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Thread: Leaving A Car In Keswick?

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    Widdler
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    Planning to do a three maybe four day backpack round the Bob Graham route and want to leave the car there, does anyone know if I could leave it in the main car park or would cost make it prohibitive.

    I know I should be using public transport but believe me I tried this last year, to get from langdale back to Newcastle took eight hours, and I had to change five times.

    It should have gone down in Great Bus journeys of the World, PaddyDillon could have given me some advice but I think he is away on business .

    or does anyone know of other alternatives for parking .

    Thanks Alfie.

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    Alfie

    I don't know about the parking but as a non driver i do know a bit about transport .

    Have you tried the train to Carlisle then bus to Keswick?

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    Alfie.

    The train from Newcastle takes 1 hour 22 mins to Carlisle and costs £15.20 on a saver return.

    The bus from Carlisle takes 1 hour 20 mins, bus No.555,

    www.thetrainline.com

    www.stagecoachbus.com

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    bus from langdale to ambleside.

    bus from ambleside to keswick.

    bus from keswick to carlisledid not turn up.

    had to get a bus from keswick to penrith, instead of carlisle.

    bus from penrith to carlisle.

    then a bus from carlisle to newcastle.

    If I did not get picked up by my wife in newcastle.

    bus from newcastle to home.

    sort of puts you of a bit our marvelous intergrated transport system.

    Oh and the highly skilled bus driver on the carlisle to newcastle bus, pulled pulled out in front of hgv and nearly killed everyone.

    It took eight hours to travel one hundred mile approx, I dont think I have travelled on a bus since.

    And the best part about it these buses had no more than eight passengers on each.I wish i could use public transport its just not practical.

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    I use it a lot to and from the Lakes and have no problems; not perfect but OK with a little planning. I live in Newcastle too.

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    The bus from Penrith used to be quite good. Penrith is on main line so should be able to get to Newcastle easily with possibly one change at Carlisle.

    There are areas of free parking near Keswick centre, just outside the 1 or 2 hour disc parking zones. It might be selfish, but I don't want to tell everyone about these. You never know someone in a position of power might change it to disc parking.I have never used them for longer than 1 day and 1 night when staying in Keswick. I suggest driving around the edges of the town centre you'll find them eventually, just look out for the signs. Some of them will be for disc parking, some areas don't have signs or lines, guess they must be free. By the way, there's some nice parks in Keswick. I wonder if the river's up for paddling, I think I'll park up and have a look.

    Of course I would recommend giving public transport a go. One bad trip shouldn't rule it out completely (said the hippy to the judge).

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    Park in among the B and Bs safe enough as no=one knows if you are around or not .done it several times.Blencathra street good spot ,no fees.

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    Erm...cough cough.....Owens advice is along my train of thought !!!


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    theres a good stop on the way out of keswick if you walking up catbells.......

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    Cough , cough done the same as owen/crux, though was never offered a full breakfast.

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    Thanks all will check out blencathra st at weekend.

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    Not parked up in Keswick, but having tried the same approach in Ulverston a few years ago (shudder) as long as you pick a back street I can't see that you;d have too much of a problem. K is certainly big enough so you should be spolit for choice.

    I wonder if there's anyone on OM who lives there and could keep a weather eye on it?

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