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Packing for your Lakes break

Graham Hadaway - Monday, April 22, 2013

Deciding on what to wear during your trip to The Lake District can be puzzling. Depending on when you visit and what you plan to do will determine what you pack.


Maybe you are like me and you like to pack an outfit for every occasion and weather possibility, or do you like to travel light?

Here are some essential tips:

COAT: Whenever you come or whatever you do, a good waterproof jacket is invaluable. It’s not essential to bring one as we have plenty of outdoor shops in Keswick and Ambleside.

LAYERS: Layers are the best idea, whatever time of year you visit. Even in summer, it can be cool in the evenings and especially if you take a boat trip on the water.

SHOES: If you are a keen fell walker you will need the appropriate footwear such as walking boots. This should go without saying, but our Mountain Rescue team are forever picking people up who get stuck on the mountains sporting inappropriate shoes, like flip flops – certainly not ideal footwear for climbing a fell!

If you're just planning to stroll then flat comfortable shoes will be fine, most of our towns and villages have tarmaced pavements. The walk from The Cranleigh into Bowness is all paved so if you feel brave enough to wear heels that should be fine.

For day and evening wear, pretty much anything goes. The more fine dining establishments would expect men to wear a collared shirt, whereas the Bistro’s and pubs welcome anything from a cocktail dress to jeans and a fleece.

The most important thing is to be warm and dry, so bear that in mind when packing.
Suitcases packed ready for their stay at The Cranleigh
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