Precipitous icy mountain ridges plummeting hundreds of feet down to frozen tarns – does this sound a million metaphoric miles from the Lake District?
Did you know the Lake District is where mountaineering was invented?
Our 900sq mile corner of England is heaven for all levels of outdoor adventure in Winter – freezing level is usually conveniently above 300m, leaving roads and lakes easily accessible from which to view snowy mountain tops. However, decked in their Winter coats the tops become another world, a veritable extreme adventure winter-wonderland – only the skilled and experienced should attempt to scale these heights.
If you want to acquire the necessary knowledge the Lake District National Park’s Fell Top Assessors lead Winter Skills courses up The UK’s favourite walk – Helvellyn – via its dizzying edges. The British Mountaineering Council also keeps a monitoring system on the rock face above Red Tarn.
The LDNPA expert guides have worked in mountain zones around the world, you will be in very capable hands. They are also environmentally responsible, taking care of our unique mountain habitats; the BMC lists guideline’s for independent explorers, though we stress the importance of being guided and learning essential skills – never underestimate the Lake District mountains.
Why do we tell you all of this? Because you may not know – we tend to underestimate the wildness of our National Park, it’s not just postcard pretty. Nor is it defined by its over-exaggerated reputation for rain.
We can surprise you, and the cherry on the cake is you will be back here in time for a muscle relaxing dip in the hot-tub and pre-dinner drinks. All without airport queues!
It’s the best of all worlds.
(Photo Credit of the LDNPA Fell Top Assessors, exiting Striding Edge with St Sunday Crag behind).