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England's Finest Walking Country

Heat inversion above Bassenthwaite Lake, the Lake DistrictWalking above Easedale Tarn, the lake districtWalking at High Dam, the Lake District

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 twice.

Better than the gym!

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 first.

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 allow.

Get a guide, and a map

"Nowt but Scenery" 10 low level lakeland walksThere 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 mind.

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....



Get the right kit

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.

Don't forget the mountain rescue

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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