Here you can find routes for some classic walks in the best loved areas of the Lake District along with detailed  descriptions including distance, time, ascent and grade.  The Lake District is a wonderful place to enjoy biking as well with climbs to challenge even the most experienced cyclist and, believe it or not, plenty of nice flat routes for all the family. We’ve put together some of our favourites below.

Coniston Water Walk

Coniston Ride

The western shoreline of Coniston Water is a delightful mix of low hills and ancient woods punctuated by dashing becks and a series of peaceful pebble beaches. There are no roads; only tracks and paths, and the few buildings there are blend seamlessly with the landscape. 

Facts

  • Start/finish Coniston Boating Centre Car Park GR SD303975
  • Distance 13.2km (8.2 miles)
  • Time 3-4 hours
  • Height gain 200m
  • Terrain Valley roads, cycle tracks, lakeside tracks and farm access tracks.

Buttermere Walk

An flat and easy walk around the lake suitable for all the family.

The mountains that ring Buttermere sweep straight up from the lakeshore in steep dramatic unbroken slopes. Even without setting foot off the valley floor you feel like you are right at the heart of these giant peaks. For those new to the mountains these peaks, being so close at hand, give the perfect introduction to mountain biking. They feel remote and you can see all their glorious detail of dashing becks, lonely woodland, hanging corries and towering crags all without leaving the safety of the valley lanes and bridleways.

Facts

  • Distance 6.7km (4.2 miles)
  • Total ascent 200m
  • Time 1-2 hours
  • Start/finish Buttermere GR NY175170
  • Terrain Valley lanes, farm tracks and lakeside single track.
Buttermere Walk
Dale Head

Buttermere Walk

Dale Head, Hindscarth and Robinson

The long ridge on the northern side of Buttermere Valley gives a wonderful high-level walk, which encompasses an amazing array of mountain scenery. This walk follows the crest of the ridge and gives three summits for the price of one as three main summits are linked by only minor dips. This means that once you have put the effort into climbing the first peak, simple ridge top walking can then bag the remaining two. You can link the start and finish of the walk by valley walking but this involves a fair bit on the road. A much better option is to make use of the seasonal ‘Honister Ramble’ bus service that operates from Easter to the end of October and use it to head from Buttermere to the start at the top of Honister Pass.

Facts

  • Distance 9.3km/5.8 miles
  • Total ascent 700m
  • Time 4-5 hours
  • Start GR NY225135
  • Finish GR NY175169
  • Terrain Steep fell side, domed summit, narrow mountain ridges, shallow cols, grassy shoulders and narrow fell road.

Patterdale Walk

The Deepdale Horseshoe

The circuit of the Deepdale has become something of a classic amongst experienced walkers. Its darker interior will not appeal instantly appeal to everybody, but for those with plenty of peaks under their belt it offers an exciting twist to the horseshoe style walk. The best way to do the walk is to climb St Sunday Crag first. This gets the least interesting bit done first, and the stepped nature of the terminal ridge allows you a bit of a breather between steep slopes. Once on St Sunday Crag the route opens out in front of you in all its magnificent glory and make your way along the crest walking into a succession of stunning views. There are a couple of bits but these are fairly easy and greatly add to the high mountain feel of the outstanding walk.

Facts

  • Distance 15km (9.3 miles)
  • Total ascent 1040m
  • Time 6-7 hours
  • Start/finish Patterdale GR NY395159
  • Terrain A high-level fell walk with potential for some challenging navigation in poor visibility and a couple of rocky sections where you might need to use hands for balance
Deepdale Horseshoe

Ullswater Walk

Glencoyne and Sheffield Pike

Tucked away from view by steep slopes and a protective circle of craggy peaks Glencoyne is a rather secretive spot. Being hidden like this gives the dale a particularly tranquil atmosphere, which can be enjoyed at its best by exploring on foot. Sat in the middle of Glencoyne is a traditional hill farm and extending across the dale is a park of special scientific interest – designated for its rare mosses, fungi and plants. This circular walk heads up the dale then returns by traversing the fine summits of Sheffield Pike, Heron Pike and Glenridding Dodd. As well as all the flora and faun you’ll pass on this walk, you’ll also notice mining remains and associated cottages, these date back to a busy period of lead and silver extraction in the dale.

Facts

  • Start/finish Glencoyne Bay Car Park, GR NY386188
  • Distance 8km (5 miles)
  • Time 4 hours
  • Height gain 635m
  • Terrain Busy valley road, access drive, woodland, steep fell side, mountain col, broad rocky summit ridge, hanging corrie, and wall side path.

Skiddaw Ride

Tour of Skiddaw

North of Skiddaw lies an area of high moors and rolling hills. Bleak and lonely – these fells do not attract the crowds, as do their southern neighbours. Great sweeps of open fells dominate the landscape relieved only by the becks. Penetrating this wilderness is a bridleway that skirts the eastern flanks of Lonscale Fell and then heads north west over Burnt Hause and around the back of Skiddaw. By starting at Latrigg Car Park and following this bridleway it is possible to make a complete tour of Skiddaw over good tracks with well-graded ascent and take in some spectacular scenery. It also possible to start from Keswick and use the Latrigg Bridleway as an out and back route to access the start at Latrigg Car Park. The Latrigg Bridleway starts in Keswick at GR NY267241 on Brundhome Road.

Facts

  • Start/Finish Latrigg Car Park, GR NY280253
  • Distance 14 miles (22.5km)
  • Time 4 hours
  • Height gain 750m
  • Terrain Stony, well-graded bridleways and tracks over open moorland and low fells with a return along roads
Skiddaw

Eskdale Walk

Stanley Force – Eskdale

There are lots of walk options in Eskdale with a bewildering network of paths, bridleways and ancient lanes. This little loop starting at Dalegarth Station makes the perfect introduction to the valley. It takes in some classic sections of woodland and explores a delightful section of the River Esk. Along the way you may spy the busy activity of red squirrel’s, and if you stand quietly by one of the deeper pools on the River Esk you might even catch sight of the shadowy outlines of salmon or sea trout making their way up stream. A bonus with this walk is the chance for an out and back leg to see the impressive waterfall in Stanley Gill – it is particularly dramatic after heavy rain.

Facts

  • Start/finish Dalegarth Station GR NY173007
  • Distance 4.8km (3 miles)
  • Time 2 hours
  • Height gain 150m
  • Terrain valley road, rough lane, riverside path, old railway bridge, valley bridleway, narrow gill side path, rock steps, and wooded lane.

The Ullswater Way

Tour of Ullswater

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Facts

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