Fell walking goes hand-in-hand with a holiday in the Lake District and is one of the most rewarding ways of experiencing the fells. With careful choice, it is possible to walk directly from many of our Lake District cottages - there is usually a nearby walk that will provide you with many photo opportunities. However, when walking on the fells, you should be aware that the weather conditions can quickly deteriorate and this is something you should be prepared for.
Walking is a very accessible recreation for those visiting the Lake District and one of the main reasons for its many visitors. However, you do not need to scale the highest fells in order to enjoy the beauty and vistas that the Lake District can provide. There are many low-level walks, around the lakes, which provide stunning scenery and opportunity to view the wide diversity of wildlife. Buttermere, Loweswater and Derwent Water provide short, low-level walks, whilst the valley bottoms themselves again offer a wealth of walks, for example Rosthwaite in Borrowdale, the Newlands Valley, Little Langdale and Wasdale.
The increase in off-road and forest cycle trails has led to the Lake District becoming a popular destination for those that enjoy exploring the landscape on two wheels. The larger towns usually have cycle hire facilities as well as providing specialist bike shops for repairs and servicing. Popular cycling locations for families include Whinlatter Forest to the north-west of Keswick and Grizedale Forest to the west of Windermere.
Harder challenges are available, for those with true grit, around Skiddaw or just to the summit and back down again!
Alternatively, cycle touring around the lanes, through the valleys and over the passes is an excellent way to experience the spectacular scenery of the Lake District.
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