Inspirational Images of England's Lake District

29 May 2013

Martin Hymas, Flight Centre's copywriter has been heading to England's Lake District National Park for the past 10 years. His first trip at the age of nine was to be one of many spurring him on to explore the landscape and the secret treasures it holds.

"The desire to travel to this beautiful corner of England is strong for me as it is the perfect retreat away from England’s populous busy city streets. Mountain biking and more recently road biking is by far my favourite activity when in the area, as well as diving into a centuries old coach house for an ice cold cider and light lunch on my way around," said Martin.

Home to the highest mountain in England, Scafell Pike peaks at 978 metres and from the top on a clear day offers a 360° panorama view of rugged landscape. The Lake District is located in the North West region of England. It has been explored for hundreds of years with many famous authors, such as  Alfred Wainwright, producing walking guides that allow even a first time visitor to scale the peaks like a seasoned mountaineer. William Wordsworth was inspired to pen many poems based on the scenery and Beatrice Potter also spent many summer holidays in the region.

"Tourism has rapidly grown over the years that I have been visiting the 'Lakes', however head out from the towns and onto a National Trust path where you will be in the company of only the people wanting to experience the true Lake District. Quaint cottage pubs are never too far away and offer locally brewed ales with quirky names such as Sheep Thrills and A Pint of the Ewesual. The food on offer in these bustling pubs is outstanding. Locally supplied meats and freshly cut vegetables are complemented by home-made sauces found nowhere else on earth. Taverns often turn a blind eye to the odd muddy boot with an ever-present welcoming atmosphere."

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The northern tip of Lake Windermere.

"Having climbed up the nose of this small peak from the eastern side of Rydal Water, Lake Windermere emerged and stretched further into the distance the higher we ascended revealing nearly all of its 18km total length."

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A small tarn keeps watch as I make my way up to Grisedale Tarn.

 

"As the afternoon sun beats down onto the lush green landscape the sight of a small unoccupied Tarn screams lunch break to me. Find a spot along the water’s edge and have a well earned snack in your own peaceful picture postcard. - One begins to worry when you become envious of the mountain sheep that get to live out there days in this tranquil setting."

 

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Looking across the range, Grisedale Tarn is hidden by the mountain lip.

"After a few hours into the walk a vast sloping landscape deserves a second look. Spotting tiny hill walkers on the far sides of the valley gives scale to the expansive valley."

 

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Having reached the summit of 873 metres, I walked along the horseshoe ridge towards Ambleside.

"It comes as a surprise every time that walking down is the hardest part!"

 

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Looking towards Grasmere, which sits to the right of it’s own resident lake.

"As the landscape begins to swallow us up once more Windermere is still visible in the distance. I distinctly remember my mind wondering on a tangent to the important question of whether I’ll be having Lamb Shank in the Drunken Duck Inn, a stunning example visited by myself year upon year located a short drive away from Ambleside or to try a new pokey restaurant in the ever-long quest to better it."

 

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Winding paths bring me back to civilisation.

"My most recent visit was centred around the northern tip of Windermere Lake in Grasmere as great walks begin each side of the valley. A breath of fresh air has a whole new meaning after fuelling your lungs with a day's walk into the heights of England."

 

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By late afternoon I was back in the valley having found a very English looking paddock.

"A typical end to the day finds my group a little off the beaten track and the map reader scratching their head, but with Grasmere Lake in sight and rolling fields ahead it's all a part of the fun."

 

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The clouds lie low.

 

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An Old Coach House - Wasdale.

After a long day of cycling from Grassmere and looping around Wast Water, I stopped in an excellent rustic 1800's post house. Coupled as an in-house microbrewery, this is a typical award winning Lake District pub that dot the landscape and always seem to be in the most convenient of places.

 

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