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Walking The Saddle of Coniston ( Download : )
The Saddle of Coniston
distance 4.26km Vertical gain +208m Vertical drop -205m Durée 1h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Coniston (Cumbria) - Cumbria

A lovely, gentle walk, climbing up alongside the waterfalls of Church Beck to the quarry at the end of the Coppermines valley, returning via the saddle with beautiful views of Coniston village and the lake. You can end the walk with a well-deserved pint in one of the cosy village pubs. A great walk to start your holiday or to do with children.

Rydal Water & Grasmere from Grasmere
distance 8.65km Vertical gain +193m Vertical drop -192m Durée 3h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Lakes - Cumbria

Starting from Grasmere this Lake District walk includes a circuit of Rydal water and Grasmere. The route includes some wonderful views especially from Loughrigg Terrace.

Lingmoor low level circular
distance 14.72km Vertical gain +361m Vertical drop -356m Durée 5h15 Average Average
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.

distance 9.84km Vertical gain +118m Vertical drop -118m Durée 3h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Kirkby Stephen - Cumbria

A circular walk from the market town of Kirkby Stephen in Cumbria. The route explores the rolling country to the south-west of the town visiting the village of Nateby, before continuing close to Wharton Hall and across Waitby Common back to the start.

A circular walk around Tarn Hows
distance 2.62km Vertical gain +44m Vertical drop -45m Durée 0h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Hawkshead - Cumbria

A gentle walk in a beautiful setting, enjoyable in any weather. The walk is accessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs and is not too long for little legs.

Walking Angle Tarn and Rest Dodd ( Download : )
Angle Tarn and Rest Dodd
distance 10.34km Vertical gain +558m Vertical drop -551m Durée 4h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Patterdale - Cumbria

A steady climb up to Angle Tarn from Hartsop via Boredale Hause followed by a stroll along a ridge with great views over to Helvellyn then up to Rest Dodd dropping down to Hayeswater and back to the car park.

distance 12.19km Vertical gain +322m Vertical drop -325m Durée 4h25 Average Average
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.

distance 12.47km Vertical gain +642m Vertical drop -641m Durée 5h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Patterdale - Cumbria

This Lake District hike includes two Wainwrights and a famous Lakeland Pass so is never short of interest. The first part of the walk involves a steep ascent but this is not as bad as it looks. Once the summit of Hartsop Dodd is reached the going is relatively easy and straightforward. The second Wainwright of Stony Cove Pike is soon reached followed by the descent to Kirkstone Pass and Brothers Water.

Walking Holme Ground - Black Crag ( Download : )
distance 12.73km Vertical gain +629m Vertical drop -672m Durée 5h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Coniston (Cumbria) - Cumbria

A pleasant hike, to the west of Ambleside, across hills overlooking Windermere and Coniston Lakes.

Scafell Pike from Borrowdale
distance 15.06km Vertical gain +890m Vertical drop -889m Durée 6h50 Average Average
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.

distance 7.96km Vertical gain +200m Vertical drop -239m Durée 2h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Eskdale - Cumbria

This linear walk in the Western Lake District offers some wonderful views and should be completed at a leisurely pace. The route uses the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway to the return to the start.

Walking Bowderdale and the Calf ( Download : )
Bowderdale and the Calf
distance 17.23km Vertical gain +481m Vertical drop -473m Durée 6h20 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Orton (Cumbria)-1 - Cumbria

The Howgill Fells offer excellent walking with few other people sharing the landscape. This walk follows Bowderdale deep into the area before climbing steadily to the highest point in this group of fells. The return route offers grandstand views as you follow a lofty ridge back to the start.

Walking Elterwater Lakes ( Download : )
distance 8.51km Vertical gain +184m Vertical drop -183m Durée 2h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Lakes - Cumbria

In contrast to the great lakes of the Lake District, here are three small lakes that lay south of Elterwater village.

Walking Rydal - Loughrigg Fell ( Download : )
distance 6.65km Vertical gain +358m Vertical drop -401m Durée 2h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Lakes - Cumbria

A few kilometres from Ambleside, a walk to the top of Loughrigg Fell overlooking the lakes of the National Park Lake District.

distance 15.86km Vertical gain +897m Vertical drop -891m Durée 7h05 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Patterdale - Cumbria

An inevitable hike, to the most popular peak of the Lake District, Helwellyn. A hike made all the more pleasant by passing along two lakes: Red Tarn Lake and Grisedale Ran Lake.

distance 7.48km Vertical gain +522m Vertical drop -520m Durée 3h40 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Patterdale - Cumbria

This Lakeland walk includes two Wainwrights and although the distance walked is relatively short there is a steady steep climb up to the col between Glenridding Dodd and Sheffield Pike. The views are excellent throughout and route finding is generally good with clear paths for most of the route. Choose a fine day to enjoy the views across Ullswater and to the Helvellyn ridge.

distance 11.1km Vertical gain +368m Vertical drop -280m Durée 4h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Staveley-in-Cartmel - Cumbria

This circular walk in the South Lakeland offers fine views of Lake Windermere and the surrounding fells from the summit of Gummers How. The walk also includes woodland and open countryside.

distance 11.14km Vertical gain +867m Vertical drop -868m Durée 5h40 Average Average
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.

Blencathra via Sharp Edge from Scales
distance 7.21km Vertical gain +615m Vertical drop -577m Durée 3h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Threlkeld - Cumbria

Sharp Edge is the highlight of this Lake District walk to Blencathra's highest point at Hallsfell Top. Sharp Edge is challenging mountain environment and needs treating with respect. The views from the Top are stunning covering most of the Lake District's highest fells.

Walking Lower Western fells ( Download : )
distance 19.26km Vertical gain +1054m Vertical drop -1054m Durée 8h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Loweswater - Cumbria

A walk taking in four Wainwright summits, with views of 4 lakes and the skyline of the High Western fells. The walk can be taken either clockwise or anticlockwise.

Walking Hazeldene to Miller Ground ( Download : )
distance 4.44km Vertical gain +34m Vertical drop -38m Durée 1h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Windermere - Cumbria

From Bank Road to Miller Ground with beach and pontoons overlooking Lake Windermere and waterfalls at Wynlass Beck and Mill Beck 20 yards up Sherriffs walk.

distance 11.25km Vertical gain +160m Vertical drop -160m Durée 3h40 Average Average
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.

YHA hopping in The Lake District - Windermere Station to YHA Ambleside
distance 13.55km Vertical gain +498m Vertical drop -580m Durée 5h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Windermere - 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 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 1 Wainwright and 2 interesting pubs.

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

distance 18.05km Vertical gain +1047m Vertical drop -930m Durée 8h10 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. 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 7 Wainwrights,1 tarn and 1 pub.

distance 28.52km Vertical gain +1466m Vertical drop -1452m Durée 12h20 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Coniston (Cumbria) - 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 are 6 Wainwrights, 3 tarns, and 1 pub.

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. Funny how 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.

distance 15.11km Vertical gain +308m Vertical drop -406m Durée 5h10 Average Average
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. Funny how 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 1 Wainwright, 1 tarn and 1 pub.

distance 26.45km Vertical gain +599m Vertical drop -573m Durée 9h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Hawkshead - 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 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 2 Wainwrights, 1 ferry and 2 lakes.

distance 18.46km Vertical gain +873m Vertical drop -784m Durée 7h45 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. Funny how 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

distance 24.99km Vertical gain +904m Vertical drop -911m Durée 9h45 Average Average
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 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.

distance 30.28km Vertical gain +1408m Vertical drop -1471m Durée 12h40 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Patterdale - 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 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 8 Wainwrights, 1 tarn and 1 pub

distance 28.62km Vertical gain +1266m Vertical drop -1206m Durée 11h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Nether Staveley - 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 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 8 Wainwrights, 4 tarns and 1 pub.

distance 27.2km Vertical gain +733m Vertical drop -681m Durée 9h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Coniston (Cumbria) - 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 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 1 Wainwright, 5 tarns, 1 pub and a ferry.

distance 16.35km Vertical gain +1190m Vertical drop -1201m Durée 8h05 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Eskdale - 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 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 3 Wainwrights, 4 tarns and 1 pub.

distance 21.6km Vertical gain +1806m Vertical drop -1806m Durée 11h20 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Wasdale - 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 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 5 Wainwrights, 4 tarns and 1 pub.

distance 19.37km Vertical gain +1168m Vertical drop -1385m Durée 8h50 Average Average
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. Funny how 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.

YHA hopping in The Lake District - YHA Langdale to YHA Black Sail
distance 21.33km Vertical gain +1422m Vertical drop -1314m Durée 10h10 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. Funny how 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 8 Wainwrights and 3 tarns.

YHA hopping in The Lake District - Windermere Station to YHA Langdale
distance 16.88km Vertical gain +802m Vertical drop -756m Durée 7h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Windermere - 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 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 2 Wainwrights and 2 interesting pubs.

Walking Knock Fell ( Download : )
Knock Fell
distance 11.78km Vertical gain +552m Vertical drop -547m Durée 4h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Long Marton - Cumbria

A circular walk dominated throughout by the giant golf ball that is the radar station at Great Dunn Fell. You will use some good roads, some tracks and the Pennine Way on this walk.

It is worth downloading the Knock Geotrail leaflet from the link I have listed below as it provides more information on the geology of the area than given in my description. Similarly, you could follow the link to the Discover Britain webpage and learn about the Helm Wind which is particular to the Cross Fell area.

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.

distance 12.07km Vertical gain +471m Vertical drop -470m Durée 4h50 Average Average
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.

Walking Loweswater Terrace ( Download : )
Loweswater Terrace
distance 9.22km Vertical gain +213m Vertical drop -220m Durée 3h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Loweswater - Cumbria

A stunning circular walk with beautiful views over Loweswater and the surrounding fells.

Walking A greater Hayeswater Round ( Download : )
A greater Hayeswater Round
distance 14.75km Vertical gain +953m Vertical drop -953m Durée 6h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Patterdale - Cumbria

A walk with the best views of both Southern and Northern Lakeland and Roman history.

Walking Lanthwaite to Braithwaite ( Download : )
Lanthwaite to Braithwaite
distance 12.31km Vertical gain +992m Vertical drop -1052m Durée 6h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Buttermere (Cumbria) - Cumbria

Linear walk with a few scrambles and beautiful vistas

Little Stand, The Crinkles and Bowfell : Circular walk from Cockley Beck
distance 13.84km Vertical gain +820m Vertical drop -820m Durée 6h20 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Ulpha - Cumbria

A lovely walk taking in the excellent and interesting Crinkle Crags and with great views down Great Langdale, over to the Scafell group and south down the Duddon Valley. The start up Little Stand and the descent from Ore Gap are without the heavily trodden paths now common in the Lake District.

There are a few small parking spaces near Cockley Beck heading west towards Hardknott Pass. Please park sensibly so other walkers and climbers and get in too.

Walking Deepdale circular ( Download : )
distance 15.09km Vertical gain +912m Vertical drop -910m Durée 6h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Patterdale - Cumbria

A good climb up to Fairfield for all round views and a stretch for the legs

Walking Blea Tarn and Side Pike ( Download : )
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.

distance 23.01km Vertical gain +962m Vertical drop -962m Durée 9h20 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Ulpha - Cumbria

A long and interesting walk from Hall Dunnerdale which could also be started from other places nearby. You will take in some lovely rolling countryside followed by a gradual ascent up a picturesque valley before making the climb up to Brown Pike. From here you are on the high Lakeland fells and take in numerous tops including the Old Man of Coniston. You descend carefully to Seathwaite Tarn and then back to Seathwaite where the Newfield Inn will welcome you with great beer and food.

distance 15.93km Vertical gain +892m Vertical drop -893m Durée 7h05 Average Average
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.