Driving - Narrow Roads
It took a couple days to get used to driving on the narrow roads of the Lake District. Many of the roads, especially the secondary roads, are only one lane wide, but they have traffic going in both directions.
The key is to look for the sporadic wide spots in the road where you can pull over and let people by. Otherwise, you have to inch by and hope the car coming from the other direction is not too big or going to fast (seems like the locals all have big cars and are driving fast).
Cows in the Road
I loved everything about the Lake District, including driving there. One of the two biggest driving hazards, and the one I found most enjoyable and humorous, was cows in the road. They definitely have the right of way.
- Road Trip
How steep? Very.
The road to Honister Pass and beyond is steep, narrow and, in the wrong season, can be treacherous. Since I'm a bit of an adrenalin junkie, these are things I never gave a thought to whilst I was driving over to Buttermere; in fact, I enjoyed it and, it was only after I returned to Australia that I realised there are those who don't enjoy this sort of thing.
So I thought I'd better warn those of timid heart who freak out when you're on a road that you might have to move over on the verge of to let someone pass.
Whatever, as you can see in the picture, this is what you can expect. How steep is one in four? Well, you're not going to ride your pushbike up it and it definitely requires braking.
- Road Trip
- National/State Park
- Family Travel
The Lake District is The Lake District for two reasons.
1 - Glacial Erosion.
2 - Lots of rain.
Without the latter I guess it would be called "The Holes In The Ground District" or something.
So... if you're gonna be going out doing some serious walking, and expecially on the high fells, be sure to be prepared for any sudden changes in the weather, and take notice of the forecasts.
The phone number of the Lake District Weather Forecast is given below.