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1. Posted by SuperBrat (Full Member 107 posts) 9y

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) 9y

Whereabouts in the Lakes are you planning on going Superbrat?

3. Posted by SuperBrat (Full Member 107 posts) 9y

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) 9y

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) 9y

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