Good Reasons to Go Hiking
As a country England has much to offer, not least of which is some spectacular countryside. Despite its lack of land mass, it is surprisingly diverse, and these distinct differences of landscape can be dramatically shifting from county to county. Dividing England into north and south is a good way to start an exploration of this fascinating country and hiking the various regions is an especially good way to get the sense of its features as well as an appreciation for a side of a nation not seen from the confines of a car or train. Hiking can be as arduous as one wants to make it, but the physical exertion is worth the effort when rewarded with truly awesome scenery.
For an initial overview of the Northern hiking spots it might be convenient to sub divide the region into east and west and so for the purposes of this article let’s take a look at some of the most notable hikes of those areas. The western part of the North of England takes in the iconic Lake District which is well known to most people for wonderful Lake Windermere and for being the home of the writer Beatrix Potter. In addition, there are numerous hikes that afford stunning views of this spectacular part of the country. Brant Fell Above the Bustle is a moderately steep hike from the shores of Windermere at Bowness, which is well signposted and a manageable thirty minute walk or so. Once at the top the views of the surrounding area are stunning. The hike around the Dove Stones reservoir in Oldham is also enhanced by the presence of this sizable body of water. A wonderful place to enjoy a less strenuous walk and one that is stroller friendly too making it great for young families. For the hardier and more adventurous, the hike to the top of the Old Man at Coniston is a satisfying experience. Allow about three hours or so depending on weather, exact route and the ability of your group, but the view at the top is reward indeed once you arrive. In addition to the walk itself the hike allows an exploration of disused copper mines and some interesting wildlife. Hiking in the east of the region reveals some equally spectacular scenery and some wonderful historic land marks. Walton Crags which encompasses a section of Hadrian’s wall offers breathtaking views and a opportunity to reflect on the amazing historical significance of the location. One type of hike that can be more accessible to the less experienced is to be found at the various grand homes and estates that abound in the English countryside. Some of the most stunning ones can be found in this part of the country such as Chorleywood House Estate where acres of grounds are available for enjoyable walking whatever the weather. Similarly, if you can’t spare the time to be far from the city, Chiswick House and Gardens offers acres of good walking with some fascinating history as well, all just outside London. The choices for hiking in the North of England are almost endless and cannot be done justice here. Suffice to say that whatever your preference is, regarding the length or demands of the hike, you will not be disappointed with the variety in this stunning part of the world.