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A look at the Lake District National Park

England’s Lake District is unquestionably one of the wonders of the natural world and is the the UK’s second largest national park. National Geographic magazine called the Lake District National Park a “storybook realm”; a vast expanse of green hills, forests, stone-walled fields, and clear water – a lot of water.

Sixteen major lakes and countless rivers, streams and tarns gave the region its name, and certainly all those lovely bodies of water are a wonderful resource for fishing, boating, camping and just enjoying the abundant diversity of flora and fauna that surrounds them. Establishments such as Coniston Boating Park offer canoeing, kayaking, sailing, rowing and even little electric boats for all sorts of watery adventures.

The park also contains England’s highest mountains (its only true mountain range by world standards). The highest peak, Scafell Pike, is only 978 metres, but like other mountains, or fells, in these parts, it is a walker’s paradise. These fells can all be traversed without the use of climbing gear or ropes, and there are virtually unlimited tracks and trails suitable for every energy level.

This is very ‘old’ country in terms of human history. The earliest known inhabitants were Stone Age settlers, of which traces can still be seen. Norse and Roman legacies are also in evidence, but the greatest attractions are still the ones only nature can provide.

There are several small villages and a few good-sized towns such as Windemere, Kendal and Ambleside in or close to the park, and a wide range of accommodations tending to B&Bs and small hotels, in addition to the excellent camp sites and facilities available.

Cycling and horse riding are definitely great options, but the favoured method of getting around is walking. Hundreds of miles of incredibly beautiful trails offer everything from a gentle amble to a seriously strenuous hike; if you’re a walker, you simply must visit this park.

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