The Top 5 Walks & Treks in the Lake District

The Top 5 Walks & Treks in the Lake District

For those who enjoy rambling, the Lake District offers numerous scenic walks with varying levels of difficulty.

There are easy ambles on lakeshores and there are walks where stamina and appropriate footwear are essential.

Below is a look at a few of the more enjoyable walks. Included are some of the hotels in the Lake District that can provide lodging when visiting each location.


Borger Dalr, Borrowdale

Distance: 6.4km
Estimated Time: 15 Minutes

‘Borger Dalr’ is Old Norse and means Valley of the Fort. The Borger Dalr walk allows you to see beautiful parts of the Lake District such as Peace How, which was purchased as a spot where World War I veterans could recuperate after returning from the front lines.

Other gems include the Dalt Quarry and Castle Crag, which offers breathtaking views of the valleys around. The difficulty-rating of this walk is moderate.

The climb to the Castle Crag is steep and the paths may be slippery when wet. As for places to stay in the area, the Borrowdale Hotel is not too far away; it is located at the foot of Shepherd's Crag.


Stargazing Stroll at Friar's Crag, Keswick

Distance: 1.2km
Estimated Time: 15 minutes

The painter John Ruskin felt that the view from Friar's Crag was one of the three loveliest in Europe. On a clear night, Friar's Crag is also perfect to stargaze, especially for those who are not familiar with astronomy.

It will also be possible to see Brandlehow Woods on the far shore. Walkers should keep an eye out for the memorial to Ruskin. This walk is easy as the terrain is flat and level. Nearby hotels in Keswick include the Skiddaw Hotel and the Kings Arms Hotel.


Greendale and Middle Fell, Western Fells

Distance: 5.6km
Estimated Time: 3 hours

The west side of the Lake district offers quieter, less crowded walks. The paths may be moderately challenging but visitors will find themselves rewarded for their efforts.

Here, walkers will get spectacular views over the Wasdale screes and Western Fells. With good visibility, they may even be able to see as far as the Isle of Man.

This walk is considered moderately difficult and includes a few steep climbs. Hotels in the area include the Borrowdale Hotel.


Corpse Road, Loweswater

Distance 5.8km
Estimated Time: 2 hours 30 Minutes

There are corpse roads throughout rural Britain. Most will take the walker through bleak, desolate stretches. This walk will allow visitors to get a closer look at the Cumbrian landscape's features.

Walkers will be able to see a traditional farm along with Loweswater, which is a lovely lake. This walk is easy; however, the terrain does vary and the paths can be slippery when wet.

When visiting Loweswater, hotel options include Keswick hotels like the Kings Arms Hotel on Main Street.


Ash Landing and Claife Heights, Windermere

Distance: 12km
Estimated Time: 4-5 hours

Claife Heights is a popular part of the Lake District and forms many visitors' first impressions of the area. However, there is a quieter aspect to it that visitors can experience when they head over to the western side, which is less developed.

This somewhat challenging walk will provide dramatic views of the Troutbeck fells as well as of the lake. Walkers can head down to the lakeshore for an easy walk back, and on the way, they can visit Wray Castle.

This walk is considered hard as it does have some steep slopes, especially at the start. The four star Inn on the Lake is nearby and can provide stellar accommodations for visitors to Ash Landing and Claife Heights.