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The Ultimate Sporting Location
Lake District (Cumbria)
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Lake District (Cumbria)
Advantages: You can participate in a wide variety of sports, beautiful landscapes, great walking trails
Disadvantages: The weather is not always ideal
A couple of times a year we go to the Lake District for a midweek or weekend break, and stay in a cottage. The cottages are always beautiful, and have 'real' fires to create a cosy atmosphere during the cold evenings. In the past we have stayed near Keswick and Bowness on Windermere, and as well as being home to some cute shops and restaurants, they are also fantastic for a variety of sports, especially walking.
The geography of the Lake District is such that whether you enjoy a gentle climb or a good hike, you are sure to be able to find somewhere close by that will satisfy your urge. The landscapes are so rugged and raw, too, that it is not difficult to picture the glaciers that slid through the area and carved out the crevices and fissures that are commonplace. As well as the wandering dry stone walls and rambling farmhouses that can be glimpsed from up high, walkers are also treated to views of waterfalls and streams, wild sheep and goats and wayward villages interspersed over long vistas.
While in Keswick we tackled part of the Latrigg route, which is classed as a medium climb, being as it elevates walkers up to heights of 1000 feet, and can take up to three and a half hours to complete. The Latrigg route is gloriously scenic, and took us past an old water mill, through quiet woodland and over wandering ridges with views over the misty hills. Some aspects of the trail are quite demanding, and it is essential to be equipped with walking boots that have good grips and are comfortable, as well as plenty of water and some food.
If walking is not your thing, there are many, many other sporting activities that one can participate in while in the Lake District. One of the most popular activites is sailing, particularly on lake Windermere. I have been sailing on the lake about five years ago, and while it is true that the glorious expanse of water, framed by lush foliage and a rolling sky is fun, it does get very, very busy, and the traffic on the water can dampen your enjoyment somewhat. Other options include rock climbing, abseiling, canoeing and mountain biking. There are many companies that offer deals on these sports, including River Deep Mountain High, who offer courses in a wide range of activities, some over several days, and Key Adventures, who specialise in fishing, archery and clay pigeon shooting. If you are on a budget you may prefer to go it alone in some activities, and take your own bike or fishing paraphernalia and spend a couple of days indulging in said pastimes at your own pace.
Whether you enjoy high octane sports or something a little more laid back, the Lake District has a lot to offer. Covering a large area, there is so much to see and so many different terrains to enjoy, so getting bored of the sights is not really an issue. It is best to plan to spend at least two days in the Lake District if you want to get the most out of your time there. Unfortunately the weather is not always ideal, so as well as packing some sturdy footwear you should also take waterproofs and gloves and hats to keep the chill off. The Lake District is one of the best places in the country for sporting activities, and you are sure to have an unforgettable time.
Summary: A great place to go for an adventure