10 Best Walking Tours of the Lake District
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. If it’s a rural holiday you’re after, here are some of the 10 best walking tours of the Lake District.
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. Having enjoyed a walkout in the country, relax in a hot tub at the Windermere Tranquil Retreat. Alternatively, make the most of nearby spa facilities at Aphrodite’s Lodge.
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?
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.
One of the ultimate walks around the Lake District, you need to allow a full day tour for this one. Breath-taking views during the 10 mile hike make the effort worth every moment. Once you’ve returned to your spa suite, a nice relaxing hot tub awaits!
Buttermere to Rannerdale
Taking 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. If you’re on a package break in the Lake District away from family and looking to keep fit, then you can always turn it into a run with a personal trainer.
Roman High Street Circuit
If you’re after a historical tour, you don’t need to be in Rome to see the works of the Romans. You can reach the start of this walk from your spa suite at the Windermere Tranquil Retreat. This may be the last of our 10 best walking tours of the Lake District, but there are plenty more to choose from.
Whichever trail you decide to take, there’s always plenty of things to see and do in the Lake District. Alternatively, you can always spend the day relaxing in your hot tub!