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Latest news from Brierholme Guest House in Keswick.

Brierholme to Re-Open: The Governments 4-Step Plan to Ease Lockdown

The government have released a 4-step plan to ease restrictions. Further information about this can be found here. At Brierholme this now means we will reopen from 17th May (at the earliest and pending further government updates). Please note we are currently still not accepting bookings from guests who reside outside of the United Kingdom.

If you are unsure or need any further advice please contact us before booking.

 

⛔️ BRIERHOLME CLOSED....YES....AGAIN! ⛔️

Following the recent announcement from the government, Brierholme will yet again close from Thursday 31st December for approximately two weeks until Wednesday 13th January.  If you have a booking with us during December or January we will be in touch shortly.

These are difficult times for everyone and we would like to thank all of our guests for being so understanding and supportive. We look forward to welcoming you all back once this is over but in the meantime stay safe and we will all get through this together.

Update (4th January): Due to the new national lockdown restrictions in England announced by the government today, Brierholme will now remain closed until 15th February.  If you have a booking with us between now and then we will be in touch shortly.  Stay Safe!

Update (15th February): Brierholme will now remain closed until 12th March (pending further government announcements).

Update (22nd February): Brierholme will now remain closed until 17th May (pending further government announcements).

Local COVID Alert Levels & Restrictions (Post 2nd December)

The government have released an updated three-tier COVID alert level system that comes into force after 2nd December. Information about the updated tier levels can be found here.  At Brierholme we are no longer accepting/honouring any guest bookings from anyone who resides in a "Very High" alert level area (as the government have stated that no overnight stays are permitted outside of these areas except for work or education reasons).

You can check your COVID alert level on the "NHS COVID-19" app, by using the government postcode checker or on the government website here.  Further government guidance on the various alert levels and what you can and cannot do can be found in the "Winter Plan".

Please also note we are currently not accepting bookings from guests who reside outside of the United Kingdom.

If you unsure or need any further advice please contact us before booking.

Update (19th December): On the 19th December a further 4th tier was added to the COVID alert level system.  Information and government guidance covering "Tier 4: Stay at Home" can be found here.  At Brierholme we are not accepting/honouring guest bookings from anyone who resides in a "Tier 4" alert level area (as government advice for this alert level is to stay local and not to stay away overnight).

⛔️ BRIERHOLME CLOSURE ⛔️

Following the recent announcement from the government Brierholme will close from Thursday 5th November until Friday 4th December.  If you have a booking with us during November we will be in touch shortly.

These are difficult times for everyone and we would like to thank all of our guests for being so understanding and supportive. We look forward to welcoming you all back once this is over but in the meantime stay safe and we will all get through this together.

Local COVID Alert Levels & Restrictions (Pre 2nd December)

The government have released a three-tier COVID alert level system to simplify local restrictions. Further information about this can be found here.  At Brierholme we are no longer accepting new guest bookings from anyone who resides in a "Very High" alert level area (as government advice for this alert level is to limit travel and not to stay away overnight).

You can check your COVID alert level on the "NHS COVID-19" app, by using the government postcode checker or on the government website here.  Further government guidance on "Medium", "High" and "Very High" alert levels can be found by clicking the appropriate link.

Please note we are currently not accepting bookings from guests who reside outside of the United Kingdom.

If you unsure or need any further advice please contact us before booking.

NHS Test & Trace

Although we already have your contact and check-in/check-out times held for NHS Test & Trace in our booking system, from 24th September government regulations now require all guests to also check-in using the official "NHS QR Code Poster". At Brierholme this will mean every person in your party will be required by law to scan the QR poster in the hall when arriving at Brierholme and provide details for NHS Test & Trace. is must be done using the official "NHS COVID-19" app which you can download here.  Please download the app in advance to save time on arrival.  Please also note we cannot allow entry to anyone who does not participate in NHS Test & Trace.  Don't worry though we will be on hand to help if you have any problems.  

Face Coverings

From 8th August government regulations now require all guests to wear a face covering when in public areas of hotels. At Brierholme this will mean you will be required by law to wear a face covering in any public area (excluding when dining in the breakfast room)

Update for 2021: Please note that to keep ourselves safe we are now operating a "no exemptions" policy.  This means you must wear a face covering when in public areas at Brierholme.

COVID-19: Update

Since the announcement last week we have been working hard in the background to get Brierholme safe and COVID secure for our guests. We are happy to announce that we are now taking bookings from 10th July! As always we want to keep Brierholme a safe and inviting place to stay.  So you can still safely enjoy staying with us we have introduced some additional measures and changed a few of our normal operating procedures.  We have created a comprehensive COVID-19 Risk Assessment (available on request) which is being reviewed regularly.  We have also completed the Visit England "We're Good To Go" COVID secure accreditation.

If you are booked with us from the 10th July onwards please see our dedicated "COVID-19: Staying Safe at Brierholme" page for changes to some of our normal procedures.  This will be updated as government/UK Hospitality guidance changes so we are recommending you check this page regularly before your stay for any changes.

We can't wait to welcome you back but in the meantime stay safe!

We're Back!

Following the announcement a few moments ago we are happy to report we will be safely re-opening from 10th July. More details to follow soon...

If you are booked with us from the 10th July onwards please see our dedicated "COVID-19: Staying Safe at Brierholme" page for changes to some of our normal procedures.  This will be updated as government/UK Hospitality guidance changes so we are recommending you check this page regularly before your stay for any changes.

Full steam ahead for reconnection of Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path as funding is announced

A £7.9 million funding package has been agreed to allow work to start on the final phase of reconnecting the Keswick to Threlkeld multi user trail which was severely damaged in Storm Desmond three years ago to the day (5 December).

Today is an important milestone in this complex project which has required significant work to get to this stage, and it is fitting that key funding partners and local users gathered to mark this development exactly three years since the fateful storm.

Funding has been approved so far from Highways England and the European Regional Development Fund. Additionally, community fundraising by the Lake District Foundation has resulted in a £130,000 donation all which will enable the project to go ahead.

Richard Leafe, Chief Executive of Lake District National Park said: “Storm Desmond caused unprecedented amounts of damage to communities, trails and bridges across the national park. This particular trail offers a great family-friendly, traffic-free route from town to village, it will be fully accessible to many people, such as cyclists, walkers and runners. It has taken some time but we have always been fully committed to making sure that it is reconnected for the benefit of all.

“Local fundraising has played a huge part in ensuring that this project can go ahead, demonstrating the strength of public feeling about this important trail. We’re thrilled that we now have the money in place to allow work to go ahead to complete the full reconnection of the Keswick to Threlkeld trail and make the route more resilient along the way.”

Construction contracts are currently out to tender and the trail construction partners will be announced in the near future. The aim is to start work in the New Year and have the route fully reopened within two years.

Highways England has committed a significant portion of the funding to allow this project to progress.

Bruce Parker, Highways England’s head of planning and development for the North West, said: “We’re delighted to be able to provide almost half the £7.9 million needed to restore and enhance the link between Keswick and Threlkeld, which was so badly damaged in Storm Desmond exactly three years ago and are looking forward to the re-construction work getting underway in the New Year.

“Highways England has set aside £250 million for projects like this focusing on supporting pedestrian, cyclist and equestrian users of the road network. This money along with other special funds – for example supporting growth and housing and environmental improvements - is enabling us to provide environmental, social and economic benefits to the people, communities and businesses who live and work alongside our strategic road network.”

Sarah Swindley, CEO, Lake District Foundation said: “We ran a fundraising initiative this year and were completely blown away by the generosity of the local community and visitors to the area. We look forward to seeing the work start and progress over the next two years.”

During Storm Desmond, on 5 December 2015, two bridges that cross the River Greta and around 200 metres of path were completely washed away during the worst floods the county has seen and Rawsome Bridge was also later closed to ensure public safety.

Since then, the Lake District National Park has been working with key partners from the public and voluntary sectors on a plan to fully reconnect the route. As part of this work, a value for money study was undertaken and concluded that the restoration of the route could bring back about £2 million a year to the local economy.

This next phase will ensure the entire route will be reconnected and can once again be enjoyed by the local community and visitors to the area.

The extensive works will include rebuilding and repairing the remaining 5 kilometres of the trail, and the re-opening and extending of the ‘big tunnel’. Additionally, two new bridges will be constructed and another will be extensively repaired and improved. Also, 200 metres of brand new path will be created and work will be carried out to stabilise the river bank and repairing drains and walls along the way.

Photo shows key partners gathered at Brundholme where work will start along with some of the locals who are looking forward to the trail being reconnected.

Find out more information on www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/keswickrailway

Source: keswick.org

 
L- R Richard Leafe LDNPA, Jonathan Reade, Highways England, Sarah Swindley, Lake District Foundation, Brittany Mason from ERDF and Amos Doran, Keswick Bikes.

L- R Richard Leafe LDNPA, Jonathan Reade, Highways England, Sarah Swindley, Lake District Foundation, Brittany Mason from ERDF and Amos Doran, Keswick Bikes.

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