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The Lake District is England's biggest adventure playground and is also recognised as one of the most beautiful areas of the British Isles. Commonly voted as a walker's favourite UK destination, it has classic lake, valley and ridge walks to suit all abilities including the 70-mile Cumbria Way and hosts part of the 267-mile Pennine Way.

1496 thirlmere from the wythburn path to helvellyn cumbria

It's also a popular spot for mountain bikers and offers a variety of trails from easy to advanced. The area around Staveley is popular, as is the Forestry Commission's Grizedale Forest, where The North Face Trail offers a 16km adrenaline-fix of bends, berms, hills and descents. A more leisurely paced biking experience is riding the West Cumbria Cycle Network, an extensive network of cycle routes linking off road sections on disused railways with the minor road system Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy sailing, windsurfing, kayaking or even swimming on Lake Windermere, orienteering in the open fells above Ambleside and rock climbing at Borrowdale or Shepherds Crag. At Honister Slate Mine, high up in the Borrowdale Valley, the Via Ferrata, or iron rope, gives you a thrilling mountain experience. For horse riders wandering the southern Lakes trails with your own Lakeland pack pony is a great way to explore. The new Pennine Bridleway, a 200-mile adventure for walkers, horse riders and mountain bikers follows old packhorse routes and bridleways

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