The Lake District National Park home to some of the most spectacular scenery in the UK. Getting out and enjoying the Lake District outdoors is a must and can be done in a variety of ways.
Fell walking, it is what the Lake District is most famous for. From leisurely low level walks to full day routes taking in multiple fells, once people start fell walking, they’re hooked. Even going up one of the smaller fells walkers are rewarded by even more scenery and even more stunning views. Right in the heart of the Lake District National Park are the Langdale fells. In the area you’ll find a walk for any ability but the views keep getting bigger and better the further you go up. From the Langdale fells it is possible to see England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike and the Cumbrian coast beyond also the Ambleside fells and on a good day even Morecambe Bay.
When walking on the hills, planning and great care must be employed. Whilst objects of great beauty, the weather can make the hills dangerous places. Be prepared with the correct clothing map, compass, food and water and check the Lake District Weather Line for the latest fell conditions.
The Lake District is well known for its great cycling terrain. Explore the quiet roads, lanes, bridleways and forest tracks which provide great exercise whilst seeing as much of landscape as possible. Choose a flat route on the designated cycle paths in the Lake District or take on the mighty mountain passes such as Wrynose and Hardknott. These road wind up through the fells with 1 in 3 gradients and hairpin bends. Not for the faint hearted, these roads are challenging but highly rewarding and the ride back down exhilarating.
Whilst fell walking and cycling are without doubt the most popular activities for visitors to Lakeland, there are many other available for those who enjoy the great Lake District outdoors. For outdoor adventurists there’s rock climbing, canoeing, ghyll scrambling and attractions such as the Via Ferrata at Honister Slate Mine. For the less hedonistic there are some excellent golf courses in the county which still offer amazing views as well as challenging golf.
Where to stay
The Langdale Lake District Hotel & Spa has the location and the facilities for all lovers of the great outdoors. A spa, restaurant and pub and walks and cycle routes on the doorstep. Rooms start from £135. Visit http://www.langdale.co.uk for more information.