Lake District - help please!

(17 Posts)
myron Thu 31-Jan-13 22:26:27

We stayed here in a 2 bed apartment with our DC. It's a very convenient location - 10 mins' walk from the centre of Ambleside and just across from the water's edge. DC were 2 & 5 at the time so we chose 'easy' walks from this site. HTH

JustAHolyFool Thu 31-Jan-13 11:40:31

Erk, I say "very cheap". I live in London so it's probably just moderately cheap. What I mean is it's good value for what you get, nice non-pretentious atmosphere.

JustAHolyFool Thu 31-Jan-13 11:39:40

We went to the LD last year, gorgeous.

Can I recommend The Brown Horse Inn ? Lovely organic food, most of it grown out the back and very cheap.

English country Cottages good, but a bit pricey.

Sykes have a good rep but have never used them yet.

MyMamaToldMe Thu 31-Jan-13 11:27:02

Thanks all! Lots of helpful info! Now to find a cottage for the week! smile

Liskey Thu 31-Jan-13 07:36:58

There is a soft play place in Seahouses if it rains - though as we found out it opens late - about 11 I think. Fish and chips from seahouses is gorgeous as well looking forward to having that again.

We usually rent a cottage near Hawkshead or Far Sawrey, which are quiet but handy for the busier places.

Funnily enough we are considering a change and going to Northumbria this year, so thanks for the info, Liskey smile

OP, Sizergh Barn is a nice stop-off on the way to or from The Lake District (A591), with a Farm Trail for children as well as loads of lovely food and crafts.

eatyourveg Wed 30-Jan-13 17:14:00

ds is going there on a Geography trip at Easter - the itinerary includes a riverboat cruise on Derwent water, Honister Slate Museum, Keswick Museum, Catbells (??) Cockermouth and Cumberland Pencil Museum. They are going by train and getting around using public transport so I assume all these places are within easy reach of each other. They are basing themselves in Keswick staying in B&B but you won't want to share with a bunch of 15 year olds!

kendalcottages Wed 30-Jan-13 15:03:43

The World of Beatrix Potter Attractions is in Bowness-on-Windermere (a mile down the road), not in Windermere (village) itself.

MyMamaToldMe Wed 30-Jan-13 14:54:42

Wow - thanks everyone for all the info - lots to think about. Cathpip - do you mind sharing the details of where you stay?

HormonalHousewife Wed 30-Jan-13 14:35:48

Beatrix Potter museum in Windermere too.

brockhole have just opened up a junior go ape for 5 years and older. I wouldnt bother with that unless your DD is super confident. <<shudders at the memory >>

kendalcottages Wed 30-Jan-13 14:31:23

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cathpip Wed 30-Jan-13 12:35:08

We have been visiting the Lake Ditrict for 8 years now and have always stayed in the same house just outside Coniston. We love it, lots of small walks boat trips, shops and cafes. Ambleside has a softplay centre now which is a god send if the weather is not great. One place you must stop off at is Chesters by the river at Skelwith bridge, its a coffee shop attached to a lovely (but expensive) shop, oh but the cakes are huge and yummy, empty tummy required!!!

Liskey Wed 30-Jan-13 12:35:06

I'd second that the Lake District will be heaving in school holidays, though it is a lovely area. We've stayed in Ambleside and Elterwater which are nice.

We went to Northumberland for the first time last year - with DD who was 2 and are now planning to go back there it was so gorgeous! Didn't need to find much to do as DD was happy playing on the beach/sea (and telling us the sea was warm ha!) We went to Beadnell which was nice though next time we might stay at Bamburgh which has the nicest beach ever.

MyMamaToldMe Wed 30-Jan-13 12:27:31

Thanks Beer! I should have mentioned we will be travelling with our DD (5). I've also been reading up on Northumberland if anyone has any views on the area as well? Thanks! smile

Depends on what you want to do when you're up there really.

Ambleside/Windermere etc very crowded in the school holidays, but there's lots to do, especially with younger DC.

Tarn Hows - get there early before it gets packed.
Grizedale Forest - different levels of walk, forest trails and sculptures, Go Ape.
Brockhole Visitor Centre
Loads of shops, restaurants, cafes.
Boat trips across Windermere.

Coniston is lovely too, as is the area around Hawkshead.

Head for the North Lakes for quieter areas near the Scottish borders.

MyMamaToldMe Wed 30-Jan-13 11:44:36

We are thinking of going to the Lake District for May half term. I've always wanted to go, but don't know very much about the area. If anyone has any advice on the area - i.e. - what area to stay in, what to do in the area, accommodation, etc, it would be very gratefully received. smile

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