Lake District

Oct 2nd, 2000, 02:31 PM
Ira Hodson
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Lake District

We are arriving at Gatwick and are going to the Lake District for 4 nights. How long will it take us to drive to the Lake District? Are we better off to fly to Manchester or ? and rent a car there?

We would also like some recommendations for nicer b & bs in the area.

Ira Hodson
Oct 2nd, 2000, 02:50 PM
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If you have a choice, Manchester would be the better choice. We stayed in Windermere years back, about 10, and drove to Windermere with no problem. It was January and we did run into a little snow, but I don't think the drive was more than 4-5 hours. Incidentally, had the best sauteed trout (my gold standard) ever in a little pub in Windermere.
Oct 2nd, 2000, 09:14 PM
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Gatwick is at least 4 hours fairly hard driving to the Lake District.Manchester is barely 1 hour, fairly easy driving, so the airport choice seems obvious, air fares being equal. You did'nt ask but recommend the Ambleside/Grasmere area in the Lake District, as a good central base, with lovely pubs and hotels.
Oct 3rd, 2000, 08:18 AM
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Visited Lake District last year in September. Weather was a bit rainy but not cold.....Recommend flying to Manchester and driving. London traffic terrible and motorways north also congested......Stayed at a small hotel south of Ambleside.....You are in for a treat. The Lake District is one of the most magical places I have ever visited.
Oct 3rd, 2000, 11:37 AM
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Visited the Lake District in November two years ago. It was fairly cold, but not too bad, and the main benefit was that there were few tourists. The place is a mess in the summer. October sounds perfect.

There are a slew of B&Bs. We stayed in one in Windermere that was also a pub. It was great, except for the fact that they had a disco on that Saturday night, and I wasn't feeling well, and so wanted to go to bed early. The music didn't really allow that. Can't think of the name, but it was on the top of a small hill, and had parking (this is key-parking is hard to come by). I wouldn't bother with reservations.
Oct 3rd, 2000, 11:48 AM
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We stayed at the Linthwaite House Hotel in Windermere. It was about a mile out of town and had nice lake views from its position on the hillside. Very quiet, beautiful grounds, great service. Ask about a suite - We upgraded to one after the first night- it was only about $20 more (in 1993) than a regular room and easily twice the size. I don't remember the rate we paid but it wasn't outrageous - it seemed about right for what we got. Check out their website.

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