The Lake District Scramble your way through England’s largest and most beautiful national park!
Adventure into the Lake District
The Lake District is one of the United Kingdom’s most beloved spots for hikers and adventurers with its picturesque lakes and valleys.The Lake District National Park on their facts and figures page state that 17 million tourists visit these lakes each year. If those numbers put you off then this Proper Function will have you see it as a challenge rather than a deterrent. What more joy can there be than discovering something new in a well-traveled place because you dared to look harder? For those who do dare to look, there is scrambling in the Lake District.
Scrambling is described by Mountain Adventures as a cross between hill walking, rock climbing and everything in between. The term comes from the need to use both hands and feet to move forward. They differentiate scrambling from rock climbing by comparing the environment. Rock climbers are often climbing well-prepared routes with ropes and equipment while scramblers often choose places commonly avoided by rock climbers such as gullies shattered buttresses, rocky ridges and gills (the Lake District has all of these).
And in Proper Function, is a bigger sense of adapting to the scenery around you, as scramblers don’t take conventional walking tracks so create mindfulness whilst in the District. Scrambling routes are split into three grades: 1-3. Grade 1 is a challenging but direct route, grade 2 is a bit more exposed and the route isn’t always clear, and grade 3 is a hard route that will often require some climbing equipment. More Than Mountains a Lake District climbing company states that the District has hundreds of scramble routes. On their scramble page they list five routes that vary in difficulty and skill. The scramble routes will take you up to peaks on a route that regular walkers don’t travel. For example the Ill Craig has a vertical height gain of 300 meters making it not only one of the longest scrambles but also one of the toughest.
Get Your Travel On
Getting to the Lake District is very simple and we recommend that the best way is to hire a car and take the M6 motorway that runs from London to Glasgow. The M6 goes through the center of Cumbria (the county where the District is located) and the signs are very easy to follow to the lakes. The best part about traveling by road is that you get to see more of the Lake District at your own pace as you journey to your starting point. If you are traveling by public transport then Visit Cumbria state on their travel page that coach services go to the Lake District from London’s Victoria Coach Station.
The UK also has an extensive rail network and passengers arriving by train will have to catch a mainline train to one of Cumbria’s main railway stations and then transfer to a branch line. For visitors who are flying, the most convenient city to fly to is Manchester where they can then transfer to a train. All major UK airports will have budget airline flights to Manchester Airport. A word of warning though, for fellow travelers, is to be aware of hidden fees when booking budget flights. British companyParking4Lessstate in their blog ‘Beware of the Cheap Flights Extra Costs’ that there are 10 things to watch out for when booking with budget airlines. One point to look out for is hidden debit and credit card fees (up to 2%) that airlines sometimes add on.
The discovery for this Proper Function is knowing how to challenge yourself within a natural environment – which, ultimately defines you as an adventurer. There is no better way to connect to the environment than having to use all your senses and limbs to keep moving forward. The Lake District may have 17 million visitors each year, but you’ll be the one who experienced it simply through the art of scrambling! Scramble on, friends!
This Proper Function (Approximate Data) FParty Cloudy2,315ftElevation13.7hrsDistance From You
David Laws has been a keen traveler ever since he went on his first hike with his father at the age of 8. After hiking in many spots around Europe, David has aspirations to one day take a sabbatical from work and travel Africa for 6 months.