1. There is no better place than the top of a mountain
I had always loved walking but I had never been a ‘hiker’. Hiking I always thought was for those gaggly people that spent days and weeks walking up mountains looking incredibility fit and toned. Not for me.
My first mountain was Scafell Pike
Yes I was naive and unprepared for a ‘hike’ that took me 3,209 ft! and finding myself unable to feel anything past my stomach (It was probably a similar feeling to an epidural) i.e. I could not feel my legs or feet on the ground.
Having made it with the help of two walking poles and a lot of pep talk, I was fed with lots of drugs in preparation for the descent.
The decent was a continuous long path of steps with the most incredible of views down into the valley and beyond it was magical.
Experience of a lifetime
It wasn’t until we had returned that I realised what I had achieved.
I had climbed one of the highest mountains in the UK and in good time may I add. On reflection we had a beautiful sunny day, experienced stunning views, varied terrain, enjoyable company and that post walk in the pub very memorable indeed.
2. Sustainable Tourism
The Lake District is a very special place to visit but this is not only due to the mountains and lakes walks, but the people of Keswick and Ambleside and other towns are truly wonderful people.
The vision of the Lake District National Park is focused on sustainability.
“The Lake District National Park will be an inspirational example of sustainable development in action.”
They aim for successful and sustainable tourism.
They certainly do a fine job as the area is clean and stunningly beautiful with access to paths and walks impeccably maintained for walkers enjoyment.
3. Cumbrian Cottages
We always book a cottage in either Keswick or Ambleside and we book through Cumbrian Cottages.
Cumbrian Cottages have a great selection of impeccable cottages in some of the best locations.
There service has been good over the years and we don’t currently use anyone else.
4. Activities to enjoy
When we visit the Lakes we go to walk up the mountains, enjoy the views then finish off the day with a pint and a good meal.
On our days off we will do one of the following:
Walking the low level walks i.e. round Derwent Water, horse riding, kayaking and maybe cycling.
Lots of great country pubs serving real ale with roaring fires in the winter.
Lots of restaurants catering for all culinary tastes.
5. Places to visit
Visit to the Gingerbread Shop in Grasmere is a must. In 1854 cook Sarah Nelson invented the Grasmere Gingerbread a cross between biscuit and cake.
Hundreds flock to this tiny little gem each year. The Gingerbread is delicious.
Visit Beatrix Potter house in Windermere.
Some of our Lake District photos
Here are a few of our photos from one of our best Lake District Trips with Mum and Dad and lots of family members.
A holiday I will never forget.