This week we head to the Lake District, the largest National Park in England. Located in the north east in the county of Cumbria it has loads of offer with plenty of amazing hill top views, one of the UK’s steepest climbs and plenty of water sports. For all you walking enthusiasts its home to England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike.
A photo we took when we stayed a couple of years ago after climbing Harrison Stickle.
Drive time from Gt Blakenham where we are based is around 5 hours.
(http://wildcamping.moonfruit.com/pub-stopovers/4563550207 - great website for stop over ideas).
I don’t need to tell you the views in the Lakes are spectacular but this blog will just be a small insight into what you can do. We are quite novice walkers so for us the Langdale walk was quite a good one as a small insight into walking in the lakes. Park the campervan across the road from New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, LA2 9JX.
Parking rates: Up to 4 hours - £6, All day £8 (coins only)
The walk takes a minimum of 3 hours 9.1km – 5.6miles. Suitable for dogs but includes steep climbs and some stiles.
For info on the walk or the map see: https://www.walklakes.co.uk/walk_63.html
On this link you’ll also find plenty of other walks right up to Scarfell Pike (excuse the pun)
The hotel has a ‘walkers bar’ for snacks, breakfast (served 8:00 – 12:00) and bar meals (12:00 – 21:00)
At the base of Hardknott before it was too much for our Suffolk legs and we both had to walk
The Lake District is a great place for cycling with mostly quiet roads and the busy roads filled with tourists that are more patient than normal drivers. It includes lots of he ‘100 greatest climbs’ like Kirkstone, Honister, Newland, Whinlatter Hardknott all included in the Fred Whitton Challenge which has closed for entries this year but if you have been accepted the campervan is a great option for accommodation to make the most of your trip.
If like most of us 116miles around arguably the hardest climbs in the UK is too much in one day there are plenty of smaller routes available on strava that you can park up and explore over a few days.
For information on the Fred Whitton for another year or to look at route ideas see: https://www.fredwhittonchallenge.co.uk/
Windermere is a beautiful little town sat next to Windermere water a 10.5mile long lake that is England’s largest natural lake. This makes it a great place to try out some sailing or take a boat trip. For information on how to hire a boat see: https://www.visitcumbria.com/windermere-boat-hire/
Where to stay in the lakes?
The campervan has complete off grid capabilities and there are plenty of car parks that offer overnight parking for a small fee. See the Park4Night app for options on where to stay, as long as you are quiet, keep the area tidy and pay small carparking charges most places are relaxed about wild camping.
The John Ruskin School I’m told allows parking on weekends and holidays for £3 in an honesty box. Gates lock up at 7pm and reopen at 8am. LA21 8EW
Perfectly located nearby popular cycle route KirkstonePass Inn will allow motorhomes to stay overnight when eating at the pub. They have inhouse accommodation with showers next to the ‘bunkhouse’ and offer breakfast in the morning in the summer. LA22 9LQ
If you would prefer some extra comforts, Hawkshead Hall Campsite is the good value with Showers, WC and motorhome hook up's included for £21pn (low season £23pn (high season)
Copper Pot café based in Ambleside at the top (north side) of Windermere has a warm cosy café atmosphere serving breakfast, vegan / veggie options, Dog friendly and friendly helpful staff.
Open 10:00 – 17:00 apart from Tuesday’s
LA22 0BU (located very close to the campsite we recommended and also close to the Langdale walk)
Dr Brew’s Coffee is based in Bowness-on-Windermere just south of Windermere town. They do a mean brownie, dog friendly and offer vegetarian options but no vegan cakes. Open 10:00 – 16:00 every day other than Sunday / Monday.
See you again next Sunday evening 🚐