The Lake District is one of the UK’s most treasured and most visited national parks. It’s popular not only amongst keen walkers but also with families and for those looking for a leisurely stroll. However, given the enormity of the walks on offer in the Lake District (it’s a whopping 2,292 km² in size) it can be difficult to know which walk is not only right for you in terms of ability, but also will be one that you’ll enjoy!
We’ve put together this handy chart to help you choose where you should go for a walk in the Lake District.
Grasmere & Rydal Water
- Start at the church
in Grasmere and walk down Stock Lane towards Ambleside. This circular walk is a pretty one and you’ll pass the historic Dove Cottage, home to William Wordsworth.
Elterwater Waterfalls Walk
– Start walking from Elterwater village
in the direction of Skelwith Bridge – on the way you’ll pass through delightful fields and woodland areas before hearing the roar of the Skelwith Force.
– This is an extremely popular and easy walk around the famous Buttermere Lake. Start and finish your walk at the Bridge hotel
in Buttermere village.
– Start in Keswick
and head towards Derwentwater, making sure to take the road that will pass ‘Theatre by the Lake’.
– The only placed to park for this walk is the car park in Tarn Hows
– would you believe that this lake is actually man-made?
– For a great walk with stunning views over Derwentwater use this route.
– Both Whinlatter
and Grizedale forests are fun for all the family – walks can be as short or as long as you like as there is plenty to explore along the way.
Grizedale Forest Sculpture Park
– what does Grizedale
have that Whinlatter doesn’t? A sculpture park! If you’re looking for a route that will offer you something a little bit different on the way then this is a day out for you.
A Fistful of Dodds
– Stunning views of Ullswater after a simple walk uphill from Dowthwaitehead
Wasdale Head – Scafell
– This is the easiest way to attempt Scafell and is popular with charity walking challenges. Start at Wasdale Head
village green - the route can be rocky so make sure you’re wearing proper walking boots!
Helm Crag from Grasmere
– From Grasmere, this route
is an extremely popular one. So if you want to avoid the tourists make sure to go during the week.
Whitehaven – St Bees
Explore fascinating coastline by starting at the Whitehaven train station
and catch the bus back!
Sizergh Castle – Scout Scar
start this historic walk at Sizergh castle
before moving off in the direction of Scout Scar.
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