The English Lake District
Family walking on Maiden Moor above Derwentwater
The High Fells from Dale Head
Walkers reaching the top of Barrow, above Braithwaite
The best-known walking area of England is the Lake District with its wonderful scenery of shapely fells overlooking clear lakes, with extensive networks of hiking trails leading up to the summits. There are countless walking routes to follow, from the easy walks up hills such as Latrigg from Keswick and Loughrigg Fell from Ambleside to the England's only peaks over 3000 feet - Skiddaw, Helvelyn, Scafell and the highest, Scafell Pike. These provide challenging hikes for any walker.
In between there are many other summits popular for walking such as the Langdale Pikes, Great Gable and Blencathra, as well as lesser known hills such as those in the east around High Street and the lower hills south-west of Coniston.
The small towns of Keswick, Ambleside and Windermere, together with villages such as Grasmere, Coniston, Buttermere and Hawkshead, combine extensive facilities for visitors with services for the local population. This is still a working community which has adapted to the pressures brought about by the quality of scenery and opportunities for walkers. Many accommodation providers and shopkeepers now rely largely on tourists for their business.
You're never far from a village or a farm, unlike Scotland, but the hills still have their dangers and it's essential to be properly equipped when walking the higher fells in the Lake District. Check the weather and your route before you set out, and leave a note of where you are heading and your expected return time.
There are plenty of walking guides to the Lake District, the best known being those written by Alfred Wainwright between 1955 and 1966. These are still the best guides to the fells, covering all the main routes on every hill, with plenty of historical and geological notes and some marvellous insights.
Walking Stories will not attempt to duplicate the efforts of Wainwright and other writers of guidebooks and walking websites, but welcomes stories illustrating the character of hillwalks in the area.
Two stories have been posted from walks above the Newlands Valley, near Keswick, one of the most picturesque parts of the National Park, together with a sentimental walk at Watendlath.
Causey Pike from Barrow
Newlands Valley and Catbells
(To order the stories by name, date, country or type click on the appropriate heading)
|Causey Pike and Barrow, Lake District||England||High hills and mountain hikes||24/10/2010|
|Derwent Fells, Lake District, England||England||High hills and mountain hikes||15/10/2010|
|Ashness Bridge to Rosthwaite via Watendlath||England||Countryside and easy hill walks||28/01/2007|