Lake District Hikes

Lake District Hikes

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Lake District Hikes

There are countless options for outdoor exploration among the Lake District’s towering peaks, gentle slopes, and picturesque bodies of water.

The Lakes are a delight to explore because of the availability of precise maps, well-marked routes, and several adventure centres, not to mention the fact that they are home to England’s highest peak and breath-taking scenery for as far as the eye can see.

There is an almost dizzying number of hiking paths, fells, and summits to explore, regardless of your level of hiking experience. With this list of the top Lake District hikes, we’ve done our best to provide you with a suitable place to begin your explorations of this beautiful region.

Keep reading to find the best Lake District hiking trails…

  • Aira Force Waterfall

    Aira Force Waterfall

    Penrith

    Aira Force Waterfall has been attracting visitors for over 300 years and with good reason! This glorious, 65-foot waterfall is nestled within a Victorian park owned by the National Trust and is truly a sight to behold.

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  • Beacon Fell and Beacon Tarn
    Image Credits: David Purchase - CC BY-SA 2.0

    Beacon Fell

    Beacon Fell
    Ulverston
    Cumbria
    LA12 8EL

    Beacon Fell is an 836-foot fell settled in the southern area of the Lake District National Park. It makes for a beautiful hike, with the Beacon Tarn and views over Water Yeat and Coniston Water.

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  • Woman hiking in forest

    Binsey Loop

    Wigton
    Cumbria
    England
    United Kingdom
    CA13 9SX

    Binsey lies on the western edge of the Lake District, apart from the other fells. Because of its location, it is often overlooked but a trip to Binsey is more than worthwhile due to its panoramic views of Solway Firth, Dumfries & Galloway, and the Isle of Man in the distance. Binsey Loop is a moderately difficult walk, suitable for older children.

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  • blencathra, keswick

    Blencathra (Saddleback)

    Keswick
    Lake District National Park
    Cumbria
    England
    CA12 4SU

    Blencathra sits next to Skiddaw to the north-east of Keswick in the northern fells of the Lake District. It has six separate tops and multiple ways to ascend that vary from easy to extremely steep. Families with older children will love this easy route, at just under five miles it can be done in two hours.

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  • brandelhow bay
    Image Credits: Andrew Bowden - CC BY-SA 2.0

    Brandelhow Bay

    Keswick
    Cumbria
    England
    United Kingdom
    CA12 5UG

    Combine a woodland stroll with a walk along the shore of Derwentwater on the Brandelhow Bay walk. The walk is 2.5 miles long and will take around two hours with young children. The path is mostly even but there are some rocky sections where an all-terrain pushchair would be required.

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  • Lake District in Winter, Buttermere

    Buttermere to Bleaberry Tarn & Dodd (Buttermere)

    Cockermouth
    Cumbria
    England
    United KIngdom
    CA13 9XA

    Walk this popular route and take in views of Buttermere Lake and Crummock Water. You’ll also scramble across fells and stroll through woodland on this three-mile walk that takes around three to four hours with children.

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  • Castlerigg Stone Circle

    Castlerigg Stone Circle

    Castle Lane
    Keswick
    Lake District
    England
    CA12 4RN

    0370 333 1181

    Castlerigg is one of Britain’s earliest stone circles, raised in around 3000 BC during the Neolithic Period. With a dramatic location and panoramic views of the Helvellyn and High Seat mountains, it’s also one of the most spectacular.

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  • Castlerigg Stone Circle

    Castlerigg Stone Circle, Tewet Tarn and Low Rigg

    Castle Ln
    Keswick
    Lake District
    England
    CA12 4RN

    Start at this impressive Neolithic stone circle set against the backdrop of the Helvellyn and High Seat mountains before walking to a secluded tarn. Finally, you’ll reach a fell with impressive views from its relatively low height. This walk is suitable for children aged five and above and takes around two to three hours.

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  • Catbells

    Catbells

    Keswick
    Cumbria
    CA12 5TU
    OS grid: NY244199

    One of the most popular fells in the Lake District, boasting breathtaking views of Derwent Water and the neighbouring mountains.

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    Clougha Pike

    Clougha Pike
    Lancaster
    England
    LA2 9EQ

    Clougha Pike is a hill in the forest of Bowland near Lancaster. The hill appears dome-shaped from some angles and has a series of cloughs in its flanks from others, giving it its name. Clougha Pike can be reached from many directions and features an ordnance survey trig point and a wind shelter at its summit.

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