Whether you are an enthusiastic walker or you simply enjoy a stroll around the water’s edge, the Lake District offers a choice of stunning walks for all ages and levels of fitness.
Some of the best include:
Ash Landing and Claife Heights in Windermere
For the slightly hardier souls, this 7.5 mile walk begins at the car park at Ash Landing. If you are staying in Windermere you are right in the heart of the lakes and there is plenty of accommodation, attractions and shops nearby. This walk boasts incredible views, which first attracted Victorian tourists to the area. Claife Heights appeared in one of the first guide books about the lakes by Thomas West in 1778. A viewing station gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy the sights through coloured glass.
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Tom Gill to Tarn Hows at Coniston
This 1.6 mile walk starts at Tom Gill Car Park at Glen Mary Bridge and offers one of the most famous views of the Lake District. The path around the fell top tarn has been made accessible for buggies and mobility scooters, attracting walkers of all ages and levels of fitness. Slightly more challenging is the short steep approach to the tarn past Tom Gill Beck. Amazing views on a clear day over the fells.
Buttermere to Rannerdale
This 3 mile walk passes one of the most photographed sites in the Lake District, the trees known as the Sentinels at the southern end of Buttermere. Enjoy the pebbly beach of Crummock Water and Scale Force, which is the highest falls in the Lake District. There are plenty of easy walks around Buttermere but if you fancy more of a challenge go to Rannerdale Knotts, where the bluebells bloom every Spring.
Ambleside to Troutbeck
This walk is almost 6 miles long and starts at Market Cross in Ambleside. Keep a look out for the tallest tree in Cumbria en route, at almost 58 metres in height. If you visit between April and June, take a look round Stagshaw Gardens with an incredible display of flora and fauna. Ambleside also offers a wide choice of places to visit, from museums to quirky shops and cafés.
Friar´s Crag, Keswick
Starting at Lakeside Car Park this three quarter of a mile trek is said to be one of the most beautiful scenes in Europe. Friar´s Crag juts out into Derwentwater towards Derwent Isle. Memorials to John Ruskin and Canon Rawsley can be found near the lakeside, and this is also a great spot for stargazing at night.
Corpse Road, Loweswater
At just 3.6 miles long, and starting at Maggie´s Bridge Car Park the Corpse Road walk, so called after the road was used to transport the dead from the neighbouring villages to local burial grounds. Despite the name of the Walk, the area around Loweswater offers beautiful countryside, and Holme Force Falls are well worth seeing.
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