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Buttermere/Glenridding vs Keswick with no car?

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Buttermere/Glenridding vs Keswick with no car?

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.


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11. Re: Buttermere/Glenridding vs Keswick with no car?

Cheers NM, good to hear. At the moment, it looks like it will be Glenridding (or Keswick with a couple of daytrips).

Yes, we'll self-cater, but can stock up beforehand - also, I'd say at least a couple of nights will be spent sampling the pub-grub.

Cheers for the Cockermouth and brewery recommendations - will definitely have a look at both!

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12. Re: Buttermere/Glenridding vs Keswick with no car?

Hi there, not sure when you're travelling but we have a cottage in Buttermere called Bowderbeck its listed on TA and we have some availability in July and September - its suitable for walkers and Buttermere definitely has at least 5 days worth of walking from the front door!! We also recently discovered Davies Taxis in keswick who will come to Buttermere and can take you to a starting point and you walk back over the fells - or there is a bus service called the Mountain Goat. thanks Kate

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