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Embracing the Outdoors

Embracing the Outdoors

Living in Cumbria we acknowledged very quickly that you have to learn to love all the seasons and be about embracing the outdoors in all weathers. We all know how much the outdoors and natural world has come to mean to us this year and now, as the seasons change and...

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Finding your motivation and positivity

Finding your motivation and positivity

How do you go about finding your motivation and positivity? What kept you motivated in lockdown and what will your positivity plan be as we change to some tighter measures this autumn? I am so fortunate that I get to meet with and see the Insta photos of some awesome...

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Ingleton Waterfalls Trail

Ingleton Waterfalls Trail

A favourite of many our guests, the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail is an easy day out for almost everyone. The steps however, do make it unsuitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs though. You can take dogs and there are always plenty of families there. The trail is a 7km...

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50 Mini Ways to be Happy

50 Mini Ways to be Happy

In celebration of Damian's 50th birthday this month, we have created a list of 50 mini ways to be happy. Please do enjoy and share with anyone you think may find a few things to do on here. 1 Live in the moment 2 Get outdoors 3 Blast out some music 4 Treat yourself to...

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Films and documentaries relating to the natural world

Films and documentaries relating to the natural world

If you are looking for something to watch whilst staying at home and patiently waiting to properly get back out to the wider outdoor world, we have rounded up our recommendations on films and documentaries relating to the natural world. We both watch a lot of films...

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Our Green Impact

Our Green Impact

I would honestly say that Damian and I never really thought about our Green Impact on the world until our expedition with Raleigh International. Yes we recycled, but consciously choosing how to shop, or run the household was not a priority. We are still not totally...

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A Cycling Cake Circuit in Yorkshire

A Cycling Cake Circuit in Yorkshire

When a couple of our friends told us that cyclists love a bit of cake, we thought what a great idea it would be to show you a cycling cake circuit in Yorkshire! This is more our level to be honest. The Yorkshire Dales is often known as the home of cycling after the...

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Firepit Cooking

Firepit Cooking

The thing we have had more time to do over the weekends recently, is some firepit cooking using our Kadai Firebowl. The most common use by guests, for what we call the 'Firepit' is simply having a fire. Not even many barbecues have taken place over on that grill. So...

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Kendal Mountain Festival 2019

Kendal Mountain Festival 2019

Yet again we took the opportunity to visit the Kendal Mountain Festival this year and as always came away so very inspired. We are so lucky to have this on our doorstep, so to speak, as it is only a 20 minute drive away and the atmosphere is so good. There is...

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Mini Adventures

Mini Adventures

We are always up for a Mini Adventure and feel that is what keeps that 'holiday feeling' alive when you are back in day to day working life. So we were thrilled to see a list put together recently by the National Trust of "50 things to do before you're 11 3/4". We...

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Yorkshire 3 Peaks

Yorkshire 3 Peaks

Having lived in the Yorkshire Dales National Park for 2 years 5 months now, we felt it was finally time to take on the Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge. Having had several groups stay at St Marks Stays doing this particular challenge and often for charity, we get asked...

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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...

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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 scared of heights -...

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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 Scafell...

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High Dam

High Dam

Today on the blog, we bring you the simple beauty of High Dam. No activities, no adventures, but sometimes it is just nice to let the images show off what Cumbria has to offer. High Dam is a gorgeous place for a walk and easily accessed, even if you want to visit for...

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Sedbergh Gala

Sedbergh Gala

Since we moved in to St Marks Stays, the Sedbergh Gala had never been held, so it was lovely to be able to see the return of it this May and understand what it means to the community to have it back. Featuring local businesses and the community, the gala had...

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Winter Cold Water Immersion, Dipping and Swimming

Winter Cold Water Immersion, Dipping and Swimming

For various reasons, I have titled this blog winter cold water immersion, dipping and swimming, because all three are different and I have taken part in all three at different times over the UK winter season. Many of you who follow our Instagram and Facebook profiles...

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The Sedbergh Wilson Run Course

The Sedbergh Wilson Run Course

When a friend, who works for Sedbergh School, mentioned she was going to take the opportunity to walk the famous Sedbergh Wilson Run course the morning of the race, we knew we had to join her. Sedbergh School was established in 1525 and back in 1881 the school held...

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Yoga and Rhythm Retreat

Yoga and Rhythm Retreat

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 runs Yoryoga. On her...

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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...

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