Lake District from Liverpool
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Sep 18, 2010 10:13 AM Last Post By: zebedy25
Aug 22, 2010 3:53 AM
Lake District from LiverpoolMy wife and I will be visiting London and Liverpool in November. We're thinking of making a day trip to the Lake District from Liverpool. Is it feasible or advisable? Is the Lake District accessible by public transport - coach, bus or train - as I do not drive? Or should I join a day tour with one of the travel agencies in Liverpool?
Thanks for your suggestions.
Aug 22, 2010 4:00 AM
Aug 22, 2010 6:31 AM
2The Lake District is easily accesible by public transport although of course it depends on what you want to see. The trains will take you to the town centres so are ideal if you just want to look round the towns. The tour might be better depending on where it goes as it may take you to some harder to reach spots.
Aug 22, 2010 8:47 AM
3Definitely possible. Suitable railway stations include "Oxenholme Lake District", Kendal, Windermere, "Penrith North Lakes". There are other stations round the south, west & north of Lake District, but with only a day trip, not worth spending longer on train. Windermere is probably your best bet if you want to see a lake (Windermere), find a tea shop, go on a ferry across the lake to Hawkshead, Beatrix Potter's farm, Grizedale Forst Park sculpture trail & mountain bike trails etc - see see http://www.cumbriacc.gov.uk/roads-transport/highways-pavements/windermereferry.asp While many boat (and bus) tours stop for the winter, this ferry runs all year round. In November, the only bus tours may be at weekends, which may not be suitable for your travel plans; public transport (train, ferry, National Express coaches, local buses) runs all year round, although timetables may be sparser than during summer. Daylight is short in winter - clocks go back from British Summer Time to Greenwich Mean Time on the last weekend of October.
If you say what sort of things you want to see, can probably help more.
Aug 22, 2010 9:11 AM
4Transport Direct gives excellent information on how to get between any two points in the UK
Aug 22, 2010 2:01 PM
Aug 23, 2010 12:57 AM
6Plenty of people who live in Liverpool would consider the Lake District fair enough for a day trip, but given the short daylight hours in November, and realistically a 2 hour car journey to get somewhere nice, you might want to set off rather early.
Look at the weather forecast the day before you commit to going. It rains a great deal in November in the Lake District. Even if it isn't raining, under heavy low cloud, another common November condition, you can't see very much. That said, I have made many trips to the Lake District out of season, and had plenty of great days.
The beauty of the Lake District mostly lies in small villages and up narrow roads. If you see a good weather forecast, do yourself a favour, hire a car and set off early.
Aug 25, 2010 5:29 AM
Aug 25, 2010 6:17 AM
Aug 25, 2010 7:02 AM
No old castles of much interest come to mind in the case of the Lake District area - Brougham Castle a couple of miles from Penrith is probably the best you'll do but it's pretty ordinary and there are better things to do with a day in the Lakes. You'd be a lot better served going to North Wales for castles - Conwy, Caernarfon, Harlech, Beaumaris - these are four of the best castles in all Britain, and the first easily accessible by public transport. But the Lake District does have some fine neolithic monuments - Castlerigg Stone Circle near Keswick is one of the best stone circles in Britain, and worthwhile popping in on the way past, its not far off the main road from Penrith to Keswick. Likewise if you are in Penrith, it doesn't take long to take a quick glance at Mayburgh Henge and King Arthur's Round Table (actually another henge monument) if you are into that kind of thing.
Aug 25, 2010 7:58 AM
10Castles in Cumbria - not all (or many) of them in the Lakes, though.
Agree with the others that many of the places you'd probably want to go to are not easily accessible by public transport in a day trip at that time of year (or ever, in some cases).
Aug 28, 2010 10:36 AM
I run and own a hotel situated on the edge of the lake district and I visit the lake district often (by car).
As most people have stated it is possible for you to get from london/liverpool to the lake district quite easily by public transport. However it takes nearly three hours to get to the lake district from liverpool by car so it will take even longer by bus as they have to stop regularly.
Also, train journeys will take longer as most of the rail stations to lake district towns are located on local lines which usually require quite a few changes and quite a few towns do not have rail stations.
If you want to travel around the lake district without a car it is not really possible in a day as the public transport is not brilliant and it will be a shock to people who live in town/cuty centres that have regular public transport.
So, my advice to you is that it is possible to visit the Lake District without a car and you will be able to travel around to certain areas that are linked by public transport such as the main towns such as Windermere, Bowness, etc, etc but i would not advise you to do it in a day. It would definetly be better to take a few dyas holiday in the lake district and book accomodation.
Hope this helps
Aug 29, 2010 6:24 AM
12@Zebedy25, "..However it takes nearly three hours to get to the lake district from liverpool by car"
It certainly does not take nearly 3 hours.(unless there are congestion problems getting out of Liverpool and or problems on the M6)
Centre of Liverpool to for example Haverthwaite, frequently takes me less than 2 hours.(88miles).
And this is going at less than maximum legal motorway speed limits.
If I'm pushing it (i.e. 20% above maximum motorway speed limits), then 90 minutes.
Sep 18, 2010 10:13 AM
Ok fair enough my timings are off slightly as I do not visit Liverpool that often. Also driving times do not really matter as the the original poster cannot drive as stated in the post: "as I do not drive" and would be relying on public transport which isn't really feasible if you are only really visiting the Lake District for one day.
But my other advice is spot on as public transport is not exactly brilliant within the Lake District and in order to fully explore the lake district it requires more than a day as the Lake District is spread out over a large area. Epecially if you are going to be relying solely on public transport.
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