Lake Discoveries

The Lake District is famous for its lakes. However much of the actual shoreline is privately owned and heading out can be a frustrating experience; particularly as the only option is to walk a few 100 yards from the lake on a tarmac road. Beware. The walks I have chosen are carefully picked to avoid this (except in some small doses) and they do showcase the lakes. The walks may be quite long, they may involve a boat trip to increase the pleasures (Ullswater and Derwentwater) and some may avoid large stretches of shoreline.

In addition I have included a few of the larger, more accessible tarns, but many such as Easedale and Styhead/Sprinkling offer popular walks in their own right and well worth the little bit of extra effort to reach.

Miles
4.5

Wet Sleddale, near Shap

Sleddale Hall
  • Circle a lovely reservoir
  • Views over the eastern Lakes
  • Peaceful and quiet

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Miles
4.5

A walk round Buttermere

Buttermere Walk
  • Peaceful walk round a lake
  • In the heart of dramatic scenery
  • Pretty hamlet of Buttermere

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Miles
7

Loughrigg Tarn & Rydal Water

Banks of Loughrigg Tarn
  • Loughrigg Tarn, Grasmere and Rydal Water
  • Views across central Lakeland
  • Visit quiet Lily Tarn above Ambleside

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Miles
8.5

The Beauty of Ullswater

Lady Wakefield
  • Lovely stretch of lake side
  • Views up and down Ullswater
  • Rocky shoreline & Woodland

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Miles
6

Mellbreak & Crummock Water

Crummock Water
  • Superb views from this isolated fell
  • Pretty lakeside path
  • Traditional Lakeland inn

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Miles
6

Styhead & Sprinkling Tarn

Sprinkling Tarn
  • Two lovely tarns
  • Rugged mountainous terrain
  • Paths alongside mountain streams

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Miles
2

Tarn Hows

West Shore Tarn Hows
  • A picture perfect landscape
  • Wheelchair/pushchair friendly
  • Plenty of wildlife including red squirrels

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Miles
7.5

A Circuit of Ennerdale Water

Eastern shore of Ennerdale
  • Lovely lakeside walk
  • The full circuit is next to the lake
  • Quieter than most lakeside walks

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Miles
8

Derwentwater via Walla Crag

Upper Borrowdale
  • Outstanding views of the lake
  • Walla Crag has a good summit area
  • Pleasant stroll along the shoreline

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Miles
3

Coniston Hall on the Lake

Coniston Water
  • Good views of the marina
  • Explore ‘unique’ Coniston Hall
  • Easy walking on wide paths

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