Lake Discoveries

The Lake District is famous for its lakes and walking the shorelines of the lakes is definitely one of the areas greatest pleasures. However lake shores can be privately owned and heading out can be a frustrating experience; particularly if the only option is to walk a few 100 yards from the lake on a tarmac road. Beware. The walks I have chosen clearly avoid this (except in some small doses) and they reflect the lakes at their very best. The walks may be quite long, they may involve a boat trip to increase the pleasures (Ullswater and Derwentwater being particular cases in point) and they may not even be on the shores of a lake! The larger tarns are really just lakes, up in the fells a bit, 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
7

Loughrigg Tarn & Rydal Water

L135
  • 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

L071
  • Lovely stretch of lake side
  • Views up and down Ullswater
  • Rocky shoreline & Woodland

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Miles
5.5

Mellbreak & Crummock Water

L045
  • Superb views from this isolated fell
  • Pretty lakeside path
  • Traditional Lakeland inn

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Miles
4.5

A walk round Buttermere

L017
  • Peaceful walk round a lake
  • In the heart of dramatic scenery
  • Pretty hamlet of Buttermere

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Miles
6

Styhead & Sprinkling Tarn

L022
  • Two lovely tarns
  • Rugged mountainous terrain
  • Paths alongside mountain streams

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Miles
2

Tarn Hows

L019
  • 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

L056
  • 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

L092
  • 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

L034
  • Good views of the marina
  • Explore ‘unique’ Coniston Hall
  • Easy walking on wide paths

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Miles
4.5

The shores of Thirlmere

L116
  • Explore the shoreline of Thirlmere
  • Some interesting waterfalls on the slopes of Great Dodd
  • Views over St John’s in the Vale

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