Lake Discoveries

The Lake District is famous for its lakes and walking their shoreline is one of the area's greatest pleasures. However much of the actual shoreline is privately owned and heading out can be a frustrating experience; particularly as the only option is to walk a few 100 yards from the lake on a tarmac road. Beware. The walks I have chosen are carefully picked to avoid this (except in some small doses) and they do showcase the lakes. The walks may be quite long, they may involve a boat trip to increase the pleasures (Ullswater and Derwentwater being particular cases in point) and some may avoid large stretches of shoreline In addition I have included a few of the larger, more accessible tarns, but many such as Easedale and Styhead/Sprinkling offer popular walks in their own right and well worth the little bit of extra effort to reach.

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
7

Loughrigg Tarn & Rydal Water

  • Loughrigg Tarn, Grasmere and Rydal Water
  • Views across central Lakeland
  • Visit quiet Lily Tarn above Ambleside

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Miles
8.5

The Beauty of Ullswater

  • Lovely stretch of lake side
  • Views up and down Ullswater
  • Rocky shoreline & Woodland

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Miles
6

Mellbreak & Crummock Water

  • Superb views from this isolated fell
  • Pretty lakeside path
  • Traditional Lakeland inn

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Miles
4.5

A walk round Buttermere

  • Peaceful walk round a lake
  • In the heart of dramatic scenery
  • Pretty hamlet of Buttermere

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Miles
6

Styhead & Sprinkling Tarn

  • Two lovely tarns
  • Rugged mountainous terrain
  • Paths alongside mountain streams

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Miles
2

Tarn Hows

  • A picture perfect landscape
  • Wheelchair/pushchair friendly
  • Plenty of wildlife including red squirrels

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Miles
7.5

A Circuit of Ennerdale Water

  • Lovely lakeside walk
  • The full circuit is next to the lake
  • Quieter than most lakeside walks

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Miles
8

Derwentwater via Walla Crag

  • Outstanding views of the lake
  • Walla Crag has a good summit area
  • Pleasant stroll along the shoreline

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Miles
3

Coniston Hall on the Lake

  • Good views of the marina
  • Explore ‘unique’ Coniston Hall
  • Easy walking on wide paths

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