Walking Guide

Walks in the Lake District

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Experience the great outdoors with some fantastic walks in the Lake District

What better way to explore your surroundings than on foot? Discover the best walking opportunities in Lake District with our useful walking guide. Find the most picturesque routes and enjoy the best of the scenery the Lake District has to offer.

Follow in the footsteps of legendary fell walker, Alfred Wainwright, and explore the many trails and walks available in the Lake District, the UK’s most visited National Park.

Take the Borger Dalr trail through what has been described as the ‘finest square mile in Lakeland’ by Wainwright. Climb Castle Crag for epic views of the surrounding valleys and rest in the tranquillity of Peace How, a spot bought by the nation in 1917 for the use of returning soldiers. Head to the West of the Lakes for quieter routes, take in the beauty of the Eskdale valley and make sure to stop at Greendale Tarn for a picnic.

With all the waters, meres and tarns in the area, it is important not to forget about the stretch of coastline reaching from the marshes of Solway Firth to the border town of Gretna. There are a number of glorious coastal walks in the Lake District, all part of the 180-mile Cumbria Coastal Way, taking in quaint harbour villages like Ravenglass and portal towns such as Whitehaven.

Bringing the whole family? There are plenty of dog walks in the Lake District for everyone to enjoy. Traverse the 9-mile circumference of Ullswater Lake, taking in the fantastic views as you do. If 9 miles seems a bit much, you and your dog can hop on one of the Ullswater Steamers on the way back and relax while taking in the surroundings from a different perspective.

  • Borger Dalr Trail

    This 4-mile moderate trail runs through the area described by renowned fell walker, Alfred Wainwright, as the ‘finest square mile in Lakeland’. Climb to the top of Castle Crag to enjoy the spectacular views, and then take a moment to rest at the tranquil Peace How.

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    Buttermere

    The walk around Buttermere Lake is a fairly easy 4.5-mile trail that usually takes around 3 hours to complete. Perfect for families with smaller children, there is only one brief scramble where you might need to use your hands, other than that it is mainly around the lakeshore.

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  • Catbells

    Catbells is an accessible 4-mile route and one of the most popular in the Lake District, located near the popular Lakeland town of Keswick on the western side of Derwent Water. It is a 451-metre climb, not too large but high enough to take advantage of the exceptional views over the valley below.

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  • Cumbria Coastal Way

    The Cumbria Coastal Way is a 182-mile trail that begins at Silverdale in Lancashire and ends at the border town of Gretna. Rich in wildlife and archaeological Heritage Sites, the route traverses through the Lake District towns of Grange-Over-Sands, Ulverston and the village of Ravenglass.

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  • Scafell Pike

    England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike was donated to the National Trust in 1919 in memory of those who died in the First World War, to give the public the freedom to explore the mountains. It is a difficult hike to the summit with many different routes available ranging from around 6.5 miles to 12.

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