Lake District National Park Travel Guide

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Lake District National Park Things to Do

  • Lakeland Motor Museum

    We visited Coniston and on the drive back south past the lake and heading back towards the M6 motorway, we passed signs for the Lakeland Motor Museum. We both really like old cars so on the spur of the moment we decided to stop and see what it was all about. We were very glad we did! We could have spent a lot more time there looking at all the...

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  • a ride on the Ravenglass railway

    Choose a warm sunny or at least dry day if possible for you trip. This miniature railway was actually built to carry iron ore from workings near Boot to Ravenglass on the coast. it opened on the 24th of may 1875.It has a 3 foot (910 mm) gauge. Very quickily after it opened though it ran into problems and went bankrupt in 1877 and the line closed in...

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  • KENDAL

    Kendal is a pretty town at the southern end of the Lake district with good rail links to Scotland as well as London and the Midlands.Its an old market town situated in one of the most beautiful parts of the country Kendal is also within 30 minutes drive of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, making it a perfect base for walkers and sightseers alike.

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Lake District National Park Restaurants

  • Good basic pub food!

    The White Lion is part of the Ember Inns chain. It's a family pub which also offers accommodation. You choose your own table, choose your food then order and pay at the bar. There is no need to book a table.The food was nice and the pub was busy which is a fair indication. It's nothing especially out of the ordinary but will serve you well for a...

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  • Great Pub in Elterwater

    Excellent food, slightly more expensive than your everyday pub but it's locally produced and homemade. As a guide, on my last visit in December 2012 I paid £48 for 2 large diet cokes, 2 starters and 2 main courses (so £24 per person for 2 courses and a soft drink).The building is well in excess of 200 years old and you get that feeling of an old...

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  • Great Individual Dishes in a Romantic...

    We have been to Ambleside a number of times and in the past have never been able to get a table at Lucy's, luckily its not too busy on Tuesday Evenings in late November. The restaurant itself is cosy, in the front it only has around 10-12 tables and menus are printed daily but the selection is always great and there are a number of unique dishes...

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Lake District National Park Nightlife

  • PUB QUIZ NIGHTS

    After a year without a pub quiz I was really dying for a quiz evening again. Luckily I could convince Steve and Susan to go to a quiz night in Keswick. I loved it. We didn't have a chance because Steve's WAP phone gave us the wrong answers (serves us right for cheating ;) but it was a lot of fun, anyway!

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  • Our favourite spot!

    I think we liked this pub best of all, so that we also spent the last evening of the year there. Even if we always had to sit next to the fireplace and some hiking addicts had to throw wood in every half an hour. They had some really nice local ales, like the "Yates Best Cellar" and Steve and I seemed to have the same beer taste anyway.... None...

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  • THE COSIEST PUB IN KESWICK

    I think that this pub is the nicest of all the many pubs in Keswick. You can sit by the fireplace and enjoy a pint or some nice food even. If it's not that cold get ready to melt though - the seat next to the fireplace gets rather hot then. People stuck coins into the wooden beams and the stone walls. We wondered what this was until we saw the sign...

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Lake District National Park Transportation

  • luxury coach travel

    We caught the coach from Penrith to Keswick travelling down the A66 route with mountains either side of us!

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  • LET THE TRAIN TAKE THE STRAIN!

    We found the trains a great way to get around . Our trip from Kendal to Lake windemere was a cheap £6 return price.

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  • Read the whole schedule, not just the...

    In summer there is a bus service connecting the ferry from Windermere with Near Sawrey. I decided to take the bus back down to the ferry, and went to the bus stop.I checked the times and found that I had to wait only a few minutes. But the few minutes went by and still there was no bus. On the other side of the road, a bus had come and left. It was...

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Lake District National Park Shopping

  • Special souvenirs

    Walking through the small village of Boot I found this are gallery. They had beautiful things , not the ususal tourist stuff. I liked their wooden carvings and jewellery with semi-precious stones. There were also paintings of the Lake District, but again not in the bright colours of picture post cards, but in very soft water colours.Some tiny mice,...

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  • Dsiount Outdoor Stores

    As might be expected, the lake district is a good place to shop for outdoor equipment. Many of the well known UK hiking/outdoor stores have branches in the Lake District towns, and what’s even better is the number of discount stores. The best example was the Cotswold discount store in Grasmere where there were excellent bargains (compared to London...

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  • Something For Everyone....

    If you are anywhere near Penrith, visiting the outdoor market/carboot sale held every Sat and Sunday is a must. This is held in the town's auctionmart on the A66 slightly to the west of Penrith and is easy to find.Every time we have been here, it has managed to rain, I think.Be prepared for wet weather in this part of the world and wear decent...

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Lake District National Park Local Customs

  • walls

    When you are visiting the Lake District and also the Dales you really have to take a close look at the absolutely fantastic craft work which goes into building the dry stone walls everywhere. These walls are built without mortar and they are so sturdy and strong and last years. They are so much a part of this part of the countryside.

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  • A STRANGE NEW YEAR'S EVE CUSTOM

    There's a strange new year's eve custom in Keswick. Lots of people (obviously young, drunk and local) climb the flagpole on the main square and risk starting the new year with several broken limbs because of falling down. This year there weren't any accidents but one guy ruined the start of his year by climbing the pole in his underpants and...

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  • Give us this day our daily bread...

    Though not a compulsory custom any visit to a lake, river or stream here (and let's face it you can't avoid them) is likely to bring you into contact with the wildlife.The Ducks, Swans and other birds are quite irresistable to many especially foreign tourists and as well as being very friendly they are very photogenic.Arm yourself with a loaf of...

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Lake District National Park Warnings and Dangers

  • Mountains

    It may sound obvious, but make sure you wear appropriate clothing if you're going to do any hiking or climbing. The mountains in England may not be as high as some, but that doesn't make much difference when you fall because you didn't have decent shoes. I saw people climbing Helvellyn last week in sandals... Also make sure you have a map, water...

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  • High lakeland passes

    Lakeland's highest passes cross the Cumbrian mountains. The road over the passes is very scenic but beware it is also particularly severe.Hard Knott and Wrynose passes have gradients up to 30% and should not be attempted unless both car and driver are fit.

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  • Narrow Roads

    Make sure you allow plenty of time for driving in the Lake District as many of the roads are long, narrow and winding and can be especially crowded at busy times. We had estimated 40 minutes to get from Glenridding to Eskdale as the distance didn’t look too bad on the map but it took far longer than that. Once we left the main road outside...

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Lake District National Park Tourist Traps

  • Lake District Towns

    Many of the towns in the Lake District are too overcrowded and visiting them can be a frustrating experience. The real beauty of the Lake District is, in my opinion, in the remoter parts such as the lakes and mountains and the towns, if at all possible, should be avoided. Grasmere, Ambleside, Windermere and Bowness (to name just a few) were too...

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  • Busy

    The only real tourist trap I saw here was that the area can get very busy. We went midweek and found it difficult to find parking places etc etc. At the weekend I should imagine it is ten times worse.We went to see the Peter Rabbit Museum in Windermere ( not my choice ; ) but had to give it up.....the que was just too big. Go early and know...

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  • There are no tourist traps in...

    There are no tourist traps in this area. Just wonderfully friendly people and beautiful scenery. This is the view of a near by town.

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Lake District National Park What to Pack

  • Hiking Essentials

    iking boots are necessary for most hikes and climbs in the Lake District. On some of our hikes we found the path often disappeared in places (see picture) below water or bog-land. Hiking boots are also good when walking over unpaved, stony ground or on any of the many scree slopes. Waterproof clothing is vital as the Lake District is one of the...

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  • Be prepared ....

    Well I suppose you don't get a lot of lakes without a lot of rain, so do come prepared -- the weather can change quickly and soon after blue skies you can have torrential rain, so bring warm, waterproof clothes and comfortable, waterproof walking shoes. Don't forget your camera, the scenery is fantastic.

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  • Be well prepared for all weathers

    You should always expect rain in the mountains. See Steve is well prepared..... Take your cam, there are always great sceneries around the next corner.

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Lake District National Park Off The Beaten Path

  • The TeaPottery

    Keswick is a nice town, on a lake called Derwent Water. There's a community theatre here, and a nice golf course as well. And nearby one of the carparks behind the high street is a teapot factory! Not just any old teapot either, they are all delightfully imaginative teapots and they can all be used safely! The factory is on the ground floor and on...

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  • The Grave of Arthur Ransome

    Arthur Ransome (1881 - 1967) was a prolific writer of children's novels, the most famous being the "Swallows and Amazons" series. Many of the stories took place around Coniston Water and there are many landmarks around that feature in the series, notably Bank Ground Farm B&B which appears as "Holly Howe" B&B and Peel Island which appears as...

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  • Long Meg and Her Daughters

    No, not some Cumbrian hostelry or age-old custom, but a huge Bronze-age stone circle.This was our third visit to this little known stone circle and we were yet again impressed at both it's size and location. We also took a look at Long Meg's poor relation, Little Meg, just a stone's throw away. Gosh, this was absolutely tiny, comparing the two.Long...

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Lake District National Park Sports & Outdoors

  • Hiking - Fairfield Horseshoe

    RouteA 10.5-mile classic circular route from Ambleside, which we've done in summer 2011, taking in the following peaks: Nab Scar - Heron Pike - Great Rigg - Fairfield - Hart Crag - Dove Crag - High PikeThe hikeStarting from Rydal Hall, you first have to navigate your way through the Hall's buildings on to the open fells, from where a zigzag path...

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  • Fell Running

    I looked on in amazement every time a fell runner passed us during our hikes in the mountains. Here we were struggling to walk the fells while these guys sailed passed us making it look easy. Fell running (which as it's name suggest involves running up and down mountains) is a popular activity in the lake district and I remember reading about some...

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  • Cycling and walking in the forest

    Grizedale Forest is a great place for safe, family cycling.There are many way-marked cycle trails throughout the forest, ranging from easy to strenuous. A map can be obtained from the centre to enable you to choose which route would suit you best (depending on how fit youare!!)These trails can also be walked. Make sure you follow the same coloured...

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Lake District National Park Favorites

  • The Langdale Valleys

    Not necessarily my favourite thing, but the Langdales are certainly a beautiful part of the world. The Langdale Pass takes you over a stunningly beautiful road, from Little Langdale to Great Langdale where there is no shortage of people, all out to take in this wonderful landscape.The valleys takes in Skelwith Falls, Colwith Falls,Elterwater, Blea...

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  • Favourite day hikes in the Lake District

    There are a number of great day hikes in the Lake District, so picking a favourite isn't easy. Furthermore, I've only seen a small part of the national park, so there may well be better ones out there that I'm missing. However, the most enjoyable walk I've done so far is the Newlands Horseshoe, a 6-7 hour hike around the quiet, beautiful, and...

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  • Kendal Mint Cake

    Anyone who has visited the Lake District will have seen (and probably tasted) Kendal Mint Cake as it’s sold in practically every shop. It’s more of a sweet than a cake and it’s ideal to take with you on a long hike in the Lakes as it’s a high energy food and, perhaps more importantly, it’s delicious. And, as it says on the back of every packet,...

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