There are many reasons why the Lake District is popular with tourists far and wide, and one of those is the sizeable amount of great walking routes. Blessed with towering mountains, steep valleys and shimmering lakes, the views alone make trekking around this part of Cumbria well worth doing. However, when faced with so much choice, knowing where to walk from your accommodation in Windermere is challenging. To help you out, we’ve picked some of the best walking routes in the Lake District.
Wainwright’s Coast To Coast:
Also known by locals and ramblers as C2C, this route starts at St. Bees on the Cumbrian coast, leading towards Robin Hood’s Bay near Whitby in North Yorkshire. Taking around 14 days, among the sights you can see include the market town of Alston, Scafell Pike, which is England’s highest mountain and Ennerdale Bridge. If you’re going the reverse route, then you might want to stay in a comfortable Lake District holiday cottage to rest your weary feet.
Jennings Adventure Ale Trail - Rydal
For the real ale connoisseurs among us, this trail is a must. Starting and finishing in Ambleside, this 30-mile route takes in pubs in Elterwater and Grasmere along the way, all of which serve ale brewed by Jennings, makers of the much-loved Cumberland Ale. Aside from beer, this route also has plenty of spectacular views of nearby lakes, tarns and becks which are bound to challenge even the most experienced walker.
Tour of Great Gable via the Passes
This part of the Lake District gave birth to rock climbing in Britain, and begins and ends in the village of Seatoller. Along the relatively short 15-mile route, you’ll pass through Ennerdale, Scarth Gap and will get awe-inspiring views of the Great Gable Mountain. This route is well worth walking if you want to walk across challenging terrain.
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