashioned style merry-go-round, and storytelling time in the barn rooms also added to a long list of things for families to do.

I bumped into Peter Rabbit several times as he tried to hide from Mr McGregor, and found myself unwittingly following the Peter Rabbit trail across the gardens, meeting many of Potter’s most cherished characters along the way. It seemed an especially good day out for parents looking for some entertainment for their children.

Japanese Garden picture by Elisa Artesero

Japanese Garden picture by Elisa Artesero

It was also a lovely place to take photos, particularly the Japanese garden which could only be observed from its periphery so as to keep the careful planting in tact. It was so picturesque, it looked like something from a picture book. The grounds just outside of the main area were ideal for a more peaceful walk away from the popular activity areas. They were also great for a bit of wildlife photography, I saw some young deer settled down near the lake and there was also a special hut for bird watchers.

Deer at Tatton Park. Picture by Elisa Artesero

Deer at Tatton Park. Picture by Elisa Artesero

Luckily, the activities don’t stop at this bank holiday weekend. Many of them continue on throughout the school holidays and beyond, so you have plenty of time to visit yet. For instance, from now until the 12th April it is lambing fortnight at the farm, the ‘Beatrix Potter’s Life’ exhibition in the Mansion runs until 1st September, plus many more events and activities.

If you like the sound of Tatton Park and are also looking for a break away in Cheshire one weekend, you won’t go far wrong with Broomfield Barns (sleeps 5), nestled in the Cheshire countryside and near some award-winning local pubs. For this holiday cottage, and many more, visit our main site for details.

If you would like to see some more of my pictures of the day, please see my website

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Walking festivals 2008

In the UK, we love to walk. Thousands of us go walking regularly. And lots of us like our walks to be sociable – for evidence, just look at how popular walking festivals have become. Ten years ago, there were hardly any. Now there are dozens. It doesn’t matter what your age or ability – most festivals have graded walks to suit everyone, with a walk leader on hand to make sure you’re OK.

There’ll often be added extras – evening entertainment, visits, food and drink tastings etc. Stay in a holiday cottage while you’re at a festival. After a day of exercise and fresh air, relax in your own space. Cottage owners can usually recommend food delivery services, and many cottages have a pub or restaurant nearby.

Here are just a few festivals around the UK this year:

3 – 18 May Isle of Wight Walking Festival, England
In its tenth year, this is probably the longest-established festival. More than half the island is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – including 500 miles of well-maintained footpaths. The event is a huge draw every year.

9 – 11 May Lower Annandale Walking Festival, Scotland
Twelve guided walks in this intriguing part of Dumfries and Galloway.

9 – 15 May Newton Stewart Walking Festival, Scotland
One of the foremost walking festivals in the south of Scotland.

10 – 17 May Aviemore & Cairngorm Walking & Mountain Festival, Scotland.
Formerly Aviemore Walking Festival, it includes new elements for 2008.

17 – 23 May Ballater Royal Deeside Walking Festival, Scotland
Three walks a day of varying toughness in eastern Cairngorms National Park, Aberdeenshire and Angus.

29 May – 1 June Angus Glens Walking Festival, Scotland
Award-winning walking festival – discover one of Scotland’s secret places, the Angus Glens.

6 – 9 June Malvern Walking Festival, England
From family ambles to a ramble across the Malvern Hills from end to end.

14 June, midnight Edinburgh MoonWalk, Scotland
Join the MoonWalk to help raise money for vital breast cancer causes in Scotland.

14 – 15 June Langport International Walking Festival, England
At the heart of the Somerset levels and moors – a wetland landscape of rhines, droves and willows.

14 – 22 June Herefordshire Walking Festival, England
This year’s programme highlights the south west of the county with 60 guided walks to choose from. Experts on butterflies, bats and birdwatching, archaeology, local lore, and land conservation will be on hand. And learn to compose better pictures with travel photographer Nick Meers.

30 June – 13 July Rotherham Walking Festival
Two weeks of guided walks.

15 – 18 Aug Midlothian Walking Festival, Scotland
Cycling and horse riding as well as guided walks through town and countryside within easy reach of Edinburgh.s well as guided walks through town and countryside within easy reach of Edinburgh.

30 Aug – 6 Sep Scottish Borders Festival of Walking
One of the longest-established walking festivals in Scotland.

18 – 22 Sep Clackmannanshire Walking Festival, Scotland
A chance to discover the area’s stunning scenery.

26 – 28 Sep Coniston Walking Festival, Lake District, England
Themed walks on the area’s geology and geography, and the famous people who have found inspiration here – plus activities for families and the ultra-energetic.

26 – 29 Sep Carrick Way Festival, Scotland
Walks in stunning landscapes in Ayrshire.

26 Sep – 5 Oct Richmond Walking and Book Festival, Yorkshire, England
Ten days of events that are good for body, intellect and soul!

4 – 13 Oct Cowal Walking and Arts Festival (Cowalfest), Scotland
Where the Highlands meet the Clyde coast.

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New Article on – Snowdonia and Mount Snowdon

We’ve added a new article on walking in Wales. Solange Hando stays in a holiday cottage in Snowdonia, and manages to make it to the top of mount Snowdon – the highest peak in England and Wales.

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