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
8.5

Helvellyn, Raise and Striding Edge

  • 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
8.5

Classic Skiddaw Climb

Summit of Skiddaw
  • The classic climb of Skiddaw from Keswick
  • Superb views throughout the walk
  • Enjoy the excellent paths and easy walking

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L127
Miles
10

Scafell Pike Classic

Summit Scafell Pike
  • Highest point in England
  • Spectacular scenery throughout
  • 2 pretty tarns enroute to Scafell Pike

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L008
Miles
17.5

From Kirkstone Pass to Threlkeld

Red Screes
  • Full Helvellyn Range
  • 18 miles of high ridges
  • 14 Wainwrights

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L039
Miles
8

Pillar Round

Steeple
  • Remote and rough crossing
  • Superb views of the western lakes
  • Options to extend route

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L038