I'm based at Oxford and would like to visit the Lake District. I'll be renting a car. I'd like to know when is the best time, ie which month when it's not too wet, to visit, obviously not long weekends or school holidays. I don't want to get stuck in traffic jams.
It will be a drive and hike kind of holiday. How many days would be best to see most if not the best part of the Lakes District. I like walking, cycling and taking nice photos. I am not fantatically fit. Easy to intermediate walks lasting 4-5 hours would be maximum and I like bike riding flat terrain.
I've been studying the travel brochures and they all seem to suggest that driving around Lake District is a bad idea, I hope that's not the case if I chose my time wisely. If it is the case, I'll just have to plan getting around by public transport.
Thanks in advance.