Fairy-tale looking mountainous region in Cumbria, North-West region of United Kingdom. Lots of people think of the UK as a babylon country of hustle and struggle, and eternal fog (you name it). They are always surprised to see the photos of enormously beautiful landscapes this country possesses. Lake District is one of its treasures.
It is a biggest of UK national parks, situated 450 km North from London and 300 km South from Glasgow or Edinborough. Apart from many lakes, waters, fells and reservoirs, it also has the highest mountain in the country (Scafell pike, about 997 m above the sea level. The roads in its area are not easy at all) 30 degrees is not good for your car, unless its 4×4. But you can always try-as did we.
Best way to explore this district is camping. The choice of places is vast, but book in advance.
Some places only charge £2.50 per night per person. You can even rent a whole camping barn if you don’t have a tent.
Or, if you have a camping caravan, you can stay overnight almost anywhere. We were lucky enough to base our camp high up the hills near Bouth- 647 m above the sea, by the fell of the clearest drinking water. Only ships were our neighbors. We had a theory they have CCTV installed into their eyes:)
Hiking boots are essential! Don’t be greedy, buy ones! It is very very wet in there and normal shoes are just a way too slippery.
No need to buy special maps, all the hiking tracks are clearly named.You can do easy flat ones, or go as high as you can.
Once down the mountains, avoid going to Windermere area, as it is the major area’s attraction for lazy tourists who can’t hike or camp. They come here for the lake boat cruises, fish and chips and over traditional lazy stuff.
Crowds are enormous and can easily spoil all you adventurous impressions.
Better go to Grange-over-sands! Its where the gooses and ducks from Siberia are chilling on their way to Africa. I was really impressed to learn this as I was some sort of a Siberian duck myself:)