Guest Blogger May 2018

Stay in our beautiful National Parks and write reviews for us

Date published: 30 Apr 18

Yorkshire Dales

This guest blogger opportunity is now closed.

This month our lucky guest blogger will be in the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District. What could be a better way to experience the glorious scenery in these outstandingly beautiful regions of England?

Staying for one complimentary night at each hotel, with dinner, bed and breakfast provided, you’ll travel between the two locations under your own ‘steam’ and have the opportunity to extend your stay in either or both places at a discount. 

The Angel Inn at Hetton in the Yorkshire Dales National Park

The Angel Inn at Hetton in the Yorkshire Dales National ParkThis is a well-known and popular gastro pub with lovely bedrooms in the heart of a small Dales village just north of Skipton.

It's a perfect base for sight-seeing with so much to see and do close by: just right for relaxing afterwards in the warmth of the pub or on the terrace in the summer sunshine.

Food is a high point at The Angel Inn as is the choice of hand picked wines - unashamedly leaning towards small French producers - plus hand pulled local ales. 

Scafell Hotel, Rosthwaite in Borrowdale, Lake District National Park

Scaffel Hotel Scafell Hotel, Rosthwaite in Borrowdale, Lake District National Parkis a classical Lakes hotel in the picturesque Borrowdale valley; the river runs immediately behind the hotel leading into Derwent Water with Keswick at its head. And of course, Scafell Pike from which the hotel takes its name is close by.

Tasty local Cumbrian food is served - a choice of the hotel restaurant or the hugely popular Riverside Bar, the hotel's pub next door, offering a good selection of hand pulled local ales and over 60 whiskies. All the rooms are modern and well equipped for comfort - the Barnes Wallis Suite is named after the inventor of the bouncing bomb (the Dambusters) who regularly stayed at the hotel.

How to apply to be the reviewer of these hotels

Please tell us why you would like to review these hotels on a mini-tour in the comments section below.

You will write a review of 6/700 words about each hotel, with 3 or 4 photographs, and the National Park it’s in.

Terms and Conditions: The reviewer will be liable for any extras at the hotels – drinks for example. Bookings are subject to availability and agreement by the general manager at each hotel – Saturday nights and Bank Holidays are not available.


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Other Members' Thoughts - 16 Comment(s)

  • Rob_1
    6 months ago
    I moved up to Yorkshire from the South 16 years ago and have never been back! The variety of landscapes and people in God’s Country never fail to inspire. Having professionally reviewed the quality of services and a love of good food, the prospect of reviewing these locations to inform others of the outstanding beauty and serenity they bring would be something to not miss !
  • jillwales
    7 months ago
    What a fantastic opportunity to visit and write about two stunningly beautiful, yet contrasting parts of the country. Both well known for endless walking possibilities as well as spotting wildlife and indulging in photography. Food and drink will be an important element of the visit especially following all that walking. What could be better than sampling from the menu at The Angel and enjoying some warming whiskies at the Riverside Bar, the Scaffel Hotel's pub next door?
  • MNathan
    7 months ago
    Love doing reviews. Me and my friend review all our restaurant and coffee shop forays wherever we go.,usually for trip advisor, but would love to do one for you too at those beautiful spots.
  • IAN.H
    7 months ago
    Both locations are vital parts of my family history .What fascinating tales I will be able to intertwine with my reports . Will I be the most lucky winner and share my writings ?
  • oldlangelei
    7 months ago
    Have been so, so short-sighted in the touring of my own beloved Britain, Never visited beyond the Midlands, so it is long, long overdue. This is my opportunity to rectify!!!!
  • Ozdevon
    7 months ago
    Food is always a good reason to visit but honestly, staying in two iconic parts of England means that the main challenge would be what to see & what to leave for next time!
  • schroedie
    7 months ago
    I’m from Yorkshire and my partner’s from Lancashire but, as is often the way, neither of us feels we know our ‘home’ areas as well as we should. So this would be a chance to explore a bit more of our native regions as well as appreciating all the comforts on offer at such top-notch accommodation. As dedicated foodies, I can picture the pair of us in heaven at the Angel, tucking into divine dishes after a hard day of strolling the scenic Yorkshire Dales, and then heading over to the Lakes for more fine food and wonderful walking. Along the way we’ll be taking photos and spotting wildlife (I’m into birds, my partner’s more a reptile and amphibian fan), and I’ll happily supply reviews of each hotel and the surrounding area. I’ve already written several reviews for STA and been a guest reviewer for a super property in Norfolk – now I’d love to head north and write up these two beautiful locations.
  • MarilynD
    7 months ago
    I’m Lancashire born and bred (theres a saying about thick in ’ead!!!!! Lol). I like hotels and eating out and I like things to be done properly. Rooms clean, of course and food beautifully cooked. I would relish sussing a place out and giving an honest opinion on pluses and minuses. We have travelled widely and own a property in the Algarve in Portugal. I know the Yorkshire Dales and the Lakes quite well and am, in fact, half Yorkshire but it pays to keep quiet about that!
  • jaynealicia
    7 months ago
    Lancastrian born, London borrowed but Yorkshire adopted, I believe I bring a light-hearted but grounded approach to reviewing. The Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District have been a stamping ground (gosh that sounds cross) for many years, but invariably offer me something new on each occasion. I travel with a well-behaved but slightly wacky husband, sturdy boots, Nikon camera, beautiful notebook and a childlike anticipation that there may be trolls, tricks or trouble just around the next bend!
  • Restlessjo
    7 months ago
    Such a very beautiful part of the world, and not so far away from me. It's a strange year because we are in the throes of selling our UK home to move to the Algarve in the Autumn. I am busy trying to fill in gaps and make return visits to places I have loved, while I still can. The Lakes and Dales are precious to me, and I would love this opportunity.
  • Pollypearson
    7 months ago
    My husband and I went on honeymoon in this areacalmost 40 years ago and we still return here several times a year. We love walking in the ethereal, untamed countryside, regardless of the weather. Indeed the weather alters the colours of the views dramatically, meaning you will never tire of the area. We also love the individuality of the hotels and inns here - there are no soulless big chains! The views, the wildlife, the people, the fabulous specialty foods all mean this is a fantastic part of the country to visit. I guarantee you will always return home with a lighter heart.
  • Marmite
    7 months ago
    In 1937 my parents met in this area while on a walking holiday. My Dad was 20 and my Mum 27. It was the beginning of a 60 year love story. They lodged in a Youth hostel which was very basic in those days. I would like to discover the places they loved and often spoke about while staying in two first class hotels, enjoying the food, wines and spirits and, the icing on the cake, having the opportunity to write a review of my experiences some 80 years later
  • PaulineTurner
    7 months ago
    My husband and I have always loved exploring our own country, and wherever we have been, there has always been something fascinating to visit, whether it be an old country church, a beautiful woodland or a wonderful coastal walk. Borrowdale is beautiful, and the Langstrath valley is a lovely low level walk, (all that we can manage now), with stunning views. It would be a treat to visit there again. It is several years since we last visited Skipton, but I remember the castle and the market stalls along the streets. Two very beautiful areas of the North of England combined into a very special break.
  • KATE-MOORE-BLUNT
    7 months ago
    The last time we visited the Lakes we were young, very fit and camped with our Labrador. I wonder if this walkers' paradise will be as enchanting now we're older and have mobility issues. What joys await those who cannot climb and hike?
  • Elrel
    7 months ago
    I am especially interested in the Scafell Hotel as I have enjoyed several visits to beautiful and historic Cumbria. From dreaming about daffodils or Mrs Tiggywinkle to standing atop Helvellyn or kayaking across Windermere I have many great memories! I met a Barrow nonagenarian who had known Barnes Wallis and I visited Cartmel, home of sticky toffee pudding. So many exciting aspects to this lovely area and so much excellent local food; from Morecambe Bay potted shrimps to tender local lamb I would look forward to it all! The Lakes and fells provide wonderful respite from busy city life.
    Yorkshire is less familiar to me so I would welcome the opportunity to stay at the The Angel Inn. I anticipate enjoying both exploring Skipton and sampling the intriguing range of wines and ales offered. I travel by public transport where possible so always find someone to chat with and greatly enjoy hearing tales of their lives and surroundings. I'm sure I could provide a review which would tempt other travellers to visit these hotels.
  • Riversiderouge
    7 months ago
    Everyone will be familiar with the term "God's Country". I've got strong opinions about where to pinpoint this perfect place on a map, and you can be sure it lies between the southern borders of the red and white rose Counties in the south and the Scottish Border in the North. I know this part of the country so well and I will relish telling you all about the places that were loved by people like James Herriot, William Wordsworth, Alfred Wainright and Beatrix Potter and what so inspired them to write about it.