guided walks, navigation training and landscape interpretation from John Nash (background image: "The Langdale Pikes")

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The Lake District (in the County of Cumbria) and the Yorkshire Dales (which despite their name are partly in Cumbria) are rugged uplands in the north of England. Both areas are national parks on account of their outstanding landscapes and opportunities for open-air recreation. The Lake District contains England's highest mountain (Scafell Pike, 3210' or 977 metres) and largest lake (Windermere).

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National Parks

The Lake District

For more information about the Lake District National Park go to

The Yorkshire Dales

For more information about the Yorkshire Dales National Park go to

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Tourist Attractions and Services

For information about tourist attractions and services in Cumbria generally, go to

Bed and Breakfast Accommodation

Public Transport

For up to date travel information visit

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About a quarter of the Lake District is owned and managed by the National Trust, a national conservation charity founded in the 1895. See

You can help with practical conservation work in the Lake District on a daily basis with the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers,, Central Lakes group office phone 01539 742612. No previous experience is needed.

Public Access

In addition to an extensive public path network ,there is "open access", giving a "right to roam" on foot, to 59% of the Lake District. However, there are some restrictions, for example regarding dogs, and temporary closures are permitted. For more information see

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