With 214 fells in the Lake District listed by Alfred Wainwright, there are many different walks to choose from, each with its own unique features. But you don’t always have to go high to appreciate breath-taking views on Lake District walking holidays as there are plenty of low-level and flat walks to discover too. There are many walks that have become extremely popular with seasoned hikers, families and beginners, and while we can’t list them all, here are just a few you might want to tackle:
Old Man of Coniston
Grasmere and Rydal Water
The Cumbria Way
Haystacks Helm Crag
If you’re looking for diverse scenery, wildlife and a fellside backdrop, Buttermere is one of the best lakes to walk around. It’s remote location and ethereal atmosphere attracts all kinds of walkers and there are plenty of places where you can take a dip along its shore.
Families tend to opt for Derwentwater as there are lots of interesting things to see along the route, such as the iconic Ashness Bridge, the viewpoint at Friar’s Crag and the Centenary Stone at Calfclose Bay. Alternatively, explore the 20-mile route that winds around Ullswater, stopping off at pretty villages along the way.
There are 16 bodies of water in the Lake District (only Bassenthwaite is an official lake), with many offering fabulous circular routes that lead you among woodlands and below mighty fells. A few of our favourite lakes with some of the most picturesque scenery are:
Grasmere and Rydal Water
Lake District walking holidays have become a popular choice for anyone wanting to explore the national park on foot. The landscape is diverse and dramatic, and around every turn you’ll discover something new and exciting. Whether you want to enjoy a flat walk with the children or attempt one of the highest peaks in the country, the Lake District has it all, from stunning fell views and peaceful lakeside walks to charming villages and towns.
Depending on what you like to see or do during Lake District walking holidays, each part of the national park holds something different in store. To escape the crowds and discover more remote and wild scenery, the Western Lake District is the place to go. Wasdale is particularly beautiful and its rugged landscape plays host to the deepest lake in England, Wastwater; the highest fell, Scafell Pike; and the smallest Church, St Olaf’s. You can also explore places like Eskdale, Buttermere and the sprawling coastline.
But if you enjoy vibrant towns and lakeside walks surrounded by imposing fells, head for Keswick where you can walk along the shore of Derwentwater or climb one of the many surrounding fells. South Lakeland also has some great towns and villages to explore, with Ambleside, Bowness and Windermere being popular among tourists.
Wherever you go on Lake District walking holidays, you’ll be greeted with fantastic hiking routes. If you prefer to bag several fells in one go, hike along epic routes such as the Fairfield Horseshoe, Newlands Round, Kentmere Horseshoe or the Coledale Horseshoe. But if you’d rather stay low, walks such as the Ullswater Way, Blea Tarn and other waterside trails provide you with all the beauty but without the steep climbs.
The Cumbria Way is great for exploring the Lake District over a series of longer walks and the 73-mile route incorporates some of the most diverse landscapes of the national park, taking in historic towns and villages, mountain scenery, glacial valleys and ancient woodlands.