5 Free Things to Do in The Lake District
16 April 2016 | Mri Grout - A Lifelong Vagabond
One of the funnest facts about the Lake District, is it's actually a misnomer. In a technical sense, the Lake District only has one lake, which sounds impossible when drive around these beautiful fells and spot a 'lake' at the bottom of every valley. However, only one of these 'lakes' is a true lake and that is Bassenthwaite Lake; the rest are all reservoirs, tarns, meres, and waters! They might all seem the same to you (and me), but a reservoir is a man-made lake, a tarn is a mountain pool that was formed due to water filling in the impression left behind by a glacier, a mere is a body of water where its width is much larger than its depth, and a water is just the historical name for lake. So I guess one could argue that there's more than one lake in the Lake District after all!
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5. Ravenglass Bath House
4. Castlerigg Stone Circle
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As with all of the other fells in Cumbria, Latrigg is one that is easily accessible and takes about 2 hours for the average walker to do a return trip from Keswick. However, for those that can't handle the hik (or are carrying a really heavy paragliding bag) there is a pot-holed road that goes all the way up to the top, but it wil still require a short, flat hike to the amazing views of Keswick and the surrounding mountains.For those that desire a more demanding hike with even better jaw-dropping views and flying opportunity, then check out the nearby Skiddaw fell. It stands at a height of 3052ft (930m) and can also be started at the carpark on top of Latrigg. A quick head's up though: this walk sports a fair number of false peaks so every time you think you're finally there, think again. Lols.
2. Derent Water, Keswick
1. Bleaberry Tarn
Situated at 1630ft (497m) and located only two kilometres from Buttermere, this hike has amazing views over the surrounding lakes and fells. The path starts at the bottom of a raging cascade and weaves its way through some beautiful woods before opening up past the tree line. In the distance you can spot a number of other waterfalls on the opposite hills, but the real treat is the jaw-dropping views from the top.There are two walks that pass through Bleaberry Tarn. The first one is a four mile walk that has an ascent of 1850ft (564m). It starts from Buttermere village, heads up to Bleaberry Tarn, across to Dodd's summit, down through Ling Comb, and back into Buttermere. The other loop is eight miles and ascends 3000ft (914m). This one starts out the same as the former, but once you reach Bleaberry Tarn, you head over to Red Pike. From there you follow it to High Stile, then High Crag, and then Scarth Gap. You head down to the far side of the lake and once there, you walk alongside it until you're back at Buttermere village.
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