Walking in the Lake District

Walking in the Lake District

Walking in the Lake District is probably the cheapest way to keep fit in Cumbria’s National Park. After all, apart from getting to your starting point or maybe the occasional boat trip across the water, walking in the Lake District is completely free.

There are of course never-ending choices of where to go for a walk during your package break in the Lake District. That’s why famous fell walker Arthur Wainwright MBE wrote 7 series of his “Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells”. Not to mention several other publications about walking in the Lake District.

5 Walks in the Lake District

Here we take a look at 5 very different walks in the Lake District.

The Old Man of Coniston

Affectionately known as the “old man”, this walk in Coniston overlooks Lake Coniston itself. Walking to the top of the Old Man of Coniston is at over 2.5 thousand feet. When you reach the top, the views look out to Morecambe Bay and onto the Irish Sea. As a circular walk, you can include the Old Man of Coniston with Brown Pike, Buck Pike and Dow Crag.

Hiking up Orrest Head

Just to the north of Windermere Train Station is one of the most popular viewpoints in Windermere at Orrest Head. In comparison to our first walking in the Lake District suggestion, Orrest Head isn’t so much of a challenge. After all the amazing view are only a mere 784 feet up, with a clear look out over Lake Windermere.

Conquering Scafell Pike

In contrast, when it comes to conquering Scafell Pike, it’s more of a hike than a walk in the Lake District. As well as the highest walk in Cumbria, Scafell Pike is, in fact, the highest mountain in England. Standing at 3,209 feet by the time you’ve made it back down, you’ll certainly be needing your Windermere hot tub.

Cat Bells

This affectionately named Cat Bells looks over Skiddaw and Blencathra while sitting next to Derwentwater and Keswick. It’s also considered one of the most beautiful walks in Cumbria and a wonderful addition to your spa break in the Lake District. Although if you’re visiting during the school holidays, it’s worth recognising Cat Bells is a popular walk for families.


Once voted first in an ITV pole of “Britain’s Top 100 Favourite Walks” it’s no surprise that Helvellyn has retained it’s popularity. There are a couple of routes to take, depending on your preferred method. If you’re really trying to keep fit in the Lake District, then maybe take Striding & Swirral Edges from Glenridding. If you prefer the easier option, then start from Thirlmere and you’ll be at the top in next to no time.

Spa Package Break in the Lake District

Enjoy a package break in the Lake District at the Boutique Spa Suites or one of our other Windermere Spa Hotels. During your stay in the heart of the Lake District, you are in the perfect location for many of the best walking routes in Cumbria.

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