Everyone has had a rough time due to pandemic restrictions, primarily because staying indoors was all people mostly did during the past year. However, continued vaccine rollouts and more effective healthcare barriers make it a good time to enjoy the outdoors again.
While it’s generally safe to enter indoor establishments, you don’t really want to spend your free time being boxed inside four walls again. Instead, a better alternative is to take a lovely stroll to enjoy the sights you couldn’t visit before. It’s a great way to get some exercise after almost two years of being stuck indoors.
The Wonders of The Lake District is a walker’s haven, complete with a full tour of nature that you’ve been missing for all these months. Whether you prefer to stay near the town or further into nature’s embrace, there are plenty of places to start your walks that fit your preference and pace.
If you plan to get a dose of fresh air, here are some places you can visit in The Lake District:
This short three-mile walk is an excellent way to get your blood pumping without too much stress. Starting at the Windermere Tourist Information Centre, you’ll begin a relatively easy climb passing through a circular route through the woodlands. Once you’ve reached the top, you’ll be rewarded with a spectacular view from Orrest Head to view the wide expanse of nature below.
Besides a great view from Orrest Head, Windermere is also home to numerous types of walks. If you want a more peaceful experience away from tourists, you can enjoy the four-mile walk leading to Claife Viewing Station. At the end of your journey, you can order refreshments at the centre before heading back to the western shore.
If you’re ready to take the scenic route to the countryside, you can enjoy a quiet walk through Buttermere. With the main route spanning 4.5 miles long, you’ll get to breeze through a relaxing walk around the lake while surveying woodlands and farms.
Near Keswick is a beautiful walk starting at the Theater by the Lake. While it only takes about 15 minutes from start to finish, it lets you view the infamous “Jaws of Borrowdale.” It’s a great pitstop for longer walks around the area.
Another of Lakeland’s more popular spots is the Tarn Hows. These man-made tarns are picturesque for a good selfie and serve as an ideal picnic location. Additionally, Tarn Hows is convenient to visit for people in wheelchairs, making it a family-friendly destination.
Another walk far from the hubbub of city travellers, Loweswater starts at Maggie’s Bridge car park and brings you closer to nature. Beyond the dry stone buildings, you’ll head through the road and pass through the Holme Force Waterfall. It’s a peaceful walk that gradually mutes the city noises as you step deeper into nature.
If you’re looking for a more challenging walk outdoors, the ten-mile circular waymarked walk at Derwentwater may be up your alley. It keeps you close to the shore of Derwentwater, making it a great way to enjoy the ocean’s breeze during a hot summer’s day.
At Ullswater Way, you’ll start a journey walking to the impressive waterfall at Aira Force. This 20-mile hike lets you enjoy the countryside in full. If you’re too tired to head your way back, you can take the Ullswater Steamers boat back to Glenridding.
Now’s the time to get your walking shoes out and take some time off your phones and other gadgets. After all, you should never take for granted the beauty of nature that’s just a drive away.
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