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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 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 6.9mi 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.

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.

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.

Loughrigg Tarn and Loughrigg Fell from Elterwater
distance 4.22mi Vertical gain +945ft Vertical drop -938ft Durée 2h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Lakes - Cumbria

This is a short walk with a lot of interest. Despite it not tackling any of the major Lakeland summits the views over Loughrigg Tarn are excellent and the panorama from Loughrigg Fell is one of the best. The descent through the arboretum of High Close and Low Wood maintains the interest. This is a great walk for a half day, perhaps when it has rained and then has started to brighten up.

Lingmoor, Side Pike and Little Langdale
distance 8.95mi Vertical gain +1883ft Vertical drop -1877ft Durée 5h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Lakes - Cumbria

This is an interesting walk from Elterwater or Chapel Stile. It is a companion/alternative to two other walks on this site :
https://www.visorando.com/en/walk-lingmo... but it takes in the fell top rather than a low level circumnavigation of the fell.
https://www.visorando.com/en/walk-langda... again taking the fell top and then dropping down from Blea Tarn to pick up the path back through Great Langdale.

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.

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.

Walking Lower Western fells ( Download : )
distance 11.96mi Vertical gain +3458ft Vertical drop -3458ft 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 2.76mi Vertical gain +112ft Vertical drop -125ft 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 6.99mi Vertical gain +525ft Vertical drop -525ft 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 8.42mi Vertical gain +1634ft Vertical drop -1903ft 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 9.06mi Vertical gain +4016ft Vertical drop -3392ft 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 11.21mi Vertical gain +3435ft Vertical drop -3051ft 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 17.72mi Vertical gain +4810ft Vertical drop -4764ft 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 8.23mi Vertical gain +2060ft Vertical drop -2008ft 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 9.39mi Vertical gain +1010ft Vertical drop -1332ft 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 16.43mi Vertical gain +1965ft Vertical drop -1880ft 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 11.47mi Vertical gain +2864ft Vertical drop -2572ft 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 15.53mi Vertical gain +2966ft Vertical drop -2989ft 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 18.81mi Vertical gain +4619ft Vertical drop -4826ft 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 17.79mi Vertical gain +4154ft Vertical drop -3957ft 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 16.9mi Vertical gain +2405ft Vertical drop -2234ft 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 10.16mi Vertical gain +3904ft Vertical drop -3940ft 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 13.42mi Vertical gain +5925ft Vertical drop -5925ft 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 12.03mi Vertical gain +3832ft Vertical drop -4544ft 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 13.26mi Vertical gain +4665ft Vertical drop -4311ft 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 10.49mi Vertical gain +2631ft Vertical drop -2480ft 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.

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.

distance 7.5mi Vertical gain +1545ft Vertical drop -1542ft 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 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.

Walking A greater Hayeswater Round ( Download : )
A greater Hayeswater Round
distance 9.17mi Vertical gain +3127ft Vertical drop -3127ft 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 7.65mi Vertical gain +3255ft Vertical drop -3451ft 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 8.6mi Vertical gain +2690ft Vertical drop -2690ft 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 9.38mi Vertical gain +2992ft Vertical drop -2986ft 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 3.7mi Vertical gain +846ft Vertical drop -837ft 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 14.3mi Vertical gain +3156ft Vertical drop -3156ft 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.