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1. Posted by SuperBrat (Full Member 107 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Wow - its been awhile since I last posted anything on the site, and look at it!! Its heaving with even more curious travellers! V exciting stuff this.
Anyway, just a quick one to ask if anyone's been / familiar with the Lake District in Cumbria? We're thinking of setting up camp over the Bank Holiday weekend but I fear the cold might get the better of me . I come from a country where its either hot or hotter, and this cold spell isn't going down too well, see? So, just as a backup (other than kipping in the car) anyone know of any good B&Bs to recommend?

2. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Whereabouts in the Lakes are you planning on going Superbrat?

3. Posted by SuperBrat (Full Member 107 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

wow, that's a hard one. I know there are 14 lakes, and I think we will be heading the Lake Windermere way? No plans as yet, so am verty open to suggestions :)

4. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I always recommend Keswick to people, because it's a really nice little town with some great walks that you can do easily from the town and the lake (derwentwater) is lovely for boating on - you can hire a row boat for half a day and just potter about, stopping on the islands and at little beaches. There are stacks of B&Bs - here is a list - but if I were going to choose one I would probably go for this one as it is cheap and in Newlands valley which is a tranquil valley near Keswick, and it's a farm so you'd get to see the 'Cumbrian way of life'. If you're camping, there's a pretty good campsite just North of town.

I'm also a big fan of Coniston, particularly the mountain, the Old Man of Coniston, which makes an interesting walk. Again, loads of choices of B&B, but I'm afraid I don't know them so can't really recommend.

Windermere is nice, but I personally think it's a little overdone on the tourist front and has lost some of its character, and I think other parts of the lakes are more dramatic and beautiful. Also Windermere will be overrun with coach parties on a bank holiday weekend.

5. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 316 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

My favorite towns in the Lake District are Keswick, Ambleside and Grasmere.