5 of the best walks in the Lake District

17 November 2016

The natural splendour of the countryside in the UK is renowned the world over, and nowhere is this more perfectly showcased than in the alluring hills and picturesque valleys of the magnificent Lake District.

If you're the type of traveller who likes nothing better than to strap on a sturdy pair of hiking boots and head out to soak up the fresh air and beauty of the Great Outdoors, the landscape which inspired some of England's best-loved writers might just be the place for you.

But those glorious fells are almost too jam-packed with scenic walking routes to choose from. So, we've assembled 5 of the best walks in the Lake District for your perusal; whether you're a gentle trekker or an adventurous hiker, this beautiful part of the country has a walk that's suited to you.

1. Scafell Pike, Wasdale

One of the most notorious peaks in the Lake District, Scafell Pike holds the title of England's highest mountain at an impressive 3,209ft. Fortunately, despite the magnitude of the mountain, the trek itself is well within the capabilities of most walkers with a reasonable level of fitness.

Expect to spend a minimum of six hours on the peak - if you make it to the summit, you'll be well rewarded with a panoramic view of the wild valley of Wasdale. Breath-taking stuff.

2. Tom Gill to Tarn Hows, Coniston

A gentle trek of around 1.6 miles, the walk from Glen Mary Bridge at Tom Gill to Tarn Hows offers a paradisal view of the verdant Coniston fells with the added treasure of a hill-top tarn to admire, its rippling waters encircled by tall trees.

The path, a gift to the National Trust from the children's book author and illustrator Beatrix Potter, has been designed with accessibility in mind; so those with buggies or mobility scooters can take part in the fun.

3. Ash Landing and Claife Heights, Windermere

Venture into the beating heart of the Lake District to hike this 7.5 mile walk and explore the scenery around Lake Windermere that Victorian society fell in love with.

The viewing station at Claife Height, complete with its coloured panes of glass to enhance your viewing pleasure, seems to offer new angles of spell-binding lakeside vistas with every visit.

4. Buttermere to Rannerdale, Buttermere

For one of the most idyllic lakeside walks in the district, head to the enchanting Buttermere, where tall trees stand sentinel along its southern shores and pebbly beaches practically call out for stone-skimming contests.

Head out onto the exhilarating Lakeland Ridge as you wend your way out of the Buttermere Valley for a trek that unveils magnificent hills, shrouded in shadow and sunlight, presiding over the patchwork fields and a trio of spectacular lakes below. Expect this three mile trail to take a couple of hours.

5. Friar's Crag, Keswick

A gentle stroll this walk may be, lasting no more than a mile, but this romantic trek alongside the Derwentwater and out onto Friar's Crag is renowned as one of the best places for star-gazing in the Lake District.

Arrive at sunset to watch shimmering pinks and fire-burst yellows light up the sky and bounce off the shimmering waters. At the end of the promontory, set up a blanket and watch the starlit skies, undisturbed by light pollution.

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