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Best Area to stay in Lake District

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BaconAndAvocado Sat 21-Oct-17 16:56:40

Looking to go in Feb half term.

We're a family of four, DCs are 9 and 11.

Looking for somewhere with cottages from which we can walk to a pub....with doable walks (we are all novices!)

Wouldn't mind trying to scale a hill or two!

LittleCandle Sat 21-Oct-17 17:01:04

Have a look at Cumbrian Cottages. They have a big choice. We stay at a lovely one in Ullsdale, which is a hamlet with the most fantastic pub! It is tiny and very out of the way, but the cottage is lovely. It is about 10 miles north of Keswick and a few miles from the A66, which is the main road. There are some nice roads to walk along there. It is quite high up and phone coverage is spotty at best, but its lovely. We love the Lake District.

Saucery Sat 21-Oct-17 17:02:39

Hawkshead. Lovely pubs, easy access to Coniston etc and Latterbarrow to walk up to - some steepish bits but very doable. Fantastic view of Windermere from the top. There's Tarn Hows over the other side which is picturesque and a dead easy short amble. For a longer walk you can park at the top of Coniston Water and approach it from Monk Coniston.
Elterwater in easy driving distance. Park at the National Trust car park and either go left along the river or there's a walk out of the village past the old mines towards Little Langdale.

ownedbySWD Sat 21-Oct-17 17:03:47

I used to live in Ennerdale Bridge, so I'm partial to that area. smile Ennerdale water has a nice walk round, and I believe there's a village pub but I haven't lived there in a long while.

Saucery Sat 21-Oct-17 17:05:08

Forgot to say, you need to get to Elterwater early or it's parked up, even in Winter.

TheOnlyLivingBoyInNewCross Sat 21-Oct-17 17:13:22

In the Grasmere area, a lovely walk from Rydal to Grasmere which is not at all hilly. From Grasmere you can walk up to Easedale Tarn which is a very beautiful walk but has a very good path. You can walk from Rydal to Loughrigg Fell - not too demanding.

Grasmere is close to Ambleside, at the head of Windermere, and Coniston/ Hawkshead/ Little Langdale are easy drives away.

BaconAndAvocado Sat 21-Oct-17 18:15:54

Thanks everyone.

Will it be extremely cold in February ? Any chance of snow?

Saucery Sat 21-Oct-17 19:05:41

Sometimes a bit on the peaks in Feb. Chance of every other sort of weather though grin. Get a cottage with a wood burner or real fire as well as radiators then you won't care.

Bamboofordinneragain Sun 29-Oct-17 07:22:42

The area around Keswick is great - not so busy as Ambleside, and better choice of hills. Catbells is a great little climb with fantastic views.
Look at the village of Threlkeld for places with pubs to walk to. Very convenient and has the best cafe in the village hall.
And you may well get snow, which is a massive bonus. Nowhere better than the Lakes in Winter!

piknmix Wed 03-Jan-18 18:33:53

I would say the chances of snow are very high, having spent a good time in the Lakes. There will likely be snow on the mountain tops and I'd be very careful of walking high if you're inexperienced. You need the correct gear and be aware that the weather can change very quickly. I've mountain walked alot in NE Lakes and sometimes in February. There's some fab routes but do make sure you can use a compass and map or stick to lower levels. Even something like Cat Bells (a popular, relatively easy ascent in summer can become very icy and slippy in winter). The Lakes is fabulously scenic, especially in the winter. Take care and you'll have a great time.

Aloneinacrowd70 Sat 06-Jan-18 10:57:22

We have found the Grasmere area a great place for a base. Lots of great walks start nearby. If there's a lot of snow, there are some good low level walks eg around Grasmere lake, plus it's near-ish the park at Brockhole with its ropes course which our kids always enjoy. When the weather's really bad, there are shops/tearooms in Grasmere to while away the hours. However, I think it's hard to go wrong in general regarding location in the Lake District - so many beautiful areas.

UrsulaPandress Sat 06-Jan-18 11:00:07

We stayed in a cottage in Threlkeld that was owned by the pub across the road (The Horse and Farrier). Breakfast was included at the pub and it was ok for evening meals.

Brighteyes27 Mon 08-Jan-18 07:02:55

Is it just adults or DC as well.
Keswick area has something for everyone.
If you prefer quieter maybe look at Hawks-head, Nether Wasdale, Eden Valley.
Please don’t climb too high or if conditions are bad as mountain rescue all volunteers have to come out and try and save you.

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