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Quiet towns in north/center of Lake District?

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Quiet towns in north/center of Lake District?

Hello there,

We are planning a trip at the end of March for 3 days in the Lake District, and have found some invaluable information here!.

Judging from the threads: the north/centre is the best place to spend time in for more dramatic landscapes! We were therefore planning to stay in the North and then drive around + take the historic railways + hike etc,

If you have any suggestions regarding sparsely populated town names in the North, it would be most helpful! We like to dip in and out of the tourist thing, but mainly just enjoy nature at its best.

Thank you!

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1. Re: Quiet towns in north/center of Lake District?

How "sparsely populated" are you looking for exactly? Middle of nowhere? Village with one or two pubs?

If you want dramatic landscapes, staying somewhere on Ullswater would be well worth considering. Personally, I think Glenridding is a fine place to stay, but it's a fairly busy little village, so you might be looking for something a bit more remote. Perhaps Watermillock would be worth a look?

Alternatively, there are various places in the north of the Lake District away from Ullswater, but with good access to the northern fells. Threlkeld and Braithwaite immediately spring to mind.

Buttermere is also a fantastic location if you want to take in lovely scenery.

Edited: 13 February 2013, 13:32
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2. Re: Quiet towns in north/center of Lake District?

Cockermouth is in the North but on the edge of the Lakes

But has much to commend it




If you want to see the railway then try the Western side




A train trip from Whitehaven or St. Bees along the Cumbrian Coast to say Grange over Sands is very scenic,


Or start you train journey at Ravenglass to Grange and return to Ravenglass?

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3. Re: Quiet towns in north/center of Lake District?

Yes indeed - Cockermouth is the ideal quiet town with great pubs and friendly people, Buttermere is perfect if you want it even quieter with wonderful walking straight from the door. I'd choose one of those two.


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4. Re: Quiet towns in north/center of Lake District?

Buttermere looks breathtaking! March can't come around soon enough. Thank you so much for your suggestions!

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5. Re: Quiet towns in north/center of Lake District?

It all depends on your definition of a "town" Generally the only places in the Lake District which are referred to as Towns are Windermere, Ambleside and Keswick, with Cockermouth just outside the Northwestern boundary.

If you are looking for a village/hamlet with just a few houses, and a pub/hotel places like Buttermere or Rosthwaite might be more what you are looking for. One thing to bear in mind places like Buttermere can be very busy during the day, but quieten down hugely when the day trippers go home.

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6. Re: Quiet towns in north/center of Lake District?

If you like walking,take a circular walk around Buttermere Lake.It takes roughly two hours and has great views of surrounding hills.After the walk enjoy a ice cream from Syke Farm,small farm in the village with tea room.

For mountain walking/hiking,you may want to view Haystacks,Fleetwith Pike and the High Stile Ridge which is a classic group of mountains all with spectacular views of Buttermere Lake.

Enjoy your visit.

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