Classic Circuits

The ‘Classic Circuits’ represent the most famous walks and climbs in the Lake District. Many of them are well known (Helvellyn via Striding Edge, the Langdale Pikes, Scafell Pike) but I have included many that are less well known.  They may be away from the popular central spine of the area, such as Wasdale and Ennerdale, or provide more unusual, and in my opinion better, routes over the summits.

Linking two or three fells together often brings out the best in Lake District walks with the linking ridges either dramatic and rocky or smooth and grassy. Only 2 things are guaranteed on these Classic Circuits; they are hard work but also exceptionally rewarding.

Miles
11

The Remote North

  • Remote and lonely walking near Calbeck
  • Great views north and west
  • Easy walking on soft tracks

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L078
Miles
8.5

Helvellyn, Raise and Striding Edge

Summit Helvellyn
  • Enjoy Striding Edge
  • Climb of Helvellyn and Raise
  • Return via Greenside Mine

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L158
Miles
9.5

Crinkle Crags and Bowfell

Crinkle Crags
  • A rocky panorama around the head of Langdale
  • As much scrambling as you want
  • Views of all the Lakeland giants

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L010
Miles
6

Great Gable from Honister

Summit slopes Gable
  • Fine approach to Great Gable
  • High start at Honister Pass
  • Excellent views across the western and central Lakes

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L155
Miles
10

Newlands Round

Over Derwentwater
  • Extensive views in all directions
  • Good walking underfoot
  • Over looking lovely Newlands

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L036
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

High Stile over Buttermere

High Crag summit
  • Rough and popular ridge
  • Views down both Buttermere & Ennerdale
  • Pleasant lakeside finish

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L054
Miles
7

Great Carrs & Wetherlam

Great Carrs
  • An unusual horseshoe from Little Langdale
  • Dramatic cliff scenery on Great Carrs
  • Explore interesting Wetherlam

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L091
Miles
9.5

The Classic Coniston Round

  • One of the classic Lakeland circuits
  • Excellent views across the western Lakes.
  • Slate quarries dominate the approaches.

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L009
Miles
8.5

Climbing Skiddaw from Keswick

Summit of Skiddaw
  • Climbing Skiddaw, the classic route
  • Superb views throughout the walk
  • Enjoy the excellent paths and easy walking

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