Tucked away in the North-West corner of England lies Cumbria and the Lake District. Picturesque stone buildings and farms lie nestled between lakes and England’s highest hills.
The Lake District can feel quite crowded in peak tourist times, especially in the summer. Farm shops and cafe’s, ice cream stands and manor houses can leave you queuing for your turn. In addition the traffic on the narrow roads that wind their way through the hills and around the lakes can be difficult to navigate.
One way around all this however is to go on foot. In between the touristy areas there is no shortage of scenery if you are willing to step away from your car. In many places you can walk for hours without seeing a single person.
Locals seem to delight in telling you how bad the weather in the Lake District can be with stories of horizontal rain that falls for days on end. Don’t let that scare you off. Yes it does rain, so be prepared, but chances are you will see the sunshine despite all the pessimism.
The photos above are from a walk I did along the Cumbria Way. I have walked the route from Ambleside to Caldbeck on the edge of the Lake District. The official route starts in Ulverston and ends in Carlisle.
This guidebook was an invaluable resource for the walk:
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