“There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.”
Now, we may not be renowned for our weather but with rain comes our beautiful natural landscape. And one of the best ways to explore our landscapes is on foot (with suitable clothing!). That is just what Alfred Wainwright did, aged 23, when he first ventured to the Lake District in 1930. A one week holiday turned into a life time dedicated to exploring these majestic hills, mountains and lakes.
There are 214 Fells (otherwise known as hills and mountains) in the Lake District captured through Wainwrights beautifully illustrated stories, maps and guided walks for everyone to enjoy. Here are a few suggestions:
Orrest Head - Wainwright's first walk
A easy walk for the whole family to enjoy. Situated next door to Windermere train station, this tarmac path takes you up to the magnificent views of Lake Windermere and beyond. The walk is 2-3 miles and expected to take up to 1.5 hours.
Scafell - England highest mountain at 3209ft
Suitable for most walkers on a clear day. The long climb to the top is well worth the valley views of Wasdale. The walk is 7 miles and expected to take up for 6 hours.
Helvellyn - a glacier ridge at 3117ft
A walk that is best suited for the more experienced walker, offering considerable drops and steep inclines across the glacier twin ridges of Striding Edge and Swirl Edge.
The walk is between 8-10 miles and expected to take up to 8 hour.
The wonder of the Lake District ensures that there are walks to cater for everyone; the adventure junkie, the dog walker, the family. And lets not forget the many delightful tea rooms, locally brewed ales and warm pub fires to celebrate and treat yourself with.