Firstly, I appreciate that there are a lot of ‘where should I base myself’ questions asked and have looked through a lot of them, but still have some unanswered questions (and will try to give you enough info!). I’m planning a 5 day break in the northern Lakes District in mid-June, staying with up to 5 friends – we’ll be looking for a self-contained cottage. We wont have access to a car, but all like walking (but aren’t experienced with the fells). The main criteria are:
1) Close to trailheads of moderate/4-6hr/on-path walks
2) Walking distance of a pub (but happy with just one)
3) Central for photographs – ie on a lake for sunrise/sunset
4) Reasonable transportation options
Given that, I’ve narrowed it down to Keswick, Glenridding or Buttermere. While I understand, from many great responses here, that Keswick would be best in terms of access to transport and pubs etc, I think the group would prefer to stay in one of the quieter villages.
So, what is the transportation like (eg access to local buses) in Glenridding and Buttermere - would it be easy to head to Keswick or other walks and back for a day?
Or is there 5-days-worth of walks that begin close to those villages or would we run out of things to do?
And finally, I realise its subjective, but what’s your opinion on the better place for walking/photography?
Also, while I have the names of a lot of good booking agencies, any personal suggestions for houses to hire that are close to these villages would be much appreciated.