Heading to the Lake District and not enjoying a walk or two would be a great shame, but with so many routes and hikes to consider, where is the best place to start? Here we’ve brought together a choice of ten different Lake District walks which you should consider when you plan your next Lake District cottage holiday.
Corpse Road in Loweswater has a real morbid fascination about it, as it the case with all corpse roads. The walk through Loweswater is not eerie or gloomy though as you pass through the beautiful small lake itself and there is plenty of lush woodlands in the area, where you may even spot a rare red squirrel. The route begins at Maggie’s Bridge Car Park and takes you nearly four miles through the woods and in and around the corpse road and to Loweswater.
Coniston: Tom Gill to Tarn Hows
This short 1.6 mile walk is a great experience for the whole family, you do need to head up to the top of a fell but it’s certainly worth the talk. An idyllic tarn at the top of the fell, this walk gives you the chance to enjoy one of the most idyllic and classic views out over the Lake District. The tarn here is manmade and has been in situ since 1865 and it was given to the National Trust by Beatrix Potter. A path around the tarn has been made accessible for prams, mobility scooters and walkers of all ages. There is also a steeper incline route past Tom Gill Beck for more advanced climbers.
Windermere: Ash Landing to Claife Heights
A long walk which will take a few hours of your time, enjoy the 7.5-mile stroll from Ash Landing car park up and over Claife Heights. Majestic views can be enjoyed from the Heights on the western shore of the lake and the unique viewing station allows for a multi-coloured view of the scenery, to get a feel for how it looks in every season. The ingenious design even allows you to enjoy a moonlit view of the area.
Langdale From Elterwater to Mickleden
Langdale is one of the busiest spots in the whole of the Lake District but on this 10-mile walk there will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy some much-needed peace and quiet in this popular walkers’ spot. Beginning at Elterwater village, you head out across the beautiful rural landscape and ascend up to 2837 foot at the walk’s highest point. Enjoy many of the best pikes in the region and head out across barren stony spaces as well as amongst the greenery. The route brings you back to Elterwater at the end and enjoy a relaxing drink or even something to eat at the local pub.
Map of the route: http://www.tgomagazine.co.uk/walk/langdale/
Ambleside to Troutbeck
Heading out from Ambleside to Troutbeck along this National Trust route is a wonderful way of enjoying the exceptional sights of the local area. You will be able to spot the tallest grand fir in the whole of England on this route, standing stall at 57.8 metres in height and sits in Skelghyll Woods which make up part of this trail. The walk itself is nearly six miles long but you have the chance to look around the local area, including quirky villages, small picturesque towns and hidden gems including Stagshaw Gardens.
Derwentwater: Octavia Hill Walk
This dog-friendly Lake District walk is gentle and easy, as you amble at your leisure along the quietest side of Derwentwater. As you travel your way along the trail you’ll begin at Hawes End Jetty and head through Brandelhow. The walk is circular so you will return to Haws End Jetty and the walk is around 3.6 miles long in total, with plenty of opportunities to stop, enjoy the scenery and stop for a picnic or to give your furry friend a rest.
Patterdale: Red Screes Walk
A walk with a view! This Red Screes Walk leads to an ascent of 2460 foot on its 7.5-miles path. Looking north-west you will see Middle Dodd and Hartsop and the smooth hills in the Patterdale area make for an enjoyable, rigorous walk. There are plenty of well-walked routes through these mountains but choosing to head onto Red Screes, via Scandale Valley, on this route will give you spectacular views of the surrounding area and the chance to enjoy a less popular, more tranquil walk.
Map of the route: http://www.tgomagazine.co.uk/walk/red-screes/
Buttermere to Rannerdale
Begin your route at the National Trust Car Park in Buttermere and enjoy a gentle three mile walk with spectacular views. At once end of the walk you will spot the well-known The Sentinels, a collection of trees believed to be the most photographed in the country. You will also pass by Crummock Water and enjoy the pretty, pebble beach. This is a route packed with picnic spots and the chance to enjoy a swim in the waters during the warmer months.
Stickle Tarn Trail
Beginning at Stickle Ghyll Car Park, this is a short but challenging trail that takes you up the valley side towards Longmoor. It is a difficult and steep incline but there are many opportunities to stop along the way and take in the exceptional beauty of waterfalls, rock formations and views across the striking valley. As you travel upwards you can look back down on where you’ve been and experience many dramatic and picture-perfect photo opportunities, to catch nature at its best.
Mickleden Valley Trail
Spend two hours enjoying the sights and sounds of Mickleden Valley on this walk which is both easy and gentle. It is a chance to discover the hidden gem that is Mickleden and in just 3.8 miles, this is a walking trail you can enjoy in almost any weather. You begin at Old Dungeon Ghyll and enjoy a trail which is free from inhabitants of any kind, once you pass Stool End Farm. This is a truly wild and natural trail, with glacial moraines to look out for as well as the chance to view two ancient mountain passes once you reach the end of this planned route.