With plenty of the school summer holidays remaining and there’s also plenty still to do, see and explore when visiting Cumbria and the Lake District National Park.
Have you thought about venturing to the east of the county? It’s home to Penrith, Orton, Shap and Kendal, all easily accessed from the M6 yet minutes away from the South and Central Lakes and within touching distance of the North Pennines giving visitors the best of both counties.
It truly is a family friendly destination with quiet lanes if you’re a cycling family, plenty of none scary walking routes for small, fell walking novices and also lots of activities and attractions when it’s a little damp, well worth bearing in mind for a staycation.
If walking means a complete get away from it all then the area surrounding Haweswater Reservoir is ideal. This year is does look different to the photos however due to the record lack of rain experienced in Cumbria. This is not to say this area is without any passes by for Wainwright’s Coast to Coast walk follows the northern shores of this body of water. What can be said is this far eastern area of the Lake District National Park is more of a place for solitude than many others.
It is great to see so many visitors walking, wandering and cycling around the Lake District National Park and Cumbria now but when, for whatever reason, peacefulness is required then there are still plenty of areas to visit in this, the largest in land mass of the counties and one of the lowest in terms of population.
For Wainwright fell baggers then Haweswater is a starting point of place to pass through to go up many of his 214 fells including those of High Street and the Ullswater fells so too the Kentmere Horseshoe to the south. But what always astonishes people when they visit Haweswater either by the reservoir or venturing up the fells are the views. So those can be seen towards Ullswater, down to the Kentmere Valley and Staveley and across to the Howgills.
So try the stunning East Cumbria this year, Haweswater and across to the Eden Valley. A full guide to the area including accommodation and attractions can be found on the new Website All of The Lake District here https://www.allofthelakedistrict.co.uk/eden-valley/