Mud doesn’t both the hosts here: hikers, cyclists and their dogs are all made very welcome at this traditional, whitewashed inn. It has 20 rooms, all with TVs, free wi-fi and en-suite bathrooms, plus a large garden, all set in a quiet location in the Eskdale Valley. A cosy bar has local ales and an open fire to offer, and big slap-up breakfasts are included in the room rate. Despite the easy-going vibe this spot is a 17th century inn and has fantastic food. You're also just a short drive from some great walks, such as Scarfell Grate Gable and Wastwater.
The perennially popular Lake District has no end of hotels and accomodation, but as is the way with touristic spots, much of it can be overpriced. Luckily, it’s still easy to book a bargain bed in the Lake District – you just have to plan in advance. But even at the last minute, there’s a good mix of budget hotels, hostels, pubs with rooms (they're even better than the pubs in London) and B&Bs to be had. Steer clear of the tourist hotspots (even the lesser-known places are lovely in the Lakes), and you’ll find somewhere great and cheap to lay your head. Here’s our pick of the best cheap hotels in the Lake District. So whether you're looking for mud (and pet) friendly accomodation or modest luxury, we have the place for you.
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