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Walking holidays in the Lake District

Lakeland holiday park is a perfect base for hiking, rambling, cycling and walking holidays...

For sheer scenic splendour, few places in the UK compare to the Lake District. The landscape of the Lakes is breathtaking with sweeping panorama of humpbacked mountains, razorblade crags and scree-covered hillsides, dotted with Britain’s largest natural lakes. Whether you are into walking, hiking or rambling the Lake District has it all - from easy, flat, scenic strolls along the lakes suitable for the kids to climbing the highest mountains in the UK. If you're looking for a gateway into the the poetic beauty of the Lake District, Lakeland is the Haven holiday park for you, only 30 minutes away from Windermere.

Walking holidays at Lakeland

Walking routes in the Lake District

We are the local experts and want to make your trip to the Lake District as enjoyable as possible. That's why we've listed the top 10 walking routes for you to explore.

Ranging from gentle, scenic walks around the lakes and hills, to challenging hikes up mountains where you will be rewarded with stunning views. So pack your walking boots and enjoy the beauty of the Lake District.

Top 10 walking routes in the Lake District

Here is the top 10 walking routes in the Lake District for you and your family to enjoy.

    Lake Windermere

    1. Wansfell Pike

    Start your scenic exploration of the Lakes from Ambleside. The hike takes in the waterfalls of Stock Ghyll Force, Wansfell Pike, Troutbeck and fantastic views over Lake Windermere from Jenkin's Crag.

    Things you should know

    Wansfell Pike is located 23 miles from Lakeland. The walking route is 6 miles long and should take about 4 hours to complete. The route is graded as moderate.

    Skiddaw

    2. Skiddaw

    This difficult ascent involves a long trek to the top of Skiddaw, which is 3,054ft high, and dominates Keswick´s northern skyline. Although the tracks are clearly defined and the drops not too sheer, this is still a challenging hike.

    Things you should know

    Skiddaw is located 46 miles from Lakeland. The walking route is 8 miles long and should take about 4 to 5 hours to complete. The route is graded as difficult.

    Buttermere

    3. Buttermere

    Lake Buttermere is situated in the north-western area of the Lake District, and offers a peaceful, easy walking route amid some of the most stunning scenery in the region.

    Things you should know

    Buttermere is located 51 miles from Lakeland. The walking route is 5 miles long and should take about 2 hours to complete. The route is graded as easy.

    Grasmere Village

    4. Grasmere Loop and the Old Coffin Trail

    Grasmere can be crowded in summer, but is handy for shops and amenities. This popular lakeside trail tracks the shores of Grasmere Lake and Rydal Water, before making an easy loop back behind Rydal Mount to St Oswald's Church in the village.

    Things you should know

    Grasmere is located 27 miles from Lakeland. The walking route is 3.5 miles long and should take about 2 hours to complete. The route is graded as easy.

    Scafell Pike

    5. Scafell Pike

    At 3209ft, Scafell Pike is England's highest mountain, and every year thousands of walkers set out to conquer this impressive peak. Despite its height, this strenuous route is achievable as long as you're fit, properly equipped and prepared for a steep slog.

    Things you should know

    Scafell Pike is located 41 miles from Lakeland. The walking route is 7 miles long and should take about 5 hours to complete. The route is graded as difficult.

    Catbells

    6. Catbells

    The miniature mountain of Catbells (1481 ft) packs an impressive punch considering its modest height and is well known as one of the most family friendly Lakeland summits. Once you're at the top you'll be treated to a amazing outlook accross Derwent Water.

    Things you should know

    Catbells is located 46 miles from Lakeland. The walking route is 3.5 miles long and should take about 3 hours to complete. The route is graded as difficult.

    Ullswater and Place Fell

    7. Ullswater and Place Fell

    This moderate walk offers a great way to see Ullswater, and the route aims to escape the crowds who flock to this area in summer. You need to be reasonably fit to attempt the walk, as it is 9.5 miles in length, and explores the quieter region around Place Fell and Patterdale. You can also combine your walk with an Ullswater Steamer trip, and enjoy the views from the water.

    Things you should know

    Ullswater and Place Fell is located 30 miles from Lakeland. The walking route is 9.5 miles long and should take about 4 hours to complete. The route is graded as moderate.

    Loughrigg and Rydal Mount

    8. Loughrigg and Rydal Mount

    If you are looking for a flat gentle stroll through typical Lakeland countryside, then this walk is ideal. This is part of a route Dorothy Wordsworth once used to follow to Ambleside, and you can still spot a few places she mentions in her journals.

    Things you should know

    Under Loughrigg and Rydal Mount is located 24 miles from Lakeland. The walking route is 2.5 miles long and should take about 2 hours to complete. The route is graded as easy.

    Hellvelyn

    9. Hellvelyn

    Helvellyn is the second highest mountain in England after Scafell Pike and offers arguably a slightly easier though no less dramatic walk. The classic Helvellyn route is the ridge scramble along Striding Edge, which can be a challenge even for experienced walkers.

    Things you should know

    Hellvelyn is located 33 miles from Lakeland. The walking route is 8 miles long and should take about 6-7 hours to complete. The route is graded as difficult.

    The Old Man of Coniston

    10. The Old Man of Coniston

    It isn't the highest mountain in the Lakes, but the Old Man of Coniston (2276 ft) is still a challenge. The mountain looks impressive with its rounded rocky peaks and tapering sides, hunkering above Coniston like a benevolent giant.

    Things you should know

    The Old Man of Coniston is located 21 miles from Lakeland. The walking route is 6.5 miles long and should take about 4 hours to complete. The route is graded as difficult.