The Lake District’s reputation as a quintessential British hiking hotspot explains its historic fame as the homestead of some of our country’s famous poets: the Lake poets. These are a group of internationally acclaimed poets who lived in the area during the early 19th century. You never know; the beauty and magnificence of the area might lead you to put pen to paper!
Poet or not, discover some of the best Lake District hikes to invigorate and inspire.
The highest mountain in England, Scafell Pike's 896-metre peak will allow you to see other mountain ranges across the whole of the United Kingdom on a clear day with breathtaking panoramic views. Just a mile South of Seatoller village is Seathwaite farm, where you can park. You can also camp at the farm, which is a lovely location for weekend away and a great base from which to hike up Scafell Pike, as well as explore more of the Lake District.
One of many hikes in the UK that sounds like something from Lord of the Rings, this hike will treat you tranquil sights and moderate heights - making it a slightly easier climb than Scafell Pike, although still best suited for slightly more experienced hikers. Two more elevated sections worth a climb are the ancient hill fort of Castle Crag and the wonderful viewpoint of Peace How (back your binoculars!).
It is definitely one of the best Lake District hikes for those looking to enjoy spectacular views.
Beginning at the village of Hartsop, this route will take you through the wild Pasture Beck Valley, with its stunning greenery, choppy hillside and deep blue lakes. The routes peak, Thornthwaite Crag, is the highest point in the east of the district, with views reaching the Pennines and surrounding Lakeland. It's one of the quieter areas of the Lakes, so is great if you're looking for a more peaceful get away and to try to avoid the crowds.
Overall, the slopes are more gentle than some with plateau areas so if you want to enjoy beautiful views but a more gentle hike, then this is a great choice.
This stunning stroll is a regular on top ten lists of where to ramble in the national park and a particularly great choice for those looking for a shorter hike. Buttermere’s selling point is its beauty, though it has some tough competition in every direction.
It's an easier hike than some on our list, which may be an ideal choice for beginners or family outings. The best route in particular for this is the circular route around the shores of its idyllic lake. You'll get views of the surrounding peaks, and might be inspired to take your boots up to higher ground. Those boots were made for walking, after all!
This is a fantastic hike in the Lake District, featuring the third tallest peak in the District, Striding Edge. This is a tough hike, and shouldn’t be tackled unless you have some experience with more challenging routes. Follow our hiking essentials guide and take things steadily. When you’re ready, Helvellyn will show you nature at its finest, and its most challenging. Make sure you pack correctly, check the weather and, unless you are a serial mountaineer, go with with friends.
It's one of the more challenging Lake District hikes, but extremely rewarding.