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
6

Great Gable from Honister

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

Buttermere from Brandreth

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Miles
10

Newlands Round

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

ridge-of-robinson

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Miles
11

The Remote North

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

lonely-romantic

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Miles
4.5

Climbing Blencathra

  • A distinct and noteworthy climb
  • Far reaching views in all directions
  • A fine scramble to the summit

views-over-derwentwater

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Miles
7.5

Helvellyn by the Edges

  • The mountain to climb – deservedly
  • Scramble over two contrasting ridges
  • Beautiful views over Ullswater

hole-in-the-wall

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Miles
10

Scafell Pike Classic

  • Highest point in England
  • Spectacular scenery throughout
  • 2 pretty tarns enroute

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Miles
7.5

Dow Crag via Seathwaite Tarn

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

perfection-at-blind-tarn

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Miles
13.5

Coledale Round

  • Graceful and steep sided
  • Views over 3 valleys and lakes
  • Dominates the Northern Lakes skyline

Coledale Round

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L003
Miles
8.5

A Fistful of Dodds

  • Easy walking on a high and extensive ridge
  • 360 degree views of real quality
  • A hidden corner away from the crowds

ullswater-from-birkett-fell

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Miles
9.5

Crinkle Crags and Bowfell

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

upper-langdale

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