hikes in Lake District

Region in England, United Kingdom
Lake District trail map

hikes in Lake District

England's Lake District is one of our favourite places for a walking holiday, especially when other areas of Europe are still blanketed in snow. The walking opportunities in the Lake District are varied and spectacular, and the charming villages dotted around the Lakes make the entire holiday a wonderful experience.

The top hikes in the UK’s Lake District National Park are mostly intermediate and advanced walks. The Lake District has all ranges of walking trails, however the best walking involves getting to a ridge-top and enjoying the stunning views from the summit. Below are our favourite walks in the Lake District.

TOP 10 WALKS IN THE LAKE DISTRICT NATIONAL PARK

  1. Newlands Horseshoe (17.3km, 992m, 6.5-8.25h): This is a wonderful walk close to Keswick. With spectacular views all along the route, especially the end walking down from Catbells, this is one of the best walks in the Lake District and in England!
  2. Mosedale Horseshoe (16.6km, 923m, 6.5-8.25h): What a wonderful walk this is! Getting to this walk is one of the joys, especially if you take the steep and narrow Hardknott Pass to get there. Once here, enjoy this incredible walk in a less-visited corner of the Lake District.
  3. Roman High Street Circuit (16.4km, 754m, 5-6.25h): This fine walk takes you through an untouched valley then up to the summit of Thornthwaite Crag. From there, explore the wonderful views on a great walk along an ancient Roman Road to the stunning Angle Tarn.
  4. Haystacks (8.1km, 505m, 2.5-3.25h): This is one of the classic walks in the Lake District and has a unique feel compared to most of the other walks in the area. It is noted as one of the favourite places for Lakes pioneer Alfred Wainwright.
  5. Scafell Pike (15.2km, 896m, 6-7.5h): This wonderful walk to the highest peak in England is much prettier and more interesting than the quicker route from Wasdale Head. A lot of variety for a great walk in the Lake District!
  6. Fairfield Horseshoe (18.4km, 928m, 6-7.5h): Any day you can wake up and walk directly from your lodging to the trail is a great one! This wonderful route explores the peaks that surround Ambleside and is a great walk in the Lake District!
  7. Langstrath Valley (14.4km, 284m, 2.5-3.25h): The walk to the hidden Langstrath Valley is a favourite low-level walk in the Lake District. Get stunning views without the strenuous uphill the Lake District is famous for.
  8. Old Man of Coniston Circuit (13.9km, 835m, 4.5-5.75h): Walking up to Old Man of Coniston is one of the classics of the Lake District. Rather than retrace your steps back down, take this circuit and grab a few more peaks!
  9. Rannerdale Knotts (6.3km, 259m, 2-2.5h): Rannerdale Knotts is a great day trip. The drive to Buttermere is exciting and once walking you get wonderful views throughout the walk.
  10. Helvellyn via Striding and Swirral Edge (13.6km, 842m, 5.5-7h): The walk up Helvellyn is one of the classics of the Lake District. Those who don’t like heights or using their hands may not be huge fans however, as it takes the scrambly Striding Edge on the way up and Swirral Edge on the way down.
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The best hikes in Lake District

01. Newlands Horseshoe
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17.3km 992m 6.5-8.5h

This is a wonderful walk close to Keswick. With spectacular views all along the route, especially the end walking down… Read More

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9.4Overall Rating Technical Difficulty Physical Difficulty

02. Mosedale Horseshoe
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16.6km 923m 6.5-8.5h

Mosedale Horseshoe is a stunning walk in an isolated corner of the Lake District. The drive here is worth the… Read More

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8.5Overall Rating Technical Difficulty Physical Difficulty

03. Roman High Street Circuit
Difficulty

16.4km 754m 5-7h

This fine walk takes you through an untouched valley then up to the summit of Thornthwaite Crag. From there, explore… Read More

User Rating

8.5Overall Rating Technical Difficulty Physical Difficulty

04. Haystacks
Difficulty

8.1km 505m 2.5-4h

This is one of the gems in the Lake District and has a unique feel compared to most of the… Read More

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8.7Overall Rating Technical Difficulty Physical Difficulty

05. Scafell Pike
Difficulty

15.2km 896m 6-8h

This wonderful walk to the highest peak in England is much prettier and more interesting than the quicker route from… Read More

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9.5Overall Rating Technical Difficulty Physical Difficulty

06. Fairfield Horseshoe
Difficulty

18.4km 928m 6-8h

Any day you can wake up and walk directly from your lodging to the trail is a great one! This… Read More

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9.2Overall Rating Technical Difficulty Physical Difficulty

07. Langstrath Valley
Difficulty

14.4km 284m 2.5-4h

The walk to the hidden Langstrath Valley is a favourite low-level walk in the Lake District. Get stunning views without… Read More

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8.5Overall Rating Technical Difficulty Physical Difficulty

08. Old Man of Coniston Circuit
Difficulty

13.9km 835m 4.5-5.75h

Walking up to Old Man of Coniston is one of the classics of the Lake District. Rather than retrace your… Read More

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9.3Overall Rating Technical Difficulty Physical Difficulty

09. Rannerdale Knotts
Difficulty

6.3km 259m 2-2.5h

Rannerdale Knotts is a great day trip. The drive to Buttermere is exciting and once walking you get wonderful views… Read More

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8.8Overall Rating Technical Difficulty Physical Difficulty

10. Helvellyn via Striding and Swirral Edge
Difficulty

13.6km 842m 5.5-7h

The walk up Helvellyn is one of the classics of the Lake District. Those who don't like heights or using… Read More

User Rating

9.6Overall Rating Technical Difficulty Physical Difficulty

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