A holiday in the English Lake District?

‘… take knapsack and stick, walk towards the hills by short day’s journeys,—ten or twelve miles a day—taking a week from some starting-place sixty or seventy miles away: sleep at the pretty little wayside inns, or the rough village ones; then take the hills as they tempt you, following glen or shore as your eye glances or your heart guides …’

John Ruskin Elements of Drawing

 If you’re not quite that adventurous, how about following one of the long distance footpaths – the well known Cumbrian Way passes through near Ruskin’s home at Coniston http://www.ldwa.org.uk/ldp/members/show_path.php?path_name=Cumbria+Way – as well as ‘wayside inns’ there are plenty of hostels and bunkhouses.

The picture below is by W.G. Collingwood (Ruskin’s secretary), and is of Coniston Lake, with Brantwood on the far shore (Ruskin Foundation (Ruskin Library, Lancaster University).

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