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Mountain landscape of meadow, wood and fell

The western valleys of the Lake District - Wasdale, Eskdale and Duddon - include some of the most wild, dramatic landscapes in the UK.

In Wasdale, a mountain triptych - Great Gable (birthplace of rock-climbing), Scafell Pike (England's highest mountain), and Yewbarrow - broods over Wastwater: the deepest lake in England.

Eskdale and the Duddon valley both boast acres of English woodland and fell, with remote spots for wild camping, as well as deep river-pools perfect for swimming.

Hardknott Roman fort in Eskdale was once home to an auxiliary cohort of Roman soldiers from the Balkans. Patrol the walls or keep watch for sea-raiders sailing from the Isle of Man.

Tick off more of the 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ : build a den in our woods, skim a stone on Wastwater, or camp out in the wild!

Snow-capped Great Gable and Wastwater

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