Whether your dream is to tackle Wainwright’s famous peaks or to follow lakeside strolls, valley walks and tea shop trails – the serene beauty of the Lakes has many jewels to explore. Sarah Davis from HF Holidays recently enjoyed a weekend discovering some of the magnificent walks in the much-loved Lake District National Park.

News Flash! The Lake District National Park is announced as the UK’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site for 2017!

My goal for the weekend was to reach the summit of two famous peaks! So I began my adventure on Friday evening and arrived at the house just in time for dinner – a delicious three course meal prepared by one of our highly qualified chefs I’ll have you know!

The following morning I woke up ready for a day’s walking. One of the great things about HF Holidays is they set you up right for the day. First up, a hearty breakfast with the choice of a traditional English breakfast or a continental selection of dishes, followed by the real fun – a picnic lunch with a fantastic selection of treats from cheese, biscuits, fruit, granola bars and trail mix – everything you need for a day out exploring in the outdoors!

After filling my boots, I had the hefty decision of whether to participate in one of the easy, medium or harder walks – these differ depending on the terrain and distance!

Getting to the top of Blencathra was the biggest reward by far! Wainwright was correct – Blencathra was the finest way to any mountain top. Even though the walk was a little tough at times, the view at the top and the support of my fellow walkers made reaching my goal even more rewarding.

10½ miles (17 km) with 3,500 feet (1,060m) of ascent and 23,000 steps!

Once back at Derwent Bank, we enjoyed yet another three course evening meal amongst new found friends. It was so lovely to hear what others had achieved during the easier and medium walks. One of the best things about HF Holidays is the sociability aspect – it is so lovely sharing experiences with other guests!

Scafell Pike was my next big challenge for Sunday’s walk! We experienced a few rain showers in the morning however this didn’t put any of us off as we were keen to explore England’s highest summit.

Our route set off from Grains Gill and Esk Hause over large rock boulders and scree. The relaxed pace allowed for lots of photo opportunities – by now the rain showers were a distant memory and the clouds were lifting. Within a few hours we could see the top of Scafell Pike! The walk was challenging under foot, but the sense of achievement when we finally reached the top was fantastic. A swig of (well deserved) Whiskey was enjoyed amongst our group to celebrate before we then began our descent via the Corridor Route.

9 miles (14 km) with 3,150 ft (960 m) of ascent and 45,000 steps!

Now the one question on my mind is: where will my next HF Holiday adventure take me?

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