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Catching a train to The Lakes

Wakefield, United...
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Catching a train to The Lakes

Considering doing this next May half term. We are a family of 4 (kids aged 13 & 8) Coming from Leeds. Biggest problem I can think of is finding enough to keep occupied in the immediate area as we wouldn't have the car to get anywhere! Is this a crazy idea or doable? Can anyone recommend a particular area?

London
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1. Re: Catching a train to The Lakes

There's lots to see (and do) in the Lake District, and it is surprisingly easy to get around the area by bus.

Start your planning by looking at the Go Lakes website.

http://www.golakes.co.uk/

London, United...
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2. Re: Catching a train to The Lakes

You might be OK with Windermere/Bowness/Ambleside and then bus to Keswick.

Others:

Windermere Town - Orrest Head.

Bowness - Lake Cruise/Park.

Brockhole - Visitor Centre/Treetop Trek Adventure Playground.

Windermere (Lake - southside) Fell Foot Park and Gummers How. (Lake Cruise from Bowness to Lakeside, then boat from Lakeside to FFP).

Also steam train ride from Lakeside to Haverthwaite.

A car is the way forward really - buses are OK.

Lancaster, United...
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3. Re: Catching a train to The Lakes

Or, coming from Leeds, take the scenic Leeds-Settle-Carlisle route (might not be the quickest way) and then bus down to Keswick from there?

Edited: 08 August 2017, 17:47
Bingley, United...
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4. Re: Catching a train to The Lakes

< Or, coming from Leeds, take the scenic Leeds-Settle-Carlisle route (might not be the quickest way) and then bus down to Keswick from there? >

Annoyingly it's 13 miles between Appleby (on the Settle Carlisle line) and Penrith from where you can get the bus to Keswick BUT apart from a school bus there's no easy way to get between Appleby & Penrith by public transport. Paradoxically it was easier to get between the two when the line between Appleby & Carlisle was closed.

OP however could take a direct train from Leeds to Lancaster and then up to Oxenholme for the train to Windermere or Penrith for the bus to Keswick.

Of course all this depends on what engineering works occur on the system next May

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5. Re: Catching a train to The Lakes

not having a car shouldn't stop you visiting the Lakes

http://www.golakes.co.uk/travel/by-bus.aspx

Wakefield, United...
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6. Re: Catching a train to The Lakes

Thanks everyone. Will take a look at the places mentioned :)

London, United...
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7. Re: Catching a train to The Lakes

I've been around the Lake District several times and never used a car there. In fact some of my favourite spots there are nowhere near any roads.

Are you keen walkers? If so how about staying at Skiddaw House, a walkers hostel 3 miles from any road? Train to Penrith, bus to Threlkeld, walk up to the hostel.

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