Dockray Hall

Just seen Trainspotting 2. Excellent film.

But best of all was the pre meal at the Dockray Hall Hotel. It was a delight to discover Penrith’s new superb dinning experience.

The meal was wonderful, served by highly trained and attentive staff.
Good selection of wines. A joy to know that this high standard is available in the centre of Penrith.

Comfortable relaxing well furnished atmosphere, real fires, happy customers, attentive staff, good food, all made for a memorable evening.
Definitely be back …go if you haven’t …you’ll not be disappointed.

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Ullswater Steamers will be operating a service for the half term week from 18-26th February for Aira Force Pier to Glenridding.

and then every sat and sun thereafter.

so from Crookwath cottage, it makes for a great day out. You could walk down to the pier from the cottage, about 1hour,  past the Falls which drop an impressive 65 feet, take the boat and then walk home along the lake path, stopping along the way the National Trust Tea Rooms at Aira Force or at the Royal Hotel in Dockray for sustenance.

for those wanting a longer stretch, Up over Gowbarrow, or Glencoyne as optional ways home to Crookwath.




Birding day out yesterday

Started out early, very cold, temps down to -2c

Dowthwaitehead yesterday from Crookwath. Looked and felt v cold!

plannedto get to Cearlaverock , the Wildfowl Wetlands Trust, near Dumfries To watch the Whooper swans getting their early morning feed. These are wild swans that have flown non stop OVER 800 miles from Iceland to winter here on the Solway in the UK. We also saw 1000’s of Bewicks, probably in their 10’s of thousands ….utterly spectacular.

Then on way way home stopped near Carlisle to watch the starlings going to roost, again there were 10’s of thousands of them. The birds do this dance before landing and roosting for the night, they swirl like a fast moving cloud, all seeming to k ow where each is flying, not bumping in to

Celandine flowers


These wonderful bright yellow flowers have just popped up their heads in Lucys Wood.  They auger signs of spring, they enjoy the hardship being at 1250feet high up in the Dockray fells.  And they make our table smile in these dark winter days.
Also known as pilewort, as it was used to treat haemorrhoids, not tried this yet so don’t know if it works.

The Celts called it Grian (sun) as its petals close up before rain. Its leaves are high in vitamin C and were used to prevent scurvy.


The poet Wordsworth was so fond of celandine flowers that he had them carved on his tomb. Crookwath cottage is only a mile as the crow flies from where William or rather Dorothy had the idea  for the poem”Dafodils” and the Aira Beck which flows through Lucys Wood.

The wonders of living in this beautiful place, it’s a privilege and delight when you see things like this!

Lucys 25 acre wood is part of Crookwath holiday cottage and those staying are encouraged to walk the paths, and sit by Aira Beck, use the BBQ at the Barn.  And if guests can’t handle that then there is always the Aga to fall back on ! great place to take the dog, for constitutional, before heading back to a cosy open fire and the delights of Crookwath high above Ullswater.