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Walkers are spoilt for choice with the many trails in the Lake District

Anyone who enjoys walking and prefers to do so in one of the planet’s most enchanting corners should visit the Lake District. Any time of year will do, but summer has charms that simply cannot be matched, not in England and arguably not anywhere else. From craggy heights to lowland moors and from spectacular seacoast to bucolic inland valleys, the Lakes provide a wonderland of sights, smells, tastes and every other delightful sensation.

For the fit and adventurous, a climb up Great Gable may be irresistible, starting at Wasdale and leading (if you’re an experienced climber) perhaps all the way up Napes Needle. Be warned that it’s a lot harder to come down than to go up. More moderate climbs and rambles are everywhere, all with their own special charms and challenges. The Cumbria Coastal Way offers splendid scenery with plenty of solitude.

A scenic walk to a perfect picnic spot is one of the best possible ways to spend an afternoon or a day, and there are far too many to mention. One is the lovely Derwentwater, a 3-mile long lake at Keswick; stroll the shores or hire a rowboat and picnic on the lake. The landscape here just boggles the mind; there is a new and wonderful vista at every turn, and all sorts of different routes to explore.

On the coast at St Bees Head you’ll find the start (or the finish) of England’s Coast to Coast walk; the other end is 190 miles to the east at Robin Hood’s Bay. There is also about a mile of beach if that’s your inclination, and you won’t find jostling crowds, either. In fact most anywhere in this little plot of Paradise is an uncrowded playground that seems worlds away from city life and strife.

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