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Cumbria and the Lake District Outdoor Capital of UK

The Lake District of Cumbria is considered by many as the outdoor capital of UK. Its rolling hills, rugged cliffs and rich natural environment are ideal for outdoor activities that will excite any adventure seeker. Whatever adventure thrills you, you can be sure to find it in the region.

Whether you are a cyclist, a trekker or a rock climber, you will find your own piece of outdoor haven in the Lake District. The Lake District has it all. It has one of the largest and deepest of lakes for paddlers, sailors and swimmers to have a great time. It also features the best of crags or rock walls that climbers of all levels will find interesting and exciting. And, its stunning forest floors are the perfect back drop for a thrilling zipline and tarzan swing rides. Locals claim that WP Haskett Smith's ascent of the Napes Needle back in 1886 is the starting point of the now famous sport of rock climbing. This makes this part of the UK a must visit for serious rock climbers or crag rats in their lingo. If you want to follow the footsteps of Haskett Smith, then the crags of Wasdale should not be missed. For serious climbs, the ultimate challenge lies with the Lakeland rock, while mid-level climbers should find enough of a challenge at Dow Crag, Gimmer and Esk Buttress. Coniston is another favorite for the stunning beauty it represents.

The Lake District is also perfect for long walks - my favorite pastime. I recommend the Jennings Adventure Ales trails. It has plenty of options for walkers of different preferences. One such option is the Borrowdale trail which allows walkers to complete the circular route of dramatic vistas in just 2 days. There are also plenty of accommodations along the way where the finest ales of Jennings overflow. If you only have a few hours to spare, why not try the 3 to 4 hours trek from Ambleside to Grasmere for some stunning scenery of the central and south lakes in the region.

Interested in mountain biking?

You will be happy to know that the area around Cumbria and the Lake District is voted one of the best mountain biking destinations in the UK by one of the premier mountain biking magazines. The Lake District has some of the most picturesque scenery along with challenging trails. However, my favorite remains the trails around Hadrian's Wall. It features 174 mile of Cycleway around the World Heritage Site. It has all levels of difficulty and bikers can choose between quiet roads, short routes and challenging off road tracks. The nearby trails of Eden Valley and Solway Coast should also not be missed. You can do all of these adrenaline pumping activities independently or use the services of numerous outdoor outfitters in the area.

There are also outdoor facilities within the Lake District and nearby destinations all over Cumbria that feature different kinds of activities such as rope bridges, zip slides and many others.

Posted by marydi 03:36 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged mountain in of lake valley rock climbing capital activities uk trails district biking outdoor cumbria eden teking Comments (0)

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