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
4.5

Wet Sleddale, near Shap

Sleddale Hall
  • Circle a lovely reservoir
  • Views over the eastern Lakes
  • Peaceful and quiet

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Miles
10

Askham Fell & The Lowther Valley

  • 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

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

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L152
Miles
7.5

Discover the Upper Esk

  • Venture to the heart of Lakeland
  • Dramatic scenery in all directions
  • A classic tumbling mountain river

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L089
Miles
11

The Remote North

  • Remote and lonely walking
  • Great views north and west
  • Easy walking on the tracks

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L078
Miles
5

Crosthwaite near Kendal

  • A quiet countryside walk
  • Mix of lanes & low lands
  • Views over the southern Lakes

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L149
Miles
6.5

Quiet Lands near Underbarrow

  • Quiet walking on pleasant paths
  • Long distance views over the Lakeland fells
  • Underbarrow is a lovely village, full of interest

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L147
Miles
5

Woodland Fell & Beacon Tarn

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

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Miles
9

Loadpot Hill over Ullswater

  • Peaceful, easy walking along the High Street ridge
  • Views over Ullswater are impressive
  • Carry on to Pooley Bridge if possible

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L146
Miles
8.5

Kentmere and Troutbeck

  • Low level walk in 2 valleys
  • Great views over Troutbeck
  • Pass through High Borrans

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