Ever dreamed of living in the Lake District and being part of a vibrant community surrounded by mountains, lakes and picture-postcard villages and towns? There may be a way to have that life if you choose a job at English Lakes Hotels.
A Lake District Life
Here are a few of the things you could be enjoying if you are successful in being offered a job at Low Wood Bay resort or The Wild Boar Inn, both of which are situated within the beautiful Lake District National Park.
Hill Walking in the Lake District
There are literally thousands of beautiful walking routes in the Lake District. Many of our employees at Low Wood Bay and Wild Boar Inn will get their boots on when they have a day off, and take to the hills. Our hotels have maps available at Reception, and plenty of advice from locals and those who have already discovered the beauty of living and working here. There’s just something about leaving the tourists and visitors behind for a few hours and finding a quiet route with a view – even if it takes a bit of energy to get there. Here are five walks within easy reach of Low Wood Bay.
Open Water Swimming
The Great North Swim put Windermere on the map for open water swimming, and it is understandable why so many wild swimmers have this lake at the top of their list of places to go. Low Wood Bay resort is pleasantly situated on the shores of Windermere. Indeed, Low Wood Bay hotel hosted the Great North Swim when it launched at first, and Cassie Patton gave us her top ten tips for open water swimming.
Wild Swimming has really taken off in the last few years and there are many great natural bodies of water in the Lake District to enjoy this sport. Windermere is the longest lake in England and as such, perhaps a little bit daunting for a first open water swim, but there are many other options for open water swimming within the National Park. Find a swimming buddy, or swim solo, but always remember the importance of staying safe.
For those who have already attained a good level of fitness, or aspire to challenge yourself to go further in your fitness journey, fell running can be a wonderful element of life in the Lake District. You will encounter all types of terrain from steep mountain paths, ancient woodland, meadows, high level lakes and tarns, to dry stone walls and wooden stiles. The views as well as the effort can be breathtaking, and those that are passionate about this sport say how much of a connection it gives you to the mountains. The Lake District has a proud history of fell running going back to the 19th Century and village fairs and sports days still feature the Guides Race, a hotly contested and challenging run. Having access to the Health Club at Low Wood Bay gym is a distinct advantage when it comes to training for such events.
Cycling in the Lake District
Choose quiet country lane, a bridle path or mountain bike trail – there’s a route for every type of bicycle and skill level. Grizedale Forest has Walking & Cycling Trails at Grizedale - Visit Lake District has a good selection of off road trails. You don’t even need to own a bike, as there are plenty of bike hire places which will allow you to try this sport before you need to purchase your own bike. Cycling is a great way to get around from village to village and a fantastic way to explore the beautiful National Park. Some of our employees take it to the next level and have competed in the challenging Fred Whitton challenge. Read their story here.
Explore Local Villages
You don’t need to be super fit, or even passionate about sport, to enjoy a Lake District life. We are surrounded by quaint and beautiful villages that are ripe for exploring. You will be spoilt for choice with the number of good quality coffee shops with delicious home baked fare – you will very quickly establish your own favourites. The shops tend to be independent with great choice of art, crafts, clothing and local specialties. There are great bus routes connecting the villages and it is easy to jump on and off and have plenty of time to discover the character of the place. Here are five of our favourite Lake District villages.
Discovering The Wild Boar Woods
Working for English Lakes Hotels gives you the opportunity to discover the ancient woodland around The Wild Boar Inn Grill & Smokehouse. Seventy-two acres with beautiful trails, its own tarn and lots of wildlife. A great place to find peace and solitude on your own, or for a quiet stroll with friends and colleagues.
One of the benefits of working for English Lakes Hotels is having access to Low Wood Bay Watersports Centre, with discounts off all the water sports activities. There’s lots to choose from – paddle boarding, canoeing, sailing, motorboat hire, wake surfing to name a few. Take to the lake, challenge yourself and see the surrounding countryside from a completely different perspective.
Fitness on the Lawn
Having membership to Low Wood Bay Health Club opens up a whole range of fitness classes at your disposal. Indoors you can enjoy friendly classes with experienced instructors in Spin, Body Blast, HIIT, Pilates, Kettlebells. Alternatively, our members love to get into the great outdoors and we offer Nordic Walking or Outside Bootcamp on the lawns of Low Wood Bay overlooking the lake. When you are off-shift it is easy to book a class and keep fit in great surroundings.
Relax & Unwind
There’s no doubt that you will work hard as part of the team at English Lakes Hotels, whatever your role. However, at the beginning or end of your shift, you have magnificent scenery to enjoy, sport and fitness or perhaps just your own little place to relax, unwind and read a book.
Find Your Lake District Job
Check out the current English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues Job Vacancies and start your journey to a new Lake District life.