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The town of Keswick, sits on the shore of Derwent Water, one of the most picturesque Lakes in the area. While not a stunner itself, Keswick has a lot of amenities and is the starting point for several popular walks, including those to the summits of Skiddaw and Blencathra. Derwent Water can be explored on ‘hop-on-hop-off’ lake cruises.

Running south from Keswick is the Borrowdale valley. Having the dubious honour of being the wettest place in England, it is also one of the most beautiful and the starting point for the hike to the summit of Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain.

Heading over the winding Hardnott pass takes you into another beautiful valley; Buttermere. The twin lakes of Buttermere and Crummock Water create a picture-postcard scene and this is the starting point for a walk up Alfred Wainwright’s all-time favourite mountain: Haystacks.

Other options include exploring the Whinlatter Forest and its excellent mountain biking trails or taking in the scene at dramatically situated Castlerigg Stone Circle, which dates back over 3000 years.

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