The air is fresh and the views are amongst the very best from the top of the Cumbrian Hills

Paradise in the Lakes

the countryside of the Lake District is amazing  

Cumbria’s Lakeland paradise is one of the most visited areas in England. It is, regarded as having one of the most magnificent landscapes on the globe with a surprising amount of mountains, valleys, gorges, volcanic and glacier lake formations.

The Lakeland area is ideal for many types of activity breaks such as hiking, rambling, fishing, walking, mountaineering, camping in warm weather, cycling and lots more. The biggest problem lies in what to choose to participate in. It could be from fell walking along the lakes edges such as Grasmere or Lake Windermere, or pitting your wits and clambering up mountains, to exploring, the plethora of several towns and villages, when you want to take it easy.

Dig out those Walking Boots

The Lake District is on the west side of the UK, the part known to be somewhat damper than the east. Good stout waterproof walking boots are essential for comfortable walking, protective rainwear is advisable.

One would expect to find the Lake District a little wet

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Holidays and Breaks in Lakeland, Cumbria

Lake District breaks in the hills

Stroll around a Lakeland Paradise in Cumbria

If this is your first time in the Lake District, I thought it would be useful to select two popular walks for activity days out. For some days when you may want to give your aching feet a break and consider a picturesque town or village. However, I will advise you to obtain some books and ordinance maps, and study them so that when you do venture out on an excursion, you will get the most out of it. After all this is the most striking example of a natural landscape area, that England is so proud of, and although I could write about how phenomenal the entire Lakeland area is in terms of terrain, woodlands, colour, wildlife and geography, the best way is to experience it by actually visiting it.

Rydal Water to Grasmere Weir

This walk, covers two lakes along with some, but not too steep fell stretches. You will need an OS map to guide you around the water. On the western side, you can walk along the well worn path, above the lake from where you will be able to see some colourful views of the mountains. You will find two caves, and it is worthwhile exploring the larger of the two as it is easy to walk across by going around a pool at the cave entrance. You can walk in, and shout to test the echo and skip on the stepping stones looking for some river life like frogs or mini fishes. If you carry on walking, you will arrive at the mouth of Rydal, where you will recognize Grasmere. Just follow the track down to the weir, and weather permitting it might be a delightful spot for a picnic.

Ullswater Eastern Shore Walk

Walkers can tread this path either by walking south to north or north to south. Considered more of ramble, the level of difficulty for this path is suitable for beginners. A good place to begin is from the southern end of the lake, cross over Place Fell, moving onto St Sunday Cragg, Helvellyn and Fairfield, and follow the path from Glenridding on to the east side of the lake. This long rambling stroll will lead you to Sandwick and Howton. Your ramble will always surprise you with some colourful and striking views of the area. This area is most colourful in the autumn months when the red, gold and coppery leaves are falling of the trees. If you possess a camera then it is worthwhile bringing it along, because you will be able to captures some amazing views, either to sell or keep in your family album.

Suggested places to stay in the Lake District of Cumbria, UK

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That lively atmosphere in popular Cumbrian towns

The Lake District is a part of north west England where it is easy to be out on the fells and walk along ridges completely alone between the earth and sky. Down in the popular tourist towns of Grasmere, Ambleside, Keswick, Newby Bridge and Windermere around the lakes it is a different story. There the conversation is lively and creates a hubbub that appeals to sociable creatures in the evenings. A break in the Lake District can be all things to all people - tranquil and remote or busy and convivial.


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