With over 18,000 miles of footpaths and
bridleways and in excess of 150 guide books available, The Lake
District is not only the premier walking destination in England,
but also one that you can come back to time and time again and
never tire of. In fact, you could probably spend a whole year
walking the Lakeland Fells without ever covering the same route
The great thing about walking is that, apart
from the cost of your boots and equipment, it is totally free.
This fact alone provides the perfect reason to get out of your
car and on to the fells. But many people are put off by the mountainous
terrain and the thought of hauling their aching bodies up a mountain.
But it does not have to be that way. By tackling the Lakeland
fells in a sensible and systematic manner you can not only reap
the physical rewards of potential weight loss, a healthier heart
and stronger limbs, you can also enjoy some of the finest scenery
in the world. Unlike the gym there are no health assessments to
undertake before you start, so if you are in doubt about your
physical ability to take to the fells, or have a medical condition
that may prevent you from doing so, it is wise to see your GP
Despite the fact that the Lake District
is a mountainous area there is a surprisingly high number of low
level walks that are quite flat and require only moderate levels
of fitness and minimal equipment and supplies of food and water.
Generally speaking, the higher you go, the more stamina and physical
fitness you will need to climb the fells, and the more equipment
you will need to ensure that you return safe and sound after your
walk. So if you are a novice start on the low level walks and
then move on to the higher level ones when your fitness levels
is a wide range of guide books, from Wainwright's excellent pictorial
guides to the high fells, to low level walks, walks with children
In addition to a guide you should also buy
a map. They are not very expensive and will not only help to ensure
that you know where you are going,, but may also be vital should
suffer the fate of getting lost.
Buy walking guides here....
There is a huge range of walking gear available,
from simple waterproof clothing to the latest GPS satellite tracking
systems so you will always know where you are.
Like the Lifeboat service the Mountain Rescue
service is staffed entirely by volunteers who not only give up
their time but also have to buy their own equipment. That's fine
if all you need is a rucksack, but these guys need to buy an Ambulance
and all the equipment that goes with it. Which is why it is important
that those who regularly walk the fells make some sort of contribution.
You can find
out more about one of the Mountain Rescue teams and the work that
they do here ....
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