I posted a question yesterday about hiking boots and received so many great replies. You guys are the best! In case you're wondering, we're bringing our hiking boots, but that's not why I'm posting today.
My daughter and I will be taking the train from the London area up to the Lake District at the end of May and staying for 3-4 nights. We won't have a car so we will either have to walk, take the bus or a tour to see the sights.
Our goals are to take some very scenic hikes that aren't too technical, (we've done our share of hiking but don't want to do any serious mountain climbing), tour Hill Top Farm and the Beatrix Potter museum, see the beautiful scenery of the Lake District and hopefully view and hike along Hadrian's wall.
Without a car I don't think we can do this and stay in one location. We can split our stay between two locations. I was thinking of taking the train to Windermere and staying at Tower Bank Arms the first night so that we could just walk to Hill Top and the museum the first day. Then maybe we could head up to Keswick and spend 2-3 nights in that area.
I know that Mountain Goat tours has a Hadrian's Wall tour on Fridays but they leave out of Windermere at 9:15am. It might be a stretch to get there so early and seems kind of pointless to travel south just to get on the bus to travel north again. Also, they only do the tour if they have 6 people. We'd be two passengers but there wouldn't be a guarantee that four others would be interested, altough maybe in early June that wouldn't be an issue.
Do I need a tour to see Hadrian's Wall without having a car? Is there a way to take a bus to a dropping off point where we could explore and hike on our own? More importantly, we'd need to get back to Keswick at the end of the day!
At the end of our stay we'd catch the train from Penrith and head south again. What do you think? I've been pondering how to best make our limited time and budget work to squeeze in a trip to your beautiful area while we are visiting England. Time is flying by and I want to get our rooms booked before they're all full.
I appreciate your time and consideration. Thank you!