Shorter Walks For All

When I was thinking about short walks in the Lake District I looked at 3 main criteria. For a start they should be short (4.5 miles maximum), they should not involve too much steep climbs (although a few of the smaller fells are included such as Hallin Fell and Gummer's How) but most important they offer a real Lakeland experience. The majority of walkers who will take these walks will be those with young families where the parents are trying to introduce the pleasures of the lakes without the long grind up a far flung hill and the attendent grumpiness this inevitably produces or for those of increasing years where the legs will simply not do what the body would like them to do. These walks offer a real Lake District taster.

Miles
3

The Helm at Oxenholme

L151
  • A genuinely Easy Fell to climb
  • Views over Kendal and in to the Lakes
  • Delightful underfoot terrain

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Miles
2

Lands above Ambleside

L136
  • Great views of southern Lakeland
  • Short walk from Ambleside
  • Visit pretty Lily Tarn

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Miles
3.5

Graceful Barrow

L016
  • An easy first time mountain
  • Start at pretty Braithwaite village
  • Views over Skiddaw and Bassenthwaite Lake

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Miles
4

Back of Thirlmere

L 131
  • Visit hidden Harrop Tarn
  • Lakeside path along the shores of Thirlmere
  • Quiet and peaceful at any time of the year

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Miles
6

Keswick, Latrigg & the Old Railway

L102
  • Interesting path along the River Greta
  • Superb views from Latrigg in all directions
  • Easy walking throughout on good paths

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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
2.5

St John’s in the Vale

L023
  • Well formed glaciated valley
  • Great views across the northern fells
  • Pretty church of St Johns

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Miles
3

Orrest Head

L048
  • Excellent views from the summit
  • Pleasant woodland walking
  • A easy fell ‘to conquer’

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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
1.5

Gummer’s How

L040
  • Lakeland in minature
  • Views down Windermere
  • Pretty woodland on the lower slopes

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