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 autumn walks. Pull on your boots and step outdoors.

Sizergh in autumn
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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 roe deer as you pass through woodland glades and open fell side. There's even a hot drink and slice of cake to end the day in the café.

Autumn colours in Borrowdale, Lake District
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Castle Crag from Seatoller - the scenic route 

Castle Crag from Seatoller - the 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.

A landscape view of the Lythe Valley and South Lakes from Arnside Knott

Arnside and Silverdale  

The mixed woodland at Arnside Knott transforms into a patchwork of reds, browns and yellows in autumn. Enjoy a walk to the top of the hill and admire the views across the rolls and peaks of the Lakeland Fells and the Yorkshire Dales. As the leaves begin to fall keep an eye out for wildlife among the branches.

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.

Autumnal view from Wray Castle, Cumbria, looking north
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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.

Visitors walking their dog at Tarn Hows, Cumbria
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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.

A woman walking in the parkland at Fell Foot in autumn
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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.

People looking at the view on a walk at Great Langdale, Cumbria
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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 starting from the ample car park at Old Dungeon Ghyll. Stop by nearby Sticklebarn for hearty meals and light bites to refuel.

Children dressed as William and his sister Dorothy at the National Trust's Wordsworth House and Garden in Cumbria

Dorothy Wordsworth 250 anniversary walking trail

Mark the 250th anniversary of Dorothy Wordsworth's birth by making the journey from her birthplace in Cockermouth to the place where she died in Rydal.

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.