Classic Circuits

The 25 Classic Circuits which I have listed here represent the most famous walks and climb in the Lake District. Many of them are well known (Helvellyn via Striding Edge, the Langdale Pikes, Scafell Pike) but many are less so, either slightly away from the central core of the Lakeland such as Wasdale and Ennerdale or provide more unusual, and in my opinion better routes over the summits. Linking two or three fells together often brings out the best in Lake District walks with the linking ridges either dramatic and rocky or smooth and grassy but one thing that can be guaranteed on all these Classic Circuits; they are hard work yet exceptionally rewarding.

Miles
6

Great Gable from Honister

L155
  • Fine approach to Great Gable
  • High start at Honister Pass
  • Excellent views across the western and central Lakes

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Miles
10

Newlands Round

L036
  • Extensive views in all directions
  • Good walking underfoot
  • Over looking lovely Newlands

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Miles
11

The Remote North

L078
  • Remote and lonely walking
  • Great views north and west
  • Easy walking on the tracks

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Miles
4.5

Climbing Blencathra

LOO1
  • A distinct and noteworthy climb
  • Far reaching views in all directions
  • A fine scramble to the summit

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Miles
7.5

Helvellyn by the Edges

L006
  • The mountain to climb – deservedly
  • Scramble over two contrasting ridges
  • Beautiful views over Ullswater

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Miles
10

Scafell Pike Classic

L008
  • Highest point in England
  • Spectacular scenery throughout
  • 2 pretty tarns enroute

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Miles
7.5

Dow Crag via Seathwaite Tarn

L047
  • Dow Crag offers a great ridge
  • Explore lovely Duddon Valley
  • Great views in all directions

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Miles
13.5

Coledale Round

L003
  • Graceful and steep sided
  • Views over 3 valleys and lakes
  • Dominates the Northern Lakes skyline

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Miles
8.5

A Fistful of Dodds

L098
  • Easy walking on a high and extensive ridge
  • 360 degree views of real quality
  • A hidden corner away from the crowds

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Miles
9.5

Crinkle Crags and Bowfell

L010
  • A rocky panorama around the head of Langdale
  • As much scrambling as you want
  • Views of all the Lakeland giants

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