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5 Lake District Walks

You may have seen Britain’s Favourite Walks Top 100 on ITV recently, hosted by Julia Bradbury and Ore Obuda, the show documented the British public’s favourite walks from across the UK.

Naturally, the Lake District featured heavily in this list with five of the final ten walks being in the Lakes. The Old man of Coniston, Scafell Pike, Buttermere, Cat Bells & Helvellyn all featured and if you haven’t yet been inspired to visit, perhaps a touch more detail on these beautiful parts of Cumbria will help. Counting down with…

5. The Old Man of Coniston

Also known as the “Old Man” and clocking in at number 8 on ITV’s list, this fell dominates the pretty Lakeland town of Coniston and its neighbouring lake, Coniston Water. Standing at a mighty 2,634 feet, the climb to the top of the old man is well worth it as you are greeted with panoramic views of the national park, Morecambe Bay and the Irish Sea. If you’d like to walk this fell, look at our B&B’s and cottages in Coniston HERE.
Old Man of Coniston

4. Buttermere

Regarded as one of the prettiest parts of the national park, Buttermere took the number 7 slot in the top 100. This mere (Lake!) sits at the foot of Honister pass and is joined by Crummock Water to the west. With a circular 4-mile route around the shores of the Lake, this is one of the easier hikes on this list. Buttermere is surrounded by the iconic peaks of Fleetwith Pike and Haystacks, a notable favourite of the famous Alfred Wainwright. If you fancy visiting Buttermere, click HERE.
ButtermereImage credit: Adrian Harrison

3. Scafell Pike

England’s tallest mountain, measuring over 3,200 foot above sea level, Scafell Pike took the fifth post popular walk in Britain. With many routes up this famous fell, the most popular being from Seathwaite in Borrowdale, it’s certainly the most challenging on this list. The summit is littered with boulders and reaching it is a feat for most. If you think you can bag England’s tallest mountain, click HERE.
Scafell PikeImage credit: Richard Addison

2. Cat Bells

Britain’s fourth most popular walk and certainly a favourite of visitors to Cumbria, Cat Bells resides next to Derwentwater, Keswick and provides a rewarding walk even for those that don’t feel up to the biggest of climbs. At only 1,480 feet tall, it is perfect for families where kids and grand parents can walk together. The views of Derwentwater, Skiddaw & Blencathra are quite special too. Click HERE if you fancy climbing Cat Bells.

1. Helvellyn

Officially Britain’s favourite walk and England’s third highest mountain. The most popular and infamous routes up Helvellyn are the two ridges from Glenridding. Striding & Swirral Edges provide some adrenaline fuelled ascending of this beautiful mountain, but the ridges aren’t for everyone. The Western approach is a shorter and quicker way to the top, starting from Thirlmere. If you fancy bagging Britain’s favourite walk, Click HERE.
HelvellynIf you decide to take on any walk, be it in Cumbria or elsewhere in the world, it is essential to be prepared. This includes appropriate clothing, supplies, navigation and methods of contact in case of emergency. Fell-walking is a fantastic way to admire the countryside, spend time with friends & family and keep yourself healthy, but you must remember it can be dangerous, especially in bad weather. For more about keeping safe, you can download our mountain safety PDF HERE.

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