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Caldbeck roads

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Caldbeck roads

Hoping to stay in a holiday cottage in Caldbeck. Love the lakes but want to try a different area less touristy. Can anyone tell me how narrow the roads are in the area? Can cope with bendy and reasonably narrow as long as there isn't too many single track sections.

Happy to just meander slowly as long as your not too worried for your wing mirror the whole time. Thanks in advance

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1. Re: Caldbeck roads

You're in a quieter part - generally you'll be fine. However if you take alternative routes to the sat nav you can get some very good roads with nice views. An example - I took an alternative route to Buttermere from Bassenthwaite 3 weeks ago just off Whinlatter Pass. Sections of that are single track and you have to get out and open/close gates. As I said generally you'll be ok - even with single tracks there are usually passing places.

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Caldbeck is lovely and you shouldn't have any problems. The roads through the village are quite wide and most of those round about are wide enough to pass easily but there aren't many road markings. Much of the surrounding area is open moorland. There are some sharp bends and narrow sections/bridges on the road through Mosedale and Mungrisedale that goes alongside Carrock Fell, but it's a lovely run. There's a ford if you go looking for it but the usual route avoids it. To get to Keswick you can go either that way or the higher route through Uldale to Bassenthwaite, which is a straighter road. There isn't any need for passing places unless you seek out the remoter parts. It's plain sailing once you get to the A595, A591, A66 or B5305.

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Thanks for that, I don't mind small sections of single track but I want to be able to relax and enjoy the scenery for the most part. and not be on the edge of the seat. We've never been to Caldbeck and area as normally stop in the south western lakes but wanted to somewhere different. Many thanks

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4. Re: Caldbeck roads

Its a very quiet area and you should have no problems with the roads - I never had.

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5. Re: Caldbeck roads

The roads around there aren't exactly great big carriageways, but as long as you drive with a bit of common sense you'll be fine.

Should be a great area for exploring some of the northern fells. A bit off the main tourist routes (apart from Skiddaw & Blencathra), but IMHO the relative isolation of the area makes it all the more beautiful.

If you manage to walk up to the summit of Great Calva on a fine day you'll be rewarded with one of the loveliest views in the Lake District: you get to see right down the extended valley that forms the middles of the entire district, in a line along Thirlmere & Windermere.

Have fun!

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Cal;dbeck is very quiet - the roads are largely on unfenced moorland and you can see other cars coming in the opposite direction from a long way.

We have had fantastic holidays in a cottage just outside the village enjoying the quiet (compared with the nearby Lakes). The Old Crown in the next village (Hesket Newmarket) is highly recommended - as is the little tea shop in the post office in HN.

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7. Re: Caldbeck roads

Caldbeck is as they say in Cumbria "back o skidda" Its remote and relatively quiet, moorland rather than Lakes.

The quietness does however enable you to travel relatively quickly either Southward through Mungrisdale to access the A66, where you can either head Westward to Ullswater or Southward down to St Johns in the vale; or you can cut across Westward towards Bassenthwaite lake, Buttermere can be reached via Newlands which is alot quieter than Borrowdale.

Caldbeck itself has some nice craft places and a cafe at the Old Mill plus decent pub, someone has already mentioned the Old Crown at Hesket. Further on you have another good pub at Mungrisdale.

The road has on or two tight bends, but is mostly fairly open on moorland, just need to keep an eye out for sheep and ponies.

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Caldbeck is a quiet area,lovely village.An old water mill now houses cafes,shops and craft workshop.A short walk from village,pass a duck pond on the village green is "The Howk",an old bobbin mill and a waterfall in a limestone gorge.

I"ve never had problems driving around,just take care and slow down on bends.

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