I was recently sent a group of photos of the stunning Lake District in England and now I don’t know how we missed it while we were there. Sometimes you look at a picture and it just pulls on your travel heart-straps and makes you want to pack up and go right away! Just take a look at these photos and tell me it doesn’t have you yearning for an outdoor adventure.
We’ve recently become very interested in trekking and long hikes and what better place to plan an expedition than amongst some of the UK’s most mesmerizing lakes and daunting peaks.
“The fleeting hour of life of those who love the hills is quickly spent, but the hills are eternal. Always there will be the lonely ridge, the dancing beck, the silent forest; always there will be the exhilaration of the summits. These are for the seeking, and those who seek and find while there is still time will be blessed both in mind and body.”
Alfred Wainwright – The Western Fells
So epic is the scenery here that it has inspired literature and language itself for centuries. Words were introduced to describe what the Romans had seen when they settled in the Lake District around 900AD. Here’s a quick Lake District Dictionary that can help:
‘Gill’ = gorge, ‘beck’ = stream, ‘tarn’ = lake, ‘dale’ = valley and ‘force’ = waterfall, ‘thwaite’ = a clearing in a wood
To travel here you must first learn the Lake District lingo!
The Lake District actually comprises of 16 lakes, 53 tarns, and several “waters”. What really makes the area appealing to trekkers and tourists alike, is the amazing mountain scenery that fringes the park and often reflects on the glass calm waters with bewildering clarity.
The main plan for our trip would be to visit the Buttermere and Ullswater (as pictured in map above). Here we would be able to really get into the thick of the beauty that is the Lake District region.
The lake itself is 2 km long by 400 meters wide. It is flanked by Fleetwith Pike and surrounded by fells and streams. There are plenty of places to hike around Buttermere and there are local maps of the area for hikers and trekkers to navigate the region.
Often said to be England’s most beautiful lake, Ullswater is also the Lake Districts second largest lake. The village of Glenridding is a perfect place to get situated and start gathering supplies for simple single day, or multi-week treks. This is by far the best place for trekkers in the Lake District.
After initially seeing the photos on flicker, we’ve done some research on the area and it is now firmly on our travel itinerary. With lakes, mountains, fells and falls, we can see why The Lake District is such a popular tourist destination in England.