National Geographic : 1994 Aug
Mud pies and monkey business offer antidotes to city stressfor vacationersin the Lake District."It's a little Switzer land in our backyard," exults dadJeremy Chalder,an engineerfrom the town of South Shields. Maybe so, but England's favorite backyard can sometimes seem as crowded as home: Twelve million tourists a year visit the Lakeland to trek, paddle, or simply soak up the pas toralgrace of a region nearly twice the size of Los Angeles. On nationalholi days, country lanes glint with long lines of crawlingcars-andwindswept mountainpeaks are stubbled with hikers. In terse local dialect,a sign of the times (right)safeguardsa farmer's sheep from passing motorists.