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Feb 10th, 2018, 04:36 AM
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Lake District

After we week in Scotland in mid July we plan to visit Lake District for 3 nights. Accommodation booked at Buckle Yeat at Near Sawrey.
We are looking at locations for car rental - Kendal, Oxenholme, Penrith, Windermere or any other place which is on the train line from Edinburgh.

Train ticket from Waverly will accordingly be booked. Maps suggest Kendal to be the closest station with wider availability of rental cos.
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Feb 10th, 2018, 04:54 AM
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Should have been " After a week in Scotland" in the above post, regret the typo.

From Near Sawrey we plan to travel by train for a visit to Cotswolds for 2 nights . Pl advise where to pick the rental car from( on the train line from Lake District)- Evesham/Moreton-on-Marsh/Cheltenham spa/ Any other station.
Accommodation not booked yet. Looking at Lygon Arms/Bramley House. Pl help with any other recommendations.

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Feb 10th, 2018, 05:39 AM
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You could also consider Carlisle as it’s a bigger town.

Though taking a train from Edinburgh down to the Lakes, picking up a car, returning the car, getting on another train down to the Cotswolds, picking up another car, then returning that car seems a bit of a faff.

Why not jut pick up a car at Edinburgh airport (where there will be plenty of choice) and keep it until the end of your trip?

PS The Buckle Yeat does smashing breakfasts and the Tower Bank Arms next door is handy for a pint.
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Feb 10th, 2018, 08:17 AM
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Thanks SFSG for the input, point taken. Our final destination is Reading. https://goo.gl/maps/pFXoE61ah332
Cost wise both options ( multiple train journeys & the rental car) are around the same. With trains we have limited choice of service providers at smaller stations and also face uncertainty of car availability at those places.
Is Chipping Campden 'the place to be' in Cotswolds. What are the alternatives in case accommodation in CC is hard to find.

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Feb 10th, 2018, 11:33 AM
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Yes go by car the whole way Edinburgh-Lakes-Cotswolds - much easier than train to car and car to train to car.
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Feb 10th, 2018, 05:22 PM
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No place is 'THE place to be' in the Cotswolds. There are MANY towns nd villages all over the region that make good bases. Chipping Campden is as good as others. Partly depends if you want to be towards the northern end or more in the middle or south-ish.

when looking at the Lygon Arms be sure to note there are two very distinct properties with the same name. A semi-moderately priced one in Chipping Campden and a posher one in Broadway.

multiple car rentals really don't make a lot of sense IMO. Especially with the limited rail service in the Cotswolds and the few rental agencies in both the Lakes and Cotswolds.
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Feb 10th, 2018, 11:12 PM
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Thanks janisj/PalenQ.
Lygon Arms enquiry link not working.

How good a choice is Snowshill Estate B&B for 2 nights in Cotswolds. Accommodation is available for our dates as of now.

Is Meadowbank House B&B, Ascott-under-Wychwood, too far south for a base.

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Feb 11th, 2018, 08:06 AM
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Ascot-under-Wychwood is not very far south, it would be fine.

I think Snowshill would be lovely.
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Feb 11th, 2018, 08:08 AM
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Kendall is a great base IME for Lake District - but not on train line from Scotland though there is I believe a bus linking it to it.

It has one unusual attraction - the Derwent Pencil Museum as pencils were once mass produced here due to supply of graphite or whatever they made them from:

https://www.derwentart.com/en/gb/752...-pencil-museum

If taking long-distance trains book early at National Rail Enquiries - Official source for UK train times and timetables for discounted prices - for more on trains check www.seat61.com; BETS-European Rail Experts and www.ricksteves.com.

but I would consider doing the whole thing by car from Scotland to Cotswolds then return car and go by train into London.
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Feb 11th, 2018, 08:15 AM
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There is no place in the Cotswolds where one can return a one way rental. You would either have to drop it in Oxford (not that easy to drive in central Oxford) or drive (easy) to LHR and drop it there.
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Feb 12th, 2018, 08:55 AM
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PalenQ - We have 8 nights in Scotland, 3 in the Lakes and 2 in Cotswolds the final destination being Reading.
First car hire at Inverness will be returned at EDI before hiring the next car hire again at EDI, return at Reading (after 3 nights in Edinburgh)
Except for the Caledonian sleeper all other train journeys abandoned.
Mark Smith, The Man in Seat 61 has been the inspiration behind this. Would have loved to take the Deerstalker to Ft William but there were no rental agencies there.
In the Lakes will visit Cockermouth, pay homage to WW and as suggested will peek into the Derwent Pencil Museum. Thanks

Janisj- Have booked Snowshill at Cotswolds and 2 Cambridge St at Edinburgh, no room at 14 Hart St. Edinburgh is expensive
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Feb 13th, 2018, 01:22 PM
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How does Calenonian Sleeper fit into this all?
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Feb 13th, 2018, 02:26 PM
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That is how they are getting TO Scotland . . .
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Feb 14th, 2018, 05:44 AM
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Originally Posted by PalenQ View Post
How does Calenonian Sleeper fit into this all?
We start with Scotland (at Inverness), that part was posted in a separate thread, hence the disconnect. Splitting the itinerary in parts and then sewing it up
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Feb 14th, 2018, 06:36 AM
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OK Caledonian Sleeper to Inverness - I did that once and was great.
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