Catbells Lakeland Walk (Keswick)
Awarded the prestigious ‘Certificate of Excellence’ on tripadvisor, Catbells Lakeland Walk more than earns its spot on our list of favourite hikes, and here’s why. A relatively short distance (3.7 miles/ 6 KM) and rated by Walk Lakes as an ‘easy’ hike, this would be a perfect trip out for anyone who finds themselves staying in the central area of the lake district. If walking on a clear day, upon reaching the top of the ridge you will be presented with some stunning views of the Derwent Water lake. To the North, you can see the quaint market town of Keswick and some (occasionally snow-capped) hills in the distance. If you have time, take your campervan down to Keswick and explore novelty local attractions such as the Derwent Pencil Museum (yes that is a real place).
Scafell Pike Mountain (Seathwaite)
For those adventure seekers out there, Scafell Pike provides a bit more of a challenge. The aggressive-sounding name is not just a front for this 978 Meter high mountain, as it is the tallest mountain in England and often considered the hardest mountain in the ‘Three Peaks Challenge’. This particular route starts in the small hamlet of Seathwaite, in the Lake District’s Borrowdale Valley. Take time to enjoy the views along the way, making sure to stop at Great End, Ill Crag and Broad Crag for breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and rocky streams.
Skiddaw - Dodd
If you are looking for great lake district hiking routes during the winter months, look no further than Dodd! The area is a beautifully decorated fell that can be found just four miles north of Keswick. Dotted with various species of evergreen trees, it is described as the ‘perfect winter walk’. This makes it suitable for anyone that is eager to venture into the outdoors, and cannot bear to wait until spring. For those eager to get out of hibernation, the walk up Skiddaw mountain to the Dodd summit is a gentle and refreshing way to burn off those Christmas calories.
The famous fellwalker Alfred Wainwright once described Borger Dalr as the “finest square mile in Lakeland”, this walk is definitely a step in the right direction! Not only does this walk hold natural beauty, it also has plenty of historical sites are included along the way. Be sure to stop at the summit of Castle Crag, believed to be the site of an ancient fort over 2000 years old. If you have time, add Peace How to your itinerary, a small summit which was famously used as a place of tranquility by soldiers returning from battle during the first world war.
Greendale and Middle Fell - Western Fells
If you want to avoid the flocks of hikers and nature lovers, you can head to a more discreet location in the west of the Lake District,known as the Western Fells. Here you can find a 3.5 mile walk through Greendale and Middle Fell, including a stiff 570m uphill climb and moderately rough paths. This route is relatively difficult to access through public transport, but can easily be found if you have a car or camper van. Simply take the A595 turnoff for Gosforth, and then follow signs for Nether Wasdale, then Wastwater Lake shore.
Tom Gill to Tarn Hows, Coniston
We feel that amazing experiences are for everybody, and that is one reason why Tom Gill to Tarn Hows is included in our top seven favourites. With free parking for National Trust members and mobility scooter and pushchair friendly paths, this is a great budget-friendly route to take for anyone. This is shortest route on our list at just 1.6 miles, but this does not retract from the vast beauty that you will find yourself immersed in. If you decided to pop along in the summertime, you might even be lucky enough to find an ice cream van waiting in the carpark!
Friar’s Crag, Keswick
Last but definitely not least, we have Friar’s Crag. Described by John Ruskin as one of the three most beautiful scenes in europe, Friar’s Crag boasts clear views over to Derwent Isle, and across the lake to Brandlehow woods. Stop by a bench to sit and enjoy the awe-inspiring views, have a picnic on the shore or even go for a swim in Derwent Water. This area is also recommended for nighttime expeditions, as the lack of light pollution makes an excellent location for stargazing.
Have a fun and active time in this beautiful corner of the world and stay safe!
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