Hiking

The Lake District is the perfect location for hiking due to its many picturesque lakes which can be seen from scenic vantage points while taking on one of the many hills that grace the 55km length of National Park land.

One of the most popular hiking areas in the Lake District National Park is the Catbells area, with most trails starting from the Keswick borders.  Although the Catbells fell may look like a small, easy, conquest, it is actually quite large making a hike over it well worthwhile.  For this reason the Catbells is also one of the most popular stiff walks in the Lake District.

Another popular hiking location is the Hayeswater, which is found above the Patterdale valley.  Also nearby the hill are the Cray Crag to the east and The Knott to the west. Hayeswater has an altitude of around 1400 feet and takes a bit of time to conquer, but offers plenty of stunning scenic views and trails that will meet every ability level.

Those that are looking for day hikes may want to head to the Langdale Valley, which offers two intermediate day hikes: the Crinkle Crags and the Langdale Pikes.  Of the two, the Langdale Pikes is shorter but challenging while the Crinkle Crags takes around eight hours to complete and includes a respectable amount of rambling across peaks.

The most popular hike for dramatic views at the Lake District is the Striding Edge, which leads hikers up the Helvellyn summit which is quite strenuous but rewarding.  Even better, at the end of the hike is a Glenridding pub, which is the perfect way to relax and celebrate your feat.

Those who plan on taking a hiking holiday with at least two or three days of serious hiking may want to consider travelling to the Wasdale Valley and conquering the Wasdale Head trails.  Here you can stay in the Wasdale Head Inn and take off up the peaks of Kirk Hill, Pillar, Scafell, and Great Gable during the day time for a total of 16 miles and more than 6000 feet of ascent.

Additional regions that offer hikers great trails and scenic views include the valley regions of Brant Fell, Kendal, Orrest Head, Penrith, the Patterdale Valley, and Lake Windermere.

Those who enjoy hiking and regularly hit the trails may want to consider checking out the ‘Coast to Coast Walk’ which leads hikers across the district’s best mountain areas.  The Lake District tourist information centres are stocked with plenty of leaflets and additional information about the walking trails and how to join.

While hiking on the Lake District trails it is imperative to keep in mind that the weather changes quite often on the trails at different altitudes and within the course of a few hours.  Those, layering clothing is recommended as well as packing an emergency survival day sack with high energy foods, a torch, compass, water, and windproof/waterproof jacket in the case that you become stranded on a trail.