A what to do in the Lakes thread for a family on non bikey Americans?
Which bit of the lakes?
If they enjoy walking, sort out a 2 to 3 night walking tour. Book hostels or b&b and free them from the car. The lakes is really quite compact, so can cover lots of it on foot. It was the highlight of a trip for canadian relatives of mine – youth hostelled from keswick to coniston.
If not, keep them away from windermere/bowness. If in the west, wasdale is impressivee on a good day. Muncaster castle and miniature railway are ‘quaint’
Glasgow? – couple of hours on the train from penrith or Carlisle. Drive time depends on location in the lakes. Happy to supply local info/walking routes by email. Some fantastic pubs!Posted 4 years ago
I’ve have some American friends (mum and dad and three teenage kids ) coming over to the Lakes in August.
What are the must see and dos there. They won’t have bikes so I’m after things probably more hikey and cultural.
They are keen to visit Glasgow too. Would a day trip there and back be achievable in a day without seeing nowt but motorway to save them having to relocate to a hotel up there?Posted 4 years agospandex_bobSubscriber
Cathedral Quarry is good, tie in with a low level walk via hodge and a decent pub for a good alternative if too wet / windy to go up high. Kendal Wall also good if wet and has just had a load of new stuff added. Honister via ferratta seems popular, although could be a bit tame for climbers? Grasmere sports is at the end of August, local wrestling and super-short fell races plus loads of very cumbrian stuff to go at. Hire Kayaks on Derwent water, or use the steamer to do a linear walk over cat bells etc. Same for Ullswater steamer to Howtown, walk back over Highstreet. Book into Black Sail (YHA, but remote) and hike in / out over a couple of days. Train from Oxenholme to Glasgow should be the best way to get to Glasgow, even better if staying north lakes and going from Penrith.Posted 4 years agoteamhurtmoreSubscriber
Ullswater steamer to Howtown and walk backPosted 4 years ago
Walk on Loughrigg – to gauge whether they are up for bigger fells
Cathedral Quarry and/or Hodge Close
Go Ape at Grizedale or Honister via ferrata
Drive over wrynose and Hardknott – wild swim in river by Birk’s Bridge/drive to Wasdale Head
Masons Arms at strawberry bank for a meal
Golf at Windermere GC – only one of 2 UK courses without bunkers (I think) but doesnt need them
Hike, will probably mean country walk rather than full on ‘proper’.
I saw Julia Bradbury walking up Catbells which looked doable without a whole load of kit.
Show them photos of Govan, and save them the drive – it’s an easy enough drive, just unexciting when they get there
IIRC Iain’s dad came from Govan. It’s a far cry from the leafy ‘burbs of Virginia.Posted 4 years agoTomBSubscriber
Definitely take the train from penrith (1 hour and a bit) for a day out in glasgow- much more relaxed way to do it and very easy.
Are they bikey at all? Hire mtb’s at whinlatter and enjoy the blue rote, or get bikes in keswick for a tootle up the railway line or around derwentwater.
Buttermere is beautiful and can walk around the lake, another good gentle hike is castle crag from grange in borrowdale.Posted 4 years agoampthillSubscriber
Water sports on Coniston. Sit on kayaks, Canadians or row boats. Getting to wild cat island (swallows and amazons) is a good challenge
Rowing on Derwent water as well
Walks. Yes Catbells but really the list is near infinite
Grizedale sculpture walk
Go ape at grizdale
bike hire at grizedale. The Trail centre is Ok for an introduction to off road riding
Words worth house (Dove cottage).
swimming in lakes/rivers/streams
again quarries. Hodge close etc.
boat trip walk combinations. Derwant water, Windermere, Coniston or ulswater. The Ulswater shore walk is tops. You could take your bike you won’t be much faster
aquarium of the lakes
pay some one to take you rock climbing or gill scramblingPosted 4 years agomaccruiskeenSubscriber
They are keen to visit Glasgow too. Would a day trip there and back be achievable in a day without seeing nowt but motorway to save them having to relocate to a hotel up there?
The motorway routes as good as any, the alternative route is up the Nith Valley via Sanquahar and eventually the M77 but you make minor gains in scenery and lose time in Glasgow as the stretch between Sanquahar and Killie is pretty slow going at times. But as a day trip maybe get the train up from Oxenholme rather than drivePosted 4 years agograhamgMember
Now, you say ‘hikey’, but you might want to double check – walking between car and house/office plus some shopping mall circuits may not be enough preparation for a visit to the Lakes… are you entirely sure they know what is in store?
*This post is only semi in jest..Posted 4 years agoteamhurtmoreSubscriber
+1 on above.
A few years ago, I helped some US friends with a weeks hiking schedule in Lakes. They were regular “hikers” in the Colorado Rockies and “very experienced.”
After a deliberately easy first day messing about on my favourite low fell (Loughrigg) I received a call looking for much easier ideas or the rest of the week!!!!Posted 4 years ago
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