Walking The Howgill Fells

Walking The Howgill Fells

One of the common questions from guests is about what walks are there to do in the area and with St Marks Stays being located in the Howgill Fells, we are pretty spoiled for choice here. Being a walker himself, Damian has maps of the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake...
Via Ferrata

Via Ferrata

So you get a house booking for a group that includes a friend and think “yay” and then the friend mentions she is going to be doing a via ferrata and would love it if you could join in and you think “eeeeekkk!” Put it this way, if you are...
Scafell Pike

Scafell Pike

Having climbed two of the UK’s three highest peaks, Damian and I still had Scafell Pike to trek up and so of course, now living in Cumbria, it was about time we finally ticked it off the list. Originally I had wanted to take a longer route on the journey to...
Belly Dancing Hen Party

Belly Dancing Hen Party

When a group of ladies ring to book St Marks Stays for a Hen Party and then say one of the planned activities would be belly dancing, well you know it is going to be a fun weekend. To be honest, Damian and I both said what a great hen party it was as they really made...
Yoga and Rhythm

Yoga and Rhythm

Yoga and rhythm are a great combination and it has been perfect to have this as our third yoga retreat here at St Marks Stays recently. Everybody loves a ‘It must be fate’ story don’t they and this is how we came in to the awareness of Gillian who...
Wickerfish Arts Painting Retreat

Wickerfish Arts Painting Retreat

Having studied art herself and with books on our shelves about Monet and Van Gogh, Joanne was delighted to have a painting retreat using the studio at St Marks Stays. A big thank you to Ruth Clayton and Stuart Gray of Wickerfish Arts Studio for bringing us our first...