The Lake District is the perfect place to get away from it all, get back to nature and indulge in an adventure. From England’s highest mountains and its largest and deepest lakes, to gorgeous forests and thriving towns and villages, it’s always a delight to explore.
I’m Amira, the founder of The Wanderlust Women, a hiking and adventure group for Muslim women. My vision is to see more women from my community in outdoor spaces and my mission is to help to give them a safe space and confidence when exploring.
My hiking journey started a few years ago, when I found the mountains to be a healing space after a difficult time in my personal life. The mountains are now my home, as I recently made the decision to move to the Lake District.
I know it can be daunting if you’re new to hiking and you’re not sure where to start or what route to follow. With this in mind, in this Collection are my top ten beginner hikes in the Lake District.
These were the routes I started off with. Not only did they help to boost my confidence but they also started to weave that Lakeland magic that seems to draw people back to the fells time and time again.
The routes in this Collection should be suitable for hikers of all ages and abilities. I’d recommend taking plenty of water and a snack to enjoy while taking in the views from the summits. This is Cumbria, so waterproofs and warm layers are a must, as conditions can be challenging even on the smaller fells. Proper hiking footwear is also essential, giving you the grip and foot protection required for fellwalking.
The Lake District is full of places to stay, from campsites and youth hostels to holiday cottages and luxurious hotels. Keswick and Ambleside are full of the buzz of Britain’s most popular national park. Both have loads of amenities and places to eat and drink. Alternatively, for something more serene, you can find accommodation in many of the smaller villages dotted about beneath the fells.
I hope to see you on the trails.
Sheffield Pike and Glenridding Dodd are two high points on a long ridge that emanates east from the main Helvellyn range towards the southern tip of Ullswater. They both provide exceptional panoramas of the surrounding landscape, overlooking both the lake and the village of Glenridding, while providing…
This is a gorgeous elongated loop above Rydal Water that visits one of the region’s most famous beauty spots: Rydal Cave. The scenery in this part of the Lake District is wonderful, with shimmering little lakes, atmospheric woodland and bristling fells all strutting their stuff.
You start from the car…
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This is a lovely little hike from lakeside to fell top. Like Orrest Head to the north, Brant Fell is a popular objective from Bowness-on-Windermere that offers superb Lakeland views while being just a short upward pull from the shops, cafes and pubs below.
From Rectory Road, turn right on to the A592…
This lovely walk mixes sublime scenery with industrial history, visiting an fascinating underground marvel, Cathedral Cavern. This huge underground chamber emerges almost magically from the surrounding woodland and is a delight to explore.
From Tilberthwaite, follow a well-surfaced footpath as it snakes…
This is an interesting little Wainwright that rewards with a glorious view down the length of Thirlmere. Few hikes in the national park reveal such scenic treasures for so little effort. The ascent is steep but short, taking you up through the trees before you emerge onto the summit platform.
Hallin Fell is a wonderful little hill above Ullswater that gives you superb views in exchange for very little effort, particularly if the Boredale Hause car park by the charming St Peter’s Church is used. This easy out and back is a great introduction to hillwalking.
The car park by St Peter’s Church…
One of the better known of Wainwright’s Outlying Fells, Gummer’s How is a splendid and unique viewpoint for Windermere and South Lakeland. Despite being only 1,053 feet (321 m), the prominent nature of this little peak endows it with a scenic appeal far greater than many higher hills. The top can be…
Helm Crag is a conspicuous sight from the A591, as the road descends from Dunmail Raise towards Grasmere. This is because, as well as being a finely proportioned and steep sided hill, it is crowned with beguiling summit outcrops that take on various striking visages depending on the angle they are viewed…
Aira Force is one of the Lake District’s most beloved waterfalls. An impressive sight, it crashes down a wooded ravine in one hugely impressive 65-foot (19.8 m) drop. Not only this, it’s also set in lovely Victorian parkland and easily accessible from Ullswater’s northern shore.
This walk takes in some…
This is a gentle amble above the village of Pooley Bridge at the northeastern end of Ullswater. It takes you up onto the high ground to the west of Heughscar Hill for lovely views across the Lake.
From the car park next to the newly built bridge over the River Eamont, head through the village and out…
Hiking Collection by Alex Foxfield
Hiking Collection by Alex Foxfield
Bike Touring Collection by Diana Grodnick
Bike Touring Collection by Münsterland