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Beth Pipe is based in Cumbria and is a keen and adventurous hiker. Three years ago she & her husband left the rat race and returned to his roots in South Cumbria. Her entertaining Life & Hiking in Cumbria blog charts their progress and is hugely popular with tourists, hikers and those who dream of starting a new life
Going on a holiday with the kids can be expensive and challenging. With wet- and dry-weather options essential, fortunately the Peak District gives you plenty to choose from whatever the weather. There are also excellent public transport routes, with buses and trains criss-crossing the area, meaning you can leave the car behind and sit back and enjoy the views along the way together.
Walking holidays in the Lake District, like the fells themselves, come in all shapes and sizes. From high peaks to gentle woodland strolls, if it’s a walking holiday you’re after then we’ve got it covered. For many people the idea of a walking holiday in Cumbria conjures up images of craggy mountain tops and Kendal Mint Cake, but it could just as easily mean a picnic in a bluebell wood or a stroll along a clifftop path.
For me, one of the greatest pleasures of being on holiday is being able to leave the car alone for a week or two. Here in the Lake District we are blessed with excellent public transport routes, as well as a myriad of cycling routes so going “car free” really doesn’t present too many problems. The other thing about being on holiday is that I don’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen preparing meals, especially packed lunches, so it’s good to know that the Lake District is also chock full of excellent cafés and bakeries providing locally sourced food for hungry holiday makers.