Found 24th Jan 2011
Hoping to get away in early september to both these places. Wondered if anyone has any recommendations on where to stop whilst visiting?

After somewhere quite close to the walks, lakes and hills, preferably with a nice pub nearby to relax in afterwards. (Fishing area's closeby would also be a bonus). Would stop in any type of accomadation apart from a tent....

any websites you can recommend or experiences would be great to hear.

thanks!

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Loads and loads of places to stay in the Lakes. As a base you have the towns of Keswick at the heart of the Northern lakes, with lots of B&Bs, hotels, or in the Southern lakes Ambleside or Windermere. Personally I think the Northern side is nicer, base yourself in Keswick or down the Borrowdale valley as a good starting point (there are quite a few good youth hostels if your after somewhere a bit cheaper to stay...)

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I am going to Penrith this weekend and I can't wait

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dcx_badass

You know they aren't the same place and are a good few hours apart? … You know they aren't the same place and are a good few hours apart? Anyway I went to the Cairngorms in May, it was nice, but pretty cold, weather was nice though but the landscapes a bit harsh. I personally prefer the Lake District as a bit more to do.



Cheers, checked the maps before hand......!:D

We usually do road trips around europe but thought it was about time we had a go round britain starting northwards. Will also be stopping in Northumberland and Edinburgh but have some experience of these. May do more travelling in scotland if we have the time, if anyone has any 'not to miss' locations.....

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Get some books from your local library.

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Thanks jah128, had a look at Keswick as my search for accomodation kept bringing it up. dont mind youth hostels as long as there is somewhere close by with good quality food and drink.

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DLM

Get some books from your local library.



whats a library?:|

seriously though the only problem with that in my experience is that places (hotels etc..) change so much, its sometimes much better to get first hand comments from people who have recently been. Books are great for getting a sense of the correct area though and best walks, agreed.
Edited by: "manc80" 24th Jan 2011

No shortage of pubs and places to eat in Keswick (or pretty much anywhere in the lakes). Especially if you like real ale...

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Maybe join the national trust as well because hill top is a lake district must see.

nationaltrust.org.uk/mai…htm

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jah128

No shortage of pubs and places to eat in Keswick (or pretty much anywhere … No shortage of pubs and places to eat in Keswick (or pretty much anywhere in the lakes). Especially if you like real ale...



mmmm..... real ale....lets hope i can find a few breweries or good real ale pubs on my travels... which reminds me i must do the south pennines real ale train again soon!

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DLM

Maybe join the national trust as well because hill top is a lake district … Maybe join the national trust as well because hill top is a lake district must see.http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-global/w-localtoyou/w-northwest/w-lakedistrict-feature.htm

The beatrix Potter house? I am not sure if this would be my thing to be honest. some good other stuff on their website though.

My advice for driving around the Lake District would be take a paper map and don't rely on sat nav - when driving around Scafell Pike my sat nav decided there was no signal or whatever it needed, it had no idea where we were and we got lost. There were no other cars or people, it was getting dark and it was quite scary.

manc80

The beatrix Potter house? I am not sure if this would be my thing to be … The beatrix Potter house? I am not sure if this would be my thing to be honest. some good other stuff on their website though.



For good 'free' days out (except for parking) - try Whinlatter Forest Park (not a bad visitor centre and play area for the kids) or the Bowder Stone (both of these are near to Keswick) . Or Aira Force (little bit further, but a nice easy walk up to a waterfall once you're there)

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thanks for this burnteffigy, had a quick look and these seem pretty good if i can combine them with nice long walk. usually try to do around10-14 mile round walks if poss.

manc80

mmmm..... real ale....lets hope i can find a few breweries or good real … mmmm..... real ale....lets hope i can find a few breweries or good real ale pubs on my travels... which reminds me i must do the south pennines real ale train again soon!



I stayed in Cockermouth and Jennings Brewery is there and they do guided tours. Also in Cockermouth a pub called The Bitter End has a micro brewery in it.

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scoff

I stayed in Cockermouth and Jennings Brewery is there and they do guided … I stayed in Cockermouth and Jennings Brewery is there and they do guided tours. Also in Cockermouth a pub called The Bitter End has a micro brewery in it.



now this sounds promising!!!! cant beat combining the countryside with a little bit of ale... Just checked the website for 'the bitter end' I can say right now that is one place i will be visting! many thanks for the info.
Edited by: "manc80" 24th Jan 2011

manc80

thanks for this burnteffigy, had a quick look and these seem pretty good … thanks for this burnteffigy, had a quick look and these seem pretty good if i can combine them with nice long walk. usually try to do around10-14 mile round walks if poss.



try this one (it's only 8.5 miles though - but it will have a few hills to go over.
Lake District Walk
That takes in Ashness Bridge/Watendlath and Bowder Stone.

BurntEffigy

try this one (it's only 8.5 miles though - but it will have a few hills … try this one (it's only 8.5 miles though - but it will have a few hills to go over.Lake District WalkThat takes in Ashness Bridge/Watendlath and Bowder Stone.


this is an excellent walk Watendlath has a nice cafe where the birds come and eat out of your hands. Also there is a trout farm there for fishing.

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thanks for this info! i am really looking forward to this trip now.

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manc80

thanks for this info! i am really looking forward to this trip now.



I am not sure if I can go to Penrith this weekend now because I start my new job this weekend and will only end up staying up there for about 12 hours.
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