I would like to visit Lake District from 26-28 May 07. Am a budget traveller. What should be my place of stay (Cumbria? Windermere?) and what all places I must see and can see in that period?
Am closeby in Manchester...
Thanks for your help and time.
I live in Carlisle and hopefully can recommend a few places to see in the Lakes.
Firstly just to clarify Cumbria is the county that the Lakes are in and Windermere is one of the many Lakes within the Lake District.
What sorts of things are you wanting to do? If you want to see the touristy bits then head to Ambleside and Keswick. Keswick and Ambleside tend to be the 2 main places in the Lake. Otherwise there are plenty of other places to go you just need to look.
The buses should be fairly good in May as they run about every hour (or less) from various destinations. The bus company is Stagecoach if you need to find the time tables etc.
I just returned from a couple of days camping in Langdale. Its about 15 miles out from Ambleside in the South Lakes. There isn't much to do there but you are away from most of the tourists and its a really nice National Trust camp site. We just relaxed and did a couple of fells.
If you let me know what your looking to do then I will try and help you all i can. If you were around any other time then the end of may I would of been happy to give you a guided tour but I'm off to France for a bit of a holiday.
One thing I would say is you should really get accommodation up here as coming up from manchester is a long 2 hour journey so you won't want to do it everyday.
I would recommend for you to stay in a hostel while you are there. Really affordable. I stayed in the Windermere Hostel, a bit out of town, but it was great. Served tasty food at a good price and good portions too!
The Ambleside hostel is right on lake Windermere, which looks great. Never went to that one tho so I can't rate it for you.
I did all the 'touristy things', as PeteMuzz says, but never got to Keswick. There are boat rides, going the length of lake Windermere, which I enjoyed, and you are able to hop off at certain towns along the lake and catch it again. I also mapped out a route and went by bus around the area, as far as Coniston from Bowness-on-Windermere. (I was there 4 days and packed quite a lot in, needed more time, so I advise you to plan carefully)
There are also really great walks, if you are the outdoors type. Tho knowing Cumbria's reputation, its best to take an umbrella along! Even tho it is the end of May.
Thats all I can say...
If you need somewhere cheap to stay, check this site out.
The Lake District is beautiful, enjoy.
Thats a good point... Bring a waterproof or unbrella. Sometimes you just cant tell what the weather will do... for instance today and yesterday are boiling hot. The day before was misty and rainy and cold!
Also if you are intending on doing any of the walks or fells you really need to be prepared for the weather further up the mountains.
Thanks PeteMuzz, Carmen, Mike for the detailed info.
Basically, I am looking for a packed trip where I can perhaps visit the touristy places on one day and some less frequented but more lovely places on the other days. I would love to hike for a day so any advice on the best walk is welcome. Camping for a day is also a wonderful option I would love to explore.
Good point about the weather, in UK I always move around with an umbrella/rain sheet coz weather is always uncertain from morning to evening.
Since it will be a extended weekend, I will surely need to book things up beforehand, especially the place of stay.
Carmen, can you tell me what all you had packed in your 4 day trip?
Pete, how did you book the camps? how much do they cost?
In terms of camping I would go for the National Trust campsites. You can't book in advance but even on the hottest weekends I have never had a problem getting into one. They cost about £4.50 pp pn plus around £3 pn for your car. If you dont have a car then fantastic. They tend to be very clean, good washing facilities etc. I just spent 4 nights at the Langdale one.
If you decide on the area or type of walk you would like to take, i.e. do you want to do a well known fell like Scarfell Pike or an easier walk which wont involve the pain of going up hill, then i shall have a look through our books and pick a couple of good ones for you.
Hostels are very cheap as well and are dotted around the Lakes as well.
There are many Youth Hostels covering all of the Lake District, you can hike from one to the next easily in a day, that was the original concept of the YHA, you can also book ahead from one to the next.
Go to www.YHA.org.uk/LakeDistrict and see all they have to offer and from that find what might meet your needs, I see from the web site you can book on line.
Enjoy the visit, your choice of time for the visit might get you there during the very busy tourist season so do take the local advice that has been passed on to you in the entries above.