Lake District

There has long been a fascination with this place. The first guidebook to the Lakes was published in 1778. Wordsworth published his “Guide to the Lakes” in 1810. He, Turner and Constable each masterfully illustrated its incredible beauty through their work with the latter calling it “a northern Arcadia”. Alfred Wainwright made the Lakes his life’s work, writing seven guidebooks in which he created beautiful pen and ink sketches, maps and descriptions and we haven’t stopped eulogising about it since. And with good reason. It is justifiably famous for the interplay between its mountains and water, not forgetting its high fells, rocky crags and lush dales. The Lake District is England’s largest national park and covers 2292 square kilometres/885 square miles.

With 3,5060 kilometres/2,225 miles of public paths and one million hectares of open access land the Park has much to offer walkers. Some come for the lakes notably Windermere, Coniston Water, Derwent Water and Ullswater. Others for the mountains and hills that promise superb views, including Scafell Pike, the largest, and Scafell, Helvellyn, Skiddaw, Great End and Bowfell. Whether you come for the dramatic scenery, water or extensive walks you are guaranteed an amazing walking experience. There are a wide range of low level sedate walks to do, allowing you to look up to the high fells and crags and more challenging hikes that provide a dizzy view of the dales below.

There are too many views and walks to mention in detail but Borger Dalr, described by Alfred Wainwright as “the finest square mile in Lakeland” is worthy of a mention notably because of the awesome views from Castle Crag. Walla Crag near Keswick shows exquisite views over Derwent Water and Fleetwith Pike at Buttermere is a must for its hidden mountain lakes and the sight of Alfred Wainwrights favourite Fell Hay Stacks.

Long distance routes include Cumbria Way, Cistercian Way, Coast to Coast, Cumbria Coastal Way, Dales Way and Inn Way.