The UK’s Lake District is one of our favorite places for a walking holiday. Not only are the walks here achingly beautiful, but they also allow you world-class walking when the big mountains in North America and Europe are still snow covered. The Lake District’s hiking trails are spectacular, with the best walks mostly intermediate and advanced routes. With a number of ridge-top walks, charming villages, and stunning views, we’re sure a hiking trip to the Lake District should be on any outdoor lovers’ bucket list.

(17.3km, 992m, 6.5-8.25h)

Looking down on Tiny Town on Newland's Horseshoe Walk

Walkers on the Newlands Horseshoe trail will be rewarded with a number of spectacular views. Beginning close to Keswick, you end by walking down from Catbells into Keswick. Though it’s a long day out, we definitely think it’s a must-do!

(16.1km, 923m, 6.5-8.25h)

Lone Walker on Mosedale Horseshoe

While finding your way to the trailhead may not be the best part of most hikes, on the Mosedale Horseshoe route we definitely disagree. The drive up the steep and narrow Hardknott Pass to get to the trail itself is great. The highlight is this stunning walk in this quiet corner of the Lake District. We love the Mosedale Horseshoe walk in the Lake District.

(15.6km, 754m, 5-6.25h)

Heading up from Hartsop to Roman Road

The Roman High Street Circuit walk brings you up through the untouched beauty of a stunning valley to the summit of the Thornthwaite Crag. From here you can take in a number of breathtaking views, and enjoy a great walk along the historic Roman Road to the magnificent Angle Tarn.

(8.1m, 505m, 2.5-3.25h)

Looking back on Innonimate Tarn on Haystacks Walk

Haystacks is one of the classic walks in all the Lake District. It was noted as one of the favorite locations of the Lake District pioneer Alfred Wainwright and we can see why – it has a totally unique feel compared to the other hikes in the area.

(14.8km, 896m, 6-7.5h)

View from Scafell Pike

We love the walk to Scafell Pike – the highest peak in all of England. Though you can take a quicker route from Wasdale Head, we suggest this trail – it’s prettier, featuring a number of interesting sites along the way.

(18.0km, 928m, 6-7.5h)

Starting up from Rydal on the Fairfield Horseshoe walk

Dreaming of waking up at a quaint English lodge and heading from your doorstep directly out on the trail? The Fairfield Horseshoe hike is just for you! This wonderful route in the Lake District takes you around a number of peaks that surround Ambleside – a perfect day out.

(13.4km, 284m, 2.5-3.25h)

Looking down the beautiful Langstrath Valley

If you’re looking for minimal elevation gain and the feeling of exploring a secretive, hidden valley, then we think the Langstrath hike is a great option. Here you can be rewarded with stunning natural views, without the strenuous uphill exertion the Lake District is famous for.

(13.2km, 835m, 4.5-5.75h)

The summit of the Old Man of Coniston Circuit

This is a classic walk in the Lake District. The Old Man of Coniston trail features amazing scenery and history. We recommend taking the complete circuit (grabbing a few more peaks on the way) rather than retracing your steps back down.

(6.3km, 259m, 2-2.5h)

Looking at the path on Rannerdale Knotts

The Rannerdale Knotts walk is a relatively short, family-friendly walk in the Lake District. The drive itself to the trailhead in Buttermere is exhilarating, and once on the route you’ll be surrounded by wonderful views.

(12.9km, 842m, 5.5-7h)

Looking back at Glenridding on the ascent of Helvellyn

Though the Helvellyn via Striding and Swirral Edge walk features a bit of scrambling (not great for those with a fear of heights or using their hands) this is a classic trail in the Lake District.