Whether travelling later in life, with children or with dogs who may not be designed for hikes and treks, sometimes an easy walk is the best experience during your Lake District cottage break. Some of the most beautiful views and interesting landscapes can be explored on a gentle stroll and here we’re looking at the top easy walks the Lake District has to offer.
A gentle four-kilometre stroll, this Elterwater Walk takes you on a meander past a lakeside meadow with a spectacular waterfall along the way. The journey begins at Elterwater and it takes you down and out towards Skelwith Bridge. Your journey will take you through beautiful meadows and also give you a chance to enjoy the heights of Skelwith Force waterfall. Views of Langdale Pikes add to the interesting and beautiful nature of the trail.
Wild Boar Woods
Explore 72 acres of ancient woodland at your leisure. A huge range of different species of tree are just waiting for you to spot and appreciate them. Look out for sweet chestnuts, alders and larches. There is also plenty of wildlife to spot and listen out for including woodpeckers at work, buzzards swooping overhead and wild deer. There is an outdoor gym in the woods too if you’re feeling a little more athletic. Wild Boar Woods walks start behind The Wild Boar Inn in Windermere and with a map you can pick up from reception, you can enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds of the woodland.
Little Town to Catbells
One of the smallest fells in the Lakes but also one of the prettiest Catbells can be conquered and enjoyed by almost anybody. This relaxing route takes from the picturesque area of Little Town to the summit of Catbells and then back down on a different descent which affords great views of 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. Now it is a beautiful and picturesque port with a wonderful 1.8 mile walk down the new harbour. The walk takes you through the Georgian streets of the town as well as along the harbour. There is the chance to see the Whiting Shoal sculpture, the marvellous Old Quay and head into the streets for other attractions including The Rum Story.
Hoad Monument Walk
Hoad Monument Walk in Ulverston gives you the chance to enjoy the striking Hoad Monument which sits on the fell above the town. Over 400 feet up, the area around the Hoad Monument gives wonderful views over cobbled Ulverston and even as far away as Morecambe Bay. The pathways are well kept so they are easy to follow and it is a wonderful choice for families or travellers with less able dogs.
A wonderful circular walk which gives you the chance to take in the sights around Coniston and Langdale. Tarn Hows walk features several picturesque man-made tarns. It is a spectacular opportunity to enjoy a man-made beauty spot and whilst most of the path is smooth and well compacted, there are occasional steeper gradients to watch out for.
A walking holiday in the Lake District is a wonderful opportunity to see some of the best sights the United Kingdom has to offer. Whether you are bird watching, spotting wildlife or simply enjoying the natural environment, a gentle stroll can be just as enjoyable as a more challenging trek or hike.