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Hillwalking in the English Lake District

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1. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I was driving from Glasgow to Liverpool yesterday and I decided to stop off in the Lake District on the way - WOW!!! It is absolutely breathtaking.

I would love to spend a bit of time walking through it but am a tight-fisted miserable git and I don't want to spend my hard earned cash on guides to the hills.

Can anyone direct me to a reliable website or websites that are useful for walking in this area?

Has anyone been walking in this area? Any hints or tips?

2. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Just get a good ordinance survey map, and then off u go, by yourself, or with friends.
Tell somebody, if u are going by yourself, in case u disappear off a cliff edge or are eaten by wild animals, so people will know where to look, if u dont return, when u are supposed to.;)


3. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

It isn't quite as simple as that . . . .

I was hoping that someone who might live in the area or be a regular visitor might give me some ideas of routes to take or the best climbs depending on the weather or time of year, info on parking, where to get food etc.

4. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Mikey, I grew up in the Lake District, would be happy to point you in the right direction.

If you're interested in walking up mountains then Blencathra, Helvellyn and Coniston Old Man are the most interesting. You have a choice of routes up both Helvellyn and Blencathra, depending on the weather and your stamina, and fear of heights. I'm also a big fan of the walk over High Street from Haweswater, it's a serious trek but there's some great views, some history and a really good chance of seeing England's only colony of Golden Eagles. PM me if you know when you're going/what sort of thing you're doing and want any specifics.

5. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 615 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I should've mentioned Langdale in my message. This is where the sport of climbing started, so you won't have far to walk to the start of something.
Not much accommodation here though, and parking is at a premium at this time of year. Camping is best, on the large site in the valley. Then you can just walk out the door in the morning and pick a hill.
Jacks Rake is an impressively scary-looking Grade 1 scramble up the face of Pavey Ark, about an hour's plod up from the valley floor.