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Top 10 walks in the Lake District


The Lake District is undoubtedly one of the best places to walk in the UK, and whether you are a novice or an accomplished hill walker, there are plenty of routes and trails to enjoy. It would be impossible to list them all, but ten of our top walks in the Lake District include:

1.Wansfell Pike
Wansfell Pike
This 6 mile walk takes around 4 hours and is of moderate grade. Most people start to explore the Lake District from the southern region, and Ambleside is a great place to start. This fun hike includes the waterfalls of Stock Ghyll Force, Troutbeck and Wansfell Pike, and you can also enjoy beautiful views of Lake Windermere from Jenkin´s Crag.

2.Grasmere Loop and the Old Coffin Trail

Grasmere is one of the most popular regions of the Lake District, and this easy walk is 3.5 miles and takes approximately 2 hours. This is a popular lakeside trail which follows the shores of Grasmere and Rydal Water, then loops back behind Rydal Mount to St Oswald´s Church.

3.Skiddaw

This difficult ascent involves a long trek to the top of Skiddaw, which is 3,054ft high, and dominates Keswick´s northern skyline. Although the tracks are clearly defined and the drops not too sheer, this is still a challenging hike. The walk is around 8 miles and will take approximately 4 to 5 hours.

4.Buttermere

This easy walk around Buttermere is 5 miles long and takes approximately 2 hours. Lake Buttermere is situated in the north-western area of the Lake District, and offers a peaceful, easy walking route amid some of the most stunning scenery in the region.

5.Scafell Pike

Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England, and every year thousands of walkers conquer this challenging peak. The climb is about 7 miles and will take approximately 5 hours, but only attempt it if you are fit and properly equipped as this is a steep climb.

6.Ullswater and Place Fell

This moderate walk offers a great way to see Ullswater, and the route aims to escape the crowds who flock to this area in summer. You need to be reasonably fit to attempt the walk, as it is 9.5 miles in length, and explores the quieter region around Place Fell and Patterdale. You can also combine your walk with an Ullswater Steamer trip, and enjoy the views from the water.

7.Catbells

This difficult walk is 3.5 miles long and takes approximately 3 hours. The small mountain of Catbells is 1,481ft high, and is one of the most family friendly summits in the Lake District. When you reach the summit you can enjoy stunning views across Derwent Water.

8.Hellvelyn

This difficult climb up Hellvelyn - the second highest mountain in England - takes between 6 and 7 hours, and is 8 miles long. The most popular Hellvelyn route is the ridge scramble along Striding Edge, which can be a challenge for even the fittest walkers.

9.The Old Man of Coniston

One of the most challenging walks, the Old Man of Coniston offers a challenging 6.5 mile route, and takes around 4 hours to complete. This may not be the highest mountain in the lakes, but at 2,276ft, it still presents plenty of difficulty.

10.Under Loughrigg and Rydal Mount

This easy walk is perfect for visitors who want a gentle stroll through typical Lake District countryside, and particularly for children. Just 2.5 miles long, this flat route takes around 2 hours to complete, and is part of the route that Dorothy Wordsworth regularly took to Ambleside.

Wherever you are staying in the Lake District, you will find plenty of walks, climbs and hikes nearby to suit all ages and levels of fitness. From Windermere to Keswick, Penrith to Whitehaven and Coniston to Grasmere, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to Lake District walking trails.

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