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 should have a real Lakeland experience.

The majority of walkers who will take these walks will be those with young families, those who have not done much walking and do not wish to venture far and those of increasing years where the body will simply not go where the mind would like them to do. These walks offer a real Lake District taster.

Miles
4.5

Exploring Bowness and Windermere

Near Millerground
  • Explore Bowness and Windermere
  • Linked by attractive parkland
  • Visit the Windermere shoreline

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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
3

The Helm at Oxenholme

Summit of the Helm
  • 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

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

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Miles
3.5

Graceful Barrow

Barrow ridge
  • 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

Steel End
  • 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

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

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Miles
2.5

St John’s in the Vale

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

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Miles
3

Orrest Head

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

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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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