Five of the Best Walks in the Lake District

Five of the Best Walks in the Lake District

If you’re one for stats, the Lake District is the largest National Park in England and home to England’s highest mountain and largest lake. The Lake District also happens to be one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been; on low level walks, mountain tops reflect in picturesque lakes and once you start climbing the fells, the landscape opens up to show striking summits, green pastures and remote moorlands.

Helvellyn via Striding Edge

Helvellyn striding edge dog

There are plenty of ways to climb Helvellyn but reaching the summit via Striding Edge and returning along Swirral Edge is the classic route. The scramble across the knife edge ridges makes Helvellyn one of the most exciting mountains to climb in the Lake District, and one of the most popular.  Full Route info, including GPX file…

Skiddaw via Ullock Pike

Skiddaw via Ullock Pike

Everyone has a favourite walk in the Lake District and this is mine. The circular route begins just outside Bassenthwaite village and climbs along Ullock Pike ridge, with outstanding views across Bassenthwaite Lake. From the summit, the view stretches across Derwent Water and out to mainland Scotland. Full Route info, including GPX file…

Haystacks and Fleetwith Pike

Haystacks and Fleetwith Pike

The remote summit of Haystacks feels like you’ve accidently wandered on to another planet. With deep green moorland, jagged exposed rocks, isolated tarns and hidden hollows, you'll almost forget that you’re walking at 1,700ft. If you need any further convincing; Haystacks was Wainwright’s favourite fell. Full Route info, including GPX file…

Coledale Horseshoe

Coledale Horseshoe Walking Route Grisedale Pike

I’m always surprised that this walk isn’t more popular. The majority of the path follows well marked, high-level ridges, with incredible views across to Skiddaw, Blencathra and the Scafell range. Full route info, including GPX file...

Derwentwater Circuit

Derwentwater Circuit walk

This easy 10 mile stroll loops around Derwentwater Lake, with stunning views towards Borrowdale. Full directions and maps can be found on the Keswick Tourism site.

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