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un-crowded Lake District locales

Texan (in...
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un-crowded Lake District locales

Several travellers mentioned crowding at such popular places as Ambleside and Windemere in the LD. Morgana commented that English-peoples-in-the-know KNOW that there are better, less-crowded places to go. Well, Englishmen, ARISE! Where the uncrowded places in the LD are, this Texas would like to know!

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1. Re: un-crowded Lake District locales

Several travellers have mentioned crowding at weekends, bank holidays and anytime the children are off school between Easter & the end of October.

Other than that it tends not to be crowded

If you want to avoid the crowds at all times then go to the Western & North Western Lake District which are much more difficult to get to & hence don't attract the crowds

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2. Re: un-crowded Lake District locales

I would agree with Alanrow, the west and north west lakes are less congested over peak holiday periods. In many ways, these parts are also the most beautiful part of the the lakes; try basing yourself around Keswick/Cockermouth and explore the Newlands Valley, Buttermere/Crummock water, Loweswater and Borrowsale. You can always visit Ambleside/Windermere for half a day or as a stop off when returning south.

Bon Voyage.

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3. Re: un-crowded Lake District locales

The Ennerdale, Wasdale or Eskdale valleys are all beautiful (in a rugged sort of way) and don't have the crowds that are found in Ambleside / Windermere. But you need to be aware that part of the reason why they are so peaceful is that they are comparatively difficult to reach. They are on the west side of the mountain core of the Lakes, whereas all the transport access comes in on the east. You have to use some slow and winding roads - or an even slower winding railway - to get to the west.

If you have time to spare - go for it.

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4. Re: un-crowded Lake District locales

Definitely you need to keep to the Northern parts of the Lake District. Keswick is a wonderful base, then head north and west for less crowds.

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Keswick, north and west. Got it! Anyone have any favorite hikes in these areas? Also, if I'm coming from Carlisle, which route is quickest, through Bothel or Penrith?

And now, for something completely different! Weather comes in from the west, right? Is there a difference in rainfall between the east and west sides of the LD? Just curious...

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6. Re: un-crowded Lake District locales

If you're into hillclimbing, Skiddaw and Blencathra are both fantastic. I recommend Skiddaw from the carpark at the end of the road above Millbeck, it's a hard slog to start with but is a very easy clear route, particularly if the weather is poor. Blencathra is best tackled from Threlkeld. For an easier walk, without so much of a climb, the route through Skiddaw House behind Skiddaw is beautiful. Unfortunatley the YH is now closed. Another easy route with FANTASTIC views is Cat Bells, to the south of Derwentwater.

In terms of access, I would head down the M6 and in from Penrith, it's more scenic. Not sure about the weather, it can be very wet!!

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I think Buttermere, Newlands and Borrowdale are the most beautiful places on this planet, any walks in these areas will not disapoint. The ridges of Red Pike and High Stile above Buttermere will provide you with a view of 5 lakes and the West coast (on a clear day!). If you want to do some homework, check out www.madaboutmountains.co.uk and www.stridingedge.net

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8. Re: un-crowded Lake District locales

Is nobody (other than me!) going to mention the Duddon Valley - a lovely unspoilt part of the Lake District that everyone seems to forget about.

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9. Re: un-crowded Lake District locales

We find that anywhere out of the honeypots is uncrowded. So as long as your legs are working, you should have no trouble.

In case you have trouble with anything too strenuous, there is a series of walks which is available in most newsagents etc. called "Lake District Leisure Walks". It's an A5-sized plastic bag with 5 folded A4 sheets in it - each sheet a walk, in case you hadn't guessed - for most parts of the LD. Different colour, different area. Nice easy walks which will take you onto the Fells, which is where it's nice, and quiet.

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