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Where to go in Lake District with toddlers

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Where to go in Lake District with toddlers

I am looking to spend a long weekend in the Lake District in May with my wife and two daughters (aged 18 months and 3 years). This has become something of an annual trip for us, and we have been to Grasmere and Keswick in the last two years. It would be great if someone can suggest a different Lake District town we should visit this time around.

We'll be travelling up on the train from London, so it would need to be somewhere with decent links to the train.

Thanks in advance for your help!!

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1. Re: Where to go in Lake District with toddlers

With the dependence on public transport and the age of the children the only other place I would suggest is Ambleside, but having stayed at Grasmere you are probably already familiar with it.

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2. Re: Where to go in Lake District with toddlers

Take the train to Penrith ( often overlooked as an entry point to the Lakes it on the main line from Euston) and then head to Ullswater.

Try to get accommodation in Glenridding or Pooley Bridge.

A beautiful lake with a steamer, some good walks .



Penrith, whilst not in the Lakes is a pleasant market town for a day trip.


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3. Re: Where to go in Lake District with toddlers

The only town in the Lake District with a train station is Windermere.

I see you don't mention Windermere but it is one of the larger towns in the Lake District and has plenty to do for a family with young children.

Note while the train station is in Windermere the town by the lake is actually called Bowness on Windermere, though the towns of Windermere and Bowness are only about a mile apart. In fact as they have both grown they almost merge in with each other.

People on here often avoid suggesting Windermere/Bowness as a place to stay as it can get rather touristy, but for a family with young children it will be fine.

There is also Mountain Goat coaches near the train station and they run coach trips all over the Lake District which may be good if you don't have a car.

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4. Re: Where to go in Lake District with toddlers

Windermere station is easily accessible from the west coast mainline via Oxenholme, so would be good for the public transport side of things? Have you thought about hiring a car for a few days once you get here as it would give you more flexibility for the kids. You could then explore the coastal towns and beaches and Muncaster Castle and the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway which the children would love! Also towards Barrow is the South Lakes Wild Animal park which would also be good for the kids.

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5. Re: Where to go in Lake District with toddlers

Another vote for Ullswater. It's easy enough to get to by bus or taxi if you take the train to Penrith, and the scenery is truly lovely.

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6. Re: Where to go in Lake District with toddlers

It would take some planning but it is possible to coordinate your journey by taking mainline rail to Ravenglass for Eskdale, and then using the ravenglass to eskdale steam railway to get up into Eskdale and around it on subsequent days. There are good low level walks, pubs, campsites, and a child friendly day out at Muncaster Castle.

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