Lake District walking

We’re still in love with walking in the Lake District

More and more businesses are providing guided activities and events in the Lake District so too more markets, shows and performances. But what continues to be the main attraction that reason for visiting the Lake District is walking.

Some may say it is the walking capital of the UK. Yes there are so many stunning places for walking in the UK such as the Scottish Highlands, North Wales, Northumberland, the Peak District and the North York Moors but probably thanks to a gentleman called Alfred Wainwright, the Lake District is the most popular of the walking destinations. And now it is also the UK’s newest and largest UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Accessibility is definitely a plus point thanks to good road links to the major towns and despite some miles, is an achievable place to visit even from the South East. The West Coast train line has also opened up the Lake District especially with the connection to Windermere.

walking lake district
But it the special nature of the Landscape that attracts and it’s relatively small area for the amount it packs in. From the rolling peninsulas of Cartmel across the hot spots of Windermere And Ambleside, still pretty and the villages and lakes that interspersed them, up to Keswick and the stunning area around Derwentwater onto the highest fells of the Western Lake District with its baron and striking vistas. There’s a walk for everyone, there’s new places to discover for everyone and it is a location more and more people are visiting yet there’s still always places for complete escapism.

What do walkers need when it comes for somewhere to stay? Well parking, a decent sized room, drying facilities (it is the Lake District afterall!), good food and beverages. A handy guide to Lake District walking accommodation was published recently by The Telegraph. A centrally located option is the Cuckoo Brow Lake District B&B and Inn which is listed. The rooms are bright and clean and there’s always something satisfying on the menu post walk. Cuckoo Brow welcomes all so great for families and for dog friendly breaks and holidays or simply just call in for a drink. Visit https://www.cuckoobrow.co.uk for more details or call 015394 43425.

September in Keswick – full of strolling, striding and cycling

September for end of the summer holidays, the start of the new school year and the chance to grab pre-autumn break in the Lake District that is still full of activity.

It is a chance for those without children or with grown up ones to have a short break or holiday benefitting from it being a little quieter than during the school summer holidays. The days are still long and the clocks haven’t gone back yet.

And September in the Lake District and especially around Keswick is most definitely not event free. Whether you’re into walking, hiking or cycling there’s still lots of planned and guided events to join in on as well as taking yourselves of for the day up one of the many Keswick fells on the doorstep to where most stay.

 

walking cycling lake district

Photos c National Trust and GoSkyRide

 

Moving onto two wheeled transport and the GoSkyRide tam have two guided bike rides planned in September. Firstly the Threlkeld – Fell Care Day Ride on Tuesday 22 of September organised by Friends of the Lake District and aimed at cyclists learning how to look after the National Park and enjoying it at the same time. It’s a 7 mile route starting from Threlkeld Village Hall and time around 2 hours.

The second, Sunday 27 September, a 12 mile Wildlife and Wilderness route starting from the Theatre By The Lake. Made up of quiet roads and cycle paths, the ride goes through Portinscale to Braithwaite and the onto a traffic free path to Force Crag Mine. Both guided bike rides are free to attend but booking is essential in advance via http://www.goskyride.com/cumbria.

Accommodation
Ellergill B&B in Keswick on Stanger Street just 2 minutes from the centre is a handy place to stay, has parking and is both walker and cyclist friendly. Prices from £65 per room including breakfast.

Where to eat
Plenty on offer in Keswick including great stone baked pizza’s at The Square Orange or for hearty pub food head to the Dog and Gun especially the legendary goulash.