Before describing the reasons why I love the Lake District I must first ask an important question. What is the most beautiful place you have ever travelled to? It is a cliché question and on second thoughts not actually ‘important’. Everywhere is beautiful so choosing a place is difficult and in many ways unnecessary. Despite this at least one answer will come to mind if you ask anyone and give him or her time to think.
Solo travelling has taken me to many places in the UK but visiting the Lake District was not on my travel bucket list. The reason I travelled to this region of north-west England was for charity. If that opportunity had not come about maybe I would never have been to the Lake District. Could you call it fate? Well, let’s not go down that path. Instead, I will use this post to explain why I love the Lake District.
How many peaks?
I love the Lake District because it brings to mind a happy memory.
My first visit to the Lake District was to attempt a walking challenge for the British Heart Foundation. The challenge was to hike 8 peaks within 12 hours in one day. Yep! One of those peaks was Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England. A quick back-story to this is that my dad passed away several years ago from heart failure. From then on I vowed that if I was to ever sign up for an epic challenge I would do it for the British Heart Foundation.
I exceeded my fundraising target and managed to hike all 8 peaks within 11 hours. For this achievement I won’t hold back in saying it is one of the best experiences of my life. This memory is forever associated with the Lake District.
The green of Langsdale
I love the Lake District because of how green it is.
The 8 peaks challenge started in a remote part of the Langsdale region, New Dungeon Ghyll. It is situated between giant valleys dwarfing a single hotel and the pub next door. As a city person I am not used to seeing so much green so when I stepped off the bus I couldn’t believe that a place like this existed in the UK.
Wherever I looked there were uninterrupted views of the natural landscape. Cars are frequent along with the occasional bus so walking along the narrow roads requires caution. Getting off the road and onto the rocky paths in the green fields is what I enjoyed. I was connecting with nature and never wanted to escape it.
I love the Lake District because it is peaceful
The remoteness of Langsdale is what pulls me back there. I am able to have the time to see, feel and be in the Lake District. There are many walks or hikes to experience in every direction. Having the chance to walk in such beautiful surroundings is peaceful. Most of the time the only sounds you can hear are your steps on the rocky paths.
My daily routine whilst staying in Langsdale consisted of; breakfast, a long walk, lunch at the pub, writing/blog work, a few hours to relax and then dinner at the hotel. Having this type of holiday routine in the Lake District is inevitably relaxing. Bad phone signal and limited wifi means that I get the peaceful holiday I need to re-charge and forget about my usual daily routine.
I love the Lake District because of the numerous walking opportunities.
As I have already mentioned, the open green areas of Langsdale provide the opportunities to explore the Lake District on foot. Whichever direction you walk in it is inevitable you will come across sheep. You could even be in a stand off with sheep if they are in your way or you are in their way.
Participating in the 8 peaks challenge meant that I had to do a lot of walking to prepare. It is an easy way of keeping fit so any opportunity to walk especially in beautiful environments I will take. I couldn’t ask for a more suitable setting to walk in, than the Lake District.
A yearly trip
My love for the Lake District means that I have made a promise to myself to go back every year. I aim to explore other areas of the Lake District in the future and have already started doing this by staying in Windermere and doing a tour of the high peaks.
If you have been to the Lake District I am interested to hear whether you have had a similar positive experience.
Not only do I love the Lake District but also is it the most beautiful place I have travelled to.
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