- Recommendations for Lakes campsites or hostels.
Ever been before? There really is no shortage of riding and accommodation, but it can get booked in the popular months. Hawkshead, Ambleside, Grasmere and Elterwater are all good bases and all will have pubs within stumbling distance. Tweedies Bar (attached to the Dale Lodge Hotel) in Grasmere does a fine selection of real ales, fantastic food and often live music at the weekend.
At the other end you can’t go wrong staying in and around Keswick. Some classic excursions literally on your doorstep and Whinlatter is not far away if you want a trail centre fix.
If you’re thinking of going at this time of year I (personally) would not camp. Treat yourself to a hostel or cheap B & B. The YHA at Hawkshead is in a lovely setting.
It’s all great 😀Posted 4 years ago
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It’s right at the foot of whinlatter, you can cycle there within minutes. They allow single sex groups and they positively encourage real fires as the bloke comes round selling logs to put on them. When we stayed there the place was filled with MTBers.Posted 4 years ago
I like the idea of real ales and music and being fairly central. I’ve been to Whinlatter before and not desperate to go back. We’ve stayed in Great Langdale before a couple of times so just looking to stay somewhere different. We are going in Easter so should be fine camping.Posted 4 years ago
Steven, the YHA at both Ambleside and grasmere are excellent, well positioned for pubs and have heaps of riding nearby. If you don’t know the lakes too well, I’d stick to the south lakes, as there is a higher concentration of good riding.
Someone will disagree fairly shortly though!.Posted 4 years agobullroarSubscriber
Chapel House Farm at Rosthwaite in Borrowdale. Lovely setting a bit basic but has what you need.
Conveniently located for “The Bash” and access to the high fells. Walking distance to a couple of pubs and guaranteed early morning call, they collect the rent about 8 am.Posted 4 years agomaximusmountainMember
1 vote for keswick YHA, lovely rooms, nice hostel.
I would avoid the Lanefoot farm campsite at all costs, I camped there once and at the first sight of rain we had to sleep in the car because our tent added another lake to the district, not a well draining field at all.Posted 4 years ago
I’m not fussed for getting to the top of hills if I wanted to do that I’d head north. I’ve been looking in the VP guide book and the rides that have caught my eye are more to the south of Ambleside. But if its too wet to ride and I want to grab a granny at least I know where to look.Posted 4 years ago
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