We’re big believers in exploring new places. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut and only stick to the same old haunts, but it’s so much more interesting when you take some time to explore something new. Hopefully our list of 5 must do Lake District walks can help get you back out in the mountains and exploring somewhere new.
The Lake District is a beautiful national park in the North of England, renowned for its stunning scenery and tranquil atmosphere. From rugged mountains to rolling hills and vast lakes to winding rivers, it offers something for everyone. But the main reason we think the Lake District is so special is the diverse range of walking routes. Whether you’re looking for a gentle stroll or a full-on hiking adventure, there’s a walk for all abilities and interests. So check out, what we think, are the five must do Lake District walks.
1. The Great Langdale Valley Walk
This is a great route for those looking for a longer walk. It takes you along the banks of one of the area’s most beautiful valleys, through lush green pastures and past majestic waterfalls. This picturesque route passes through some of the oldest woodland in the Lake District, and is also home to a variety of wildlife. The walk is around 10 miles in total and can be completed in around 4-6 hours, depending on how many stops you take.
Our next Guided Walk at Langdale Valley
2. The Ullswater Way
This is a great route for those who want to take in some of the area’s most spectacular scenery. The walk follows the river Ullswater, taking in the stunning views of the surrounding mountains and lakes. It’s a particularly popular route with photographers, and is also a great option for birdwatchers. The route is around 11 miles in total and can be completed in around 6-7 hours.
For more information and to download the route map visit the official Lake District National Park website here.
3. The Old Man of Coniston
This is a great walk for those seeking a challenge. The route takes you to the summit of the Old Man of Coniston, which stands at 803 metres tall. This iconic peak is the highest in the Southern Fells, and the route offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. The walk is around 10 miles in total and can be completed in around 7-8 hours.
Our next Guided Walk Including The Old Man of Coniston
4. Helvellyn via Striding Edge
Summiting Helvellyn is a memorable and challenging walk, which really is a must-do for any outdoor enthusiast. The route takes you to the summit of Helvellyn, via the iconic Striding Edge. A ridge route which is a favourite among experienced Lake District walkers, and is not for the faint-hearted. The walk is around 8 miles in total and can be completed in around 6-7 hours. We would recommend this to be only undertaken by experienced hikers or under supervision of a guide for your first attempt.
Our next Guided Walk Including Helvellyn
A great route for those looking for a shorter, but still very rewarding walk. Taking you to the summit of Catbells, which stands at 451 meters tall offering fantastic views of the surrounding lakes and fells. This is a popular route for families and beginners, at around 4 miles in total, being completed in around 2-3 hours.
Our next Guided Walk Including CatBells
The Lake District is a wonderful place to explore and these are just a few of the many must do Lake District walks. So why not grab your boots and get exploring?