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Lake District, not to full of tourists

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Lake District, not to full of tourists

Hello

I am visiting the Lake District in September with my girlfriend and we want to try a different area to the Windermere and Ambleside area. We have been there several times and although we really love it, we would like to stay nearer to one of the other lakes that's less busy.

Could anyone advise? We are into walking and intend to hike up a few of the higher mountains but have no particular ones in mind. We would also like to stay somewhere within walking distance of a few good pubs.

Thanks in advance

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1. Re: Lake District, not to full of tourists

Buttermere has only two pubs - but the walking is right from your doorstep to Lakes and some of the very best mountains. It's much quieter, but both Cockermouth (brewery tour, friendly town) and Keswick (outdoor and other shops) are an easy drive.

Mike

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2. Re: Lake District, not to full of tourists

Cockermouth s often overlooked and I agree with above comments.

You could also look at Eskdale /Wasdale /Ravenglass for the Western Lakes and the Scafell and Great Gable hikes..

You might find that there s just one pub in close range here though.and you might be staying in it!

Just a sample.

Santon Bridge Inn.

http://www.santonbridgeinn.com/

tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g499540-d5683…

tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g499537-…

Another small village with a couple of pubs and restaurants nearby is Gosforth

Probably the largest village closest to Eskdale and Wasdale, two or three pubs, some hotels and restaurants nearby.

Not to be confused with Gosforth near Ewcastle upon Tyne

Some reviews refer to Pizza Express but that's not in this little Cumbrian Village

Edited: 09 July 2013, 07:06
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3. Re: Lake District, not to full of tourists

Yes, what they said...

Buttermere, eskdale, wasdale,

Plus langdale, glenridding.

2 nights glenridding. Hellvellyn or st Sunday plus high street

2 nights buttermere. Haystacks/red pike plus a day off sat by the lake

2 nights wasdale take your pick

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4. Re: Lake District, not to full of tourists

If you havent walked in the North Lakes - stay in or near Keswick.

Derwentwater is very accessible especially in Keswick and the area generally is nothing like as busy as Windermere . If you want quite go tstay in Borrowdale.

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5. Re: Lake District, not to full of tourists

I had one holiday over the West of the lake District. We stayed at a lovely village called Boot (on a farm).

This area can take longer to get to (it adds a bit extra to your drive) but it gives you a totally different view of the Lake District.

This area is less touristy, less crowded, but it has a beauty and solitude the East side of the lakes does not have.

And the drive down towards Wastwater lake gives you a view to die for, with Scafell and Great Gable in the distance, and the huge screes on your right.

There are less B&Bs over that side, but it is well worth hunting one out and staying over there.

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6. Re: Lake District, not to full of tourists

Hi Neil,

as others have mentioned very good places to stay I will suggest accommodation.

Burnthwaite Farm at Wasdale Head, check the reviews, but one 1 pub near by. ( Not sure why I am telling you about this place , I will never get a room again when people know about it)

King George 4th Eskdale

Wilson Arms Torver or The Church House Inn across the road.

Rosthwaite in Borrowdale Yew Tree Farm ( hard to get a room), Royal Oak.

Keith.

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7. Re: Lake District, not to full of tourists

There was another thread on this forum recently where someone asked a similar question, which you might find useful.

tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g186318-i783-k64…

Buttermere would certainly tick all your boxes. There is a fantastic selection of hiking you can do from there.

You might also want to consider Braithwaite. It's just a short drive outside Keswick, but far enough to escape the worst of the tourist crowds. It has 3 pubs (and I heartily recommend the food at Middle Ruddings), and there are many fells you can climb directly from the village without needing your car.

But if you really want to get right away from the crowds, head over to the western Lake District: plenty of more specific and good suggestions in the posts above.

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8. Re: Lake District, not to full of tourists

Thank you all, these are all really helpful suggestions and tips.

Neil

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9. Re: Lake District, not to full of tourists

As mentioned above I'd also recommend the Western Lakes for a different take on the Lake District, we've stayed over that way a few times and quite often been basking in sunshine while the central Lakes has been under thick cloud, the west coast is well worth exploring and you've got easy access to Wastwater and Ennerdale.

We've stayed here a couple of times and can recommend it:

http://www.millholmehouse.com/index.html

Visiting the tiny village pub is an experience not to be missed, it's like stepping back in time.

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