Away from the Crowds

The vast majority of visitors to the Lake District never set foot on a serious walk and when the do it is on the popular fells and walks near the central spine from Keswick to Windermere. This leaves many other valleys and hills, if not entirely empty, certainly less visited. On the 25 walks listed below it is possible to walk all day during the summer holidays and see no-one else. Many crave that isolation in the outdoors. There are some quieter walks (such as Grey Crag and Dock Tarn from Watendlath) which are situated in the heart of the Lakes but most tend to be in the quieter areas to the west, north and east of the National Park. Hidden gems.

Miles
5.5

Finsthwaite Heights & High Dam

Above High Dam Finsthwaite
  • Near Windermere lake
  • Secret tarns set in woodland
  • Open land near the Heights

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L157
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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L156
Miles
7.5

Dow Crag via Seathwaite Tarn

Blind Tarn
  • Dow Crag offers a great ridge
  • Explore lovely Duddon Valley
  • Great views in all directions

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L047
Miles
8

From Arnside to Silverdale

  • 3 miles of pretty coastal walking
  • Visit the attractive village of Silverdale
  • Unexpected ruins of Arnside Tower

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L120
Miles
7.5

Discover the Upper Esk

Great Moss, Upper Esk
  • Venture to the heart of Lakeland
  • Dramatic scenery in all directions
  • A classic tumbling mountain river

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L089
Miles
10

Askham Fell & The Lowther Valley

Ullswater from Askham Fell
  • From Pooley Bridge to the Lowther Valley
  • Great views over Ullswater
  • Visit Lowther Castle and Askham village

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L153
Miles
11

Hen Comb near Crummock

Track up Hen Comb
  • Climb graceful Hen Comb
  • Return via Crummock Water
  • A walk of real contrasts

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L152
Miles
5

Woodland Fell & Beacon Tarn

Woodland Fell
  • Unspoilt rugged group of hills
  • Beautifully situated tarn
  • Bracken covered slopes

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L075
Miles
12

Staveley to Longsleddale

Near Skeggles Water
  • Explore this unspoilt Lake District valley
  • Good paths & easy walking throughout
  • Good views across the Kentmere Round

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L110
Miles
4.5

Fells over the Duddon Valley

Stickle Pike, Duddon Valley
  • Perfect Lakeland in minature
  • Fells to explore at your leisure
  • Views up the Duddon Valley

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L081