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The Big Walk in the Lake District

If you’re planning a trip to the Lake District, but confused with where to go for a memorable walk - we’ve pulled together our favourite walks for a range of occasions. With spectacular scenery every season, don’t forget your camera!

A walk with the dog

To give your four-legged friend a treat, try The Fairfield Horseshoe - one of the classic Lake District horseshoe walks.

Starting from Ambleside, The Fairfield Horseshoe walk is approximately 17km so set off early to be home before dark.

Although a long ridge walk, the exposure is minimal and the ground underfoot is good.

The summit is a wide flat plateau with stunning views, but it can be confusing in mist, so we advise you to go prepared with a map and compass to ensure you descend in the right direction.

Although the route has several stiles, dog tunnels have been created to help your little companions enjoy this big day out.

A walk with the little ones

For a circular walk suitable for all of the family head to Tarn Hows.

Situated in the low hills between Coniston and Hawkshead, this walk provides picturesque woodlands and pretty waterside views without technical terrain.

Your little ones will love the wildlife - deer, red squirrels and an abundant variety of birds.

Well-maintained paths make this walk suitable for pushchairs and during high season it is possible to hire mobility scooters on site from the National Trust.

The Tarn Hows loop is approximately 3km - the perfect distance for a morning stroll. Pack a picnic and enjoy lunch with all of the family on the shoreline of this stunning tarn.

A walk for romantics

Every romantic Lake District trip should include a visit to Grasmere - the village once home to England’s most famous Romantic poet William Wordsworth.

Grasmere is a small, picturesque lake surrounded by idyllic woodland and hills in the heart of England’s largest UNESCO World Heritage Site. The lakeshore makes a lovely romantic stroll but for a more rewarding walk head out of Grasmere village and up to Helm Crag.

Helm Crag sits to the north of Grasmere and is known to locals as The Lion and The Lamb - due to a distinctive rock formation on the top of this fell.

From the centre of Grasmere, the walk is approximately 6km and follows a steep and rocky stairway to the summit.

The views from the top over Grasmere are simply stunning - the perfect place to enjoy the golden glow of a romantic summer sunset.

The serious walk

Scafell Pike - England’s highest mountain tops our list for a serious walk in the Lake District. Reaching 978m in height, the summit of Scafell Pike can be reached from several starting points.

One favourite route is a 12km direct line embarking from the beautiful village of Wasdale. Steep and technical, this walk isn’t one to be underestimated but the grandeur of the mountain is very rewarding with breathtaking views across one of the remotest areas of the Lake District.

Our properties are perfectly located to enjoy the many walks of the beautiful Lake District, whether you're looking to travel with friends, family or as a couple, find your next holiday property with us today.