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The Lake District & Cumbria

Walking

On this page (click to see) – Long Distance Footpaths     Walks and Strolls    Walks (not easy walks)   Useful Walking Websites

I do not have the resources to list and detail the many walks available in Lake District & Cumbria area however I have set out a number of useful web links for walking routes, suggestions and information.

The area is well served by easy walks and challenging ones, please select a route according to your limitations and be properly equipped, the right clothes, food, water etc this can be the difference between a pleasant walk and a Mountain Rescue call out. Mobile phone coverage is patchy so don’t count on being able to call for help, prepare and have a wonderful, safe and memorable time in this lovely part of the world. (Health and Safety lecture over)


Long Distance Footpaths

St Bega’s Way – 36 miles St Bees to Bassenthwaite Lake.

The Cumbria Way – 70 miles/113 km Ulverston – Carlisle – also see www.ldwa.org.uk
stage1 – Ulverston to Coniston * stage 2 – Coniston to Langdale * stage 3 – Langdale to Keswick * stage 4 – Keswick to Caldbeck * stage 5 – Caldbeck to Carlisle

The Cumbrian Coastal Way – 182 miles from Silverdale (Lancs) to River Esk

The Cistercian Way – 33 miles Grange over Sands to Roe Island (Barrow).

The Dales Way – 78 miles from Ilkley to Bowness-on-Windermere

The Inn Way . . . to the English Lake District – 90 miles (44 pubs) _ circular route

 


Walks and Strolls

 

A round of Silverdale Head – 3.5 miles Easy walking along beach and rock

Arnside and Silverdale AONB – Beetham Heritage Trail – there are also also 12 short “Easy Access Walks

Barf over Bassenthwaite – 3 miles Even the forest track can be rough in places and is uni formerly steep. The walking above on the higher open fellside is lovely

Footsteps of Wordsworth (Rydal Water) – 3 miles Easy on good and clear paths.

Grizedale Forest – showing the walking trails in the forest

Hellvellin dog walk – 11.5 km – cirular walk

Miles Without Stiles 37: Keswick Railway Path – 6 miles Keswick to Threlkeld and back

A circular walk around Brothers Water  – 2.4 miles Start: Cow Bridge – Easy

A walk to Cat Bells from Little Town – 3.3 miles Start: Little Town Chapel  – Easy

A walk around Loughrigg Tarn – 1.7 miles Start:Car Park off B5343  – Easy

Low Fell and Fellbarrow from Thackthwaite – 4.20miles Start:Thackthwaite – Moderate

Ambleside to Skelwith Bridge Walk – 3.4 miles Start:Ambleside Church  – Easy

Elterwater Waterfalls Walk – 4.8 miles Start:Elterwater – Fairly Easy

Kentmere and Troutbeck – 8.5 miles Low level walk in 2 valleys

Loughrigg Fell and Rydal Water – 5. miles Start: Rydal Mount  – Moderate

High Force, Gowbarrow Fell and Aira Force – 4.2 miles Start: Aira Force Car Park  – Easy

A Walk To Latrigg Start:- 1.5 miles Applethwaite – Easy family walk

Hawkshead to Lake Windermere Walk – 5.5 miles Start: Hawkshead Village – Moderate with easy climbs but a final steep descent to Lake Windermere

Great Crag and Grange Fell from Rosthwaite – 5.2 miles Start: Rosthwaite – Moderate

Borrowdale, Castle Crag and Watendlath –  This leaflet contains two walking routes around Borrowdale, perfect for families. – 8.3 miles / 3.4 miles

Coniston Water – Torver Back Common – This leaflet contains two walking routes around Coniston, perfect for families. There is a shorter route for little ones and a longer one for the more adventurous, so the whole family can get out and enjoy the best of the Adventure Capital 3.1 miles / 1.2 miles

Patterdale – Place Fell and the Ullswater bridleway – This leaflet contains two walking routes around Patterdale, perfect for families. There is a shorter route for little ones and a longer one for the more adventurous, so the whole family can get out and enjoy the best of the Adventure Capital 4 miles / 3.6 miles

Buttermere and Scales Force – This leaflet contains two walking routes from Buttermere, perfect for families. There is a shorter route for little ones and a longer one for the more adventurous, so the whole family can get out and enjoy the best of the Adventure Capital 4.3 miles / 7.5 miles

Eskdale – Walks with ‘Ratty’ –  This leaflet contains two walking routes around Eskdale, perfect for families. There is a shorter route for little ones and a longer one for the more adventurous 3.8 miles / 4 miles

Rydal and Loughrigg Terrace – This leaflet contains two walking routes around Rydal, perfect for families. There is a shorter route for little ones and a longer one for the more adventurous, so the whole family can get out and enjoy the best of the Adventure Capital 3.7 miles / 4.5 miles

Temple Sowerby & the Knight’s Templar 3.5 miles Short walk near Penrith. A mix of quiet lanes and a rougher riverside path. The driveway out the grounds is lovely.

The shores of Thirlmere – 4.5 miles Good paths throughout the walk

The Rawnsley Trail – is about two and a half miles in length and on level ground, apart from Vicarage Hill.

The Railway Path between Keswick and Threlkeld – along the former railway track runs for four miles between Keswick and Threlkeld. The path is buggy friendly and suitable for wheelchairs accessing it from Keswick.

 


Walks (not so easy & hard walks)

Alcock Tarn – A Short Walk from Grasmere – Stock Lane Car Park, Grasmere – Town End – How Top – Grey Crag – Alcock Tarn – Forestside – Swan Hotel – Stock Lane Car Park, Grasmere Total Distance 3.4 miles, Total Ascent 1050 feet, Equivalent Distance 5.5 miles

Blencathra via Hall’s Fell – Threlkeld – Hall’s Fell ridge – Blencathra – Blease Fell – Threlkeld Total Distance 4.3 miles, Total Ascent 2500 feet, Equivalent Distance 9.3 miles

Skiddaw from Millbeck – Millbeck – Skiddaw Little Man (via SW arete – Wainwright’s route) – Skiddaw – Carl Side – Millbeck Total Distance 4.2 miles, Total Ascent 3000 feet, Equivalent Distance 10.2 miles

Carrock Fell, High Pike, Knott and Great Calva – Mosedale – Carrock Fell – High Pike – Knott – Great Calva – Mosedale Total Distance 11.4 miles, Total Ascent 2800 feet, Equivalent Distance 17.0 miles

Hart Side, Stybarrow Dodd, Watson’s Dodd and Great Dodd from Dockray – Car park near Dockray – Hart Side – Stybarrow Dodd – Watson’s Dodd – Great Dodd – Aira Force – Car park Total Distance 10.2 miles, Total Ascent 2400 feet, Equivalent Distance 15.0 miles

Helvellyn to Sheffield Pike – Glenridding – Birkhouse Moor – Helvellyn (via Striding Edge) – Lower Man – Whiteside – Raise – Stybarrow Dodd – Green Side – Sheffield Pike – Glenridding Total Distance 9.6 miles, Total Ascent 4000 feet, Equivalent Distance 17.5 miles

Dollywagon Pike, Seat Sandal and St. Sunday Crag – Patterdale – Ruthwaite Lodge – Dollywagon Pike (via The Tongue) – Seat Sandal – St. Sunday Crag – Birks – Patterdale Total Distance 10.1 miles, Total Ascent 4100 feet, Equivalent Distance 18.2 miles

Beda Fell and The Nab – St Martin’s Church, Martindale – Beda Head – Angle Tarn – Rest Dodd – The Nab – St Martin’s Church, Martindale Total Distance 8.4 miles, Total Ascent 2400 feet, Equivalent Distance 13.2 miles

Kidsty Pike, High Street and Caudale Moor – Cow Bridge, Hartsop – The Knott – Rampsgill Head – Kidsty Pike – High Street – Thornthwaite Crag – Caudale Moor – Hartsop Dodd – Cow Bridge Total Distance 9.6 miles, Total Ascent 3200 feet, Equivalent Distance 16.1 miles

Red Screes and Dove Crag –  Ambleside – Red Screes – Little Hart Crag – Dove Crag – High Pike – Ambleside Total Distance 9.5 miles, Total Ascent 3500 feet, Equivalent Distance 16.6 miles

Swindale Circuit – Rosgill Moor – Scalebarow Knott – Hare Shaw – Swinside Pike – High Howes – Howes – Swindale Head – Rosgill Moor Total Distance 10.1 miles, Total Ascent 1950 feet, Equivalent Distance 14.0 miles

Whinfell Ridge and Borrowdale – Huck’s Bridge – Ashstead Fell – Mabbin Crag – Castle Fell – Whinfell Beacon – Repeater Station – Borrowdale – Huck’s Bridge Total Distance 8.5 miles, Total Ascent 1250 feet, Equivalent Distance 11.0 miles

The Calf from Sedbergh (Howgills) – Sedbergh – Crook – Calders – The Calf – Calders – Arant Haw – Winder – Sedbergh Total Distance 8.5 miles, Total Ascent 2550 feet, Equivalent Distance 13.6 miles

Cunswick and Scout Scars from Kendal – Kendal – Golf Course – Cunswick Scar – Scout Scar – “Pile of Stones” – Racecourse – Kendal Total Distance 6.3 miles, Total Ascent 800 feet, Equivalent Distance 7.9 miles

The Coniston Fells from Wetherlam to Dow Crag – Coniston – Wetherlam – Swirl How – Great Carrs – Brim Fell – Coniston Old Man – Dow Crag – Total Distance 10.3 miles, Total Ascent 3900 feet, Equivalent Distance 18.1 miles

Scafell Pike from Seathwaite (Borrowdale) – Seathwaite (Borrowdale) – Stockley Bridge – Sty Head – Lingmell (via Corridor Route) – Scafell Pike – Great End – Esk Hause – Grains Gill – Stockley Bridge – Seathwaite Total Distance 9.0 miles, Total Ascent 3600 feet, Equivalent Distance 16.2 miles

The Langdale Pikes and Sergeant Man – New Dungeon Ghyll – Loft Crag – Pike o’Stickle – Harrison Stickle – Pavey Ark – Thunacar Knott – High Raise – Sergeant Man – Blea Rigg – New Dungeon Ghyll Total Distance 6.5 miles, Total Ascent 3400 feet, Equivalent Distance 13.2 miles

Loughrigg, Sergeant Man and Tarn Crag – White Moss – Loughrigg (via caves) – Silver How – Blea Rigg – Sergeant Man – Tarn Crag – Grasmere – White Moss Total Distance 12.1 miles, Total Ascent 3300 feet, Equivalent Distance 18.8 miles

Dale Head and Robinson from Honister Hause – Honister Hause – Dale Head – Hindscarth – Robinson – Dale Head – Honister Hause Total Distance 6.5 miles, Total Ascent 2700 feet, Equivalent Distance 11.9 miles

High Stile Ridge – Buttermere – Scale Force – Red Pike – High Stile – High Crag – Haystacks – Warnscale Bottom – Buttermere Total Distance 9.7 miles, Total Ascent 3100 feet, Equivalent Distance 16.0 miles

A Gasgale Round – Lanthwaite Green – Whiteside – Hopegill Head – Eel Crag – Wandope – Grasmoor – Coledale Hause – Lanthwaite Green Total Distance 8.0 miles, Total Ascent 3600 feet, Equivalent Distance 15.2 miles

The Langdale Pikes – 8.2 miles Start: Old Dungeon Ghyll  – Hard

Glaramara, Allen Crags, Great End and Seathwaite Fell – 9.4 miles Start: Seathwaite Farm – Hard – see also this pdf – 8 miles

Steel Knotts, Wether Hill, Loadpot Hill, Arthur’s Pike and Bonscale Pike – 8.3 miles Start: Martindale Church  – Hard

Ullock Pike, Long Side, Carl Side, Skiddaw, Little Man and Lonscale Fell – 6.6 miles Start: Ravenstone Hotel – Hard

Crinkle Crags, Bowfell and Esk Pike Walk – 9.2 miles Start: Old Hotel, Great Langdale  – Very Hard with strenuous climbs and descents

Coniston Fells Walk – 9. miles Start: Coniston Bridge – Very Hard

 

 


Useful Walking Websites

A number of walks in and around the Ambleside area are to be found on www.amblesideonline.co.uk both Strenuous day and half day walks as well as easy walks

www.happyhiker.co.uk – 14 Lake District walks with route details and photo’s

Kirkby Stephen Walkers are Welcome

www.lakedistrictwalks.com – 40 walks with links to relevant photographs

www.lakeswalks.co.uk – has details of many walks in the area – a good number are short / half day walks

davidhalllakedistrictwalks.co.uk – details of walks with photos

10 of the best walks in the Lake District” from The Guardian

www.stridingedge.neta photo diary of Lake District Fell Walks

www.walklakes.co.uk – “explore all the hills in the Lake District using our interactive map or our hill finder.”

www.walkingenglishman.com – a good selection of walks, with detail and photos

www.trekkingbritain.com – many Lake District walks – with details & photos

www.walkingbritain.co.uk – has a selection of walks with details

www.rambleon.org.uk – is a general walking info website

www.accessiblecountryside.org.uk – provides info on walks accessible to those with wheelchairs and buggies.

where2walk.co.uk

www.carfreewalks.org – click on signpost button & choose Lake District to see walks on map

 


 

for walking festival in England and Wales see www.rambleon.org.uk/events/