The GO Guide to Lake District walking routes
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Throughout this blog we take you through 10 great walks in the Lake District. With walks that tackle any experience level, and even some for the kids, there’s something for everyone!
1. Gruffalo’s Child Trail (suitable for all abilities)
A walk in the countryside can seem a daunting prospect for youngsters, particularly if the weather is cold and wet. The Gruffalo’s Child Trail however offers the perfect opportunity for your little ones to discover the beauty of nature in a fun and educational way – they’ll soon see why you love the outdoors so much! Follow the trail through Grizedale Forest and complete Gruffalo themed activities along the way. Pick up a free activity sheet from the Visitor Centre or buy a Gruffalo activity pack to add to your experience along the trail.
You can find out more here: https://www.forestryengland.uk/gruffalo
2. Tarn Hows (miles without stiles)
If you don’t want to be huffing and puffing your way around the Lakes, opt for the more relaxing Tarn Hows, which offers an accessible route for all, whether you’ve got a pushchair in tow or one of your party is wheelchair-bound. We love that there’s plenty of stunning scenery and rest stops along the way so you can take it as easy as necessary.
The route can be downloaded from: http://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/visiting/thingstodo/walking/mileswithoutstiles/mws13
3. Derwentwater Lakeshore (miles without stiles)
This five mile walk starts at Hawse End and follows the woodland trail along the Derwentwater shoreline, offering spectacular views of the lake along the way. If like us, you enjoy just stopping every now and again to admire the view, there is a number of picnic benches ideally positioned to allow you to do just that while you get your breath back.
The route can be downloaded from: http://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/visiting/thingstodo/walking/mileswithoutstiles/mws34
4. Broughton Railway (miles without stiles)
This relaxing, gentle walk along the old and disused Broughton railway line is a must for all nature lovers, allowing you to get stuck in without too much difficulty. The route can be accessed from two locations: Wilson Park and Mireside, depending on whether or not you require wheelchair accessible paths.
The route can be downloaded from: http://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/visiting/thingstodo/walking/mileswithoutstiles/mws18
5. Coniston Hall on the Lake (suitable for all abilities)
Offering breath taking views of the marina and the chance to discover the grounds of Coniston Hall, we recommended this gentle stroll for those with pushchairs and wheelchair users – it’s even suitable to explore by bike due to the easy bridleway terrain.
The route can be downloaded from:http://where2walk.co.uk/lake_district/lake_discoveries/coniston-hall-on-the-lake/
6. Grisedale Pike and Hopegill Head (moderately difficult)
For walkers with some winter skills training, we recommend exploring Grisedale Pike and Hopegill head. The whole route will take you a minimum of four hours so be sure to take a picnic along with you for en-route – we’ve found that hungry walkers are not always happy walkers. Look out for the cascades and waterfalls which look stunning during the winter months.
The route can be downloaded from:http://www.walklakes.co.uk/walk_31.html
7. Walla Crag and the Great Wood (relatively easy)
For walking newbies, Walla Crag and the Great Wood offers the perfect combination of stunning views and manageable routes. Considerably shorter than the Grisedale Pike and Hopegill Head route, this walk should only take around an hour and a half to complete, leaving you with plenty of time to discover more of the beautiful Lake District. Similarly to the route above, the terrain is very rough and will require basic map reading skills to navigate.
The route can be downloaded from:http://www.walklakes.co.uk/walk_112.html
8. Helvellyn (moderately difficult)
Wind your way around the Helvellyn Gill Path right to the top of the mountain to experience breath taking views of the Lake District. We found this moderately difficult walk to be popular with dog owners – be warned though; it will take between five and six hours to complete so be sure your dog is in peak fitness.
The route and many others suitable for dog owners can be downloaded from:http://www.lakedistrictfordogs.co.uk/walk_55
9. Latrigg (for experienced walkers)
Journey the six miles over Keswick’s personal fell, Latrigg to experience some truly stunning scenery. With steep inclines along the way, we recommend this route for more experienced walkers. Starting from Moot Hall, Keswick and climbing 1,000 feet, it should take you around three hours to complete – any less and we salute you as champion fell walker.
The route can be downloaded from:http://www.dokeswick.com/walkers/medium-keswick-walks/latrigg.htm
10. Ullock Pike, Long Side, Carl Side, Skiddaw, Little Man and Lonscale Fell (for experienced walkers)
Starting at Ravenstone Hotel and finishing at Latrigg Car Park, this difficult walk is a must for adventure seekers, combining steep climbs with sharp descents as you make your way up and down England’s 4th highest mountain and across six of the Lake District’s infamous fells – we could hardly catch our breath when we heard about this fantastic walk.
The route can be downloaded from:http://www.walkingenglishman.com/lakes27.htm
Before heading off for a walk in the Lakes, it’s especially important to check the weather forecast. Don’t leave yourself open to risk and danger – instead, use Weatherline to stay informed of any expected change in weather throughout the day.
Make sure you have everything you need for your walking trip! Here at Go Outdoors we stock plenty of clothing and equipment for walking and hiking.