The Lake District is the most visited National Park in the United Kingdom which is not surprising because of its sheer beauty and the diversity of activities available to visitors. There are hundreds of options for walkers from gentle lakeside strolls to challenging mountain expeditions. The lakes and mountains combine to form impressive scenery. Farmland and settlement add aesthetic value to the natural scenery with an ecology modified by human influence including important wildlife habitats.
Anna has worked in housekeeping at the Damson Dene for almost 2 years. She is originally from Bulgaria and has lived and worked in the UK for almost 5 years. She is a keen walker and likes to get out and about on the fells on her days off. She is our in-house expert on fell-walking in the Lake District and can always be called upon to give useful advice and tidbits to guests!
"With so many spectacular walks in the Lake District, it's hard to narrow it down to just two. My 2 favourite walks in the
Lake District - Loughrigg Fell and the Langdale Pikes.
Loughrigg Fell is just on the outskirts of Ambleside, a superb vantage point for the surrounding fells. For one so short in stature, it makes up for any lacking in heightby having fantastic views all around and an interestng , complicated top. Starting in the popular town of Ambleside, this walk takes you over the top of Loughrigg Fell, along Loughrigg Terrace andthe path to Rydal Cave. The return to Ambleside, is along the quiet Under Loughrigg Road. Rydal Cave is a main quarry, which in it's hayday of the 19th century, produced high quality roofing slates. While access to the cave is not difficult, and many people do cross the stepping stones to the interior, be aware that occassionalyy blocks do fall from the celing!
Langdale Pikes is one of the most popular walks in the Lake District and is worth savouring the day and take your time, and not just tick all the summits! You can tackle Jack's Rake at your own peril, although there are easier alternatives at either side, continuing the walk over Pike O'Stickle and it's vertigo inducing summit. The climb to Stickle tarn is steep and well used, but once there, the options are endless. The rugged scrambles upto the summit of Pavey Ark are
followed by an easy stroll over the 3 famous stickles - Harrison, Loft and Pike. The best descent is down Troughton Beck (north West of Pike O'Stickle), it is quite steep and rocky, but lovely! The start point is at the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel car park."