Lake District...or Peak District??
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Jan 23, 2013 8:48 AM Last Post By: Doss
Jan 21, 2013 12:54 PM
I'll be in the UK for 4 weeks in August. I will be spending one week in each of Edinburgh, Bath & York. After York, I'm trying to decide between visiting the Peak District or the Lake Distrist. Any opinions on which area is better?? I always hear great things about the Lake District, but I haven't heard much about the Peak, which I can't understand why because it looks like a beautiful area. I've been leaning toward the Peak District and perhaps staying in Buxton for a week while visiting different towns in the area.
Any suggestions on other places to visit/stay? If not the Peak District, then how about the other?
Jan 21, 2013 1:46 PM
Jan 21, 2013 1:57 PM
Jan 21, 2013 2:34 PM
3I enjoy taking walks, both around towns & the country...which is why I was hoping to stay in one of these areas. I'm traveling alone, so probably wouldn't go way off the beaten path. But if there are some short country walks in nearby towns then that would be ideal.
And yes, I"ve head the same thing about lots of rain in the Lake District. Makes sense I suppose. :-)
Jan 22, 2013 12:29 AM
4With a week, you could do both parks quite easily, as long as you don't want to see everything.
As already mentioned they are both lovely. The Lake District is more about stretches of water and mountains, whereas the Peak District is a mass of rolling hills and many cave networks. Walking in both of them is lovely and there are so many options from very easy to difficult and guided.
The train services from Windermere to Buxton are good and involve just one change along the way in either Bolton, Salford, Manchester (Piccadilly, not Victoria except occasionally at weekends when diversions are on due to engineering)) or Stockport. It rains a lot in the Peaks too!
Jan 22, 2013 1:22 AM
5In August I would go for the peak district, both will be fairly busy but the lakes can get very busy and overun with people.
Jan 22, 2013 5:07 AM
6Both the Lake District and the Peak District are good for walking and both are very popular - especially in August. Have you thought about the Yorkshire Dales? IMHO - its better than either the Lakes or Peak for low/medium level walks and has some beautiful small towns. And nowhere near as busy as the Lakes and Peak.
Jan 22, 2013 6:35 AM
Jan 22, 2013 7:36 AM
8Thanks everyone for the suggestions! I might consider breaking it up to possibly do both. Thanks for the info regarding the train from Windermere to Buxton. That might work out nicely. I haven't looked too much into the Yorkshire Moors, but will do a little more research on that! I've already booked my accomodations in Bath & York, so probably can't change that. But maybe shorten my stay in Edinburgh by a couple days.
Jan 22, 2013 8:20 AM
9I'd book your Edinburgh accomm quick, it gets very busy in August, because of the festival.
For me, the Lakes offer a distinctive landscape not found elsewhere in England, because those craggy peaks and glacial lakes are hardly found elsewhere in England. Whereas the Peak offers a hill/moorland combo which is not so distinctive from any other upland scenery in England, from Bodmin Moor to Northumberland. However the Lakes become less distinctive when you compare them to NW Wales and W Scotland.
Jan 23, 2013 7:47 AM
10Peaks and Lakes are two completely different National Parks.
Peaks are mainly what I'd call 'rural' (ie farmland, with very limited access away from designated footpaths and public roads).
If you want to see quaint villages and rolling hills then goto Peaks, unquestionably.
If you want to get out and stomp across unrivalled wild dramatic English landscapes then don't even stop for a whiff of the Peaks - in that sense (yes, even though there's that small patch of Black Peaks around Kinder) they're a complete disappointment.
As everyone has already said - August gets busy in the Lakes. Around the villages and roads it's hellishly congested and not one bit 'relaxing'. However, as most visitors don't venture far from car parks and tourist spots, if you want to get Wild and hike then you'll have plenty of peace and nature.
Then there's the Yorkshire Moors - can't say I know them that well but I think they kind of fit halfway between the two (topographically and geographically!)
Jan 23, 2013 8:20 AM
For much quieter, consider Welsh borders, especially around the Herefordshire/Shropshire/Powys borders.
Jan 23, 2013 8:48 AM
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