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I generally prefer not to have a lot of people around me when I'm out walking. I find the paths are less intrusive on the countryside, there is more wildlife to see, less noise and it is generally just 'wilder' - whihc is odd because the most remote places attract a lot of walkers each seeking that wildness. Fewest people are found in that middling countryside between the truly wild and the urban areas. At least in the UK where there are very few places more than 1 hour from a road. However each to their own.
What area were you walking in?
For such a walk near to the south coast and within easy access of London we saw very few people out and about. Maybe 20 or 30 near Firle Beacon (there is a car park near there) and a few between Lewes and Glynde. We also saw about a dozen people on bikes as it was the BHF 2008 South Downs Way Randonnee (again mostly up near Firle Beacon).
I also listen to audio books when walking on the track. When I'm walking/hiking for enjoyment, I seldom listen to anything other than nature itself.
Some of the nicest walks we have done are peaks that we probably would not have looked at doing had we not been doing the Wainwrights. These are often more remote and much quieter, there have been many walks where we have not met anyone on the way despite it being a nice bank holiday weekend. It is nice to find that peace in the busy Lake District.
You are so close to finishing the Wainwrights you need to start thinking about what you;ll do afterwards!
I have Wainwrights guides but we also use the The Lakeland Fells: The Fell and Rock Climbing Club's Complete Illustrated Guide for Walkers as well to decide on the routes.
I think I would like to do the Welsh 3000's afterwards as it is easier to get to than the Munro's!