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Special Lakeside Walks


Walking in the Autumn months in the Lake District is as good as it gets. On a crisp clear day the low light and autumnal colours give a special days walking even when the higher fells are covered in cloud.

I have listed my 10 favourite lakeside walks for such an occasion! Not all stick rigidly to the shoreline and some are tougher than others but all make for the best walks that take in one of the lakes.

  1. The Beauty of Ullswater 8 1/2 miles

A classic section of rugged lakeside walking from the steamer jetty at Howtown.

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       2. Loughrigg Tarn and Rydal Water 7 miles

Rydal and Loughrigg are two exquisite areas of water linked by a low col.

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      3. The Round of Buttermere 4 1/2 miles

This would be voted most walker’s favourite lakeside walk, short but lovely throughout.

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      4. A Circuit of Ennerdale Water 7 1/2 miles

A rarely visited valley but well worth the travelling time as the scenery throughout is excellent.

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      5. Styhead and Sprinkling Tarns 6 miles

Not lakes but two natural mountain tarns set in a rugged landscape and a spectacular setting.

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      6. Derwentwater via Walla Crag 8 miles

As much for the views of Derwentwater as the actual lakeside walking the walk does this fine lake full justice.

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      7. Coniston Hall on the Lake 3 miles

A short walk along the Cumbria Way is the best way of seeing the iconic lake, famous for spectacular end of speedster Donald Campbell.

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     8. Back of Thirlmere  4 miles

Much underrated as a lake as it can be dark and forbidding in winter. Enjoy it before the zip wire arrives!

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     9. Mellbreak and Crummock Water 6 1/2 miles

One of my favourite walks, lake or not but this is a classic combination of mountain and lake in perfect harmony.

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     10. The lake beneath Catbells 3 miles

Derwentwater has a fine shoreline on its west side, a mix of woodland, shingle beaches and attractive views.

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Enjoy your walking

Jonathan

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