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Our Top Ten Walks in the Lake District

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Parkdean Resorts by Parkdean Resorts on 03/05/2018
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The Lake District is home to a wonderful range of sights and attractions, and the glorious landscape makes it one of Britain’s best loved getaway locations - perfect for donning your hiking boots and getting out into the great outdoors that has inspired poets and artists for hundreds of years.

You couldn’t find a better destination for a walking holiday, and if you’re planning a stay at one of our holiday parks in the Lake District, our top 10 picks are the perfect place to start.

Moss Force

An easy afternoon’s walk from Buttermere, the fantastically named Moss Force is a 100m tall waterfall that plunges off the fell into the valley below in three distinct sections. Serviced by a gravel path and only a few metres from the road through the valley, you can enjoy a gentle amble to the bottom - while the more adventurous of your group may want to scale the waterfall itself, which requires some scrambling to reach the top of the uppermost section!

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The Old Man of Coniston

One of the most popular peaks in the Lake District, the Old Man of Coniston and the fells surrounding it are a great option for a family group looking to conquer one of the most iconic mountains in the region. There are several paths up and down the mountain, punctuated with mysterious ruined mining equipment, the pure waters of Low Water tarn, and of course a fantastic view at the summit across Morecambe Bay to Lancashire. Don’t forget to finish your walk with a trip on Coniston's famous steam gondola once your legs have gone to jelly!

Old Man of Coniston

Snow at summit of the Old Man of Coniston - Photo © Trevor Littlewood (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Tom Gill to Tarn Hows

Located near to Coniston, this accessible 1.6 mile walk is perfect for families with pushchairs and mobility scooters, as the path has been made suitable for small wheeled vehicles. The route takes in waterfalls, breathtaking views of Yewdale and the iconic Yew Tree Farm. For those wanting to go a bit further, consider heading up the short ascent to the tarn to be treated to a brilliant view of the tarn’s cool waters and the surrounding fells.

Lake District bridge

Greendale and Middle Fell

If you and your family are looking to escape the more tourist-populated parts of the Lakes, then heading to Greendale is always a great option. Tucked amongst the Western Fells, this is truly an unspoilt spot, making it perfect for some quiet, quality family time. Featuring stunning views across the Irish Sea to the Isle of Man, as well as beautiful Greendale Tarn - an ideal place to cool off hot feet - there is certainly something for everyone on this hike.

Greendale Tarn

Greendale Tarn - Photo © Espresso Addict (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Helvellyn

The third highest point in both England and the Lake District, a hike up Helvellyn is rewarded with a remarkable view across the rest of the National Park, and across to Lancashire and the Solway Firth. There is a huge array of paths to the summit, some of which are very gentle for those hoping to avoid anything too strenuous. The mountain was recently voted ‘Britain’s Best Walk’ by an ITV programme, and with an endorsement like that, what are you waiting for?

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Kirkstone Pass to Red Screes

An easy walk to a brilliant peak, the trail from Kirkstone Pass to the top of Red Screes is a great route for people looking for a fantastic view. Red Screes is named for its eastern face, which is riven with crags and red coloured scree (small loose stones on the side of the mountain). On first look it may appear difficult to scale, but there is a path that takes you the whole way up to the summit, with its stunning vistas of Windermere and Wansfell providing an ample reward.

Kirkstone Pass

The famous Lake District Kirkstone Pass - Photo © Steve Fareham (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Blencathra

Located northeast of the market town of Keswick, Blencathra is a great beginner’s hike - quiet, beautiful and rolling. A good place to start is the small village of Threlkeld, which features a narrow gauge railway as well as being a great staging post for walks up to Blencathra. The hill itself is one of the most northerly in the Lake District, and features hidden tarns and an easy gradient, as well as great views across the North Lakes.

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Hardknott Roman Fort

If you’re looking for a slice of history to go with your walking expedition, then a visit to Hardknott Roman Fort is an absolute must to indulge in all things ancient. The remains of the Roman fort of Mediobogdum, it was a key staging post along Hadrian’s Wall, and was garrisoned by troops that came all the way from Croatia. The fort today is an English Heritage site, and offers great views of the River Esk and the fells beyond.

Hardknott Roman Fort

Hardknott Castle Roman Fort – The Principia - Photo © Rob Farrow (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Carron Crag and Grizedale Forest

For a nice spot of woodland walking, a hike up to Grizedale Forest’s highest point, Carron Crag, won’t disappoint. The rocky trail is conveniently signposted and not particularly taxing, allowing plenty of time to wander amongst the tall pines and spot recently reintroduced Red Kites. An easy walk situated between Coniston Water and Esthwaite Water, it can easily be incorporated into a visit of the whole area, including a trip on the Coniston steam yacht!

Lake District mountains

Great How

Just next to Thirlmere dam, Great How is a forested hilltop near to the village of Legburthwaite, and the perfect place to enjoy a brisk stroll. An easy mixture of paths and tracks, the summit is easily reached, offering commanding views over the surrounding countryside. The hill stands isolated in the middle of the Thirlmere valley, providing an unusual perspective of the water below.

The Lake District is awash with brilliant walking destinations, brimming with hills to climb, forests to explore or tea rooms to have a well-earned cuppa in. You’ll also find a whole host of fantastic local attractions on offer, so you’re guaranteed to find something new and exciting to experience on every visit.