- Fisherground Farm Holidays
After contacting several
properties listed on PetHolidays.com we decided on Fisherground Farm,
which is based in Eskdale on the western side of the Lake District. The
location was very secluded and away from the main tourist areas. We booked
a pine lodge for two adults, an 18-month child, a dog and a cat, then
sat back looking forward to our forthcoming holiday.
Based in the North
East we were only a few hours drive across the Penines to the Lakes. We
had not anticipated how far off the beaten track Eskdale was and the driving
was very slow, although the scenery breathtaking. Unfortunately the undulating
country roads were a little too much for Maggie (our dog), and Tabatha
(our cat) and both were car sick on the way. The weather did not look
too promising either, it was raining and more of the same was forecast
for the week ahead.
After arriving at
Fisherground Farm we were pleasantly surprised to find a very comfortable
pine lodge along with two others and two cottages. There were trees behind,
and a small stream opening into a rafting pool to the front of the lodges.
To the right of the lodges, down a small track was a campsite. and adventure
The lodges were very
well equipped with three bedrooms and a main room encompassing a kitchen,
dining and living area. The kitchen included an electric hob, combination
microwave/conventional oven and a dishwasher. We settled in very quickly
and decided to go out and look for somewhere to buy food. This was no
mean feat, the nearest small shop was a mile down the road and for anything
more than the essentials required a trip of 7 miles or so, so we would
recommend taking as much of your own food (and nappies) as possible. The
local pub (The George IV) is a about 10 minutes walk from Fisherground,
and the dog was allowed in the bar. They also served food.
The area itself is
beautiful and is ideal for walking with dogs, although leads should be
used in many areas, due to free roaming sheep. If you have young children
we would also recommend a cross-country pushchair. A booklet of local
walks was left in the lodge, which proved useful. It may go without mentioning
but we would recommend taking some good waterproof clothing because when
it rains it really rains!
itself there is also an adventure playground, sports hall (although this
will close the end of 2002) and as mentioned above a rafting pool. Some
of the local attractions that we tried are as follows:
South Lakes Wild Animal
Park - We found this to be an excellent trip out for the family, Maggie
was not allowed, so stayed at the lodge to recover from all the walking.
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