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  • 6079smithw
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    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.

    Premier Icon colin27
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    Rooms At The Apple Pie in Ambleside, bike shop next door, trails on your doorstep. Winner.

    postierich
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    All the dummies seem to go to Ambleside!My idea of hell

    Premier Icon TomB
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    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.

    Premier Icon Teetosugars
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    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.

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    It’s better to avoid ambleside on a B/Hol or school holidays unless you want to get stuck in traffic.

    Keswick not as bad with plenty of riding on the doorstep.

    grum
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    +1 teetosugars

    Ambleside would be a great base IMO. Bit busy but a nice little town and some stunning easy trails nearby. If it is sschool holidays it probably would be very busy though

    nealglover
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    All the dummies seem to go to Ambleside!My idea of hell

    You have a very poor imagination.

    My idea of hell

    If that’s hell I’m going to keep on sinning.

    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!]

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    Red hot everywhere on Parking, get a disc.

    For some hidden gems try Wasdale or Cockermouth

    ianv
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    For some hidden gems try Wasdale or Cockermouth

    Or Eskdale or Dunnerdale

    postierich
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    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

    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.

    Welcome to Keswick 😉

    grum
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    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.

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    I did always reckon the most dangerous bit of lakes riding was between the post office and booths in Keswick on a Saturday.

    that was until I found tuesday nights…..

    Premier Icon footflaps
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    I really like Ambleside, some really nice restaurants and if you get up early and go out, you avoid all the traffic. Main plus point is it’s fairly central, so a good choice for a base.

    postierich
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    I will trump Bowness for Grasmere for the snob fact!

    What about Coniston? Theres a lake to swim in, a mountain to hike up and a forest to ride your bike round all just a stones throw away.

    Not as many zombies with funny accents either. Although there’s less outdoors shops.

    Premier Icon clareymorris
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    It seems the most dangerous stretch in the Lakes is From The Bank Tavern to Muck Smuffs house 😀

    Couple of suggestions of places to stay:

    Dunnerdale: Hobkin Ground

    Near Coniston / Blawith: Coal Yeat

    6079smithw
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    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.

    knottie8
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    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……
    http://s1107.photobucket.com/albums/h392/knottie/the%20lakes/ a few pics there…

    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.
    theres nothing wrong at all with ambleside, its a very good choice. i just think keswick is nicer.

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