Monday, 21 September 2015

Travel Blog - Western Lake District, Cumbria, UK - my insights....


Travel Blog - Some of my favourite gems in the Western Lake District, Cumbria, UK

Silecroft Caravan /Holiday Park

This park resides just by the Irish Sea under the Black Combe Mountain in the South Western Lake District of Cumbria.  The view from our caravan includes the dramatic and spectacular Black Combe Mountain (which can be seen from the bay sitting room window of the caravan) and the rolling valley as it takes you north over the Coniston Fells deep into the mountainous rolling vales and hills. This is compounded with the sound and breeze of the sea surrounding you with the expanse view of the beach just 100 metres away.

The park itself contains a small indoor heated swimming pool, 2 Jacuzzis, a sauna and a gym.  It also has a small counter shop (part of the reception), hi-speed Wi-Fi access (but you have to be near reception to access it available 24/7) laundry room and all the other camping and caravanning amenities. 

Local Golf Club - Silecroft
Nearby, there is the local 9 hole links Silecroft golf course, just 200 metres away from our caravan, getting there by taking the old golf course road that runs adjacent to the caravan park.  The quaint clubhouse does food on a Friday evening and Saturday till late.  Prices are good value and food is home-made, they also offer a small bar, but are only open at the weekend, golfing however is available 7 days a week.  More information can be found at 

The Beach – Silecroft Bay and surrounding adventures.
This beach expands stretching all the way up and down the coast line offering a variety of functionality.  When the tide is out the stretch is perfect for a long day walk on smooth beige lines of sand.  This is when the local horse riding schools bring up their horses and ponies to gallop and trot around the coastline, lessons and rides are available.  When the tide is in, the beach is apt for pole fishing, the bay is heralded for Sea-bass.  Others however find themselves indulging in a mix of horse riding, kite-surfing or ambling.  Remember though that you can always take inspiration from this unique area at all times–taking in the beauty of the mountains, through cycling, mountain biking or mountain walking, visiting the natural integrated space of blue still water lakes like Coniston and Newby River where canoeing, kayaking and sailing is all the rage.  Exploration is the daily drive forcing you to check out the other gems that this beautiful landscape hides for example;  Beatrix Potters Trust, Coniston, the Swan Hotel in Newby, Ravenglass, Munscastle, just to mention a few. 


The closest Local Pub and Restaurant
Silecroft town is within a mile with a Local Traditional Pub and Restaurant called the Miners Arms.  They serve food seven days a week from 6pm during Monday to Friday and from 12pm Saturday and Sunday.  Full list of food menu can be found on 

The nearest Supermarket! Millom
The closest place is Tesco in Millom, a small town not more than 3 ½ miles away from Silecroft.  This is a medium sized store with a good variety of food and household items.  They close between 10pm and midnight depending on trade.  Staff are friendly and very helpful.  Millom town also has a number of additional shops and stores, mainly focused around Pharmacies, Hardware, Bric-a-Brack with an Italian (good reputation), Indian, Chinese, and take away chippy.  This is the only place within a 20 mile radius for a ATM cash machine, Millom has three (no charge).  It is worth noting here that most places have a minimum spend of £10 on card and don’t offer cash back.

Amazing homemade Pasties, Ale brewery and still ciders.
Foxfield village contains a little gem known as the Prince of Wales.  To get to Foxfield you follow the valley road for Broughton in Furness locally known as Broughton, continuing on the main road for 9 miles.  The Prince of Wales is also a specialist local brewery that does a selection of its own traditional ales, still ciders and a vast selection of whiskeys (not there own).  The outstanding thing for me is they do special home-made pasties, each order being individually prepared, fresh pastry takes time to cook so waiting time is a must focusing on simple but delicious.  The only down-side is that food is only served for lunch and late afternoon, but well worth a visit.  

This place should be also termed the “Meat House” in Kirkstanton.
This well established Bar/Restaurant has a defining reputation its steaks and ribs, which can reach levels of staggering sizes.  They only do rump-steak which they can cook to perfection with an outstanding ability to impress on Ribs (barbecued and other flavours of note).  They are only open from 6pm onwards, reservation is a must at weekends, I’m assuming you may be luckier during the winter for a walk in.  Kirkstanton is only down the road, about a mile on route to Millom, turning right at the crossroad after Silecroft village.


“The Best Place in Town” – The Blacksmith Arms in Broughton-Mills
This place incorporates all that I love in food, atmosphere, a true spot of indulgence without an expensive price tag.  This is simply a place you have to visit whether for lunch or dinner.  It sits in a valley that moves sweepingly into the mountainous Lake District with glorious views to die for.  Partly in the middle of nowhere, no phone signal available no Wi-Fi just a chance to enjoy an old time solace without modern interferences.  The Black Smith Arms dates back to 1577 in its inception tuning into a beer house in 1748, broken into a hickledy-pickeldy selection of quaint rooms steeped in character.  You can sit outside in the beer garden around lunch or early evening if the weather is in your favour or hug closely inside for a local brew (ale or lager from the Foxfield brewery) or a fine pouring Guinness if it takes your fancy.  The central point here is the food is the domineering factor, offering delicious lamb shank, salmon, and rib-eye steak but to mention a few all flourished together by the Chef-du –Maison Michael – can’t stay away.  Remember if you want to eat in the evening booking is essential.  
Check opening times each day is different.

Local village – well worth a meander – Broughton-in-Furness
This Traditional Village is full of character boasting a very famous award winner real ale pub; the Manor.  A place that sits on the old village square and includes an Arts and Crafts club, a simple cafe and an evening restaurant that as yet I have not had the pleasure.   A duo of high quality wicker basket Food store/Deli  and Butchers (not cheap but if you want quality you have to pay for it), is based on the next street down.  In this part of the village you’ll find the local post office and a small art gallery.  The best way to enjoy it is to sit back and enjoy the movement of people whether, locals, climbers, bikers, walkers or cyclists drifting through.  Broughton is 8 miles from Silecroft on the valley road and on route to Broughton Mills for the infamous Black Smith Arms.

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The campsite is located on the Coastal waters of the South Western Lake District, 250 metres from a mile long stretch of sandy beach (check out the pictures) where kite surfing and pole-fishing sea-bass is a standard, or bodyboarding/surfing or just take a long Irish Sea stroll to catch the costal views of this amazing English landscape.

Additionally the campsite sits under the Black Combe Mountain with spectacular views as it stretches into the unique landscape that is hearlded as one of most beautiful spots in England. 
Facilities at the park include a small heated swimming pool, toddler pool, 2 Jacuzzis, a sauna and small gym for those who want exercise indoors and splash about a bit. 

Ideal for mountain/lake district walking and exploration, cycling, mountain bike riding, horse-riding, sea pole-fishing,  river-fishing, or just adventuring into the hidden gems of this wonderful world. 

The caravan sleeps 6; a double room en suite, a twin room, a main bathroom with a small tub and shower, a modern kitchen - gas stove cooker, microwave, toaster with all the amenities and large sitting room/dining room where another double bed is easily pulled out. Fresh bed linen is provided.


For more information about the local area, hidden gems, amenities, restaurants, shops, things to do, places to see like; Coniston lake, Beatrix Potter Trust, Wordsworth Country, Broughton-in-Furness, Raven Glass, Muns Castle, the local Fells, etc please e-mail