A Hikers Guide to Picking a Lake District Cottage
One of the biggest attractions in the Lake District is the beautiful landscape and many, many people visit Lakeland to walk in the fells and enjoy the many hiking trails and walking routes available throughout this Unesco World Heritage Site.
One of the best places that Hikers can make their base is in the quaint, traditional Lakeland Village of Coniston. Pretty enough to get the Lake District feel, but with enough facilities to have everything you need, and in the shadow of a great many walks, a cottage in Coniston truly is your perfect hikers base in the Lake District.
When it comes to booking a Lake District Cottage for a walking holiday there are a few things that hikers really take into consideration, here is a quick list of what to look for in a hiker’s cottage:
A Well-Equipped Cottage Kitchen
A great day out on the fells needs good fuel to keep hikers and walkers going so a well-equipped kitchen is a must. From making a hearty and nutritious breakfast, be that your favourite overnight oats or a full English breakfast complete with delicious Cumberland sausages, having your own kitchen to make breakfast as early as you need it is a great benefit on a walking holiday. Food on the go is also important, the ability to make and pack snacks, flasks of tea and a lunch for those planning an all-day walk is essential to ensure you have the food you need to keep you going all day.
One of the best things about hiking in the Lake District is talking about it over dinner afterwards and sharing the photos of the spectacular landscape you have taken that day. Cottages give walkers the opportunity to make their own meals in the evening making this accommodation very budget friendly and many Coppermines Cottages in Coniston have lovely outdoor spaces perfect for BBQ’s on summer evening or a glass of wine before heading to a local pub.
Close to Local Facilities
If you are visiting the Lake District to go hiking the last thing you want to do is have to travel for miles to get to a local shop or a local pub. Coniston is the perfect compact village to make your base as it has a few small local shops that can fulfil your holiday needs and few great places to eat if you don’t feel like cooking a full evening meal every night.
Close Walking Routes
Many people have favourite routes they love to hike in the Lake District and they will always travel to do those but it is also nice to have a range of options right on your holiday cottage doorstep so you don’t need to travel far to start the walk. Coniston is nestled in a valley with so many routes, including walking up The Old Man of Coniston which is a firm favourite for many Lake District walkers.
Hiking Cottages in the Lake District The other things that hikers look for in a Lake District cottage is great facilities to relax in after a long day on the fells, hot showers and/or baths are always appreciated, open fires in the winter make the cold nights seem cosy and space to dry any wet clothes is always an advantage in the changeable Lake District Weather. The Coppermines Cottages in and around Coniston make the perfect base for hikers and walkers in the Lake District whether you are looking to bag as many wainwrights as possible or just want gentle routes that have stunning views.