Comprising approximately five eighths of the island nation of Britain, England is bordered by Scotland to the north, Wales to the west, the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south. Chiefly low plains and hills, the relatively flat terrain of England is punctuated with pockets of upland and mountainous terrain, such as the Lake District and the Pennines.
England has a maritime climate and is characterised by its changeable weather. Mild temperatures mean that winters rarely dip below freezing point and summers don’t usually reach beyond 32 °C.
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You will probably fly into one of London’s airports, Heathrow or Gatwick, the busiest in Britain and one of the busiest in the world. Alternatively, an international flight to Manchester Airport would get you much closer to the mountains and national parks of England. Situated in the north west of England, Manchester is about 15 miles from the Peak District, and 90 miles from the Lake District.
Due to mild temperatures during all four seasons, it’s possible to climb the cliffs and mountains of England all year round, providing that it’s dry. Indeed, winter is the best time to climb the gritstone boulders of the Peak District, as this is when the friction is at its best.
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