When you’re searching for things to do in the Lake District, then hiking trails and walking holidays will always be high on the agenda. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is a land of wonderful hilltops and stunning mountains, countless river and lakes with an array of flora and fauna.

If it’s a rural holiday you’re after, then here are some of the 10 best walking tours of the Lake District.

The circuit of Devoke Water

What better place to start than delving into Alfred Wainwright’s “The Outlying Fells of Lakeland”. The well renowned guidebook author, Alfred Wainwright MBE has written several publications, some of which include the ultimate routes to take around the Lake District.

Borger Dalr, Borrowdale

Another location to have the approval of Alfred Wainwright, described as the “finest square mile in the Lake District”. It is on this route you will also find the historical fortification of Castle Craig.

Corpse Road, Loweswater

When you’re visiting major cities in the UK such as London and Glasgow, ghost tours are often experiences linked to myths and legends. With this 3.5 mile walk along Corpose Road in Loweswater however, you get a real feel for when the dead were taken to their final resting place.

Ash Landing and Claife Heights, Windermere

Onto more pleasant things to do in the Lake District with Ash Landing and Claife Heights. If you’re staying in the popular tourist destination of Windermere, then you are never too far from a walking tour.

Hawkeshead to Windermere

This walking and hiking trail in the Lake District will lead you from the quaint village of Hawkeshead to Windermere (or vice-versa). Allow 2 to 3 hours for the walk, but with regular ferries available in the area why not include a boat tour during your visit?

Ullswater Way

The 20 mile walk along the Ullswater Way is a great choice. However just like Windermere if you’re wishing to take the weight off your feet, join a boat tour or board the hop on and hop off steamboat services.

Newlands Horseshoe

One of the ultimate walks around the Lake District, you need to allow a full day tour for this one. You will then be rewarded with breath-taking views during the 10 mile hike.

Buttermere to Rannerdale

This short 3 mile walk is more about the scenery encountered along the way. Passing through the Sentinels provides the perfect photograph opportunity, as well one of the highest waterfalls in Cumbria.

Windermere’s Western Shore

Another short walk is the 5.5 miles return route along the waters edge of Windermere. Easily accessible and along flat terrain, making it perfect for a family experience.

Roman High Street Circuit

If you’re after an historical tour then you don’t need to be in Rome to see the works of the Romans. You can reach the start of this walk from Windermere, where you will then be taken on a journey back to the Roman Empire.

Whichever trail you decide to take, there’s always plenty of things to see and do in the Lake District.

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