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The Saddle of Coniston
distance 4.26km Vertical gain +208m Vertical drop -205m duration 1h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Coniston - 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.

distance 9.84km Vertical gain +118m Vertical drop -118m duration 3h05 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.

Walking Elterwater Lakes ( Download : PDF )
distance 8.51km Vertical gain +184m Vertical drop -183m duration 2h50 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.

distance 11.1km Vertical gain +368m Vertical drop -280m duration 4h05 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 12.47km Vertical gain +642m Vertical drop -641m duration 5h05 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.

distance 7.48km Vertical gain +522m Vertical drop -520m duration 3h25 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 11.14km Vertical gain +867m Vertical drop -868m duration 5h15 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.

Rydal Water & Grasmere from Grasmere
distance 8.65km Vertical gain +193m Vertical drop -192m duration 2h55 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.

distance 6.65km Vertical gain +358m Vertical drop -401m duration 2h45 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.

Blencathra via Sharp Edge from Scales
distance 7.21km Vertical gain +615m Vertical drop -577m duration 3h30 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.

distance 5.54km Vertical gain +15m Vertical drop -24m duration 1h35 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.

distance 17.23km Vertical gain +481m Vertical drop -473m duration 6h05 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in 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.

distance 18.94km Vertical gain +1187m Vertical drop -1220m duration 8h15 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Eskdale - Cumbria

This challenging Lake District walk includes Scafell and Scafell Pike in a single circuit using the long approach from the Esk Valley. There are some sections of the route that require care and experience in map reading is essential.

distance 12.93km Vertical gain +796m Vertical drop -794m duration 5h35 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.

distance 4.75km Vertical gain +656m Vertical drop -0m duration 2h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Eskdale - Cumbria

A Lake District walk to a summit often only visited in passing. The route starts in Eskdale and takes a direct approach to the top.

distance 10.66km Vertical gain +666m Vertical drop -668m duration 4h40 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.

distance 7.82km Vertical gain +734m Vertical drop -726m duration 4h00 Average Average
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!

distance 22.44km Vertical gain +1120m Vertical drop -1121m duration 9h05 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Lakes - Cumbria

This variation of the Fairfield Horseshoe starts from High Close on the western edge of Loughrigg Fell. The route follows a clockwise direction offering a different perspective to the normal horseshoe route.

distance 7.96km Vertical gain +200m Vertical drop -239m duration 2h45 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.

distance 12.69km Vertical gain +941m Vertical drop -941m duration 5h50 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.

distance 12.19km Vertical gain +322m Vertical drop -325m duration 4h15 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 17.37km Vertical gain +1349m Vertical drop -1347m duration 8h10 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Wasdale - Cumbria

This Lake District walk is strenuous including seven summits in what can be a tiring day. Good navigational skills are essential when visibility is poor. The rewards for the hard work are numerous and you will enjoy many wonderful lakeland panaoramas completing the walk.

distance 17.79km Vertical gain +931m Vertical drop -926m duration 7h20 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Patterdale - Cumbria

A Lake District walk starting from Patterdale that includes Place Fell, Howtown, and Beda Fell in a circuit of Boredale. The scenic content of this route is excellent with Ullswater providing a contrast to the rugged fells all around you.

distance 15.86km Vertical gain +897m Vertical drop -891m duration 6h40 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 12.73km Vertical gain +629m Vertical drop -672m duration 5h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Coniston - Cumbria

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

Walking Langdale Pikes ( Download : PDF )
distance 10.58km Vertical gain +770m Vertical drop -770m duration 4h50 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.

Walking Crinkle Crags ( Download : PDF )
distance 11.39km Vertical gain +740m Vertical drop -742m duration 5h00 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.

A circular walk around Tarn Hows
distance 2.62km Vertical gain +44m Vertical drop -45m duration 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.

distance 8.32km Vertical gain +519m Vertical drop -518m duration 3h35 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Sedbergh - Cumbria

Cautley Spout, the Calf, Bram Rigg Top, Calders and Great Dummacks are all included in this walk in the Howgill Fells. Starting from Cross Keys, near Sedbergh, the route offers excellent walking within the Yorkshire Dales National Park and visits one of most dramatic locations in these hills.

distance 15.93km Vertical gain +892m Vertical drop -893m duration 6h40 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.

distance 11.25km Vertical gain +525m Vertical drop -524m duration 4h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Sedbergh - Cumbria

Winder and Arant Haw are two hills included in this delightful walk from Sedbergh. The Howgill Fells are an integral part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park yet they display a unique character. The walking is good, the views superb and the paths quiet. Who could ask for more?

distance 11km Vertical gain +552m Vertical drop -511m duration 4h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Sedbergh - Cumbria

This walk climbs to the Calf via Fell Head. Starting from the small hamlet of Howgill, near Sedbergh, this route sees few walkers. Offering good views to the Shap Fells and the higher hills of the Yorkshire Dales, this is a walk for the connoiseur.

Walking Bowfell Circular ( Download : PDF )
distance 11.17km Vertical gain +761m Vertical drop -762m duration 5h00 Average Average
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.

distance 16.53km Vertical gain +888m Vertical drop -889m duration 6h50 Average Average
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.

distance 5.28km Vertical gain +302m Vertical drop -303m duration 2h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Buttermere - 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.

distance 8.67km Vertical gain +784m Vertical drop -784m duration 4h20 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.