Andy's EPIC Hikes in Europe 3 Mountains in the Lake District
3 Mountains in the Lake District
Scafell Pike 978 m Helvellyn 950 m Blencathra 868 m
Just outside of the National Park boundaries, the small town of Kendal with plenty of accommodation options offers easy access to the southern parts. Inside the park, Windermere has arguably the most developed infrastructure (chiefly among them a train station). Yet, the town also gets very crowded with day trippers strolling through the public parks along the lake shore or embarking on a pleasure cruise. Windermere is beset with the conundrum of a popular tourist location: just too many people aiming to catch a slice of its natural setting, and in the process compromising the thing they set out to experience in the first place. The same problem affects places like Ambleside and Grasmere, although the limited accommodation options there at least means that a serene tranquillity returns in the evening once the coachloads have departed. By far my preferred spot is the town of Keswick on the northern edge of the park. A sense of community just about hangs on, and I have fond memories of an evening spent in a pub listening to local folk performers. Keswick also has an impossibly picturesque location right on the shores of Derwentwater. The villages just outside of town and a little further north towards Bassenthwaite Lake provide an even calmer base. This was the location of my accommodation, which I booked through Sykes Cottages. And yes, a cozy pub serving nice food just within walking distance: The Sun Inn, right in the centre of Bassenthwaite.