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The Lake District is a mountainous region in North West England.

It is famous for its lakes, forests and mountains (or fells) and its associations with the early 19th century writings of William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter.

All the land in England higher than 3,000 ft (910 m) above sea level lies within the National Park, including Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England.

It also contains the deepest and longest lakes in England: Wastwater and Windermere.

The area was designated a national park on 9 May 1951

Day 1

Delegates will walk up the beautiful Whitbarrow Scar where they will hear about woodland management with conservation in mind.

Launch on lake WindermereA special cruise and lunch on England’s finest lake, Lake Windermere .
Delegates will enjoy a cruise up the lake - from Lakeside (at the Southern end of Lake Windermere) up to Waterhead, Ambleside (the Northern end of Lake Windermere).

Grizedale Forest is located to the east of Coniston Water. It is managed by the Forestry Commission and is a popular tourist destination with waymarked footpaths, mountain biking, an aerial assault course, and a visitor centre.

Sculpture by Alannah Robins. Bean An T-Visce (Women of the Water). Grizedale forest. North West England FDDelegates will hear an inspiring talk about the national Forest Art Works program by Hayley Skipper, Arts Development Curator for the Forestry Commission.  Since 1977 leading international artists have created sculpture at Grizedale Forest.

Tristram Mayhew, director of Go Ape Ltd will give a talk about Adventure Forest as part of Forestry Commission’s forest management model. Tristram will describe how the outdoor adventure company has grown and how it is a huge part of the Forestry Commission’s visitor offer.

A Segways tour through the forest. Delegates will get to experience some thrilling adventure activities at Grizedale Forest – delegates will choose one of the following activities:
• Ziptrekking
• Segways  
• Electric biking

 Day 1 will end with a champagne celebration to mark Eustafor’s 10 year anniversary . The celebration will take place in The Yan at Grizedale

Day 2

The field trip on Day 2 is to the stunning North Lakes.

Dodd Wood and Bassenthwaite LakeDelegates will enjoy a delicious lunch of local produce at the beautiful Dodd Wood. Towering high above Bassenthwaite Lake, Dodd Wood provides unrivalled views to Derwent Water in the South and to the hills of Dumfries and Galloway to the North.

After lunch, a talk on forestry and the spectacular trees of Dodd Wood and surrounding area will be given by Gareth Browning, Forestry Commission Area Forester, North and West Cumbria.

Whinlatter, view to Dodd wood and Bassenthwaite lake with rainbow. North West England FDWhinlatter, England's only true Mountain Forest, is home to stunning views, fantastic walks, exhilarating mountain biking, rare wildlife and adventure.

Day 3 (Optional extra day)

We have decided to give delegates the opportunity to see the picturesque Ennerdale Valley.

Pillar and Ennerdale Valley in autumnEnnerdale Valley is home to some of England’s most vibrant natural environments and one of the longest running ecological restoration projects in the UK.

Delegate Partner’s Alternative Activities

If delegates' partners choose not to join the conference party on field trips, two alternative options are available:

Day 1 : Spa Day at Castle Green Hotel
Open access to the leisure facilities.  Treatments in the Green Room Spa are available.
Guests are required to book treatments at the time of booking accommodation. 

Day 2: Trip to Williamson Park, Lancaster
Williamson Park - 54 acres of beautiful parkland with enchanting woodland walks and breathtaking views to the Fylde Coast, Morecambe Bay and the Lake District. Williamson Park is the home of the Butterfly House. Enjoy a memorable day at The Butterfly House. The Butterfly House is Lancaster’s tropical oasis where exotic butterflies flutter elegantly around their leafy surroundings.

Last updated: 2nd February 2016