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distance 12.19km Vertical gain +322m Vertical drop -325m Durée 4h25 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Borrowdale - Cumbria

Combining the delights of Borrowdale with the rural charm of Watendlath, this Lake District walk offers some wonderful views and relatively easy walking. Route finding is generally easy although there is a steady ascent from Lodore up to Watendlath.

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YHA hopping in The Lake District - YHA Borrowdale to YHA Black Sail
distance 14.58km Vertical gain +1224m Vertical drop -1034m Durée 7h40 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Borrowdale - Cumbria

The YHA is a great institution and I guess most fell walkers have stayed at a hostel at some time in their lives. Funny how they were created "to help all, especially young people of limited means, to greater knowledge, love and care of the countryside, particularly by providing hostels or other simple accommodation for them on their travels". Here's a collection of routes starting or finishing at a YHA in The Lakes. Along the way, there are 4 Wainwrights and 5 tarns.

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distance 13.75km Vertical gain +615m Vertical drop -633m Durée 5h40 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Borrowdale - Cumbria

This is a walk from the Borrowdale Valley over to Easdale Valley but it's also a ridge walk with great views over Far Easedale Gill and the surrounding landscape. Helm Crag is also known as The Lion and The Lamb due to it's profile when seen from the A591. Here's a collection of routes starting or finishing at a YHA in The Lakes. Along the way, there are three Wainwrights, one lake and one pub.

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Scafell Pike from Borrowdale
distance 15.06km Vertical gain +890m Vertical drop -889m Durée 6h50 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Borrowdale - Cumbria

The classic and well trodden ascent of Scafell Pike from Seathwaite in Borrowdale. Ascending via Grains Gill to Great End and then Esk Hause and Broad Crag. The descent is via the 'Corridor Route' to Styhead Tarn and then back to Seathwaite.

Walking Cat Bells from Grange ( Download : )
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distance 9.63km Vertical gain +407m Vertical drop -404m Durée 3h55 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Borrowdale - Cumbria

A short and fairly easy, circular walk up the ever popular Cat Bells. Starting from parking on the roadside just outside the village of Grange, this walk ascends Cat Bells from the South and descends north to join paths through the parkland and woods above and beside Derwent Water.

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Around High Spy, Maiden Moor and Cat Bells. A circular walk
distance 16.91km Vertical gain +584m Vertical drop -583m Durée 6h30 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Borrowdale - Cumbria

This is a circular walk around High Spy, Maiden Moor and Cat Bells. The scenery is good and the walk is made interesting by the old mine workings, both on the way up and also at Goldscope Mine. The return leg, through the woods above Derwent Water, is a nice contrast to the first half of the walk.
It is a useful walk when the tops are in mist and walking the ridge would give you no views or when the tops are covered in snow and you don't have ice axe and crampons to hand.

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distance 7.82km Vertical gain +734m Vertical drop -726m Durée 4h20 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Borrowdale - Cumbria

An energetic Lake District Horseshoe walk that takes in four summits as you keep to the high ground surrounding Gillercomb. The walk could also be extended to take in Great Gable if time and energy permit!

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distance 12.69km Vertical gain +941m Vertical drop -941m Durée 6h20 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Borrowdale - Cumbria

This Lake District walk includes an unpathed section of route and is for experienced walkers only and navigation skills are essential. The walk includes Great End approached from the Corridor Route before following easier ground to the summit of Glaramara. The descent from the latter summit requires careful navigation for a trouble-free descent back down to Seathwaite.

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distance 8.67km Vertical gain +784m Vertical drop -784m Durée 4h45 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Borrowdale - Cumbria

To the west of the Cumbrian Mountains, both Great and Green Gable summits offer a pleasant hike.

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Ard Crags and Knott Rigg Circular
distance 8.36km Vertical gain +443m Vertical drop -442m Durée 3h40 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Above Derwent - Cumbria

On this circular walk you will be rewarded with a lovely ascent up the small but beautiful Ard Crags, followed by an undulating ridge to Knott Rigg. The descent from Knott Rigg keeps to the top of a second ridge with good views ahead. The last section takes in farmland paths and tracks before joining the road.

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distance 7.26km Vertical gain +216m Vertical drop -220m Durée 2h40 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Above Derwent - Cumbria

An interesting low level walk with the opportunity to explore old mine workings as an option. The walk takes in farmland paths and tracks and ventures above the fell wall to the dam and reservoir built by the miners. Even if you choose not to venture into the mine tunnels finding the entrances is mini adventure. Newlands Church is lovely and adds further interest to the walk.

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distance 15.93km Vertical gain +892m Vertical drop -893m Durée 7h05 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Above Derwent - Cumbria

A rewarding Lake District walk of the highest calibre. The Horseshoe route takes in all the peaks on either side of the Newlands Valley and offers some wonderful walking and superb views throughout.

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distance 11.14km Vertical gain +867m Vertical drop -868m Durée 5h40 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in St. John's Castlerigg and Wythburn - Cumbria

This Lake District walk starts from Swirls and ascends Helvellyn via Browncove Crags. The route continues north over Whiteside and Raise to reach Sticks Pass from where a descent back into the valley is made. This is a great route to the top of England's third highest mountain with equally stunning views.

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distance 19.37km Vertical gain +1168m Vertical drop -1385m Durée 8h50 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Ennerdale and Kinniside - Cumbria

The YHA is a great institution and I guess most fell walkers have stayed at a hostel at some time in their lives. They were created "to help all, especially young people of limited means, to a greater knowledge, love and care of the countryside, particularly by providing hostels or other simple accommodation for them on their travels". Here's a collection of routes starting or finishing at a YHA in The Lakes. Along the way are 6 Wainwrights, 3 tarns and 1 pub.

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distance 5.28km Vertical gain +302m Vertical drop -303m Durée 2h20 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Buttermere (Cumbria) - Cumbria

A short Lake District ridge walk that includes two Wainwrights. Surrounded by higher fells, the ridge between Ard Crags and Knott Rigg offers some wonderful Lakeland scenery.

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distance 5.54km Vertical gain +15m Vertical drop -24m Durée 1h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Keswick - Cumbria

A linear Lake District walk that follows the shore of Derwentwater south from Keswick to Lodore landing stage. The return to Keswick uses the seasonal launces on Derwentwater.

Organisation / Walking Club / Mountain guide
distance 24.99km Vertical gain +904m Vertical drop -911m Durée 9h45 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Keswick - Cumbria

The YHA is a great institution and I guess most fell walkers have stayed at a hostel at some time in their lives. They were created "to help all, especially young people of limited means, to a greater knowledge, love and care of the countryside, particularly by providing hostels or other simple accommodation for them on their travels". Here's a collection of routes starting or finishing at a YHA in The Lakes. Along the way are 9 Wainwrights, 2 tarns, and 1 pub.

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YHA hopping in the Lake District - YHA Keswick to YHA Ennerdale
distance 25.26km Vertical gain +1659m Vertical drop -1600m Durée 11h55 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Keswick - Cumbria

The YHA is a great institution and I guess most fell walkers have stayed at a hostel at some time in their lives. They were created "to help all, especially young people of limited means, to a greater knowledge, love and care of the countryside, particularly by providing hostels or other simple accommodation for them on their travels". Here's a collection of routes starting and finishing at a YHA in The Lakes. Along the way there are 10 Wainwrights, 1 lake, 3 tarns and a ferry.

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YHA hopping in The Lake District - YHA Keswick to YHA Borrowdale
distance 13.24km Vertical gain +628m Vertical drop -612m Durée 5h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Keswick - Cumbria

The YHA is a great institution and I guess most fell walkers have stayed at a hostel at some time in their lives. They were created "to help all, especially young people of limited means, to a greater knowledge, love and care of the countryside, particularly by providing hostels or other simple accommodation for them on their travels". Here's a collection of routes starting and finishing at a YHA in The Lakes. Along the way there are 3 Wainwrights,a ferry and 1 pub.

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distance 20.14km Vertical gain +1250m Vertical drop -1052m Durée 9h20 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Keswick - Cumbria

The YHA is a great institution and I guess most fell walkers have stayed at a hostel at some time in their lives. Funny how they were created "to help all, especially young people of limited means, to greater knowledge, love and care of the countryside, particularly by providing hostels or other simple accommodation for them on their travels". Here's a collection of routes starting and finishing at a YHA in The Lakes. There are 6 Wainwrights, 1 lake, 3 tarns and a ferry.

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distance 13.06km Vertical gain +730m Vertical drop -753m Durée 5h50 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Lakes - Cumbria

Here's a collection of routes starting or finishing at a YHA in The Lakes. Along the way are 6 Wainwrights, 3 tarns,1 lake and 1 pub. This is a tough route but take time to enjoy the scenery around you and be careful on the high ground. Look around and take in the beauty that is The Lake District.

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distance 16.19km Vertical gain +833m Vertical drop -765m Durée 7h00 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Lakes - Cumbria

The YHA is a great institution and I guess most fell walkers have stayed at a hostel at some time in their lives. They were created "to help all, especially young people of limited means, to a greater knowledge, love and care of the countryside, particularly by providing hostels or other simple accommodation for them on their travels". Here's a collection of routes starting or finishing at a YHA in The Lakes. Along the way are 6 Wainwrights, 3 tarns,1 lake and 2 pubs.

Walking Bowfell Circular ( Download : )
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distance 11.17km Vertical gain +761m Vertical drop -762m Durée 5h20 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Lakes - Cumbria

The main objective of this walk is the wonderful lake District mountain Bowfell. Once the summit is reached some less familiar territory is included in the route before the return leg to the starting point point is along the Mickelden Valley.

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Lingmoor low level circular
distance 14.72km Vertical gain +361m Vertical drop -356m Durée 5h15 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Lakes - Cumbria

A good circular walk around Lingmoor fell with plenty of interest which is a great choice if the higher fells are shrouded in cloud.

The walk takes in the Langdale and Little Langdale Valleys, explores a disused slate quarry and passes a working slate quarry. The walking and route finding are easy, the views are good and there are places on the way to buy refreshments. As a circular walk it can be started from a variety of places along the route.

Walking Crinkle Crags ( Download : )
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distance 11.39km Vertical gain +740m Vertical drop -742m Durée 5h20 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Lakes - Cumbria

Crinkle Crags summits lie facing the summits of Langdale Fell separated by Mickleden Beck River valley.

Walking Blea Tarn and Side Pike ( Download : )
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Blea Tarn and Side Pike
distance 5.96km Vertical gain +258m Vertical drop -255m Durée 2h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Lakes - Cumbria

An out and back walk from the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel car-park. The Hotel car parking is available for non Hotel users but you will need to purchase a parking ticket from a machine.

Walking Langdale Pikes ( Download : )
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distance 10.58km Vertical gain +770m Vertical drop -770m Durée 5h15 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Lakes - Cumbria

A hike to four summits discovering a wide range of this part of the Nation Park Lake District. The Park Lake District trails aren't waymarked. There are very few signs but the pathway is straightforward as there aren't many crossings. It is, however, preferable not to leave the trail, especially in foggy weather.

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distance 12.93km Vertical gain +796m Vertical drop -794m Durée 6h00 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Lakes - Cumbria

This Langdale walk includes two of the well know Langdale Pikes - Harrison Stickle and Pike o'Stickle - and continues to visit the less walked Rosset Pike so you can avoid the crowds.

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Whinlatter Seat How Circular
distance 5.82km Vertical gain +207m Vertical drop -209m Durée 2h15 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Above Derwent - Cumbria

A circular walk starting from Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre ascending via forest trails to Seat Howe which offers good views over Keswick and Derwent Water before descending via well defined forest trails back to start.

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distance 11.25km Vertical gain +160m Vertical drop -160m Durée 3h40 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Lakes - Cumbria

A short, and mainly flat, walk which circumnavigates the bottom of the Langdale valley. Good for half a day or when the tops are clagged in. It passes both of the Dungeon Ghyll hotels where refreshments are available.

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distance 12.07km Vertical gain +471m Vertical drop -470m Durée 4h50 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Lakes - Cumbria

A circular walk from Chapel Stile along the Great Langdale valley to the New Dungeon Gill Hotel. Then an ascent along the pleasant Stickle Gill to Stickle tarn followed by the ascent to Blea Rigg and a return to Chapel Stile along the ridge.

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distance 10.42km Vertical gain +189m Vertical drop -187m Durée 3h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Lakes - Cumbria

This is a low level lakeland walk suitable for a short day. It takes in Elter Water, Skelwith Force and Colwith Force waterfalls before heading through farmland to the impressive Cathedral Quarry. The return leg passes a good pub which serves food and then through the working slate quarry above Chapel Stile.

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Loughrigg Tarn and Loughrigg Fell from Elterwater
distance 6.8km Vertical gain +288m Vertical drop -286m Durée 2h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Lakes - Cumbria

This is a short walk with a lot of interest. Despite it not tackling any of the major Lakeland summits the views over Loughrigg Tarn are excellent and the panorama from Loughrigg Fell is one of the best. The descent through the arboretum of High Close and Low Wood maintains the interest. This is a great walk for a half day, perhaps when it has rained and then has started to brighten up.

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Lingmoor, Side Pike and Little Langdale
distance 14.4km Vertical gain +574m Vertical drop -572m Durée 5h45 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Lakes - Cumbria

This is an interesting walk from Elterwater or Chapel Stile.