5 of the Best…Lake District Walks

Mountain tarns in Autumn at Lake Windermere in the Lake District in Cumbria

The Lake District is one of the most popular walking holiday destinations in the UK. With many different fells and lakes to explore and only so many hours in the day, we have picked our five favourite walks for you to explore on your holiday.

Blea Tarn

Nestled away in the hamlet of Little Langdale Blea Tarn is a picturesque location with backdrop views of the Langdale Pikes. Blea Tarn is a fantastic, inclusive, short walk for the whole family therefore making it our favourite walk.

Distance: 1.9 miles approximately

Location: Little Langdale

More information: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sticklebarn-and-the-langdales/trails/sticklebarn-blea-tarn-trail

Rydal Caves

Rydal is a small village located in the middle of Ambleside and Grasmere. Rydal is also home to Rydal water and Loughrigg Fell.

Rydal Caves can be reached by taking any of the four paths up Loughrigg fell with each path giving a different view.

The entrance to the caves is a shallow pool of water with stepping stones across the water to enter the caves. The perfect opportunity for children of all ages to make a splash, be sure to don your waterproof shoes!

Distance: 3 miles approximately

Location: Rydal

More Information: https://www.walklakes.co.uk/walk_146.html

Gummers Howe

Situated at the South of Windermere, just above Fell Foot, this is a short but steep walk with a very rewarding view at the top. Perhaps we’re bias as you can see all of Graythwaite Estate from up there!

With a rough terrain this walk may not be suitable for everyone in the family but is a brilliant way to burn the energy of the younger members as it is a short challenging walk.

Located just off the A592 Gummers Howe looks over the whole of Windermere.

Distance: 1.4 miles

Location: just of the A592

More Information: https://www.walklakes.co.uk/walk_206.html

Tarn Hows

Located near the popular village of Coniston, Tarn Hows is a beautiful, easy walk for the whole family. Doing a soft loop of the tarn, the walk is perfect for the whole family as it has easy access around the whole walk. We would recommend calling in to Hawkshead for a delicious ice cream from the little ice cream shop!

Distance: 6.2 miles

Location: Coniston

More Information: https://www.walklakes.co.uk/walk_80.html

Striding Edge

A walk for the more experienced walkers, Striding Edge is a more challenging walk up Helvellyn. With a steep narrow ridge it has a reputation of being difficult and thrilling so is perfect for anyone who is looking for a challenge.

Distance: 8.7 miles

Location: Glenridding

More Information: https://www.walklakes.co.uk/walk_41.html