If walking means a complete getaway from it all then the area of and surrounding Haweswater Reservoir is ideal.
This is not to say this area is without any passes by for Wainwright’s Coast to Coast walk follows the northern shores of this body of water. What can be said is this far eastern area of the Lake District National Park is more of a place for solitude than many others.
It is great to see so many visitors walking, wandering and cycling around the Lake District National Park and Cumbrian now but when, for whatever reason, peacefulness is required then there are still plenty of areas to visit in this, the largest in land mass of the counties and one of the lowest in terms of population.
As with another body of water used to supply drinking water to the North West, Ennerdale Water, a full circular walk can be done around Haweswater. A great walk for those who do not like gradients although being approximately 9 miles in circumference, a walk for those who like a pocket a few miles.
For Wainwright fell baggers then Haweswater is a starting point of place to pass through to go up many of his 214 fells including those of High Street and the Ullswater fells so too the Kentmere Horseshoe to the south. But what always astonishes people when they visit Haweswater either by the reservoir or venturing up the fells are the views. So those can be seen towards Ullswater, down to the Kentmere Valley and Staveley and across to the Howgills.
Naturally being out of the way, accommodation and places to eat and drink are scarce but the Tebay Services Hotel is only 15 miles away and a handy for the motorway. They have a bar and restaurant and rooms and the Tebay Services farm shop is great for walking supplies.
So despite this national park being a busy one (well it is actually and officially the busiest one England) and growing in popularity year on year, there are still plenty of quite places to relax and unwind.