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Lake District (Cumbria)
Member Name: joe_edd
Lake District (Cumbria)
Advantages: Good sites, nice views, peacful
Disadvantages: out in the sticks
I went to the lake District for the first time over the weekend. A group of us decided to go on a four day hike across the Lake District. We left on thursday morning and arrived at 3:30 in the evening. We then had to find a place to leave the cars for the weekend. Once parked we walked about half an hour to where we were going to spend the first night. It wasnt the most comfortable sleep I have had in my life.
The next morning I got to see the land scape. It was guite a site, we were surrounded by mountains. Directly infront of us was Bowfell. This is the second talest mountain to Scafell. When we started to walk, back packs and all, we lost the path. So we decided to walk up the front of Bowfells. I dont recommend this. When we got to the top, the mist started to come in and it started to get cold. Our aim for the day was to walk to Scafell and walk down the other side and then set up camp on a flat piece of ground. But we kept on losing the path and having to take a different route. Like I say I dont recommend this. Most of us in the group knew how to use a map and to orient ourselfs to it. Even thos were couldnt find the path, we always knew where we were. We walked up and down a valley between Bowfell's. We walked so much and that by the time 3:30 we were so tired and hungry that we found a place to camp, set up the tents and stuff and got some food. the plan for the next day was to carry on with going to Scafell. Were going to do it the same way as we did with Bowfell's. On looking at the side, it looked like a really stupid idea. The side starts off ok and the gets steeper and then just gets stupid, some experience of rock climbing would be needed. Which we didnt really have, not of that sort that would be needed when we would be closer to the top. Saturday comes and thank goodness we decide not to go up Scafells. Instead we decided to take the long walk home. I really enjoyed this walk. We followed the river until we found the path. The path took us down to the valleys and along the contour lines. It was really scenic. We found a pool of water, which a few of the groups members decided to swim it. It looked cold. We continued to walk. We eventually came out to some farm land and farm houses and then came to the road. You think great yay, a road that will let to modern way of thinking. But the road was all up hill, and it was a killer on the heels of your feet. Once we got to the top, you think that the rest is down hill and the place you need to be is at the bottom. Well it wasnt, once at the top, we looked in the distant and we have to cross another valley, so more down adn up hill. The flat walking is not to bad. Once through this valley and walking down we took a detour to find a place to camp for the night(still not near where we need to be about 1-2miles away). We find a really flat places surrounded by trees and it looks like someone else has done the same thing as us as there is evidance of a fire. We can see the road and a car parking lot, while setting up, are just waiting for other walkers to finish up, Some one comes walking their dog. We are really close to people and houses and stuff but not close to our cars. We could just walk the last couple of miles to the cars, but its a 5 hour car journey so its best we just stay the night and leave on sunday. That was the best night there, we made a fire, ate some food, sat around the fire and had a laugh. The next morning, we tidy our mess and leave, we made it. get all our stuff in the cars and drive off. We drive to a town called Ambleside and find a cafe and have the best breakfast ever. At this time, we must of looked like a real state. as we had gone four days with a bath(At least my teath were clean, I made sure I brushed my teeth)
We made it home in one piece. Overall it was a fun experience and I would do it again, maybe I would find a B&B and then do the day walks or do the hike again but over a shorter period of time.
I realise this isnt about what the lake district has to offer, as I wasnt experiencing the local customs. But on the nature side of thinsg it is extremely pretty. Mountains all around you, beauty and peace, just escape everything.
It was a great adventure
Summary: The Lake District
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