These boots were made for walking
8 August 2017
5 of the best walks in the Lake District
One of the things we really love about The Lake District National Park is its walks. There’s something for every ability, from gentle strolls around lake shores to high ridge walks – even rock climbing if you’re up for it! Pulling on your boots for a walk in the stunning location is the top activity with our guests here at Whitbarrow.
Whichever you choose, the routes are always spectacular and the views or charming villages you come across on your way make your walk a wonderful experience. One of the biggest advantages of walking in the Lakes is the number of guide books there are on the subject. We’ve been through some of them to pull out five our favourite walks within a short distance from Whitbarrow.
- Coniston & Gondola
Take a cruise on the National Trust-owned Gondala Steam yacht and you can hop off and combine it with one of three walking trails around Coniston Water. More information here.
- Buttermere to Rannerdale
Between 1955 and 1966 Alfred Wainwright wrote seven books describing the routes to the summits of the 214 Lakeland fells. This short delightful circular walk includes the Wainwright of Rannerdale Knotts from the small village of Buttermere. More here
- Scafell Pike
At 3,208 ft, Scafell Pike is England’s highest mountain. Reaching the summit is a wonderful day out that will reward you with extensive views of the surrounding fells, west coast and beyond. On a very clear day you may see the Isle of Man and Scotland! The shortest and most straightforward walk starts from the National Trust Lakehead car park in Wasdale. More here
- Friar’s Crag
Stargazing stroll at Friar’s Crag, Keswick. On a clear night you can see around 4,000 stars sparkling in the night sky. You can also enjoy wildlife spotting and an atmospheric sunset before your stargazing. More here.
- Miles without styles
You don’t have to head onto the high fells to enjoy fantastic views. If you find walking a challenge or your party includes a wheelchair or buggy, then our friends at the National Park can recommend miles of easy, accessible routes for you. More here
Walker’s checklist – what you need to know!
The weather in the Lake District can be unpredictable and sometimes we can experience all four seasons in one day! Temperatures drop by about 1 degree every 150 metres you climb and can also plummet in a summer rain storm. But on a clear, crisp blue sky winter day you can get sun-burnt. So it’s best to be prepared. Only attempt the high routes in good weather and check the forecast before you set off. We say a good, lightweight waterproof jacket is invaluable! For more information, visit the Lake District National Park website.
Please always follow the Country Code and follow local and seasonal guidance.