WALKING IN THE LAKE DISTRICT
The Lake District is in North-Western England, in the county of Cumbria, The 'Lakes' can be found by car in just over an hour and a half drive from most of our properties. It is famous for it's beautiful natural scenery consisting of many lakes, forests and mountains. The Lake District was popularised in the early 19th century by Romantic Poets such as William Wordsworth and other Lake Poets, and on visiting the place it's easy to see why people love the area so much. In 2017 the Lake District was named a UNESCO World Heritage site, and should be on every keen travelers list to visit.
The 'Wainwrights' are a collective term given to the 214 fells (local term for hills & mountains) of the Lake District, named after Alfred Wainwright - a famous British fell-walker, guidebook author and illustrator who was largely responsible for cataloging and popularising all the Lakeland fells through his series of 7 books. Many keen walkers now try and walk all the 214 fells as a personal challenge.
Cat Bells - Near Keswick
A very popular walk with tourists and can get quite busy, but for those new to the lakes and not a very experienced walker, or walking with children, who want to walk up a fell - then it's definitely the walk for you, Or even if your a keen hikers and jut want to take in the views, the sights from the top are not to be missed.
1 hour 40 minute drive from Hexham town centre.
Helvellyn Striding Edge - North of Ambleside
Helvellyn is the 2nd highest mountain in England with spectacular views from the top its certainly not for the faint hearted. With a height of 950m the views are spectacular and Striding Edge is perhaps the most popular ridge walk in the UK - well worth doing
1 Hour 35 minute drive from Hexham town centre.
Blencathra - East of Keswick
At 868m high, Blencathra is one of the higher peaks in the Lake District. It is an exhilarating walk with superb views of most of Cumbria and northern England from the summit. An achievable mountain for anyone who is of reasonable fitness and good health.
1 Hour 30 minute drive from Hexham town centre.
Grisedale Pike - Near Keswick
This lovely walk up to the summit of Grisedale Pike walk takes you high into the northern fells and, on a clear day, you can see across to Scotland and the Isle of Man from the top. This fell is fairly exposed, so you might experience some buffeting on a windy day.
1 Hour 50 Minute drive from Hexham town centre.
Skiddaw - Near Keswick
Its 931-metre summit is the sixth-highest in England. It is the simplest of the Lake District mountains of this height to ascend. A popular route with a well flattened track, you can easily find your way up.
1 Hour 45 Minute drive from Hexham town centre.