The sheer number and variety of walks that the Lake District has on offer makes walking the number one thing to do when visiting the region. There’s something for every stride.
New routes, like the Ullswater Way, a 20-mile circuit, deliver new views. And classic walks like Great Gable, Wansfell Pike and Loughrigg Fell, are filled with charm and guaranteed views.
For quiet backroads, empty fells and gentle walking, the Northern Lakes of Loweswater, Crummock Water and Buttermere are the place to be. The Western Lakes, where the mountains meet the sea, are filled with drama, and attract those seeking out the coveted, ‘Britain’s Best View’. England’s tallest peak, Scarfell Pike, is a huge pull for keen walkers – it rises more dramatically than its European counterparts and is part of the famous UK Three Peaks Challenge.
Catbells is often a ‘first mountain’ that many novice walkers cut their teeth on, moving on to conquer famous challenges like Striding Edge on Helvellyn.
These giant mountains that dominate the Lake District shelter a patchwork of walks in the valley’s below, and there’s little that can top a ramble through damson-heavy orchards, fields filed with lambs and bluebell strewn woodlands. Tarns are lakes in miniature, offering gentle walks packed with wildlife and tranquillity. And feeding the great Lake District lakes are some of the most picturesque waterfalls in the UK, offering some of the most inspiring scenery going.
Walking is a rite of passage and the journey starts with picking out your first walking boots or perhaps upgrading your Gortex. The towns of Ambleside and Keswick offer the very best shops for walking gear, for all abilities and for all journeys. We look forward to welcoming you on yours.
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