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 this summer. From gentle ambles, to more challenging hikes, we've rounded up some of our favourite walks. Pull on your boots and step outdoors.

A family enjoying a walk at Wray Castle

Explore the Wray Castle estate 

Catch a ferry to Wray Castle to explore the miles of waymarked walks or follow the lakeshore track south to Claife Viewing Station for beautiful views across Lake Windermere. Why not refuel with a trip to the café?

People make use of the Tramper mobility scooter at Tarn Hows, Cumbria
Walking trail

Tarn Hows Circular Walk 

Soak up some really special views of the Lakeland fells on this easy circular walk for all the family. The route follows a level surfaced path suitable for mobility aids and buggies, with an extension leading up to overlook the Tarn optional. If you're lucky you might spot some fluffy Belted Galloway cows grazing the landscape.

Wildflowers on Sizergh Fell

Explore Sizergh's estate 

From rare flowers to unusual wildlife, there’s plenty to catch your eye while exploring the Sizergh estate. Enjoy stunning views across the countryside and Morecambe Bay and look out for orchids, butterflies or even an elusive kingfisher.

Gondola passengers relaxing in her open deck saloons in the summertime

Coniston Water and Steam Yacht Gondola 

Put on your walking boots and combine a cruise on Steam Yacht Gondola with an invigorating walk above Coniston Water or along lakeshore and woodland tracks.

Couple with mobility scooter walking along the lakeshore path at Fell Foot Park
Walking trail

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 and past historic boathouses. Along the lakeshore path you’ll find amazing views up Lake Windermere to the nearby fells in Ambleside. 

Acorn Bank Gardens

Explore Acorn Bank 

Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere through the garden and woodlands at Acorn Bank, near Penrith. Spot the working watermill and keep an eye out for red squirrels, otters, and plenty of bird life in the woodland.

Troutbeck Park Farm, Lake District

The Troutbeck Valley  

Beatrix Potter enjoyed walking in the secluded Troutbeck valley, writing she was often in “the company of gentle sheep, and wild flowers, and singing waters.” It is here she bought Troutbeck Park Farm and bred native Herdwick sheep with the help of shepherd Tom Storey. Discover the valley Beatrix called her favourite on a classic walk from the shores of Windermere.

The Memorial Stone in Brandelhow Park, commemorating the first National Trust acquisition in the Lake District
Walking trail

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.

Whitehaven Harbour and Candlestick

Whitehaven colourful coastal walk

Experience wild, secluded beaches on this dramatic cliff-top walk at Whitehaven's historic 17th-century harbour, passing the town’s industrial archaeology to join Wainwright’s Coast to Coast path.

View from Castle Crag

Castle Crag from Seatoller scenic route 

Castle Crag was dedicated as a memorial after the First World War. The small peak of Castle Crag stands at the gateway to Borrowdale. Dedicated as a memorial after the First World War, the summit provides great views right down the Borrowdale valley and across Derwentwater. The route from Seatoller, after an initial climb, follows an undulating contour route, meandering back along the banks of the River Derwent.

Great Landgale in the Lake District, Cumbria

A gentle walk from the head of Langdale

From short low-level walks to fell-top expeditions, enjoy the countryside in all its glory in the Langdale valley. Treat yourself to a cake or a pint at Sticklebarn on your return.

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.