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Walking The Saddle of Coniston ( Download : )
The Saddle of Coniston
distance 2.64mi Vertical gain +682ft Vertical drop -673ft 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 5.38mi Vertical gain +633ft Vertical drop -630ft 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.

distance 6.11mi Vertical gain +387ft Vertical drop -387ft 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.

Walking Elterwater Lakes ( Download : )
distance 5.29mi Vertical gain +604ft Vertical drop -600ft 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.

Lingmoor low level circular
distance 9.14mi Vertical gain +1184ft Vertical drop -1168ft 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 7.58mi Vertical gain +1056ft Vertical drop -1066ft 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.

Walking Knock Fell ( Download : )
Knock Fell
distance 7.32mi Vertical gain +1811ft Vertical drop -1795ft 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.

A circular walk around Tarn Hows
distance 1.63mi Vertical gain +144ft Vertical drop -148ft 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 Bowderdale and the Calf ( Download : )
Bowderdale and the Calf
distance 10.7mi Vertical gain +1578ft Vertical drop -1552ft 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.

distance 6.47mi Vertical gain +620ft Vertical drop -614ft 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 : )
Angle Tarn and Rest Dodd
distance 6.43mi Vertical gain +1831ft Vertical drop -1808ft 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.

Walking Cat Bells from Grange ( Download : )
distance 5.98mi Vertical gain +1335ft Vertical drop -1325ft Durée 3h55 Average Average
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.

Walking Rydal - Loughrigg Fell ( Download : )
distance 4.13mi Vertical gain +1175ft Vertical drop -1316ft 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 7.75mi Vertical gain +2106ft Vertical drop -2103ft 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 7.91mi Vertical gain +2064ft Vertical drop -2205ft 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.

distance 6.9mi Vertical gain +1207ft Vertical drop -919ft 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.

Wetherlam, Swirl How and Great Carrs, a circular walk
distance 8.09mi Vertical gain +2661ft Vertical drop -2664ft Durée 6h00 Average Average
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.

Scafell Pike from Borrowdale
distance 9.36mi Vertical gain +2920ft Vertical drop -2917ft 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.

Fell Head and The Calf, from Howgill, near Sedbergh
distance 6.84mi Vertical gain +1811ft Vertical drop -1677ft Durée 4h45 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.

distance 6.62mi Vertical gain +2185ft Vertical drop -2192ft 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.

distance 4.95mi Vertical gain +656ft Vertical drop -784ft 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.

distance 8.02mi Vertical gain +2103ft Vertical drop -2106ft Durée 5h30 Average Average
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.

Blencathra via Sharp Edge from Scales
distance 4.48mi Vertical gain +2018ft Vertical drop -1893ft 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.

distance 9.77mi Vertical gain +2697ft Vertical drop -2697ft Durée 6h50 Average Average
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.

Circular walk from Helm Crag to Calf Crag and Easedale
distance 7.64mi Vertical gain +1631ft Vertical drop -1631ft Durée 4h55 Average Average
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.

distance 4.65mi Vertical gain +1713ft Vertical drop -1706ft 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 6.99mi Vertical gain +1722ft Vertical drop -1719ft Durée 4h45 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 6.92mi Vertical gain +2844ft Vertical drop -2848ft 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.

Walking Loweswater Terrace ( Download : )
Loweswater Terrace
distance 5.73mi Vertical gain +699ft Vertical drop -722ft Durée 3h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Loweswater - Cumbria

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

distance 5.17mi Vertical gain +1703ft Vertical drop -1699ft Durée 3h50 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 4.86mi Vertical gain +2408ft Vertical drop -2382ft Durée 4h20 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!

Ard Crags and Knott Rigg Circular
distance 5.19mi Vertical gain +1453ft Vertical drop -1450ft Durée 3h40 Average Average
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.

YHA hopping in the Lake District - YHA Keswick to YHA Ennerdale
distance 15.7mi Vertical gain +5443ft Vertical drop -5249ft 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.

distance 4.51mi Vertical gain +709ft Vertical drop -722ft Durée 2h40 Average Average
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.

distance 12.19mi Vertical gain +2631ft Vertical drop -2966ft Durée 7h55 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Lakes - Cumbria

This is a varied walk with a couple of fells to climb but nothing really difficult. Take care of yourself and look out for wildlife along the way. Just enjoy the journey and make the most of the moment. Along the way are 2 Wainwrights, 2 tarns, 2 pubs and a lake.

distance 10.06mi Vertical gain +2733ft Vertical drop -2510ft Durée 7h00 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 2 pubs.

distance 14.21mi Vertical gain +5384ft Vertical drop -5308ft Durée 11h15 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. 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.

YHA Hopping in the Lake District - YHA Ennerdale to YHA Wasdale Hall
distance 12.43mi Vertical gain +3957ft Vertical drop -4186ft Durée 9h10 Difficult Difficult
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 and finishing at a YHA in The Lakes. Along the way there are 6 Wainwrights, 3 tarns, 1 lake and a pub.

Walking Hawkshead Courthouse ( Download : )
distance 1.41mi Vertical gain +82ft Vertical drop -82ft Durée 0h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Hawkshead - Cumbria

Easy walk around Hawkshead area, between fields and along the river.

distance 2.04mi Vertical gain +312ft Vertical drop -315ft 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.

Walking St Anthony’s Church ( Download : )
distance 2.83mi Vertical gain +302ft Vertical drop -302ft 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.

Walking Gummer’s How ( Download : )
distance 6.43mi Vertical gain +1093ft Vertical drop -1086ft Durée 3h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Cartmel Fell - Cumbria

A walk from Cartmel Fell church via a scenic tarn to a wonderful Windermere viewpoint.

Walking Whitbarrow ( Download : )
distance 8.46mi Vertical gain +1106ft Vertical drop -1112ft Durée 4h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Cartmel Fell - Cumbria

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

Walking Scout Scar ( Download : )
distance 7.89mi Vertical gain +860ft Vertical drop -860ft Durée 4h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Helsington - Cumbria

An extended walk along a glorious limestone edge with superb views and fantastic wildlife.

Walking Sizergh Castle ( Download : )
distance 4.03mi Vertical gain +384ft Vertical drop -384ft 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.

Angletarn Pikes, The Knott, High Street and Threshwaite Cove; Circular
distance 11.28mi Vertical gain +2661ft Vertical drop -2661ft Durée 7h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Patterdale - Cumbria

A circular walk from Patterdale which ascends gradually to take in the great views from Angletarn Pikes and The Knott before passing over the Straits of Riggingdale to High Street and The Beacon at Thornwaite Crag. It then descends Threshwaite Cove to Hartsop and a return to Patterdale.

Walking Crinkle Crags ( Download : )
distance 7.08mi Vertical gain +2428ft Vertical drop -2434ft 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 Langdale Pikes ( Download : )
distance 6.57mi Vertical gain +2526ft Vertical drop -2526ft 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.

distance 9.85mi Vertical gain +2943ft Vertical drop -2923ft 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 5.38mi Vertical gain +2572ft Vertical drop -2572ft 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.