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Lakes 'could offer tourist bargains'

Posted 16 December 2009
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Lakes 'could offer tourist bargains'
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The Lake District could offer bargain breaks for tourists over the Christmas and New Year, it has been reported.

Following the recent floods, bookings for the area have fallen, with the GoLakes website seeing a 30 per cent drop in the fortnight after the storms, Guardian travel blogger Georgia Brown noted.

However, she suggested, this means that it is possible to grab a cheap booking in the area and enjoy the scenery before the crowds return.

The writer described how she visited with the sun shining and enjoyed a climb up Loughrigg Fell and observed: "Sections of the path were squelchy, but little more than after a typical heavy, winter rainfall and nothing a sturdy walkers' boot couldn't stride through."

Ms Brown added that the Fairfield Horseshoe and Helvellyn were already sprinkled with the first snow of winter.

Those heading for the lakes may wish to take plenty of walking gear to ensure they can enjoy the fells in comfort.

Visitors to the national park over the festive period can also enjoy the Christmas lights of Keswick, switched on by TV presenter Julia Bradbury and Prince Charles.