Walking the Lake District: Top 5 walking routes

lake district walking routes

Argh! I’ve never been to the Lake District before, but I’ve always wanted to spend some time there to run, walk and cycle.

Shoetique’s provided me with some information about best Lake District walks. So if you’re thinking of going on an outdoorsy holiday soon – this might help!

lake district walking routes

Wray Castle to Blelham Tarn

The 3.5 mile walk from Wray Castle to Blelham Tarn is the perfect way to take in the beauty of the region. Starting in Ambleside, you’ll take in the magnificent architecture of the castle and the mysterious broken Iron Age sword.

There’s plenty more to discover as the walk progresses back to Wray Castle, including a lakeside path that offers outstanding views over Lake Windermere.

Where to stop:

The town centre of Windermere is loaded with pubs, but pack a picnic if the weather allows. During the route, you’ll see Latterbarrow, an impressive green hill that offers panoramic views over the surrounding area.

What boots?

While the walk mainly covers low-lying farmland, it can become boggy in wet weather. You’ll need a pair of water-resistant walking boots — choose a leather pair to make cleaning easier.

Dungeon Ghyll to Keswick

The route from Dungeon Ghyll to Keswick is not for the faint hearted. At 17.4 miles, the remoteness of the walk means there is very little scope for bowing out and returning mid-way through.

Starting in Dungeon Ghyll, you’ll follow a rough track up to Stake Pass, through Langstrath, Borrowdale and Rosthwaite before reaching Keswick. Throughout the walk, you’ll admire the breath-taking greenery and staggering mountains of your surroundings.

Where to stop:

To fuel up before your walk, pop into the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel for a tasty breakfast in the Walkers Bar. If you’re craving a cuppa during your walk, pay a visit to the Flock-In-Tea-Room at the Yew Tree Farm Guest House. The homemade food is sure to warm you up after colder rambles!

What boots?

Rocky, uneven pathways populate this route. To successfully tackle these steep slopes, you’ll need a pair of boots that can effectively support your ankle to minimise the risk of injury.

lake district walking routes

Footsteps of Wordsworth

Literature lovers will enjoy the Footsteps of Wordsworth route. The walk explores the sublime areas that inspired William Wordsworth. As you walk the circular route around Rydal Water, you’ll fully immerse yourself in the beautiful woodland and outstanding greenery of the area.

As anyone who has walked the route will agree, it really helps to bring the magic of Wordsworth’s poetry to life.

Where to stop:

During your walk, you’ll pass The Badger Bar. There, you’ll find locally brewed ales that are perfect if you’re in search of a refreshing drink, as well as a great selection of snacks and bar meals. The toilets here are built into the rock face!

What boots?

The terrain of the walk is relatively flat, although the waterside location can make it soggy in places. Choose a multi-purpose, water-resistant pair to keep your feet clean and dry.

Stanley Force

Wonder at the incredible Stanley Force waterfall as you follow the 4.1-mile route through picture-perfect woodland. Starting and finishing in Ravenglass, you’ll cross pretty stone bridges, walk along magnificent river banks and enjoy views of a majestic waterfall. Instagram gold!

Where to stop:

Your starting and finishing point, the Ravenglass railway station, is the perfect place to refuel before and after your walk. For example, The Turntable Café serves up a great selection of home-cooked meals and their dedicated bakery is not to be missed if you have a sweet tooth!

What boots?

Although there are some inclines in places, the walk itself is fairly easy. However, it can be slippery. Select a pair of boots with thick rubber soles and a deep tread to maximise your grip as you make your way along the route.

Buttermere to Rannerdale

Why explore just one lake when you can take in incredible views of three in just one ramble? The Buttermere to Rannerdale walk is just three miles in total but it provides stunning views over the magnificent waters and imposing mountains.

As you travel over grassy walkways and stony paths, you’ll be able to see for miles, so make sure you pack your camera for some incredible holiday snaps.

Where to stop:

The Fish Inn is ideally located in the village of Buttermere. Whether you pop in at the start or the end of your walk, you’re guaranteed a warm welcome, great food and refreshing drinks.

What boots?

The steep stone steps that lead to Crummock Water can become slippery when wet. Because of this, you should select a pair of shoes with a thick rubber sole and sturdy ankle supports to minimise the chance of an injury should you trip.

lake district walking routes

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