- Lake District for a dummy
gf and I like the idea of a trip to the Lake District in late Oct.
I wonder if anyone can help with suggestions of locations and places to stay that are self-catering and preferably near some water/or nice views of. And of course ok for bikes.
The only riding will be fairly gentle, no all day epics or gnarrrr.Posted 5 years agoTomBSubscriber
Beware late october may mean half term, with price hikes and less availablity. If you avoid half term you should have a wide choice. Lots of watery views, but less so from properties in the middle of Keswick/Ambleside etc. If it’s self catering you want, google a few of the agencies and see what takes your fancy. Loads of choice, biking routes for all levels around Keswick, Ambleside, Coniston but no need to confine yourself to staying in town unless you want to walk to pubs/cafes/shops etc.Posted 5 years agoTeetosugarsSubscriber
postierich – Member
All the dummies seem to go to Ambleside! My idea of hell
Yeah, helpfull post… 🙄
If you’ve never been to the lakes, or just want somewhere where there are loads of places to eat, a decent bike shop, decent pubs, and enough shops to spend yourself silly, then it would be perfect.
Coupled with great rides straight from your door, its about spot on.
Granted, there are other places, like Kendal, that have similar facilities, but if you dont mind it being busy you wont go far wrong.. IMHO.Posted 5 years agoteamhurtmoreMember
If you are new to Lakes, dont forget the easily missed parking scheme. You have to get free parking disk (from most shops) and display in window for free 1 hour parking. The wardens are red hot in A’side in my experience.
[dont expect too many bargains in the local bike stores!]Posted 5 years ago
When I mean hell I mean hordes of people walking around like zombies dressed in Goretex with an umbrella up in and out of the countless shops buying nothing or sitting in traffic that does not seem to move.Obviously great riding nearby but accom very pricy and do not think much of the pubsPosted 5 years ago
Keswick would be my choicegrumMember
When I mean hell I mean hordes of people walking around like zombies dressed in Goretex with an umbrella up in and out of the countless shops buying nothing or sitting in traffic that does not seem to move.Obviously great riding nearby but accom very pricy and do not think much of the pubs
Keswick would be my choice
Don’t be such a snob. Keswick is similar anyway (and still lovely). If you want to be snobby about somewhere in the lakes make it Bowness. 😉
Golden Rule in Ambleside is a great pub btw.Posted 5 years ago6079smithwMember
Thanks for all the suggestions.
She’s a vegan so the self-catering bit is quite important.
And the time we’d go is cos it’s a birthday trip away.
DeeJay – Member
This was nice
That place looks so nice. Where did you keep your bikes when you stayed?
I can research a bit more now on the Lakes so thanks.Posted 5 years agoknottie8Member
I went to the lakes last month for the first time .camped at the edge of Coniston lake . Glad I didnt take the bike as the area was to beautiful to ride through and warranted a good look only walking will allow. Pubs were good and cheap to eat in. I dont think I’ll be taking the bike when I return either……Posted 5 years ago
http://s1107.photobucket.com/albums/h392/knottie/the%20lakes/ a few pics there…toppers3933Member
bowness is where the riff raff congregate! 😀
keswick gets my vote everytime because quite a lot of people cant be bothered to drive up past ambleside so in my 36 years experience of visiting the lakes it is usually a bit quieter than ambleside with plenty of riding and walking options.Posted 5 years ago
theres nothing wrong at all with ambleside, its a very good choice. i just think keswick is nicer.
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