1 week in the Lake District in May…. No bikes…
From experience, going to great biking areas when you can’t bike is most frustrating. Did it when injured last year, didn’t enjoy looking at lines and start points for great rides from the car.
I’d go to another area I wouldn’t normally go to because it had no decent biking opportunities, and save the Lakes for when I could go biking.Posted 4 years agoimnotamusedMember
If you like ridges you could do helvellyn via striding and swirrel edges, then up blencathra via sharp edge and down via hallsfell ridge. That’s 2 days. Get over to wastwater and do scafell & scafell pike. Get a rowing boat on windermere, a steamer on ullswater and maybe go ape at grizedale? You could also walk round grassmere, walk on loughrigg fell above rydal water. And so on and so on…
As for mx5 passes, honnister and wrynose are the ones that spring to mind.Posted 4 years agoimnotamusedMember
Shortish but scenic walk with lovely views of windermere – orrest head above windermere. Start at windermere station and walk uphill to the left of the hotel.
Maybe go to coniston and walk up coniston old man, then back down for a pint in one of the nice pubs.
Hawkshead is nice for a bimble and a pint/pub meal.
If you like scrambles then jack’s rake up the side of pavey arc in the beautiful langdales. Straightforward with a bit of exposure. Loads of route guides on net for it.Posted 4 years agomangatankMember
Buttermere is very varied, with walks and scrambles for all abilities. The assent to Red Pike is very rewarding, as is Fleetwith Pike, while Rannerdale Knotts is the perfect introduction for those who aren’t used to the fells.
Can’t recommend the slow cooked lamb at the Kirkstile Inn at Loweswater enough. Worth going to Cumbria for that alone 😉Posted 4 years agodjgloverMember
Tower bank arms for proper good pub
Drunken duck for posh pub
Chesters for coffee and cake
Skiddaw = best views in the lakes (if its clear obviously)
Driving roads, kirkstone will be OK if you get a clear run on it, but thats unlikely. I would get my drive in by crossing the northern pennines on the way there. Dunmail raise might be OK for a blast though.
Puzzle museum and the (Lakeland pedlar) veggie cafe (I’m no veggie) in Keswick are good too, if you are having a potter
ETA +1 on Fairfield Horseshoe, great easy ridge walking with excellent views.Posted 4 years agoagentdagnamitMember
+1 for Dog and Gun in Keswick, with their goulash and XP. There’s a cinema is Keswick and Ambleside, but that seems a bit of a waste. Then there’s always Cars of the Stars and the Pencil museum….
Do you climb? The Lake District is a great place, with or without a bike.
There are scrambles on Coniston Old Man and Swirl How near where you are staying, as well as some harder stuff on Dow Crag.
The Aquarium at Newby Bridge is pretty good, especially for a family, with boat trip options near by.Posted 4 years agostevestuntsMember
Chester’s cafe at Skelwith Bridge is nice for coffee and cake too.
Aye, queuing for it should occupy a good couple of days, if my last trip there is anything to go by 🙁
You could pop over to the Blacksmith’s Arms at Broughton Mills; that’s not so far from Coniston and a nice twisty road to drive along. That said, the Church House Inn is en route and that’s a great pub too. Hell, visit them both!
If you head further south, Cafe Ambio at the Motor Lakeland Museum in Backbarrow, and the cafe at Holker Hall, both serve tasty food at reasonable prices.Posted 4 years agostratmanSubscriber
May is a great time in the Lakes. We have a place in the north east, near Penrith, and one thing that I’d say is that it can take a long time to get around the lakes, so bear that in mind. I’d guess that Coniston to Buttermere would be well over an hour.
Nice walks near you
Around loughrigg, and you could case it for a ride at another time
Crinkle Crags and Bowfell from the three shires stone at the top of wrynose – fantastic walk, Bowfell is terrific
There’s a scramble up the front of Dow Crag, called easy gully I think, which is a much more interesting way up to the Old Man.
A bit further afield
Blencathra up sharp edge, and Helvellyn up striding edge are both great walks
Also up Whiteside from Crummock Water, over hopegill head and up onto crag hill, then down over wandope and whiteless pike.
Wainwright s are a great way to plan these.
Non walking you could try the steam yacht gondola on Coniston, and I’m sure that biketreks in Ambleside and wheelbase in staveley have demo bikes!
Have a good timePosted 4 years agohallzMember
There are walks a plenty but the Sharps Edge trail up Blencathra is an experience not to forget. Not particularly hard but certainly exhilerating!
A couple of things we have tried in recent years include the Via Ferrata at Honister Slate Mine (brilliant!) and we also went gorge walking which was good as well but dependent upon the amount of recent rainfall.
If you are looking for a pub then take your pick from these:
The Angel at Bowness – great food and drink made all the better if its a sunny day and you can sit outside
The Masons Arms at Strawberry Bank – home brewed and imported beer along with very good food.Posted 4 years ago
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