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Lake District - Hiking

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Lake District - Hiking

We are a small group from Norway, around 40 years, planning to go for a 2 or 3 nights hike in June 2019 in the lake district.

We would like to say in our tent or a cabin along the way.

We would also like to spend some time in the lakes, in a kayak, preferably as part of the hike.

Do you have any recommendations of a hike we could take/footpath we can walk in order to have a great outdoor-experience!

We would also like to taste som cider. Do you have any recommendations, and is it possible to taste this along our footpath?

Any other activities we should consider?

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1. Re: Lake District - Hiking

There is not much homemade cider in the Lakes due to the lack of apples

However cider is a very popular drink and is available in bottles in all pubs along the way but that can often be mass produced stuff though.

Draft ( won’t let me type d taught lol) cider is available in these pubs and probably others so you can plan your hikes according to this list

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There are some artisan cider makers in Cumbria

Look out for Mosser cider

Try Booths supermarket at Windermere or Keswick

Edited: 16 October 2018, 11:30
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2. Re: Lake District - Hiking

If you want to try real cider rather than mass-produced rubbish, then head to one of the pubs in the link provided. The Kirkstile Inn would be my choice, as the walking around there - plus around nearby Buttermere and quiet Ennerdale - is excellent.

Generally speaking, real cider will be in a dark brown tub, with a tap on the side. The other stuff will be on an electric hand pump on the bar. Avoid Strongbow, Blackthorn etc if you’re looking for the real thing. Bottles may be your only choice, but you should avoid Koppaberg at all costs if you want something authentic.

Isolated cabins are available but tend to be rented out very expensively for the entire week. If you can’t afford that (you don’t give a budget) then Black Sail YHA is the place, although you should book up now.

You can Kayak on the larger, more touristy Lakes.

Mike

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3. Re: Lake District - Hiking

The Mortal Man in Troutbeck has a good range of ciders too if you end up over that way.

Here is a link to Kayaking options. You might also like to look at ghyll scrambling

https:/…

We kayaked on Derwent Water in the afternoon after a leisurely hike up catcalls in the morning.

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4. Re: Lake District - Hiking

Catbells? 😀 If so, a great choice for a walk which you can extend over Maiden Moor and onwards, for as far as you like really.

Mike

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5. Re: Lake District - Hiking

The Lake District is full of options for multiday hiking.

There are very few cabins (bothies) unfortunately. Technically in England you should seek permission from the land owner to camp but as you will see from an internet search, many people wild camp (leave no trace and above 600 m contour). So if you want a remote experience, look at the long distance trails like the Cumbria Trail, or do an internet search for the Buttermere Round or the Scafell Massif as examples.

The alternative is to base yourself in a town or village and do day hikes in different directions. Kendal has lots of facilities, kayak hire on the lake, and excellent walking. But other smaller villages / pubs occur throughout, especially at valley heads like Wasdale Head or Seathwaite. Tourist Information Centres are usually very good at providing guidance.

I recommend booking campsites in summer, and particularly on weekends. www.ukcampsite.co.uk is a good site for searching campsite whereabouts and their facilites.

Enjoy.

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6. Re: Lake District - Hiking

Lots of walking/hiking in the Lake District.

If you want to do the fells - hills - then bring walking boots with ankle support as it can be stoney and the steep sides can turn your ankle easily.

A google search for 'walking in the lake district' will bring up lots of options and you can begin to choose according to your likes and ability. When you have found some ideas post them and let people comment on their suitability.

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