Walking in the Lake District

We can’t think of a better place to take to the fells, paths or lakeshores than here in the heart of the Lake District. From gentle ambles, to more challenging hikes, we've rounded up some of our favourite summer walks. Pull on your boots and step outdoors.

Visitors enjoying the garden in summer at Wordsworth House and Garden

Latest visiting update 

Our gardens, parks, cafés, shops, countryside locations and many houses are open. You no longer need to pre-book at many places. Some still require booking ahead, so please check the property webpage before you travel.​

A family walk their dog through the gardens at Sizergh in summer
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A wildlife walk at Sizergh 

Just five minutes from the M6 and at the gateway to the Lakes, the quiet 1600 acre estate at Sizergh boasts views of Morecambe Bay, the Lakeland Fells and Pennines and is buzzing with wildlife. Look out for Hawfinches as you park up, and spot buzzards, bees and Fritillary butterflies as pass through woodland glades and open fell side. There's even a cold drink and slice of cake to end the day in the café.

The view across Derwent Water from Brandelhow
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A lakeshore amble along Derwent Water  

This easy stroll along the quiet side of Derwent Water takes you through the tranquil parkland at Brandelhow, the birthplace of the National Trust in the Lake District. Beginning at Haws End Jetty, arrive in style by leaving the car in Keswick and catching the Launch to the starting point.

Visitors in the grounds at Wray Castle, Cumbria
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Wray Castle circular walk  

Taking in Blelham Tarn and returning via the Lake Windermere shoreline. This walk combines tranquil beauty, great views and fascinating stories from the past.

A couple walk in the gardens at Wordsworth House and Garden in summer

Walk in the footsteps of a poet from Wordsworth House and Garden 

Wander among the countryside and wildlife that inspired Wordsworth’s love of nature on this challenging walk through a quiet corner of the North Lakes from the poet’s childhood home Wordsworth House and Garden. Sitting in the centre of Cockermouth, this Georgian house is just a 15 minute drive from Keswick.

A group walking in Landgale in summer

A gentle walk from the head of Langdale  

Discover the uninhabited valley of Mickleden in Greater Langdale on this easy walk along a level, stony track surrounded by towering peaks to the bottom of two ancient mountain passes A great walk for families and picnics starting from the ample car park at Old Dungeon Ghyll.

A family stop for a break next to the river Esk in Eskdale

Steam, ride and ramble through the Eskdale valley  

Leave the car behind and ride one of Cumbria’s most memorable steam railways, the ‘La’al Ratty’, to the start of this peaceful river walk. Follow well defined paths on this easy ramble following the gentle River Esk past woodlands, fields and farmland in the shadow of the Western fells.

A family walking at Fell Foot

Stroll through lakeside pleasure grounds at Fell Foot 

Set on the southern tip of Lake Windermere, this easy stroll around the 18th-century pleasure ground at Fell Foot takes you through a towering pinetum, across native wildflower meadows and past historic boathouses. Refuel with a meal from the boathouse café, or cool down with ice cream from the boathouse ice cream parlour.

Two men in blue tshirts laughing as they walk through the green countryside of the Lake District

Enjoy the outdoors safely 

Enjoy a great experience in the Lakes by being properly prepared. Checking the weather, carrying the right kit and being confident you have the skills for your planned adventure are just three ways you can enjoy the outdoors safely. Visit Adventure Smart for more tips on how to keep yourself and others safe in the Lakes.