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Walking The Saddle of Coniston ( Download : )
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The Saddle of Coniston
distance 4.26km Vertical gain +208m Vertical drop -205m Durée 1h50 Moderate Moderate
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.

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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.

Walking Elterwater Lakes ( Download : )
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distance 8.51km Vertical gain +184m Vertical drop -183m Durée 2h55 Moderate Moderate
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.

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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.

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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 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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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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Wetherlam, Swirl How and Great Carrs, a circular walk
distance 13.03km Vertical gain +811m Vertical drop -812m Durée 6h00 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Coniston (Cumbria) - Cumbria

A fabulous circular walk starting from the Tilberthwaite Valley. Best done in this direction so as to enjoy the ascent of Wetherlam Edge, great views in all directions and much interest on the walk.

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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.

Walking Angle Tarn and Rest Dodd ( Download : )
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Angle Tarn and Rest Dodd
distance 10.34km Vertical gain +558m Vertical drop -551m Durée 4h35 Moderate Moderate
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.

Walking Rydal - Loughrigg Fell ( Download : )
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distance 6.65km Vertical gain +358m Vertical drop -401m Durée 2h55 Moderate Moderate
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.

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distance 12.47km Vertical gain +642m Vertical drop -641m Durée 5h25 Moderate Moderate
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 : )
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distance 12.73km Vertical gain +629m Vertical drop -672m Durée 5h25 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Coniston (Cumbria) - Cumbria

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

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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.

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distance 11.1km Vertical gain +368m Vertical drop -280m Durée 4h15 Moderate Moderate
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.

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Latterbarrow and Wray Castle from Hawkshead
distance 12.77km Vertical gain +390m Vertical drop -387m Durée 4h45 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Hawkshead - Cumbria

A Circular Walk with a short ascent of Latterbarrow that rewards you with great views of the Lake District's mountains and then a descent through woodland to pick up the lakeshore path to Wray Castle. This is a real treat for National Trust Members (non members can pay to get in) but even if you don't want to visit the castle the grounds are a good place to picnic. Return via the lakeshore path and then gradually up and through the forest to descend again to Hawkshead.

Walking Whitbarrow ( Download : )
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distance 13.62km Vertical gain +337m Vertical drop -339m Durée 4h50 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Cartmel Fell - Cumbria

Woodland and striking limestone scenery with wildlife galore and outstanding views.

Walking Sizergh Castle ( Download : )
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distance 6.49km Vertical gain +117m Vertical drop -117m Durée 2h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Helsington - Cumbria

A wood renowned for its wild daffodils and rare butterflies, and a famous house and garden.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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distance 10.66km Vertical gain +666m Vertical drop -668m Durée 4h55 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Eskdale - Cumbria

Harter Fell occupies a relatively isolated position overlooking the Eskdale valley and this Lake District walk offers some wonderful views towards Scafell and Scafell Pike. The route also includes a visit to pretty Low Birker Tarn, which sees relatively few visitors.

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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.

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distance 16.53km Vertical gain +888m Vertical drop -889m Durée 7h15 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Lakes - Cumbria

The Fairfield horseshoe includes seven other Lake District fells. Low Pike, High Pike, Dove Crag and Hart Crag form the outward route with the return over Great Rigg, Heron Pike and Nab Scar back to Ambleside via Rydal. This is a high level route so choose a good day to make the most of the views.

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distance 3.29km Vertical gain +95m Vertical drop -96m Durée 1h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Helsington - Cumbria

A simple, isolated church with superb views over the Lyth valley to the high fells of Lakeland.

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distance 12.91km Vertical gain +641m Vertical drop -642m Durée 5h30 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Above Derwent - Cumbria

Varying walk covering the 5 most North Westerly Wainwright fells. Taking in the summits of Barf, Lords Seat, Broom Fell, Ling Fell and Sales fell. With views the full length of Bassenthwaite Lake and the magnificent massive of Skiddaw. Coastal views should be evident on a clear day.

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Blencathra via Sharp Edge from Scales
distance 7.21km Vertical gain +615m Vertical drop -577m Durée 3h50 Moderate Moderate
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.

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distance 15.73km Vertical gain +822m Vertical drop -822m Durée 6h50 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Ennerdale and Kinniside - Cumbria

A route offering extensive views of the Ennerdale panorama with great mountain views to the north east taking in Red Pike, High Stile and High Crag, to the east the range of Pillar and Steeple with Great Gables, Scafell and Scafell Pike as a backdrop.

Walking Deepdale circular ( Download : )
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distance 14.87km Vertical gain +912m Vertical drop -910m Durée 6h50 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Patterdale - Cumbria

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

Walking St Anthony’s Church ( Download : )
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distance 4.56km Vertical gain +92m Vertical drop -92m Durée 1h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Cartmel Fell - Cumbria

A medieval church, a fine historic house and a pretty hamlet on the River Winster.

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Circular walk from Helm Crag to Calf Crag and Easedale
distance 12.3km Vertical gain +497m Vertical drop -497m Durée 4h55 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Lakes - Cumbria

A nice walk taking in the ever popular Lion and Lamb rock formation at Helm Crag before following the ridge walk with great views to the head of Easedale and then descending more gently down the lovely valley, passing some waterfalls.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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!

Walking Torver and Coniston Water ( Download : )
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distance 13.96km Vertical gain +100m Vertical drop -96m Durée 4h15 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Coniston (Cumbria) - Cumbria

A long but mostly level walk, with an extended unbroken section along the lakeshore.

Walking Coppermines ( Download : )
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distance 6.97km Vertical gain +380m Vertical drop -380m Durée 3h05 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Coniston (Cumbria) - Cumbria

A taste of the high fells, with photogenic waterfalls and fascinating industrial relics.

Walking Waterhead ( Download : )
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distance 2.38km Vertical gain +14m Vertical drop -14m Durée 0h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Coniston (Cumbria) - Cumbria

A stroll through the village and down to the lake.

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distance 12.71km Vertical gain +577m Vertical drop -488m Durée 5h15 Moderate Moderate
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 one Wainwright, one waterfall and one pub. This is a fairly simple route and a good way to say goodbye to The Lakes. The Stockghyll Falls are impresive and a certain Victorian atmosphere surrounds the place.

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distance 13.06km Vertical gain +301m Vertical drop -343m Durée 4h35 Moderate Moderate
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, there are one Wainwright, two lakes and one pub. Explore Rydal Cave.

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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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distance 5.25km Vertical gain +218m Vertical drop -226m Durée 2h05 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Buttermere (Cumbria) - Cumbria

This is a walk from the centre of Buttermere village going up through Ghyll Woods up to Grassgarth Coppice. From here head up to Rannerdale Knotts. We came back down the northwestern side and followed the route back to the village.

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distance 28.55km Vertical gain +683m Vertical drop -680m Durée 10h05 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Kendal - Cumbria

This route follows the path of the first quarter of the Lakes District Challenge 2022. It takes some parts of part of the Dales Way, magnificent views of Longsleddale, climbs up to Garburns Pass with views into Troutbeck and Windermere.

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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 16.63km Vertical gain +338m Vertical drop -284m Durée 5h45 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Hawkshead - Cumbria

On this gentle route, you will be able to enjoy the scenery and explore Hawkshead and Hill Top. The ferry trip across Windermere is a short cut but also a quirky addition to the walk. Look around and take in the beauty that is The Lake District. Here's a route starting and finishing at a YHA in The Lakes. Along the way are a lake, 3 tarns, 1 pub and a ferry.

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distance 25.37km Vertical gain +902m Vertical drop -909m Durée 9h50 Moderate Moderate
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 and finishing at a YHA in The Lakes. Along the way there are __2 Wainwrights, 2 tarns, 2 pubs and a lake.

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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 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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Binsey Wainwright walk from Binsey Lodge, Lake District UK
distance 2.45km Vertical gain +171m Vertical drop -171m Durée 1h10 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Ireby and Uldale - Cumbria

A quick sunset walk up to Binsey Wainwright in the Lake District. With lovely views looking towards the Skiddaw range and Bassenthwaite.

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distance 16.68km Vertical gain +892m Vertical drop -957m Durée 7h20 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Patterdale - Cumbria

Here's a collection of routes starting or finishing at a YHA in The Lakes. Along the way are 3 Wainwrights, 1 tarn and 1 pub