As mentioned on the ‘A Bit About Me’ page my first ever serious walk was in the Lake District. A rather foolish, unprepared walk up to the 4th highest mountain in England, Skiddaw, via the Ullock Pike ridge. I have since realised that this is a classic walk up one of the finest peaks in the area, however heading out with trainers, jeans and a rucksack with not enough water in it, was a bit daft! Luckily for me something about The Lakes was planted in me and since 2008 we have had a yearly family holiday in the area. As a result I have begun climbing ‘The Wainwrights’, 214 peaks laid out in Alfred Wainwright’s fantastic pictorial guides, which were written in the 1960’s.
The walking in The Lakes is different to that anywhere else in England, firstly because of the height, 9 of the top 10 peaks are in The Lakes. Secondly the terrain, places such as the peaks of Scafell Pike, Bowfell and Dow Crag have boulders scattered all around and the route between Scafell Pike and Great End requires plenty of balancing on rock and boulder in order to avoid a twisted ankle! However it isn’t a place that walkers need fear, again with planning and the right clothing its as safe as walking down the street.
Link to Lake District Walks