Hiking through the Cumbrian Lake District — England's green and pristine mountain playground — we admire idyllic lakes, discover misty waterfalls, tour a slate mine, and conquer stony summits. And we'll meet the locals — and their beloved dogs and sheep — everywhere. Then we hike Hadrian's Wall, play a little cricket, and are dazzled by Durham's Norman cathedral.
Newlands Valley, Keswick, Cumbria
For some reason, 70 percent of England's stone circles are here in Cumbria. This one's the best. The circle - 90 feet across and 5,000 years old — has 38 stones mysteriously laid out on a line between the two tallest peaks on the horizon. They serve as a celestial calendar for ritual celebrations. For maximum goose pimples (as they say here), show up at sunset (3 miles east of Keswick — follow brown signs, 3 min off A66, easy parking).