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Ambleside Walks and Walking Guide

Lake District, Cumbria

Ambleside, located near the northern end of Lake Windermere, is popular with walkers offering excellent amenities including accommodation, cafés, bars and restaurants. The town has a wide range of outdoor shops too. Public transport provides regular access to many of the walks listed below. The nearest railway station is at Windermere.

All walks are free to download and print and all routes have GPS files. Ambleside offers a wide range of walking. Easy circular walks suitable for families can be followed on Loughrigg Fell, around Elterwater and near Grasmere. Challenging hill walks include the Fairfield Horseshoe, the Langdale Pikes and Bowfell.

★ = GPS file available

WalkDescriptionGradeMiles
2053Claife Heights from Near Sawreyeasy2.50
3519High Sweden Bridge from Amblesideeasy/mod3.00
3410Latterbarrow from Hawksheadeasy4.00
2026Loughrigg from Pelter Bridge near Rydaleasy/mod4.00
1141An Elterwater circulareasy/mod4.00
3697Loughrigg Fell from Skelwith Bridgeeasy/mod4.50
1059Colwith Force and Skelwith Force from Elterwatereasy/mod4.80
1171Pike o' Blisco from Blea Tarn, Langdalemoderate5.00
2033Wetherlam from Tilberthwaitemoderate5.00
2841Grisedale Tarn & Seat Sandal from Mill Bridge, Grasmeremoderate5.00
2715Skelwith Bridge & Loughrigg from Elterwatereasy/mod5.50
2270Tilberthwaite and Holme Fell from Little Langdaleeasy/mod5.50
1682Rydal Water & Grasmere from Grasmere easy/mod5.50
2254Grisedale Tarn from Mill Bridge, Grasmeremoderate5.50
1565Rydal Water & Grasmere from Grasmere villageeasy/mod6.00
2582Pike o' Stickle, Harrison Stickle & Pavey Arkmoderate6.00
1736The Langdale Pikes and High Raisemod/hard6.10
2042The Langdale Pikes with an ascent of Jack's Rakevery hard6.25
1463School Knott & Grandsire from Ingseasy/mod6.50
3075Ambleside and Rydal circular easy/mod6.50
1472Alcock Tarn, Rydal Water & Grasmere from Grasmereeasy/mod7.00
1684Lingmoor Fell & Langdale from Elterwater easy/mod7.00
1132The Crinkle Crags from Great Langdalemod/hard7.00
2932A Green Burn horseshoe from Mill Bridge, Grasmeremoderate7.00
1023Wansfell Pike & Wansfell from Amblesideeasy/mod7.50
2037Bowfell & Rosset Pike via the Climber's Traversehard7.50
1144Lingmoor Fell from Blea Tarn, Langdalemoderate8.00
2073Harrison Stickle, Pike o'Stickle & Rosset Pike moderate8.25
1207Great & Little Langdalesmoderate8.50
1157Bowfell and Esk Pike from Old Dungeon Ghyllhard8.75
3423Dove Crag & Red Screes - Scandale Horseshoemod/hard9.50
1111High Raise & Helm Crag from Grasmeremod/hard9.50
1170A shortened version of the Fairfield Horseshoemod/hard9.50
1154Between Grasmere and Langdalemoderate9.50
3034Red Screes & Other Fells from Amblesidemod/hard10.00
1320A shorter Kentmere Horseshoemod/hard10.50
1134Wetherlam and The Carrs from Little Langdalemod/hard10.75
1002The Fairfield Horseshoe from Amblesidemod/hard11.00
2652Photographer's Kentmere Horseshoemod/hard13.50
1823Fairfield Horseshoe & Loughrigg from High Close mod/hard14.00

The walks listed above are the nearest 40 from Ambleside when measured in a straight line.

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