Cumbria is home to the English Lake district; a stunning landscape of breathtaking fells and glorious lakes which are a joy to visit at any time of the year.
The 214 main peaks are known as "Wainwrights" after Alfred Wainwright who documented every fell in the most wonderful set of handwritten walking guides, complete with intricate hand drawn pictures.
Most people heading for Cumbria have one thing in mind; to climb a Wainwright or two.
That's all very well and good so long as you enjoy a bit of company if, however, you're after a little more solitude I'd like to recommend the much overlooked South West corner of Cumbria.
It has pretty much everything you could wish for; stunning fells, breathtaking coastline and a nature reserve packed full of rare and interesting creatures.
Accomodation is available to suit every budget from basic campsites to 5 star hotels and all points inbetween. The nearest town (Barrow-in-Furness) has a direct and regular train link to Manchester airport.
Black Combe dominates the landscape; a 600m fell with clear and easy to follow routes and views from the top which stretch to Blackpool in the South and the Scottish coast in the north.
Walney Island is home to a Cumbria Wildlife Trust nature reserve where, depending on the time of year, you can see a wide selection of native and migrating birds and if you're there at high tide you can also watch Grey Seals playing in the bay.
This hidden away corner of Cumbria offers you the opportunity to escape the crowds and experience the county at its very best.
Travel tip shared by CumbrianRambler