As a towny my first experience of the hills was on a school trip to the Lakes. Staying in Newlands YHA hostel near Keswick.
Spent the week doing 12 mile walks each day and going up some small hills like Cat Bells. I loved it.
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe