Affordable family staycations in the Lake District

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Are you in desperate need of a break from the busy daily grind, but do you need to keep the cost down? Then, you have come to the right place! Cumbria not only has reasonably priced accomodation but heaps of activities to do with the family that are free; such as walking, climbing and swimming. You don’t have to spend a fortune to have a great family holiday; what really matters is being together and enjoying the simple things. 

The White Horse Inn Bunkhouse, Threlkeld

You won’t break the bank with a 4-bed dormitory at The White Horse Inn Bunkhouse in Threlkeld. However, the kids will get their kicks out of sleeping in bunk beds and exploring the Lake District National park. There are a lot of free child-friendly activities in the area, including the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway trail. This track follows the old Penrith to Keswick railway over victorian bridges and through disused tunnels. The way has been resurfaced to ensure it is suitable for people with all levels of mobility; therefore, it’s ideal for wheelchairs, pushchairs, kids with scooters and bikes, or simply those who like flat walks. If your little ones are interested in Mining and Machinery, why not visit the Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum for a reasonably priced day out?

Derwentwater Independent Hostel Camping Pod, Keswick

Set amongst 17 acres on the grounds of a Georgian mansion estate, these camping pods are the perfect low-budget escape for families with avid little squirrel spotters. Only a short distance from one of the central Lakeland hubs, Keswick, you have easy access to the town and an endless list of outdoor pursuits at your fingertips. The camping pods easily fit a family of two adults and two kids, with access to the facilities in the main building such as kitchen, showers, lounge drying space, and not forgetting the sports ground for basketball or football. The kids are bound to make friends on site leaving the adults to sit back, relax and watch them play.

Church Cottage, Maryport 

Take your staycation coastal but still be within a stone’s throw of the national park by staying in this cute cottage in Maryport. The bustling market town of Maryport has a lot for families to experience, including the Aquarium, Senhouse Roman Museum, the Maritime Museum and the Clip and Climb at Wave Arts and Sports Centre. Church cottage is in the centre of Maryport, near the translation and a 10-minute walk to the beach. The house is well equipped with creature comforts that make you feel at home. There is ample space here for a family of 5 with all you could need on holiday.

Burn How Garden House Hotel, Bowness on Windermere 

Only a 5-minute walk to the children’s classic World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, Burn How Garden House Hotel is the ideal base for those wanting to be close to major attractions without costing the earth. The rooms, all with their own parking, are located away from the hotel’s main building, within beautiful gardens making for a tranquil, relaxing break. Take a quick stroll down to Lake Windermere and choose from the many available water activities like the steamers, paddle boarding or kayaking. 

Rusland Pool Hotel, Haverthwaite

Rusland Pool Hotel is a gem for families looking to be close to the lakes at an affordable price. When you aren’t exploring the area, you could be supping some ale in the beer garden whilst watching your kids play in the playground or practising your mini-golf skills. You will be spoilt for choice with the breakfast selection and equally impressive dinner menu, which caters for gluten, dairy and lactose-free. Built in 1814 with a long-standing reputation for high-quality food and a comfortable stay. In a location which gives easy access to the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, The Lakeland Motor Museum and the Lake District itself. 

The Cuckoo Brow Inn, Far Sawrey

This traditional, lovingly restored Lakeland Inn is a family favourite offering cosy accomodation with delicious food and locally brewed ales. Close by; Hill Top Farm is in the heart of the countryside that Beatrix Potter adored. Everyone is welcome here, including dogs, and nothing is a problem to the helpful staff. Explore the beautiful area straight from the door and see if you can spot a distant relation of Peter Rabbit and Little Tom Kitten. If you want to access Windermere, why not take the ferry from Sawrey to Bowness? Pedestrians can cross for just £1 and cars from £5. 

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