Today’s walk was 7 miles with 1,300ft of ascent from Hawkshead. It was one of the most enjoyable walks that I’ve done in the Lake District and just goes to show that you don’t have to head for the high hills and can avoid the crowds by staying lower down. The route from Hawkshead was across farmland (with cows) and country lanes to the Victorian Wray Castle on the shore of Lake Windermere. After a couple of miles along the shore, the hard work began with a 700ft climb through woodland to emerge with spectacular views of the Langdale Pikes, Bow Fell, Crinkle Crags, Wetherlam, Swirl How and Coniston Old Man. Summits that I’ve done in the past but I was glad that I was looking at them in the distance on a wonderful sunny day.