Hiking and walking in England’s Lake District

England’s Lake District is one of the most stunning places to hike and walk in Europe. The Lake District Fells are famous for their beauty and their lakeside walks, which inspired some of England’s most famous poets, including William Wordsworth.

Walks around villages and over fells vary from easy to challenging. Whether you fancy a leisurely stroll around Lake Windermere, a climb to the summits of England´s highest mountains or a kid-friendly trek in the woods, you can find it all in the Lake District.

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The diverse landscape of the Lake District offers visitors a range of rugged and wild terrain, mountains and fells, and of course, magnificent lakes. The lonely tarns and dales make the Lake District a walker´s paradise that it would be hard to surpass anywhere else in England.

Many Lake District walks are concentrated around the central area of the lakes, but you can also find some interesting trails and tracks between Arnside, Morecambe Bay to the south and Silloth on the Solway Firth in the north. If you are staying near Howgills and Appleby-in-Westmorland, you can find plenty of outdoor pursuits for the whole family.

Walking and cycling in the Lakes

If you are interested in walking and cycling in the Lake District, several routes are designed to ensure visitors don´t have to retrace their steps. The routes are in the south of the National Park, around Bowness, Hawkshead, Coniston and Grizedale. If you are planning to stay in any of the areas above, check out the great range of hotels and accommodation in each.

Recommended Lake District walks include:

Walking on Water – this walk is 2 miles in total and can take up to 1 and a half hours, plus a 20 minute boat ride. The walk will take you along the shores of Coniston Water to Torver Pier.

The North Circular Cycle – this cycling route is 4 miles in total and normally takes up to 2 hours plus a 35 minute boat ride on Coniston to Brantwood, the former home of John Ruskin. A perfect ride for all the family.

The Tarn Walk is 5 miles in length and can take up to 3 hours, 30 minutes to complete. The route takes walkers from High Cross to Coniston via Tarn Hows amid some breathtaking scenery.

Windermere Wheeling Cycle is a 5 mile cycling route which takes around 2 hours to get around. This is a great cycle ride for the family which goes along the shores of Windermere and off road through the forest of Claife.

Claife Heights Potter Walk is 6 miles in length and takes around 4 hours. The walk takes in Beatrix Potter´s former home, Hill Top and the Gallery.

Grizedale Getaway Cycle Route is 7 miles long and takes around 3 hours. This is a cycle ride for the more experienced riders, and cyclists can enjoy the delights of Grizedale Forest along the route.

If you are planning to visit the Lake District, why not book to stay in a luxury Windermere cottage with hot tub and make the most of your stay?