Explore the Lake District Walks
Written by Paul Clough
The Lake District is a truly wonderful place to visit and explore and is where you can find the highest mountain in England; Scafell Pike and the deepest lake as well; Westwater along with a vast amount of possible walks and hikes. As there are so many possible walks and specific locations to visit in the Lake District there is no definitive consensus on the 'best' of the walks but certain areas are generally agreed as must see places to visit. These places do include a number of routes you can follow as well from short guided walks to long hikes depending on your ability level. To help make things easier if you plan to travel to the Lakes this Webtogs guide is designed to showcase some of the more memorable spots to visit if you aren't sure where to start looking.
If you are an experienced hiker and fancy a challenge then getting to Scafell Pike is ideal. There are a number of walks to reach England's highest mountain, some incorporate different peaks and some should certainly only be attempted by very experienced mountaineers and it is often done as part of the National Three Peaks Challenge but a popular starting point is Seathwaite in the Borrowdale Valley due to the lovely views and well maintained path before reaching the trickier summit path that reveals incredible panoramas and even further incredible sights on the route back.
There are plenty of walking route options around this area and places to visit. You can take in the best sights of the area via the Old Man of Coniston & Wetherlam walk which can take five to six hours. A shorter walk of Tom Gill to Tan Hows provides iconic views and is easily accessible for all abilities and if the opportunity arises a boat ride on Bassenthwaite Lake is a must.
The walks across Grasmere require around five hours and a relatively experienced level of ability as the various crags are varied and often steep in both descent and ascent. Much of the route has noticeable paths but certain parts have none at all so keeping to high ground is advised. Grasmere walk feels fairly remote but as a result has incredible views and dramatic rock formations to witness.
The longest of our choices of walks, Langdale is also on average the most populated route, though can be started from Grasmere for a shorter duration. There are plenty of pikes and hills to explore in Langdale Fell and many impressive and inspiring views to take as the landscape changes from knolls and grassland to rocky terrain, woodland and a picturesque stream so is perfect if you want a little of everything.
There is so much to discover in the Lake District these are just a few of the many wonders to visit to create your next adventure.