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Things to do in or around the Lake District

Post by Fretters » Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:56 am

I'm taking Mrs Fretters away to the Lakes this weekend for her birthday. Only 'problem' is, she's 29 weeks pregnant so hiking or drinking is out of the question. We have a meal booked for Saturday evening but I'm looking for something to fill the afternoon. We're travelling up on Saturday lunch time so it could be something on the way to the Lakes.

All suggestions welcome! Well, within reason :lol:

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Re: Things to do in or around the Lake District

Post by Steve1956 » Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:59 am

:D Shelter from the rain

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Re: Things to do in or around the Lake District

Post by Lancasterclaret » Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:01 am

Lake trip on the boats

- Derwentwater, Windermere, Ullswater, Coniston all have them

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Re: Things to do in or around the Lake District

Post by fatboy47 » Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:08 am

Barley is a good stop off en route to lakes. Great boozer, free roadside parking and more friendly welcoming locals than you can shake a stick at.

Try it once and you'll be back.....you may even abandon the lakes thing altogether and spend the weekend there. It's that good!
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Post by Tricky Trevor » Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:21 am

Beatrice Potter Cottage.
Dove Cottage.
Pencil Museum. Keswick
Grizedale Forest visitor centre.
Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway.
There are many more.

Have fun.

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Post by Bosscat » Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:52 am

Fretters wrote:I'm taking Mrs Fretters away to the Lakes this weekend for her birthday. Only 'problem' is, she's 29 weeks pregnant so hiking or drinking is out of the question. We have a meal booked for Saturday evening but I'm looking for something to fill the afternoon. We're travelling up on Saturday lunch time so it could be something on the way to the Lakes.

All suggestions welcome! Well, within reason :lol:
Was going to suggest Low Wood on Windermere and go Waterskiing ... but upon reading further perhaps not

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Post by tarkys_ears » Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:55 am

No hiking, no drinking....

I hope your hotel has a pool or you're fooked son!

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Post by FactualFrank » Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:57 am

tarkys_ears wrote:No hiking, no drinking....

I hope your hotel has a pool or you're fooked son!
That's what got him into this mess.

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Post by Reckoner » Mon Oct 14, 2019 12:17 pm

Did somebody really suggest visiting a pencil museum?

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Post by Bosscat » Mon Oct 14, 2019 12:20 pm

Reckoner wrote:Did somebody really suggest visiting a pencil museum?
Its got the worlds biggest PENCIL ooooooh :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Post by Quickenthetempo » Mon Oct 14, 2019 12:33 pm

They do 4x4 tours but I'm not sure they would be suitable for a heavily pregnant lady, going over rough ground.

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Post by Suratclaret » Mon Oct 14, 2019 12:46 pm

If it's still operating at this time of year, the steam gondola on Coniston is a good way of seeing Coniston and the surrounding fells followed by a visit to the Bluebird cafe...excellent snacks and cakes. Car parking close by.
Lingholm on Derwentwater has an excellent cafe and some of the launches call at Lingholm.
Drive from Keswick over Honister Pass to Buttermere...excellent pub food at the Fish Inn in Buttermere village and then back to Keswick over either Newlands Pass or Whinlatter. From Buttermere village it's an easy short walk down to the lake.

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Post by Tricky Trevor » Mon Oct 14, 2019 12:50 pm

Bosscat wrote:Its got the worlds biggest PENCIL ooooooh :lol: :lol: :lol:
It’s the one the constipated accountant uses for working things out.
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Post by dsr » Mon Oct 14, 2019 1:02 pm

If the weather's not great but you fancy a boat trip, the Windermere boats have big inside cabins with big picture windows. Bowness is a good place for a meander, as well.

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Post by Colburn_Claret » Mon Oct 14, 2019 1:07 pm

Blackwell House is worth a visit.
Just south of Windermere, it has a craft shop, cafe, and an interesting history. The views are great over Windermere and the house itself has some fantastic rooms.

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Post by Bosscat » Mon Oct 14, 2019 1:10 pm

I would also suggest the Leonard Cheshire Homes Garden 'Holehird' near Windermere...

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But it wouldn't be its best this time of year... we always go in May when the Rhododendrons are in full bloom
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Re: Things to do in or around the Lake District

Post by Lancasterclaret » Mon Oct 14, 2019 1:11 pm

Sizergh Castle on the way up, outside Kendal is worth a look.

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Post by Bosscat » Mon Oct 14, 2019 1:12 pm

Lancasterclaret wrote:Sizergh Castle on the way up, outside Kendal is worth a look.
Another Vote for Sizergh here too

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Post by CaptainKirk » Mon Oct 14, 2019 1:18 pm

fatboy47 wrote:Barley is a good stop off en route to lakes. Great boozer, free roadside parking and more friendly welcoming locals than you can shake a stick at.

Try it once and you'll be back.....you may even abandon the lakes thing altogether and spend the weekend there. It's that good!
Told you before.............Barley is full.
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Post by The Quattro » Mon Oct 14, 2019 1:25 pm

Kennedy's Chocolates at Orton is something decent to do on the way up.

If you had visited the chocolate factory in the first place you may not have ended up in this mess...
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Post by Loyalclaret » Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:33 pm

My wife and her mate enjoyed afternoon tea overlooking Windermere at the Laura Ashley hotel in the Belsfield room.
http://www.lauraashleyhotels.com/hotels ... food-drink" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Post by conyoviejo » Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:42 pm

A trip on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite railway perhaps..


https://www.lakesiderailway.co.uk/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Post by dougcollins » Mon Oct 14, 2019 5:14 pm

Lancasterclaret wrote:Lake trip on the boats

- Derwentwater, Windermere, Ullswater, Coniston all have them

Ullswater my personal favourite, especially the 'unexpected' pub (Howtown?)

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Post by expoultryboy » Mon Oct 14, 2019 6:53 pm

Tarn hows is a beautiful place to visit

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Post by bfcjg » Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:01 pm

Lakeside distillery tour is a fantastic way to spend a few hours also a great bistro on site.

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Post by Aclaret » Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:06 pm

Is that football photograph shop still in Ambleside ? Years since I've been there.

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Post by Colburn_Claret » Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:04 pm

Aclaret wrote:Is that football photograph shop still in Ambleside ? Years since I've been there.
Sadly I think it's gone.
I used to visit it regular, some fantastic photos, especially of the older grounds. He could catch an atmosphere for sure.
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Post by dougcollins » Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:52 pm

Aclaret wrote:Is that football photograph shop still in Ambleside ? Years since I've been there.
I seem to recall all the exhibits went to the football museum at Manchester Victoria.

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Re: Things to do in or around the Lake District

Post by Fretters » Tue Oct 15, 2019 11:15 am

Thanks all! Some great suggestions.

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Post by Lancasterclaret » Tue Oct 15, 2019 11:16 am

If she's still pretty mobile fretters, Tarn hows is great.

Only about 3 km, but good path with no real gradients

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Post by CaptJohn » Tue Oct 15, 2019 11:41 am

A pleasant stroll around Grasmere itself is very pleasant. No real steep gradients around the lake, lovely views and only about 2.5 miles in total.

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Post by Fretters » Tue Oct 15, 2019 11:43 am

Lancasterclaret wrote:If she's still pretty mobile fretters, Tarn hows is great.

Only about 3 km, but good path with no real gradients
She really isn't :lol: the sciatica and cramps are rife.

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Post by Im_not_Robbie_Blake » Tue Oct 15, 2019 11:46 am

If you like a short but beautiful walk round a lake Buttermere is a must. Approx 4 miles easy walking.

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Post by Lancasterclaret » Tue Oct 15, 2019 11:48 am

Fretters wrote:She really isn't :lol: the sciatica and cramps are rife.
Ah, then scenic drive is your best bet.

Derwent water to Borrowdale, up and down Honister and back over Newlands to Keswick is nice, but it does depend on whereabouts you are staying.
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Post by CaptJohn » Tue Oct 15, 2019 2:23 pm

Upper deck of the bus from Ambleside to Keswick. Takes you past Rydal Water and Grasmere. Cup of tea in Keswick and then back to Ambleside. Ticket about 12 quid each return and you are guaranteed beautiful views. Sorted.

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Post by Burtonwoodclaret » Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:50 am

if you enjoy mountain scenery and don't mind an exciting drive over mountain passes then drive through Langdale and over the Wynose and Hardnot passes into Eskdale , then onto Wasdale and up to Wasdale Head, where on a good day Great Gable , Scafell and the Wastwater screes can be very dramatic and Awe inspiring. Lunch at the Wasdale Head Hotel, then return via lweswater, Crummock Water Buttermere and Honister Pass toBorowdale and Keswick. Depending on weather you can stop off at various points for photos.
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Post by fatboy47 » Wed Oct 16, 2019 10:00 am

Burtonwoodclaret wrote:if you enjoy mountain scenery and don't mind an exciting drive over mountain passes then drive through Langdale and over the Wynose and Hardnot passes into Eskdale , then onto Wasdale and up to Wasdale Head, where on a good day Great Gable , Scafell and the Wastwater screes can be very dramatic and Awe inspiring. Lunch at the Wasdale Head Hotel, then return via lweswater, Crummock Water Buttermere and Honister Pass toBorowdale and Keswick. Depending on weather you can stop off at various points for photos.

take a bog roll if youre going to do that drive....the Wrynose/Hardknotts bit at least.
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Post by Helmshore Claret » Wed Oct 16, 2019 6:44 pm

Bosscat wrote:
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But it wouldn't be its best this time of year... we always go in May when the Rhododendrons are in full bloom

And the football season is over!

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Post by Lancasterclaret » Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:50 pm

fatboy47 wrote:take a bog roll if youre going to do that drive....the Wrynose/Hardknotts bit at least.
Would not do that road with a pregnant lass, nor in anything other than perfect weather conditions

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Post by KateR » Wed Oct 16, 2019 8:05 pm

think about a spa day for her, we stay at The Langdale Hotel & Leisure centre, good spa, in Langdale of course and not to be confused with the Langdale hotel on Windermere. Just next door to the estate are two pubs, highly recommend the Britannia, which my sons say are the best in the Lakes and we are there every year. I am positive there are many other spa centres around but also check out any local market, I always like a wander around Keswick, which has a market and lots of pubs he usually waits for me in. Kirby Lonsdale has a nice market on certain days which could be a nice stop on the way if going that way and the market was on the day of your travels

Hawks Head is a nice place but maybe a little small for a full afternoon.

I am sure you'll enjoy whatever you do :)

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Post by Fretters » Thu Oct 17, 2019 12:42 pm

Lancasterclaret wrote:Sizergh Castle on the way up, outside Kendal is worth a look.
The 'house' is apparently closed for the weekend due to a private function, do you think it's still worth going for the gardens? Could be nice at this time of year if we have the weather.

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Post by Fretters » Thu Oct 17, 2019 12:44 pm

KateR wrote:think about a spa day for her, we stay at The Langdale Hotel & Leisure centre, good spa, in Langdale of course and not to be confused with the Langdale hotel on Windermere. Just next door to the estate are two pubs, highly recommend the Britannia, which my sons say are the best in the Lakes and we are there every year. I am positive there are many other spa centres around but also check out any local market, I always like a wander around Keswick, which has a market and lots of pubs he usually waits for me in. Kirby Lonsdale has a nice market on certain days which could be a nice stop on the way if going that way and the market was on the day of your travels

Hawks Head is a nice place but maybe a little small for a full afternoon.

I am sure you'll enjoy whatever you do :)
You're limited to what you can do at a spa when pregnant, you can't even go in a jacuzzi for some reason! You can't have many of the treatments either due to chemicals etc. Appreciate the suggestion though!

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Post by Lancasterclaret » Thu Oct 17, 2019 12:45 pm

Fretters wrote:The 'house' is apparently closed for the weekend due to a private function, do you think it's still worth going for the gardens? Could be nice at this time of year if we have the weather.
Yeah, the gardens are lovely.

There is superb rockery/stream area to the side of the house, and a nice small lake around the back.

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Re: Things to do in or around the Lake District

Post by Guppyspotter » Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:10 am

Don't bother going to Sellafield visitor centre, last time I went there I was told it shut 20 years ago

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