It’s no secret that the Lake District is hiking heaven, with a wide range of trails to cater to everyone from novices to expert hikers. With plenty of Lake District hotels located a convenient distance away from trails, there’s no excuse to not try one of these out and immerse yourself in the Lake District’s stunning scenery.
Helvellyn via Striding Edge
More of a light scramble than a simple hike, Helvellyn is well worth the effort once you reach the top. Going via Striding Edge, as you carefully pick your way through the rocks, you’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking panoramic view of the world-famous Lake District countryside. Don’t be intimidated by the difficulty of this trail, although you need to respect the exposed Striding Edge, experienced hikers will find this a manageable challenge. On a particularly clear day, you’ll even be rewarded with views of Scotland and the sea.
Offering stunning views of Derwentwater, Borrowdale, and Keswick, hiking around Catbells is a far less strenuous trail than taking on Helvellyn, while still offering a scenic route. Famously described by Alfred Wainwright as “a family fell where grandmothers and infants can climb the heights together”, Catbells is the ideal scenic hiking trail if you’re enjoying a family break in the Lake District, or aren’t the most experienced of hikers.
It would be impossible to list the most scenic hiking trails in the Lake District without mentioning Scafell Pike. Although England’s tallest mountain is a worthy feat to conquer, you don’t have to make your way all the way to the summit to enjoy the scenic views it offers. With plenty of hiking routes on offer, you can easily find one to suit your starting location, desired length, and difficulty level.
Looking more intimidating than they actually are, the Langdale Pikes are a favourite with hikers in the area looking to challenge themselves. There are a number of different routes you can take depending on how much of a challenge you want the hike to be, all of which will offer picturesque views of the Lake District.
You wouldn’t expect to find anything with a name like ‘High Street’ in the middle of the Lake District countryside, but this fell is named so after a Roman road which ran over the summit some 2,000 years ago – sadly, this isn’t the right spot for a bit of retail therapy. However, what you will find is numerous hiking rounds around High Street offering stunning views. Featuring the highest point in the far east of the Lake District National Park, reserve a hike here for sunny days as most of the navigation features require good visibility.
One of the most popular bodies of water in the Lake District, Derwentwater offers plenty of light and easy hiking routes where you can enjoy the surrounding countryside without exerting yourself. It also offers the ideal hiking route for a winter walk, when you won’t be able to tackle steep fells with the same confidence you can in warm dry weather. To make the most of a hike around Derwentwater, make sure you pack a picnic to enjoy along the shore as you enjoy a well-deserved break and take in the scenery.