If we’re not walking the Welsh hills, then Cumbria in North West England is always our next choice. Buttermere – and its lake of the same name – is one of many quintessential English villages in the Lake District. And nearby Haystacks was the favourite peak of the famous walker, author and illustrator, Alfred Wainwright. In fact his ashes are scattered at the Innominate Tarn. Wainwright advised future walkers: should you get a bit of grit in your boot as you cross Haystacks in the years to come, please treat it with respect, it might be me.

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