Mini guide to the Lake District’s walks
Winder Hall is a charming family hotel with parts dating back to Tudor and Jacobean times. It’s surrounded by delightful grounds, and the restaurant is a winner for Sunday lunch (Low Lorton; from £135).
Wild In Style can claim some of the best yurts in the region. Their classy 16-foot homes-fromhome come with wooden floors, gas hob kitchens and electric lighting (Low Wray National Trust Campsite, near Ambleside; from £250).
The north–south M6 runs near Kendal and Penrith. Windermere station has direct train services from Manchester (from £16 return). Visitors from the south of England or Scotland should change at Oxenholme or Lancaster for the Windermere line (London– Windermere from £85). Buses in main towns are regular, but less so in rural areas. Driving may be convenient, however roads are often narrow, windy and hilly – and traffic jams in and between towns are not uncommon in the summer. Car hire is available in Kendal (from £35 per day).