Scared of the Lake District

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  1. Tecnikal

    Tecnikal Read Only Funster

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    Hi all,

    So far we have stuck to main roads mainly in the south of England and have had very few problems with narrow country lanes.

    We decided we want to visit the lake district in October. My other half is unable to walk too far so we thought we would hopefully find some nice road routes that still offer the same sort of scenery that you would get from some of the walks.

    However on searching the internet for some good routes we have started reading horror stories about narrow, winding, steep roads that are not suitable for MH's.

    Is this true? We are not small like a camper van or overly large like an RV but a mid size which is a Fiat Ducato IH Conversion, do you think we will be ok?

    Someone said that there is sometimes only room for two small cars to pass and I wonder if we are wasting our time going if it is going to be really stressful.

    Any advice from people who have motorhomes in the Lake District would be very helpful as I am now nervous about going.

    Many thanks. funsters.
     
  2. Lenny HB

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    Just avoid wynrose & hardknock passes and you will be OK, delivery lorries and dust carts manage to get round.
    Can get a bit tight if a van comes the other way on a narrow road a bit frightening with the stone walls, just pull your door mirrors in & breath in works for us.
    Been down roads in Ireland where both doof mirrors have been in the hedge on each side just prayed (and I'm not religious ) nothing came the other way.
    In all honesty commercial drivers know the width of their vehicles quite well, women who can't reverse are your worst nightmare but you are in the bigger vehicle so just stand your ground and intimidate them into reversing to let you through.
     
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  3. Tecnikal

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    Thanks. Will make a note of wynrose & hard knock and make sure none of our route goes through there.
     
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    There are other difficult routes I would not like to take............The Struggle out of Ambleside is aptly named. Why not plan a route and places you want to visit and post it on here for more specific advice.
     
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    I think it is Wrynose and Hardnott Pass respectively and no, I wouldn't want to drive my MH up them although many years ago I did them in a 3 speed Renault 4 - just!

    I had a week in the Lakes in my MH this summer keeping to scenic main roads and had no troubles at all and I was towing a trailer. Give it a go, you'll not regret it.
     
  6. irnbru

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    And what about the men that cant reverse. Some women are very good drivers. If I met you on a lane then theres no way Id be backing up for you unless it was easier. Pig headedness will get you nowhere.

    On most roads a little care and common sense gets you there .
     
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    Haha Lenny, I knew this would get you in trouble.....brave man :lipssealed:
     
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    Hes probably not caught any fish in a while so decided to put his rod out here instead.:reel:
     
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    I have been over wynrose & hard knock in a camper but it is not for the faint hearted. As said before the roads are ok but most have stone walls either side which are not forgiving if you touch them but coaches and lorries manage ok.
     
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    You're an extremely arrogant person!

    Apart from your ridiculous assumption that women can't drive... why do you feel the need to intimidate another driver into reversing.... or could it be that you aren't able to!!

    I hope never to meet you on the road.
     
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    (Grabs popcorn and protective glasses
    . Sits back and watches)
     
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    @sdc77. Your font is too pale, :)
     
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    I know I should laugh off the arrogant one's comments but, as a woman, I get really fed up with that type of attitude.

    I can just imagine (because I've encountered it myself first hand) what it would be like to meet him on a narrow road. In my own experience such folk often take a perverse delight in making the situation even more difficult.

    By the way Lenny, I'm a capable driver, held a licence for 42 years and in that time have driven horseboxes, flatbed trucks, trailers, tractors, our 7.6 metre MH and my car is large and fast .... and..... incredible though it sounds...... I do actually reverse sometimes!
     
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    Tecnikal - go to the Lake District and enjoy it - there are plenty of decent roads and you will be fine so long as you take your time and don't let any other drivers fluster you.

    For those who think there is some sexual variation in driving ability and without wishing to pour any petrol on a smouldering fire, here is an entertaining book that attempts to explain some generalised differences from a base of physiological evidence. There are differences (thank goodness) and men are lacking in many vital skills.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dont-Listen-Women-Cant-Read/dp/0752846191
     
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    You will find that most of the lakes is perfectly accessible with your motorhome.
    If you are unsure about some of the route, use google maps street view to decide if it is suitable for you.
    As said above, the real risk is scraping the side on the rocky walls that are on some roads but just do as the coaches do and move out a bit if nothing is coming from the other way and stop if required till oncoming traffic passes.
    Mainly just remember that you are not in London, the vast majority will not worry that you may hold them up for a few seconds so don't stress about going at your pace.
     
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    Brilliant - you've just solved the problem of what to buy for my husbands birthday!!!!
     
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    Come on up... you'll enjoy it:)(y)
     
  18. Granjan

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    We take most notice of road signs restricting vehicle length / weight. They are a good indication of trouble ahead and we avoid those roads whenever possible. If a sign says restriction 7.5 tons or more we know we should be fine. 3.5 tons will be tricky so we will try not to go. There are plenty of lovely places to go in the lakes whilst avoiding the small roads.
     
  19. mike mcglynn

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    Hello,I found the kirkstone pass quite a challenge as it was also bin collection day and made for an interesting drive and Tinas nerves were on edge for the whole time we were on the pass although I was relieved when open country came into sight .
     
  20. MikeandCarolyn

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    My only reservation about The Lakes is that it has become too commercial with coachloads of 'Grockles' all over the place-much like Les Plus Beau Villages in France.:eek:
     
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