The Lake District is an area of outstanding natural beauty and through our membership of Nurture Lakeland we are supporting a small part of it. Dubwath Silver Meadows is a wetland conservation area a few hundred metres from Link House. The previous owners, Keith and Wendy, were instrumental in setting it up and we are continuing our support of the project. You can help us in this either by a donation when you book online or with the donation envelopes in the bedrooms.
Dubwath Silver Medows Wetland Nature Reserve is a unique site located on the outskirt of Dubwath village where Bassenthwaite Lake once extended its waters. The site was opened in 2008.
The reserve is one of the best havens in Cumbria for seeing wetland flora and fauna and is always open for people to visit and enjoy. It plays a useful role in protecting the quality of Bassenthwaite Lake by offering natural flood water storage and improving the water quality by depositing silt and nutrients before the water enters the lake.
Within the 7 hectare site there are 900 metres of recycled plastic boardwalk and 600 metres of footpath made from Honister stone.The routes across the site are wheelchair, pushchair and family friendly and suited to all age ranges and abilities.
If you have had a long day in the car this is an ideal place to relax and stretch the legs before an evening meal.
We are blessed with an abundance of local wildlife; if you're lucky you don't even have to leave the comfort of the guest lounge. We have a pair of nesting Barn Owls in a neighbour's garden and they can be seen hunting in the meadow opposite in the evenings, a beautiful sight so long as you're not a mouse! Also visiting the meadow you can sometimes see Roe deer. Farther afield there are otters in the Lake and of course the Ospreys and red squirrels at Dodd Wood. It seems like wildlife is everywhere so long as you know where to look. We might even get a visit in the garden from the local pheasant.
We have been conscious of the effect we have on our environment for years and try to minimize our carbon footprint as much as possible and are advocates of recycling. In moving to the Lake District this has become even more important as we are all custodians of this beautiful area. In running the guest house we take certain measures to help the environment. It also makes good business sense:
• In order to reduce "Food Miles" we purchase the great majority of our provisions in Cockermouth or Keswick and as far as possible from local producers.
• We recycle all paper and garden waste through the collection by the local council and take our glass and plastic to the recycling centre.
• Guest towels and linen are not changed on a daily basis, only when they are obviously dirty, very wet or after 4 nights. We launder our own towels and try to dry them naturally and only use tumble dryers to finsh them to give you a nice fluffy towel to use.