delight in unforgettable places

The Lake District draws walkers and trippers alike for its sublime scenery. The landscape is a mixture of lakes and streams, low and high fells, woodland and dairy pasture, all of which provides varied options for walkers. There are easy going walks around the lakes and surrounding farmland, and the fells offer anything from steep challenging ascents, to easy going ridge and marsh areas. Guidebooks and online websites suggest different routes up the key fells, or longer walks combining several different areas. Disused mines, quarries, and mountain pools called tarns are all regular sights for fell walkers. Lakeland has scenery that has inspired poets, authors and filmmakers.

Windermere is England's largest lake, Wastwater its deepest. Scafell Pike is its highest mountain, Scale Force its tallest waterfall. Keswick is the self-styled capital of the northern Lakes. (The image is of Derwentwater, close by Keswick.) The best-loved getaway into this magnificent walkers' landscape is to the south of the town, up to the inspirationally-sited stone circle at Castlerigg, then on to the breathtaking viewpoint on Walla Crag. The town is also the base for walks up the challenging fells of Blencathra, Skiddaw and Grisedale Pike.

Coniston is another superb place to walk from. Other towns and villages in the area have their charms and access to the fells: Patterdale, Grasmere, Ambleside, Windermere. To the south of the Lakes is the relatively neglected area of Arnside and Silverdale with wonderful coastal cliff paths and superb views into the fells.

Even in popular areas in the Lake District it is possible to escape the crowds by following the lesser-known tracks, where once smugglers and quarrymen alike hauled their produce over the mountains.