Time to dig out those hiking boots and find some good walks in the English Lake District, whether you are a Cumbrian local or planning a holiday in the Lake District.
Now the worst of winter is over and we are back to the usual dampness, walkers are starting to dust off their equipment and get out of the stuffy indoors and back to nature.
With this in mind I thought I would do some research to find good walks in the Lake District and Cumbria, for both beginners and experienced walkers new to the area.
Whether you are an experienced walker or climber, just having a stroll to get fresh air or starting a programme to improve your fitness, Cumbria can offer beautiful countryside in which to experience the great outdoors.
If you are visiting the Lakeland fells for the first time then please consider these 5 fell walking safety tips before you even leave home. Walking the fells is not a stroll in the local park, the weather is highly changeable and the fells are a lot higher than they look from your car but if you have the right equipment you will enjoy your day out in safety.
Inexperienced walkers & families – I would recommend you check out these:
The Keswick Launch provides information on local Lake District walks which have all been tried with children in tow, they have been rated for ease, time the walk takes and sights you will see along the way. The Keswick launch is a lakeland ferry that will drop you off at the start of the walk and pick you up at the end of the walk. It’s just great for beginners, families and holiday makers that just want a walk in the countryside with stunning views. For these walks you don’t need to go so far as to buy a map and compass but please read the safety tips, as you are still in the lakeland fells and the fog does tend to play now you see me now you don’t with the lakes.
You can also find some easy walks for families at lakes walks and again they offer a grading system to tell you which are best for beginners. There is also a link on the left of the page for readers walks, so if you try a walk not on the website why not submit your review to them and help others plan their walks.
The Ullswater website provides information about walking around Ullswater (scroll to the green text at the bottom). They don’t provide information abou the walks but if you find one you like just copy and paste the name into a search engine. I tried it with as that leads to a beautiful waterfall and found a website that offers two routes, one easy and one more difficult but it is a good site to compare local walks.
If you need help getting the kids away from the playstation then check out my how to get your children outdoors post.
Experienced Walkers & climbers – here are some websites that you may find useful for the Lake District.
You should check out John Dawson’s Lake District Walks, just choose the area you plan to visit and click the link. Here you will see a list of walks and links for more details, including route and photo links.
Stiriding Edge is an excellent website for Lake District walks, just scroll down to the map and click one of the seven coloured areas on the map. The page then shows a list of walks, the height of the fell and gives the GPS reference. Click the name of the walk and you will see beautiful photo’s of the views.
If you are looking for outdoor clothing specialists then check out Cotswold Outdoor, why do I love this site … they have a rock bottom offer section yippee.
Why not leave a comment, we would love to hear from you if you know any good walks in the Lake District.