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Walking in the Lake District and cumbria

Cumbria & the Lake District is the UK's favourite destination for walking enthusiasts due to the huge number and variety of walking routes, each with their own unique features. Most famous walks are accessible from Cumbrian towns, and are served by public transport all year round.

It could be that you're looking for a challenging one day hill walk, multi day trial or a gentle stroll,
Cumbria has it all, including:

  • England's tallest mountain - Scafell Pike measuring 978m (3209 feet)
  • England's deepest lake - Wastwater at 74m (243 feet)
  • England's longest lake - Windermere at 10.5 miles (17km)

A host of articles and guide books, including those of the famous Lakeland fell walker Wainwright have made the many classic walks beside English Lakes and through scenic valleys famous.
Search for your perfect Lake District Cumbrian walk using our search facility below.

Britain's Favourite Walks

Cumbria scoops 5 of the top 10 walks in public vote!

Britain's Favourite Walks, the ITV programme presented by Julia Bradbury and Ore Oduba showcased the favourite 100 walks of British public.

Cumbria featured highly, with 5 of the top 10 walks, and Helvellyn chosen as the nation's favourite walk.

In total, Cumbria was featured 6 times, with the following walks:

Helvellyn (no. 1)
Cat Bells (no. 4)
Scafell Pike (no. 5)
Buttermere (no. 7)
Coniston Old Man (no. 8)
Coffin Route, Ambleside (no. 27)

Striding Edge, Helvellyn

If you have been inspired to try some of the amazing Lake District walks, please make sure you check conditions and terrain before venturing out and carry all the appropriate equipment. Check out our safety page for more information and find out more about caring for our unique environment.

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Cumbrian Walking Activities

Most famous Lakeland walks are accessible from Cumbrian towns, or are served by public transport all year round.

If you're looking for something of a less-strenuous level, there are walking routes suitable for the whole family, including those that will accommodate buggies, wheelchairs and walking aids.

Walking Events

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You've booked your accommodation. Now for the fun part, how should you fill your time here? If you like walking and like to meet other people that do the same, then you're in the right place.

Check out our events calendar to see what walking events are taking place around the county during your visit.

Grab those walking boots and let’s get going.


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