Smardale-ViaductWe love the Lake District we love the Yorkshire Dales and we know how lucky we are to be sandwiched between these two majestic national parks.

But we also know just how much beauty can be found outside the national park boundaries as our friends at Not Just The Lakes point out in this excellent round up of ten of the best Cumbrian walks outside the often (it has to be said) overcrowded national park.

High Cup Nick is one of the most stunning and rewarding walks in the whole of the North Pennines, itself dubbed England’s last wilderness and the views for the top on a good day are unsurpassed; Smarldae nature reserve is a fascinating level walk (along an old railway line) with views of England’s industrial and natural heritage at every turn. Both are on our doorstep.

Indeed, if you’re looking for walking or cycling and are not an adrenaline junkie the Eden valley has the best of both on offer and many routes start right from Augill Castle’s front door.

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