Dale Head Hall Lakeside Hotel
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This 16th Century Lake District Hotel sits alone on the tranquil shores of Thirlmere; the peak of Helvellyn majestically rising in the distance behind. Comprising of mature gardens and woodland, Dale Head Hall Lakeside Hotel is a tranquil treasure with an abundance of wildlife - providing the ideal starting point for your exploration of the beautiful North Lakes.

Dale Head hall has a unique and timely history, which adds no end of character to every individual room in the building. Once you've explored inside, enjoy a stroll around the mature, picturesque grounds- taking in the wonderful views of Lake Thirlmere and the Lake District peaks; including Helvellyn and many other Wainwright favourites. With our restaurant currently closed enjoy local Lake District food in nearby Keswick.

The hotel is just a ten minute drive from the centre of Keswick, or fifteen minutes to the village of Grasmere. If you're looking for hotels in Keswick, look no further! With the added benefit of peace and quiet, and a spectacular view, Dale Head Hall has all the benefits of a hotel in Keswick, with none of the towns hubbub to keep you from a peaceful sleep!

read more › Staying at Dale Head Hall Lakeside hotel puts you in a central location to spend the days walking the fells of The Lake District. If you watched 'Britain's favourite walks' on ITV last year, you will know that Helvellyn is Number One! Just a short hop from our doorstep here at Dalehead hall, you can be out the door and heading along the Helvellyn path within ten minutes! This is not a walk for the faint hearted, and can be challenging for even seasoned walkers. There are several routes up to Helvellyn, but the path from Thirlmere is considered the easiest- cutting out the ridge walk on 'Striding Edge'.

read more › Morning: Start your day with a visit to Dodd Wood on Bassenthwaite, where you can spy the ospreys through your binoculars at the osprey viewing station. Energetic families can continue on up to the summit of dodd wood, taking in the abundance of woodland wildlife en-route. Alternatively, hire a row-boat from the lake shore in Keswick and spend the morning exploring the islands of Derwent Water. Afternoon: Head along Derwent Water into Borrowdale for an adventurous afternoon. Families can choose to stop off at 'Surprise View' for the best views over Derwent Water, or head further into the valley for a visit to the Bowder Stone; a walk up Castle Crag, or a visit to the super-fun 'Via Ferrata' experience at Honister Slate Mine (book in advance).

read more › Red squirrels have been found in England since the end of the last Ice Age and are part of our native fauna. The non-native grey squirrel was introduced to England in the late 1870s from America and is the primary cause of decline of the red squirrel. It does so by out-competing red squirrels for food in deciduous and mixed woodlands and transmitting a virus, the squirrel poxvirus, that is lethal to red squirrels. If you are walking in woods in around Dale Head Hall and Cumbria keep your eyes peeled for both red and grey squirrels.

read more › There is so much to do in the Lake District, any time of the year. Whatever you're into- be it hiking, boating, wild swimming, culture, shopping or gastronomy; the Lake District has it all! Check out some of the exciting events taking place over the next year. Perhaps a visit to the Lakes is closer than you think!

read more › The Lake District has an astoundingly interesting geologic history. Initially formed by volcanic eruptions and tectonic action 450 million years ago, the area surrounding dale head hall was then carved by the movement of glaciers in the last ice age, leaving a terrain of many different rock types, dotted with lakes, tarns and waterfalls. Aira Force is one of the most popular waterfalls to visit in the Lake District. Located just a short walk from Aira Force car park on the shores of Ullswater, this 65 foot, powerful fall tumbles to it basin surrounded by beautiful woodland.

read more › There's more to the Lakes than mountains, rivers and Lakes - The Lake District is alive with bustling market towns; amazing shopping destinations, and home to many artisan and boutique businesses. Let us show you around! The earliest sign of settlement in Keswick is of course Castlerigg Stone Circle; presumed to be over 5000 years old, and possibly the oldest preserved stone circle in England! The town's name reflects the Viking influence in the the area (around 10th Century BC), the meaning widely accepted to mean 'Cheese Town'; probably because of the Norsemen's introduction and breeding of Herdwick sheep in the area- which would have supplied the town with a great supply of cheese; as well as both meat and fleece.

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