A Walk for Everyone: Our Lake District Walking Guide
From hikers, to ramblers, to strollers, the Lake District caters for all. Despite its reputation for some of England’s highest peaks, there are a diverse range of walks and trails across this rugged landscape. We have created this guide to some of the Lake District’s best walks, recommended by our local team, that will provide you with some of the best views and best memories of this Northern jewel.
Friar’s Crag, Keswick
Friar’s Crag was immortalised in the works of nineteenth-century artist and writer John Hopkins, who labelled the crag one of the best in Europe during his visit there in 1824. Today, there stands a memorial to Hopkins, erected in his memory as a celebration of his making the landmark so popular. It is indeed a spectacular view and the viewpoint of the Crag can be reached via a short walking route from Keswick centre.
Loweswater Circular Trail
This gentle, nature-filled trail is popular with our staff in the Lake District and is perfect for families, as the trail suits all ages and abilities. The path starts at a small car park at Maggie’s Bridge and follows a stone path towards Watergate Farm. Just beyond the farm is the trail through Holme Wood, which is now fully wheelchair accessible, but the part beyond this to Hudson Place is not. The total distance of the route amounts to 4km, a doable stretch that has plenty of spots for you to sit down and enjoy your flask of tea and take in the scenery.
This is another one that has come straight from our local team and is perfect for those who want to get away from the crowds and into the wild. Although the Mickleden Valley is surrounded by scars, fells and crags, the walk from Langdale is relatively flat. The flat surface of the trail means that you sink below the towering mountains around you, a truly wonderful experience that is truly magical.
If you are holidaying in Ulverston, or South Lakeland, be sure to add the Hoad Monument to your to-do list. Accessed via various paths up to the top of the hill, the ‘Salt and Pepper Pot’ as it is known locally, is a truly fascinating landmark. Built in 1850, the landmark now has status as a Grade II listed building. However, it is the views from the Hoad that truly steal the show. The panorama encapsulates the Levan Estuary, Irish Sea and Morecambe Bay.
This recommendation is for the serious hikers, who the Lake District draws year upon year. We couldn’t write a walking guide without mentioning Scafell Pike, Bowfell and Crinkle Crags, some of the areas most challenging but rewarding scales. All three climbs are safe, well signposted and tried-and-tested, but we do recommend you come fully prepared with the right equipment, clothing and maps before you venture upward.
If you are planning to focus your holiday around these climbs, do check out our holiday cottages in Langdale, so that food, bed and water are never too far away after a busy day of mountaineering.