Mountain walking in the Lake District National Park

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Where in the world can you get these views?

Blencathra, Cumbria

Milford Sound?

Rocky Mountains?

No, these are right here on our doorstep in England.

Today I went walking in the Lake District National Park, famous for its lakes, mountains and it’s wildlife.

Blencathra, Cumbria
Scales Tarn, Blencathra
Blencathra, Cumbria
My dog Max enjoying the view overlooking the Lake District National Park
Blencathra, Cumbria
Amazing sharp colour contrasts in the Lake District
Blencathra, Cumbria
Watch out for the sheep!
Blencathra, Cumbria
Blencathra, Cumbria

Which fell did I walk?

Blencathra, Cumbria
Me sitting on top of one of the peaks of Blencathra

I walked Blencathra, also known as Saddleback, located in the north of the Lake District. As a rugged and sometimes bleak part of the country, it was a pleasant surprise to be greeted on a Sunday morning with a beautiful blue sky in some rare late summer sunshine.

When I was younger I would walk with my family through the Lake District National Park, it’s always fascinating to come back and discover a part of the UK that isn’t overcrowded. Although this isn’t necessarily true in the Summer, the Lakes get incredibly busy and many hotels and B&B’s will be full.

Although I’m no expert at mountain walking my passion shines through to discover stunning views and visit places that international tourists potentially may not already be aware of.

For me the biggest surprise was to discover a tarn (a smaller version of a Lake) called Scales Tarn, where the water was crystal clear. It was incredibly tempting to simply just dive straight in and go for a swim, there are deeper parts allowing you to swim although you may freeze!

Blencathra, Cumbria
I had to take a selfie, but in such a stunning environment it was allowed!

Lake District National Park

If you’ve never been, why on earth not?! For me, the Lake District is one of the natural wonders of the world and is truly understated in terms of international tourism.

From Keswick to Windermere, Penrith to Buttermere, you’ll find quaint villages, local home cooked and produced food, friendly residents and some of the best views the United Kingdom has to offer.

Located in North West England, there are many different ways to get to the Lakes.

  • Driving: If you are driving you’ll be able to easily get around the Cumbria
  • Buses: You can use national or local buses to gain access to Cumbria and the Lakes
  • Trains: Oxenholme and Penrith are a gateway to the Lake District via the West Coast Mainline, alternatively you can also take a train to Windermere.
  • Airports: If you are flying the easiest airports are Manchester or Newcastle
Sharp Edge, Blencathra
I didn’t pluck up the courage to attempt Sharp Edge with its sheer drop either side!

I plan on doing more walks, especially in the Lake District. I’d really like to hear from other local residents about routes and their suggestions for off-the-beaten track places to visit.

How to plan your journey here

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