[quote=oslaue]I always heard about the lake district when I lived in London, I had to go up and see what it was all about.
Don’t get me wrong its nice, but its talked about so much because it is THE ONLY place in England that is actually nice to look at!
Hey now! This is just not true! OK, so the scenery in Scotland is a more breathtaking, the hills are higher and there are more empty spaces, but its definatly NOT TRUE to say the lakes are the only places in England that are nice to look at all! The Peak District is lovely, as are the Yorkshire Dales and Moors, Northumbria, North Yorks Coast, Devon and Cornwall coasts, Exmoor in Devon, and also some of the more tame, quaint countryside in places like the Cotswalds. Shropshire (where EaLaSpada is also going) has some pretty villages etc.
And if we're looking at places other than England, we shouldn't forget to mention Wales. If EaLaSpada is going to Shropshire, she will be a short distance from Wales, and particularly Snowdonia is very nice to look at!
Just because the hills aren't mountains, doesn't mean they're not beautiful! Size isn't everything.
Clara, its ok, your from england, your expected to defend your countrys beautiful landscape
actually i was going to mention wales but i couldnt comment on that myself, though i have worked on projects in
new port and cardiff which were dumps. holyhead another dump, bangkor half decent, i never really saw the real country side cos i couldnt wait to leave and get back to my base....is it trevor / tredder bay is nice...
i have drove across the country side briefly to get from place to place and it was nice, didnt see the mountains except in the distance.
all the places you name in england are nice! but not amazing i admit some of them i have not been to myself, but i expect that you are from somewhere up north?...just everyone in england talks about the lake district!
and if your in wales, you may as well pop over to ireland and see some real country side!...and meet some of the weirdest and funniest people, that also makes a holiday in itself.
i used to live in lytham - st annes close to blackpool...before you ask, i lived and worked in lots of places all over the uk and in other countrys, on projects that were a few weeks - many months long.
i wouldnt travel thousands of miles especially from the USA or wherever just to see the lake district...
have a back up plan!...see wales, scotland, ireland, its cheap to fly from ireland via england via scotland...anything between 40euro and 100euro a pop
the last girl who i spoke to told me size matters!
Hmmm. I have to agree with Clarabell, I fervently don't believe that all England has to offer is the Lake District. I've enjoyed every place that I've seen so far, (last year alone I went to the Long Mynd area in South Shropshire and it took my breath away). As I mentioned, I'm a Florida girl--any lump in the earth is a mountain to me and I can appreciate the most subtle of landscapes.
That said, Oslaue, Scotland is definitely in my plans for the future (I've already decided it will be one of my next trips), but I'll save it for a summer trip. I definitely have a cold threshold. Thanks for the advice, though.
Any thoughts on my Alston question, anyone?
personally, if you havent been to germany, austria, france, italy then you are missing out!...main land continent!
especially if you like your culture, scenary, food, drink and weather!!! and its much cheaper than england so your money will go much further!
i only say this to you since you come so far...gotta look after the americans!
True dat, Oslaue. I'll get around to them, don't you worry. I've spent an enormous amount of time in Italy, as all my relatives live there. I love it, but prefer England. I think. Maybe. Apples and oranges, really.
[ Edit: Edited on Dec 20, 2006, at 2:08 PM by Clarabell ]
I think there's merit in visiting any of the places listed, some Scotland is extremely beautiful and most of Europe has spots that are worth visiting. This thread is about the lake district however, and whatever oslaue says, I personally think the lake district has an atmosphere all of it's own, particularly if you get a bit away from the ambleside-bowness-grasmere tourist track. It feels like an old landscape, in a way that a lot of bigger mountain ranges don't. I also think that the general consensus is that the Lake District is worth visiting.
Alston is well out of the way, in the Pennines rather than the Lake District, but there is a regular bus service from Carlisle or from Penrith, check out http://www.traveline.org.uk/index.htm for bus timetables.
Personally I would give Alston a miss, but it if you like bleak there are some really bleak sections of the Pennines to walk across from there. There's also a steam railway.
Please feel free to message me if you'd like any more in-depth info about the area - I grew up in East Cumbria.
And I think that Olsaue is implying that the Scots are better than the English..... I love those sweeping nationalistic generalisations...
Who out there doesn't benefit from a good sweeping generalization? Yea!
Thank you again, Magykal1, for the good information.
If you don't mind, I'll probably take you up on your offer to message you for more in-depth information when I get my head together about an itinerary a little more.
I think this is quite simple really, I live on the border of the peak district and take regular runs up the hills and love taking a break to marvel at Englands rolling green hills that are not seen outside of the British isles. I also love to visit Scotland for its beautiful landscape, but the two cannot be compared, as they are different types of scenery.. If you want to see Scotland's mountains and lakes, go to Scotland. While if you want to see the England's rolling hills and moors, come here. Better still... see both
Just Becuase the Alps are larger mountains than Scottish mountains, does that make them more beautiful?
Enjoy England EaLaSpada
Further on from other replies, England may not have the spectacular mountains of Scotland, but there are still many places to go "wow" at! South West/Dartmoor is amazing but personally, you should definately head up to the North York Moors (near York,) and Yorkshire Dales (near York) This being England, everywhere is near. You can get to York in a little over 2 hours from London, Edinburgh up in Scotland is only 2.5 from York, which in turn is only 1hr from the Lake District....take advantage of this if I were you. The weather is of course legendary, but although it does rain fairly often, especially in the West (Lake District is definately the wettest part of the country!) it's never really heavy and it often passes by quickly. March is more sunshine and showers.
Hope this helps, enjoy your trip to Blighty, it really is as "quaint" as you Americans love to comment!!!!