The Pathfinder Guides book on the Lake District - West and South Lakeland charts the best routes to take to appreciate this scenic area. For the walker, Ennerdale, Wasdale and Eskdale are as delightful as anywhere else, and arguably more so.
It was in Wasdale that the early pioneers of Lakeland rock climbing came to cut their teeth. By comparison, the Coniston fells, being much more accessible, are as popular as any in the Lake District.
Between the two, one of Lakeland's hidden gems is to be found, Dunnerdale, the valley of the River Duddon. The river rises on Cold Pike and Pike o'Blisco above Langdale, but by the time it passes Cockley Beck in Wrynose Bottom, and changes direction to head for the sea, it has started to fashion the most breathtaking of dales, flanked by comparatively low fells, but summits that have great appeal and unrivalled views.