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15th March 2017

Best Easy Walks in the Lake District

Whether travelling later in life, with children or furry friends, sometimes a simple stroll is a sought experience during your stay in the Cumbrian countryside.

Some of the most stunning views and interesting landscapes can be explored on a gentle jaunt and here we’re looking at some of the best easy walks in Lake District.

Elterwater Walk

A gentle four-kilometre stroll, this walk takes you on a meander along a lakeside meadow, topped by a spectacular waterfall. The journey begins at Elterwater and it takes you down and out towards Skelwith Bridge – through beautiful meadows – and gives you a chance to take in the heights of Skelwith Force. Surrounding views of Langdale Pikes add to the spectacular nature of the trail.

The Woods at the Wild Boar

Explore 72 acres of ancient woodland at your leisure and spot a huge range of tree species – who are just waiting for you to appreciate their grandeur. Look out for sweet chestnuts, alders and larches and the array of wildlife to discover. Listen out for woodpeckers at work, buzzards swooping overhead and wild deer in the distance. For those feeling a little more athletic, there’s an outdoor gym settled under the leafy canopy and you can pick up a map of the surrounding countryside from the Wild Boar Inn reception in Windermere.

Little Town to Catbells

One of the smallest fells in the Lakes, but also one of the prettiest, Catbells can be conquered by almost every walker of any ability. This steady route takes you from the picturesque area of Little Town to the summit and back down on a different descent which offers stunning views across Derwentwater, Skiddaw and Keswick.

Whitehaven Maritime Walk

A proud and popular seaside town, Whitehaven used to be one of the biggest ports in the whole of the UK. Today, it is a picturesque destination with a wonderful 1.8 mile walk along the harbour and through the Georgian streets. Where there’s the chance to spot the Whiting Shoal sculpture and Old Quay and stop for a tipple at The Rum Story.

Hoad Monument Walk

Hoad Walk in Ulverston offers the chance to take in the striking monument which sits on the fell above the town. Over 400 feet above sea leverl, the surrounding scenery gives way to panoramic views out over the cobbled streets and even as far as Morecambe Bay. While the pathways are easy to follow and a good choice for young families or travellers less able.

Tarn Hows

This circular walk offers the chance to  explore the scenery surrounding Coniston and Langdale and features several man-made tarns – a picturesque opportunity to take in one of Cumbria’s most beautiful corners. Whilst most of the path is smooth and well compacted, it is important to note that there are occasional, steeper gradients to watch out for.

A hiking holiday is a wonderful opportunity to see some of the best sights the United Kingdom has to offer and whether bird watching, spotting local wildlife or simply enjoying the natural environment is on your agenda, an easy walk through the Lake District can be just as enjoyable as a more challenging trek or hike. Feeling inspired to take on the Cumbrian countryside? Look no further than our collection of Lake District cottages.


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