Guest Post: Walking in the Lake District
It goes without saying that the Lake District is one of the best places to visit to enjoy some of our country’s most breathtaking scenery. Many a hiker has travelled far and wide in search of a good hike only to return to the UK’s fair shores declaring the Lake District the best around.
The region is a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts and offers an abundance of different activities to be enjoyed depending on how active you feel like being. Perhaps most importantly, the picturesque towns from which you can reach the National Park are an attraction in themselves, offering many a warm fire side by which to indulge in a well-earned pub lunch. To make the most of your walking holiday in the Lake District all you need to find is reasonable car hire to get you from A to B, sensible shoes and a good sense of direction.
Best Relaxed Walks around the Lake District
We’ve compiled a list of some of the best relaxed walks around the Lake District that ensure you see the sights without wearing yourself out too much.
1. An accessible ramble on the Lion & the Lamb (Helm Crag)
This 4-mile walk is an accessible ramble, perfect for if you have your kids with you for the first time. The summit isn’t too high and once at the top you will be rewarded with some wonderful vistas over Far Easedale to Easedale Tarn and over the villages of Grasmere and Loughrigg. Although bearing little or no resemblance to a lion, or a lamb – this site is one of the most iconic spots in the heart of The Lakes.
2. The spectacular views from the Latterbarrow to Hawkshead
The ascent to the Latterbarrow Monument is a short but worthy walk. The ascent may be gentle but the views are spectacular – opening up on Esthwaite Water and the surrounding forests. From the 800ft summit you can opt to explore the forest that leads to Beatrix Potter Country and Claiffe Heights or head down to the village of Hawkshead. This white-washed village was a favourite of Potter and William Wordsworth and has a number of charming tea rooms and cosy pubs to enjoy.
3. Follow in the Path of William Wordsworth
When looking for inspiration for his poems, it is thought that Wordsworth once wandered around the tranquil shores of Rydal Water. You too may feel inspired to put pen to paper after taking a stroll between the slopes of Loughrigg Fell and Fairfield Horseshoe. Walkers can stick to the peaceful woodland that hugs the shores of the lake or pay a visit to Rydal Cave – a man-made amphitheatre made from slate.
4. Avoid the crowds in Clough Head
The vast majority of walkers in the Lake District stick to the popular walks around Keswick and Windermere. This means that these tracks can become very busy thus leaving other hills and valleys practically empty. To really get some peace and quiet whilst experiencing the expanse of the region, climb the airy ridge from Helvellyn to Clough Head. This high-level panorama affords wonderful 360o views which can be enjoyed in near silence.
These recommended routes, some of the best relaxed walks around the Lake District, barely scratch the surface of the walks in the Lake District. Be sure to visit on your next hiking trip.