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Pretty quiet spot in August and a stopover en route

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Pretty quiet spot in August and a stopover en route

We will be visiting in August from Australia and will be driving Cambridge to Lake District and staying a few day. I have two questions

(1) where would be a good town or village to stop for a couple of hours on the way. I thought of Buxton which seems pretty and not far off the track. Any other suggestions?

(2) I know it's a busy time of the year so where would be pretty and reasonably quiet to stay in the Lake District?

Thanks so much

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1. Re: Pretty quiet spot in August and a stopover en route

Good choice, head up the M1 to Derby then pick up the A6 for Matlock and Buxton which should be a nice drive

Then around Manchester on the M60 and take your choice about route to lakes if you have the time go via the A65 to Skipton Ingleton Kirkby Lonsdale but its a long drive from Cambridge that way without using the motorway system. Perhaps an overnight along the way?

Another option would be to turn left off the M6 and head for Chester via the M56

Chester is very compact easy to get to and a great place to take a stroll around the old streets.

Our Motorways get quite congested especially around Birmingham and the 20 miles north of Birmingham

There is a toll section option of the M6 and its a great choice to use it especially at peak times.

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2. Re: Pretty quiet spot in August and a stopover en route

Where to stay in the Lakes that is quiet in August?

Probably better to say where not to go as Windermere, Ambleside, Keswick and Grasmere will be at their fullest.

Still good but crowded

So look at the edges of the Lakes

Ullswater is near the M6 so Glenridding and Pooley Bridge

Other options are around Buttermere, Crummock and Loweswater which brings in Cockermouth, which trchnically isn't in the Lakes but is very close, it is adjacent to the main road so you can get to other parts easy

Then there is the western side, Ravenglass, Wasdale Eskdale and Gosforth have accomodation in more quieter less busy settings. As I say they are less busy not totally quiet though

Some great spots on the western side

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3. Re: Pretty quiet spot in August and a stopover en route

The Lakes will be rammed in August and I would definitely avoid the main towns. In fairness though it is always possible to avoid the worst of the crowds by heading along some of the quieter valleys. Ullswater, Buttermere and Eskdale are particular favourites but don't avoid Cockermouth just because it is, strictly, outside the National Park. It's a handsome town with some great pubs and a short drive to great walking in the Northern Lakes.

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4. Re: Pretty quiet spot in August and a stopover en route

Another vote for Cockermouth. Great little town, not spoilt by tourism.

Mike

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5. Re: Pretty quiet spot in August and a stopover en route

Thank you everybody. That's really helpful.

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6. Re: Pretty quiet spot in August and a stopover en route

I live near Cambridge and any route that goes through Buxton will be slow, its not a good way of getting to the Lakes, will involve a lot of mileage on single carriageway roads, plus quite a few built up areas with lowish speed limits. By far the best route is to take the A14 to Huntingdon, A1 to Scotch Corner then the A66 to Penrith. On a good day its four hours driving, more likely to be five and on a bad day six. Plus stops. Possible towns/villages just over half way include Wetherby and Ripon. Additionally on the A66 section over the pennines there are a number of farm shop/tea rooms which might be convenient for lunch.

As to quiet areas of the Lakes, the Western side such as Wasdale will be the quietest due to the relative isolation, however staying on the West side will make it long winded to reach much of the Central Lakes, and even slow to reach other parts of the Western Lakes. Ullswater will be quieter than the central area and you have reasonable access to both Ambleside in the South and across to Keswick. Mungrisdale and over the Caldbeck fells will be quieter, its not strictly part of the Lakes, but it does have reasonable access onto the A66. Buttermere will be crowded during the day, but quitter in the evenings as it doesn't have a great deal of accommodation. Overall the only places that get very crowded seem to be Ambleside and Grasmere, bith a fairly hellish for parking in the summer, Best to arrive early.

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7. Re: Pretty quiet spot in August and a stopover en route

Agree re Cockermouth.

For a stop en route, Knaresborough would be very good

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8. Re: Pretty quiet spot in August and a stopover en route

For somewhere pretty and quiet to stay: Look at the Punch Bowl Inn in Crosthwaite in the Lyth Valley www.the-punchbowl.co.uk We have stayed here 3 times: it's a lovely Inn in a quiet village and close to the southern lakes e.g. Windermere, Ambleside etc.

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9. Re: Pretty quiet spot in August and a stopover en route

We stayed at Bybeck B&B in the small village of Grange in Borrowdale, about 5 miles from Keswick. Lots of places for walks right out the door. Great breakfast, knowledgeable owners and a reasonable price. Here's a link.

www.bybeck.com

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