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Lakeland’s most beautiful lakeshore walk - stunning views of the Ullswater Valley and Helvellyn Range

November 2017 Blog Group

Starting Point: Glenridding, Howtown or Pooley Bridge ‘Steamer’ Piers Parking: At Glenridding Pier, in Glenridding village or in Pooley Bridge village. Poor parking facilities at Howtown Distance: 7 miles /…

Lakeland’s most beautiful lakeshore walk - stunning views of the Ullswater Valley and Helvellyn Range
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Lakeland’s most beautiful lakeshore walk - stunning views of the Ullswater Valley and Helvellyn Range

November 2017 Group
  • Starting Point: Glenridding, Howtown or Pooley Bridge ‘Steamer’ Piers
  • Parking: At Glenridding Pier, in Glenridding village or in Pooley Bridge village. Poor parking facilities at Howtown
  • Distance: 7 miles / 11 km
  • ‘Steamer’ Options: Walk to Howtown and catch the ‘Steamer’ back to Glenridding OR cruise from Pooley Bridge to Glenridding, walk to Howtown then catch boat back to Pooley Bridge
  • Difficulty: Moderate – Easy
  • Terrain: Undulating path with up and down hill stretches and some slightly rocky parts
  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours average, depends on your pace and whether or not you stop for a picnic! Footwear: Boots/sturdy shoes
  • Clothing: Waterproofs during wet weather
  • Toilets/Refreshments: Glenridding or Pooley Bridge Pier Houses or villages, on the ‘Steamers’ or in the Howtown Hotel Public Bar & Beer Garden (open March to October). Also the Lowther Barn Tea room, halfway from Glenridding to Howtown. Always check the weather forecast and boat times before your walk. Take plenty of water, especially on hot days!

1. Walk to the Glenridding Pier car park entrance and through the gate on the left, signposted Patterdale and Howtown Walk. Follow the lakeshore path until you reach the gate to the road. From here EITHER turn left and walk along the road OR cross straight over and take the off-road path towards Patterdale. After ½ a mile or so you’ll reach St Patrick’s Church and the road bears right. (If you need any supplies for your walk this is your last chance to continue along into Patterdale to get them.) After this bend you should cross over and take a left turn signposted to Side Farm (just before the George Starkey Hut). Follow the farm track all the way to Side Farm itself, walk through the farmyard and turn left. The wide wooden gate takes you on to the lakeshore path.

2. You can stay on this path for quite a distance, initially with a dry stonewall on your left before the path rises at Silver Point and then descends around Silver Bay. There are some great picnic spots around here – both at the point and, if you carefully divert from the path down to the lakeshore, on the beach at Silver Bay. Looking back from the higher stretches of path, you get great views across towards Helvellyn and also down towards the lake’s 4 islands and Silver Bay. Although it undulates reasonably gently, there is a steep side to the following section of path, so be careful. There are also good views over to Gowbarrow Fell, which is very imposing on the opposite side of the lake. You could also look out for Lyulph’s Tower, a Sixteenth Century castellated building nestled towards the bottom of the fell.

3. The path continues to have short stretches of uphill and downhill as it follows the lakeshore directly along towards Howtown. As you walk down and around Long Crag, you’ll cross a small wooden bridge and pass an old barn – remember to look out for Scalehow Force waterfall up to your right, this marks a geological fault line between soft and hard rock that runs across the lake and through Aira Force – a larger waterfall which is hidden behind the left side of Gowbarrow Fell. Follow the path, great views of Hallin Fell and Martindale stretching out in front of you. With a dry stonewall on your left the path takes you to the small village of Sandwick. When you reach the tarmac road turn left and walk down the slope. If you need refreshment visit the Lowther Barn Tearoom.

4. From here, bear right and follow the sign set into the wall Footpath to Howtown. Go through the gate, across the bridge and take the path to the left marked Footpath After 30 metres follow signpost Public Footpath up to the right. Skirt the wall (notice the great views across the lake) and pass through several gates, always keeping the lake on your left and following the signs for Howtown. The path gets a bit rocky as you pass through Hallinhag Wood (look out for Red Squirrels here!) but you’ll soon reach easier ground after approx. 1km as the path rises up and around into Howtown bay. You’ll pass a bench on your right and there are stunning views up the lake towards Pooley Bridge from this area – Dunmallard Hill at the tip of the lake, the Pennines in the distance and the Sharrow Bay Hotel prominent on the right-hand lakeshore about a mile away. Follow the path all the way until you reach a swing gate on your left taking you down some steps to another gate and out onto a tarmac road***.

5. *OPTION: If you are early for the ‘Steamer’ then bear right along the road here and head up to the Howtown Hotel Public Bar for a drink or snack. The hotel is just a few hundred metres from the pier. Open March to October

6. In about 30 metres you will reach a swing gate accessing the short stretch of lakeshore path that leads up to Howtown ‘Steamer’ Pier. Cross the wooden bridge, turn left and you are on the pier. There is a ‘Steamer’ timetable in the pier hut.

Ten ways to prepare your home for selling

November 2017 Blog Estate Agency

If you’re thinking of selling your home it’s a good idea to make some preparations for selling. Look round and try and see it through your potential buyer’…

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Ten ways to prepare your home for selling

November 2017 Estate Agency

If you’re thinking of selling your home it’s a good idea to make some preparations for selling. Look round and try and see it through your potential buyer’s eyes; how do you think it looks? Would you buy it? Is there anything which would put you off? It’s hard to be objective when you have lived somewhere for a while but try not to think about it too personally. If it’s time for you to move on you need to start thinking how the property would work best for someone else to live in.

1) Think about what first attracted you to the property
If those features are still there then you need to make the most of them. If you bought it because it had a beautiful garden, make sure the garden looks its absolute best. If the property has spacious rooms, make sure they don’t feel cramped by lots of furniture. Decide the top three points about the property and make sure you tell people what they are.

2) Declutter!
Every single one of these guides says to declutter, but it cannot be said enough times. It makes your home feel spacious, helps buyers to imagine themselves living there and means you have less to pack up when moving day comes, surely a winning situation whichever way you slice it. Use Freecycle to move items on for free and sell what you can on Facebook – there are no fees to pay on either site.

3) Finish off those outstanding jobs.
If that loose tile has been annoying you for months, get it stuck back down. Fix that kickboard in the kitchen. Re-attach the curtain rail that your three-year-old pulled down. Sand down the skirting board your cat has been using a scratching post. Tiny jobs can feel like they add up to a lot to potential buyers and it is well worth getting everything ship-shape before you market.

4) Freshen up the décor where needed.
There are two options if your house is looking a little dated. You can either price accordingly and let the buyers put their own stamp on it, or you can make sure the place is decorated to a reasonable standard throughout in neutral colours. You might not notice the scuff marks from 15 years of family life going through your hallway but a potential buyer will add it to their list of things to do (and their offer is likely to reflect this!)

5) Do your homework.
Have you looked at other properties similar to yours online with an objective eye? As agents we know it’s completely understandable that sellers will extol the virtues of their property when compared to another on the street (we have a bigger garden, we have a conservatory, we’ve just decorated throughout). Put yourselves in the buyer’s shoes – they just see two properties which are very similar but possibly priced very differently. If you were a buyer, which property would you (honestly!) go for and why?

6) Look outside.
Does the front of your property look smart and welcoming? Small things like weeding the driveway and putting a few tubs of flowers out can brighten things up even in the depths of winter. Make sure the front door and windows are clean as well, it all adds up to a positive first impression.

7) Get to grips with the garden.
Think about your potential buyers – do you have the sort of home where buyers are likely to be keen gardeners or do you have a family home where the buyers are unlikely to have the spare time to do huge amounts of gardening. Either way it’s a good idea to have the garden looking tidy – whether you are selling it as a project for someone or a low maintenance space for a busy family.

8) Go round your house with a critical eye.
Is all the furniture in the best position to show off the room? Can all doors be opened fully? Many guides suggest taking photos down and completely depersonalising it but we generally find buyers don’t mind it feeling like a home – we often get feedback that they felt a property was a bit spartan if there’s nothing at all left out. Just perhaps stash that jokey apron in a drawer for the duration of a viewing.

9) Clean.
Clean like your life depends on it. Clean under things, on top of things and behind things. Go top to bottom in every room, light fittings, switches, all surfaces and skirting boards. Don’t forget to de-cobweb absolutely everywhere. No potential buyer has ever come away from a viewing and complained the house was too clean. Many, many buyers have been put off by a mucky carpet and an overwhelming grubby feeling.

10) Prepare yourselves.
Not strictly part of preparing the property but it’s so important to think about everything before you sell. Think about what type of property you are moving to and how that will impact the price needed for your current home. How much flexibility can you have (the more the better)? What are you willing to compromise on? What are you leaving in your house? Have you investigated costs for every aspect of the move? It can be a very stressful time but preparation can help make things less difficult and reduce the likelihood of unpleasant surprise costs.

If you are thinking of selling soon we’re happy to give you whatever advice you need to successfully achieve a sale. We understand the stresses that moving brings and we are here to help, whether it’s providing you with a valuation from a local agent who understands the market in your area, advising you of any changes it would be beneficial to make or devising a marketing strategy for your home to ensure it is seen by the right sort of buyers. If you would like a free, no-obligation valuation please do not hesitate to contact your local PFK office or email hello@pfk.co.uk

Penrith Farmers’ and Kidd’s Plc (PFK) submit planning application for 20 acres of Commercial Development

November 2017 News Planning

Building on Eden District Council’s Vision document for the growth of Penrith and the Cumbria Economic Assessment which identified the growth potential of businesses established in the M6 corridor,…

Penrith Farmers’ and Kidd’s Plc (PFK) submit planning application for 20 acres of Commercial Development
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Penrith Farmers’ and Kidd’s Plc (PFK) submit planning application for 20 acres of Commercial Development

November 2017 Planning

Building on Eden District Council’s Vision document for the growth of Penrith and the Cumbria Economic Assessment which identified the growth potential of businesses established in the M6 corridor, PFK has submitted a planning application for the development of a 20 acre site as a new business hub adjacent to Junction 41 of the M6.

The application will provide the first phase of development within the area identified for economic development by the Vision document. The application is made following pre- application discussions with Eden District Council and shapes the potential layout of the site to bring the best overall benefits to Penrith and the wider Eden area.

The site offers the opportunity to provide for a better range of unit types to relieve the pressure on the Gilwilly Industrial Estate and allow for both inward investment and the potential for the growth of indigenous businesses which may be constrained by their existing premises.

It also offers excellent transport connections to the M6 without placing additional burden on to Junction 40 of the M6 or Penrith town centre.

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New Head of Land Agency appointed at Penrith Farmers' and Kidd's PLC

October 2017 News Land agency

Originally from Carlisle, David attended Sedbergh School before going on to read Estate Management at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester; qualifying as a chartered surveyor in 1985 whilst working on…

New Head of Land Agency appointed at Penrith Farmers' and Kidd's PLC
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New Head of Land Agency appointed at Penrith Farmers' and Kidd's PLC

October 2017 Land agency

Originally from Carlisle, David attended Sedbergh School before going on to read Estate Management at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester; qualifying as a chartered surveyor in 1985 whilst working on the Buccleuch Estate, Langholm.

Following stints with Fisher Hoggarth in Market Harborough and as a Resident Agent on a large estate in Gloucestershire, he joined Smiths Gore in 1998. Originally based in their Lichfield office he went on to open and lead the Cirencester office in 2006. He was promoted in status to equity partner in 2008.

David returned to his native Cumbria in 2011 operating his own private consultancy before taking the opportunity to join PFK. David brings a wealth of experience in estate and property management for both the public and private sector, and is looking forward to furthering and expanding the company’s Land Agency department. He is passionate about providing high quality professional services to existing and future clients.

David commented, “PFK is undergoing a major expansion and it seemed the perfect time to assist in that process whilst driving the Land Agency department forward. We have a great team which can only bode well for the future, and I have every confidence that this will achieve collective success for the company”

PFK Managing Director, Stephen Lancaster added, “I am very excited David Stout has chosen to join Penrith Farmers’ & Kidd’s plc, he is a valuable addition to the team and brings added focus and passion to a very important part of the PFK business”.

Outside of work David is currently Head Coach at Carlisle RFC, sings in a choir and enjoys shooting, fishing and golf.

10 tips for a cosy home this Autumn

October 2017 Blog Estate Agency

The weather is starting to get cooler (it’s definitely getting wetter!), the leaves are turning and we’re all starting to think of putting the heating on. There’s…

10 tips for a cosy home this Autumn
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10 tips for a cosy home this Autumn

October 2017 Estate Agency

The weather is starting to get cooler (it’s definitely getting wetter!), the leaves are turning and we’re all starting to think of putting the heating on. There’s nothing nicer than coming in to a lovely warm house when everything’s a bit grim and grey outside so here are our top tips for a cosy home this Autumn.

1. Draw your curtains

As soon as you come in draw all your curtains. You’ll immediately feel cosier as it shuts out the weather and has the added benefit of helping to keep the warmth in.

2. Invest in some lamps

Lamps create a much softer glow than an overhead light, making the room look and feel much warmer. Play around with the positioning to make sure you have light where you need it – eg to read by or to light up a favourite picture

3. Light some candles

Lots of people don’t light their lovely scented candles everyday as they want to save them; we say celebrate Tuesday evening! Light the candles and enjoy the fragrance and the lovely flickering glow

4. Snuggle up under a blanket

There’s nothing cosier than a big fluffy blanket to snuggle under. Why not settle down with the kids for a movie night – dim the lights, open the popcorn and enjoy some family time together.

5. Invest in some indoor plants

Perhaps not so cosy but definitely calming – essential for that welcoming feel when you walk in and immediately relax. You can mix and match pots to compliment your décor and many indoor plants need only the barest minimum of attention.

6. Change the colour on your walls

If you’ve been thinking your living room just isn’t quite right, now is the time to choose a new colour scheme and freshen things up before Christmas. We love soft greys, pale blush and sage greens for a warm, inviting feeling.

7. Soft furnishings make all the difference

Cushions, rugs and throws completely change the look and feel of a room at minimal cost. Think comfort and choose different textures and colours to make a space you want to sink into.

8. Make bath time beautiful

Carve out a little me-time and luxuriate in a bath with scented bubbles. For added bliss invest in a bath caddy to rest your book and glass of wine on.

9. Turn your bedroom into a cosy nest

Soft lights, bouncy pillows, a lovely thick duvet and fresh new bed linen…we’re almost asleep just thinking about it! We love a scented room spray and there are some gorgeous lavender ones around to help you drift off.

10. Invite your family and friends in

Although it’s lovely to nestle in to your home and enjoy your own space, it can be just as cosy to have a crowd round for Sunday dinner. Fabulous food, a few glasses of wine and the company of those you love is hard to beat for that warm fuzzy feeling.

Land auction

September 2017 Events Land agency

On the afternoon of Monday, 11th September PFK's Auctioneer, Richard Morris offered for sale 17.82 acres of grazing land located just to the north of the Eden Valley…

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Land auction

September 2017 Land agency

On the afternoon of Monday, 11th September PFK’s Auctioneer, Richard Morris offered for sale 17.82 acres of grazing land located just to the north of the Eden Valley village of Bolton. The land had generated considerable interest and it was really pleasing to see the interest coming from the local farming community.

The bidding got underway slowly but it was soon clear that demand was strong for this land with the land being knocked down at a price of £220,000, equating to a figure of £12,345 per acre.

PFK Land Agency were extremely pleased with the success of the Auction and it was very pleasing to see that interest lay with local farmers despite the uncertainty and confusion that Brexit is placing on the market place at present.

New Executive Director appointed at Penrith Farmers’ and Kidd’s PLC

June 2017 News Group

Penrith Farmers and Kidd’s PLC (PFK) are pleased to announce the appointment of a new Director. Current Head of Planning, Rachel Lightfoot, will join the board as an Executive…

New Executive Director appointed at Penrith Farmers’ and Kidd’s PLC
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New Executive Director appointed at Penrith Farmers’ and Kidd’s PLC

June 2017 Group

Penrith Farmers and Kidd’s PLC (PFK) are pleased to announce the appointment of a new Director. Current Head of Planning, Rachel Lightfoot, will join the board as an Executive Director from June 2017.

Rachel’s promotion follows a successful year with PFK, which has seen the planning department go from strength to strength, with an expanding clientele and a growing team to support her.

Originally from Carlisle, Rachel completed her planning qualifications in Bristol at the University of West England. Prior to joining PFK, Rachel began her career working as a Development Control Officer initially at Eden District Council and latterly at Carlisle City Council. She then made the move into the private sector as a planner for Story Homes. During her time at Story Homes, Rachel built experience working with both immediate development sites as well as identifying land for long term opportunities.

After several years, Rachel went on to set up her own business ‘Positive Planning Solutions’ which successfully operated for five years before taking the opportunity to join PFK.

Rachel joined PFK to use her skills to expand the already successful Planning department. This year has seen the planning department grow its service provision to clients in housebuilding sectors and local authority support services.

Rachel had the following comment to make:

“This is an exciting time for PFK, as we progress into the modern consultancy sector, I hope to contribute to the continued expansion of the brand. By working closely with Stephen Lancaster and combining our skills we will place the business on a great footing.”

PFK Chairman Jeanette Brown commented ‘’This is an exciting time for PFK, with an invigorated board and a fresh outlook the timing is perfect for Rachel to join the team. We have every confidence in Rachel and look forward to working with her and driving the business forward in the future.’’

PFK Managing Director, Stephen Lancaster, commented ‘’Since joining PFK I have worked closely with Rachel and have been nothing but impressed with the positive impact she has had on the planning department and business at large. It seems a natural choice to extend the reach of her skills from planning to the overall PFK business, with her appointment as a director she is enabled to do this. PFK is in a transitional period and it is the perfect time for Rachel to help support the exciting changes ahead’’.

As one of the largest property and land service groups in Cumbria PFK have over a 140 years of successful trading history. Stretching back to 1876 PFK have a long Cumbrian heritage with strong community relationships and extensive knowledge of the local property market. PFK Offer a broad range of services from buying or selling land and property to planning assistance and valuations.

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