The wind whips briskly round your face, your legs ache – but there’s not too much further to go to the top. One more effort and suddenly you’re there, at the top of Fleetwith Pike, and you feel on top of the world. Spread all around you is the magnificence of the Lake District high fells, superb views in all directions. Below, Buttermere sparkles like a jewel in the sun. Perhaps tomorrow aim for Haystacks, where Wainwright’s ashes are scattered, or Red Pike? But for now, it’s time to head home, flushed with exertion and triumph. The reward to effort ratio is high! You’ve really earned the home-made cake and tea that awaits you, a relaxing hot shower and a slap-up meal in Hassness House, your country house home-from-home.
There’s so much to experience in the Lake District in addition to hill walking. Explore on foot, on wheels, by boat and by train. Take up Nordic walking, or learn navigation and hill skills, or less physically demanding activities, like Pilates or gentle yoga and meditation. Reconnect with the countryside that inspired Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter – perhaps it will bring out the poet or painter in you too? Step out with a Chapters Experience Holiday in the Lake District.