I'll be in the UK for three weeks this summer and am wondering if there are places to hike or backpack that might have fewer midges than, say, the west highlands. I lived near Glencoe years ago, and the midges in the summer were unreal (as in, finally quit hiking for a spell because of the misery). Are there any places where midges aren't usually a problem, or are at least tolerable? Like, maybe, regularly windy areas?
Barring that, any suggestions for less-touristed areas of northern England for a short (2-5 day) backpack? Or, a "base" with a handful of good day hikes around? I'll be using public transport and hitching, so nothing too remote. Also, I'll be visiting people in Manchester, Lancaster, York, and Durham, and areas within a reach of these cities would be preferable.
Thanks for any suggestions!