The Lake District is a real jewel of Britain and the connection to the Norwegian viking settlers is very evident with the local names for fells (fjall), becks (bekr) and forces (foss). The super hardy Herdwick (herdvyck) sheep are alleged to have been brought over by the Norsemen, and when you see the weather they endure they can surely only be Viking sheep!
As well as the larger organised events there are many smaller fell runs to be found most weekends. You'll notice the locals as they typically wear shorts and t-shirts whatever the weather! They must be second only to the local sheep in their toughness!