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Cumbria Walks,
Walking Routes & Hiking Trails

Cumbria is, for many walkers, the finest county for walking in England. The Lake District National Park offers varied walks in the glorious scenery with high fells reflected in the many lakes and tarns. Part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park also lies in Cumbria with the rounded Howgill fells providing excellent walking and solitude. The North Pennines have great walking with Cross Fell and High Cup Nick the main points of interest. Finally the area around Kirkby Stephen provides many excellent walks. All walks are free to download and print. All routes have free GPS files.

 

Upper Ribblesdale & Three Peaks Walks

Yorkshire Dales National Park

Walking Highlights. The 'Big Three' peaks of Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent are the focus of walking in this area. Yorkshire Dales walks to these summits do not involve any technical difficulties hence their popularity. Personal favourites also include the Norber Erratics, the Ingleton Waterfalls Walk and walks starting from Dentdale.

Where to stay - Settle, Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Clapham and Ingleton all provide an ideal base for walking in this area.


 
WalkDescriptionGradeMiles
3233Dent & Gawthropeasy/mod6.00
1052★☩Whernside & Dentdale from Dentmod/hard12.00
2409The Upper Eden valley without a carmoderate12.00
3135Dentdale & Bleamoormoderate12.50
 

Mallerstang & Howgill Fells Walks

Yorkshire Dales National Park

Walking Highlights. The Howgill Fells provide excellent walking and generally see few walkers. Careful navigation is essential as the area is a complex system of ridges and deep valleys. Personal favourites are an evening stroll to Cautley Spout, an ascent of Aran Haw and Winder or Wild Boar Fell in nearby Mallerstang.

Where to stay - Sedbergh, Kirkby Stephen and Ravenstonedale all provide ideal bases for walking in this area.


 
WalkDescriptionGradeMiles
1387Cautley Spout from Cross Keyseasy2.00
1393★☩Yarlside from Cross Keysmoderate4.00
3006★☩Cautley Spout & The Calf, from Cross Keys, Sedberghmoderate5.50
1839★☩Blease Fell & Hare Shaw from Tebayeasy/mod5.70
1342★☩Randygill Top from Weasdale, Howgillsmoderate6.00
3008★☩Winder & Arant Haw from Sedberghmoderate7.00
1160Wild Boar Fell & Swarth Fell from Cotegill Bridgemoderate7.00
3007★☩Fell Head & The Calf, from Howgill, near Sedberghmoderate7.50
1616★☩Bowderdale and the Calfmoderate10.00
2438★☩Cautley Spout & the Calf from Sedberghmoderate10.00
1196★☩The Calf from Sedberghmod/hard10.50
 

Far Eastern Fells - High Street, Place Fell & Kentmere Horseshoe Walks

Lake District National Park

Walking Highlights. My favourite Lake District walks in this area include Place Fell with views across Ullswater to Helvellyn, the Angletarn Pikes and Brock Crags, Thornthwaite Beacon and the Roman Road across High Street. The Kentmere Horsehoe also offers great walking and can be shortened if necessary. Routes from Mardale Head on the shores of Haweswater offer excellent variety.

Where to stay - Ambleside, Kendal, Hartsop, Glenridding and Penrith are perfect bases for walking in this area.


 
WalkDescriptionGradeMiles
1143Hallin Fell from Martindale Church, Sandwickeasy2.00
1109★☩Harter Fell & Nan Bield Pass from Mardale Headmoderate4.50
3033★☩Tarn Crag & Harrop Pike from Sadgill, Longsleddalemoderate5.50
1959★☩Gray Crag and Pasture Beck from Hartsop villagemoderate5.50
1152★☩The Corpse Road and Selside Pike from Mardalemoderate6.00
1228★☩Thornthwaite Beacon & High Street from Hartsopmoderate6.50
1110★☩The Angletarn Pikes from Hartsopmoderate7.00
1269★☩High Street & Kidsty Pike from Mardale Headmoderate7.50
2047★☩Place Fell from Patterdalemoderate7.50
2060★☩The Angletarn Pikes and Brock Crags from Hartsopmoderate8.00
1147★☩Longsleddale and Kentmere Pike from Sadgillmoderate8.00
1462★☩Mardale Head horseshoemoderate8.00
3309★☩Hartsop, Hartsop Dodd, Stony Cove Pike & Kirkstone Passmoderate8.50
1242★☩Bannerdale, Boredale & Beda Head from Martindalemoderate9.00
1241★☩Arthur's Pike & Loadpot Hill from Martindalemoderate9.00
2585★☩Hartsop Dodd, Stony Cove Pike, High St. & The Knottmod/hard10.00
1320★☩A shorter Kentmere Horseshoemod/hard10.50
2631★☩A Martindale High-level Circuitmod/hard11.00
3388★☩Around Hayeswater and Angle Tarn From Hartsopmod/hard11.50
2425★☩Circuit of Boredale from Patterdalemod/hard11.50
2652★☩Photographer's Kentmere Horseshoemod/hard13.50
 

Eastern Fells - Fairfield, Striding Edge & Helvellyn Walks

Lake District National Park

Walking Highlights. The most popular walk in this section is Helvellyn via Striding Edge. Helvellyn can also be approached from Thirlmere and be combined with Dollywaggon Pike or the Dodds. A personal favourite is St Sunday Crag. Easier walks to Red Tarn or an ascent of Sheffield Pike, both from Glenridding, also offer worthwhile walks.

Where to stay - Ambleside, Keswick, Hartsop, Glenridding and Grasmere are all ideal valley bases for the routes in this area.


 
WalkDescriptionGradeMiles
3519High Sweden Bridge from Amblesideeasy/mod3.00
2039A circuit of Gowbarrow Fell, Ullswatermoderate3.50
3232★☩Glenridding Dodd & Sheffield Pike from Glenridding easy/mod4.50
2841Grisedale Tarn & Seat Sandal from Mill Bridge, Grasmeremoderate5.00
1230★☩Birks & Arnison Crag from Patterdalemoderate5.50
2254★☩Grisedale Tarn from Mill Bridge, Grasmeremoderate5.50
2327★☩Red Tarn & Birkhouse Moor from Glenriddingmoderate6.00
1235★☩Red Tarn & Grisedale from Glenriddingmoderate7.00
1247★☩Helvellyn & Raise from Swirlsmod/hard7.00
1023★☩Wansfell Pike & Wansfell from Amblesideeasy/mod7.50
2049★☩Calfhow Pike & the Dodds from Legburthwaitemoderate7.50
1229★☩Helvellyn & Dollywaggon Pike from Wythburnmoderate8.00
2025★☩Helvellyn & Wythburn from Swirlsmod/hard8.50
1156★☩Helvellyn via Striding and Swirral Edgeshard9.50
1170★☩A shortened version of the Fairfield Horseshoemod/hard9.50
3423★☩Dove Crag & Red Screes - Scandale Horseshoemod/hard9.50
3034★☩Red Screes & Other Fells from Amblesidemod/hard10.00
1002★☩The Fairfield Horseshoe from Amblesidemod/hard11.00
1710★☩St. Sunday Crag & Helvellyn from Glenriddinghard11.50
1520★☩Helvellyn & Fairfield Horseshoe from Patterdalevery hard13.00
1823★☩Fairfield Horseshoe & Loughrigg from High Close mod/hard14.00
 

Central Fells - Langdale Pikes & Loughrigg Walks

Lake District National Park

Walking Highlights. For many walkers the Langdale Pikes offer some great Lake District walks and, as a result of this reputation, are the main attraction in this part of Lakeland. Easier walks include Helm Crag, Walla Crag, Loughrigg and routes near Elterwater. The ridge between Bleaberry Fell and Ullscarf offers great views but does suffer from some boggy sections. A personal favourite is an ascent of Steel Fell.

Where to stay - Ambleside, Keswick, Borrowdale, Grasmere, Elterwater and Great Langdale are all ideal valley bases for the routes in this area.


 
WalkDescriptionGradeMiles
2032Great How, a short ascent above Thirlmereeasy2.00
2321Shores of Derwentwater from Keswick easy3.50
1141An Elterwater circulareasy/mod4.00
2019Raven Crag, the Benn & Shoulthwaite Gill near Thirlmereeasy/mod4.00
2026Loughrigg from Pelter Bridge near Rydaleasy/mod4.00
3697Loughrigg Fell from Skelwith Bridgeeasy/mod4.50
1356Walla Crag from Great Woodeasy/mod4.50
1059Colwith Force and Skelwith Force from Elterwatereasy/mod4.80
2524Thirlmere Circulareasy5.00
2005High Rigg, Legburthwaiteeasy5.50
1158High Rigg from Legburthwaiteeasy5.50
1682Rydal Water & Grasmere from Grasmere easy/mod5.50
2715Skelwith Bridge & Loughrigg from Elterwatereasy/mod5.50
2582★☩Pike o' Stickle, Harrison Stickle & Pavey Arkmoderate6.00
1565Rydal Water & Grasmere from Grasmere villageeasy/mod6.00
1736★☩The Langdale Pikes and High Raisemod/hard6.10
2042★☩The Langdale Pikes with an ascent of Jack's Rakevery hard6.25
3029Derwentwater & Walla Crag from Keswickeasy/mod6.50
3075Ambleside and Rydal circular easy/mod6.50
1472Alcock Tarn, Rydal Water & Grasmere from Grasmereeasy/mod7.00
3328★☩Eagle Crag & Seargeant's Crag from Stonethwaitemoderate7.00
2525Standing Crag & Dock Tarn from Watendlathmoderate7.00
2932★☩A Green Burn horseshoe from Mill Bridge, Grasmeremoderate7.00
1693Grange & Watendlath from Rosthwaite easy/mod7.60
3132★☩High Tove & Blea Tarn from Armbothmoderate7.60
2073★☩Harrison Stickle, Pike o'Stickle & Rosset Pike moderate8.25
2587Castlerigg Stone Circle & St John's in the Valeeasy/mod8.50
3037★☩High Seat & Bleaberry Fell from Keswickmoderate9.00
1108Ashness Bridge & Grange Fell from Borrowdalemoderate9.00
1154Between Grasmere and Langdalemoderate9.50
1111★☩High Raise & Helm Crag from Grasmeremod/hard9.50
2526★☩Standing Crag, Ullscarf & Borrowdalemod/hard10.00
3133★☩Ullscarf and Watendlath from Stonethwaitemod/hard10.00
 

Northern Fells - Skiddaw & Blencathra Walks

Lake District National Park

Walking Highlights. Magnificent Blencathra and Skiddaw are the main attractions. There are many approaches to Blencathra's summit with a traverse of Sharp edge the most challenging. Elsewhere there is plenty of excellent walking on the quiet fells of the Northern Lake District. Personal favourites include Blencathra via Hall's Fell ridge, Bannerdale Crags & Souther Fell and a lonely walk across carrock Fell and High Pike.

Where to stay - Keswick, Penrith, and Caldbeck all provide easy access to this area.


 
WalkDescriptionGradeMiles
2612Roughton Gill, Caldbeck Fellseasy4.50
1506★☩Sharp Edge & Blencathra from Scalesmod/hard5.00
1008★☩Blencathra via Sharp Edge from Scalesmod/hard5.00
1676★☩Ullock Pike, Long Side and Carl Sidemoderate5.50
2040★☩A circuit of 4 peaks on the flanks of Skiddawmoderate5.50
1188★☩Blencathra via Hall's Fell ridge from Scales Farmmod/hard6.00
1177★☩Great Sca Fell via Trusmadoormoderate6.50
1214★☩Carrock Fell & High Pike from Mosedalemoderate7.00
2244★☩Whitewater Dash and Great Calvamoderate7.00
1354★☩Bannerdale Crags & Souther Fellmoderate7.50
1244★☩Lonscale Fell & Latrigg from Underscar Lanemoderate7.50
3470★☩Blencathra via Foule Crag from Scalesmod/hard8.00
1073★☩Skiddaw & Glenderaterra Beck from Underscarmoderate9.00
1101★☩Carrock Fell, High Pike and Knott from Mosedalemoderate11.00
 

North Western Fells - Grasmoor, Grisedale Pike & Catbells Walks

Lake District National Park

Walking Highlights. This a great area for walking with many notable fells including Grasmoor, Grisedale Pike and Eel Crag. Apart from these lofty fells other Wainwrights worth doing include Causey Pike with its distinctive shape, Lord's Seat, Rannerdale Knotts and the ridge between Ard Crags and Knott Rigg. My personal favourites? Catbells, Dale Head and Robinson.

Where to stay - Keswick, Braithwaite, Buttermere and Borrowdale all provide easy access to this area.


 
WalkDescriptionGradeMiles
2020★☩A circuit of Rannerdale Knotts, Crummock Watereasy/mod2.50
1011★☩Knott Rigg and Ard Crags from Newlands Hauseeasy/mod3.50
3525★☩Catbells from Gutherscale (Route B)easy/mod4.00
2041★☩Barf (via the Bishop) and Lords Seatmod/hard4.00
2036★☩Catbells from Gutherscale (Route A)easy/mod4.00
1142★☩A circuit of Buttermere from Buttermere villageeasy4.50
1245★☩Castle Crag & Grange from Seatollereasy/mod6.00
2038★☩Tower Ridge on Eel Crag returning via Sail & Barrowhard6.25
1155★☩Causey Pike from Stoneycroft, nr. Braithwaitemoderate6.25
1187★☩Robinson & Hindscarth from Newlandsmod/hard6.50
1231★☩Grasmoor & Whiteless Pikemoderate7.00
2021★☩A circuit of Whiteside, Hopegill Head & Grisedale Pikemoderate7.50
1268★☩Cat Bells & High Spy from Grangemoderate8.00
2539★☩Rannerdale Knotts & Grasmoormoderate8.00
2609★☩Crag Hill & Grasmoor from Buttermeremod/hard8.00
2581★☩Lord's Seat & Barf from Whinlattermoderate8.50
1120★☩Grisedale Pike & Crag Hill from Braithwaitemod/hard8.50
1732★☩Buttermere, Coledale and Newlands circuithard9.00
3119★☩Catbells, Dale Head & Hindscarth - The Newlands Horseshoe mod/hard12.00
 

Western Fells - Great Gable, Pllar & Haystacks Walks

Lake District National Park

Walking Highlights. There are many great Lake District walks in this area. Routes to Great Gable, Hatstcacks, Pillar and the High Stile Ridge all provide excellent walks in the fells. Personal favourites include Fleetwith Pike, Low Fell and the Mosedale Horseshoe. Walks from lonely Ennerdale take you away from the crowds although careful navigation is essential once away from the valley path.

Where to stay - Buttermere, Borrowdale, Wasdale and Ennerdale all provide easy access to this area.


 
WalkDescriptionGradeMiles
1176★☩Yewbarrow from Wasdalemoderate4.50
1065★☩Haystacks from Honister Passmoderate5.50
1826★☩Green Gable & Gillercomb Horseshoe from Seathwaite moderate5.50
1246Black Sail Pass & Beck Head from Wasdale Headmoderate5.50
1289★☩Fleetwith Pike & Haystacks from Gatescarthmoderate5.50
1302Low Fell and Fellbarrow from Loweswatereasy/mod6.00
1306★☩Base Brown & Great Gable from Seathwaitemod/hard6.00
1671★☩Grike & Crag Fell from Ennerdale Bridge easy/mod6.60
1303★☩Buckbarrow, Seatallan & Middle Fellmoderate7.00
1290★☩Mellbreak from Loweswatermoderate7.00
1112★☩Great Gable from Honister Passhard7.25
2900★☩Pillar (by the High Level Path) from Wasdalemod/hard8.00
2735★☩Fleetwith Pike and Buttermere Circularmod/hard8.50
1153★☩The High Stile Ridge from Gatescarth, Buttermerehard10.00
2341★☩A circuit of Nether Beck and Over Beck from Wasdalehard11.25
1126★☩The Mosedale Horseshoe from Wasdale Headhard11.50
1444★☩Great Gable from Borrowdale Youth Hostelhard12.00
1690★☩Netherbeck Horseshoe - Middle Fell, Steeple & Red Pikemod/hard12.50
1745★☩Grike and Caw Fell from Kinniside Stone Circlemod/hard13.50
2058★☩Ennerdale Skyline incl. Steeple & other fellsmod/hard13.75
2642★☩Buttermere Horseshoevery hard14.00
1082★☩Ennerdale Horseshoesevere18.00
 

Southern Fells - Bowfell, Scafell & Scafell Pike Walks

Lake District National Park

Walking Highlights. Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England, can be approached from Seathwaite or Wasdale Head. Scafell, Bowfell, Esk Pike, the Crinkle Crags all offer excellent Lake District walks. The Consiton fells also provide excellent walking especially the Old Man, Wetherlam and Dow Crag. Easy walks include beautiful Tarn Hows and the tarns above Eskdale.

Where to stay - Great Langdale, Coniston, Seathwaite (Borrowdale), Wasdale and Eskdale all offer easy access to this area.


 
WalkDescriptionGradeMiles
1301Great Stickle & Stickle Pikemoderate5.00
2033★☩Wetherlam from Tilberthwaitemoderate5.00
1171★☩Pike o' Blisco from Blea Tarn, Langdalemoderate5.00
3508★☩The Crinkle Crags from Wrynose Passeasy/mod5.00
2270Tilberthwaite and Holme Fell from Little Langdaleeasy/mod5.50
1175A Combe Gill circuit from Seatollermoderate5.50
1932★☩Slight Side from Whahouse Bridge moderate5.60
2675Eel Tarn and Stony Tarn from Eskdaleeasy/mod6.00
2034★☩Scafell from Wasdale Headhard6.50
3028Tarn Hows & Tom Gill from Conistoneasy/mod6.50
2355Blea Tarn & Eskdale Green from Booteasy/mod6.50
1299Green Crag from Eskdalemoderate6.50
1916★☩Harter Fell and Low Birker Tarn (Eskdale)moderate6.50
1132★☩The Crinkle Crags from Great Langdalemod/hard7.00
2818★☩Bowfell Circular from Great Langdalemod/hard7.00
2046★☩Great End via the north west face from Seathwaitevery hard7.00
1684★☩Lingmoor Fell & Langdale from Elterwater easy/mod7.00
3220★☩Wetherlam from Coniston by Red Dellmoderate7.00
1236Styhead Tarn and Seathwaite Fellmoderate7.00
1761Tom Heights and Tarn Hows from Conistoneasy/mod7.00
2800★☩The Scafells via Piers Gillmod/hard7.50
2229Tarns of Eskdaleeasy/mod7.50
2037★☩Bowfell & Rosset Pike via the Climber's Traversehard7.50
1692★☩Great End & Glaramara from Seathwaitemod/hard7.70
1739★☩Crinkle Crags and Bowfell (Oxendale Horseshoe) hard7.80
3130★☩Scafell Pike via Esk Hause from Seathwaitemod/hard8.00
1144★☩Lingmoor Fell from Blea Tarn, Langdalemoderate8.00
3096★☩Glaramara & Allen Crags from Seathwaitemoderate8.10
1217★☩Dow Crag & the Old Man of Conistonmod/hard8.50
3110★☩The Old Man of Coniston & Dow Crag from Torvermod/hard8.50
1207★☩Great & Little Langdalesmoderate8.50
1157★☩Bowfell and Esk Pike from Old Dungeon Ghyllhard8.75
2718★☩The Scafells from Wasdale Headmod/hard9.00
1114★☩Scafell Pike from Seathwaite via Corridor Routehard9.50
2361★☩Walking on Water to Scafell from Eskdalehard9.50
1134★☩Wetherlam and The Carrs from Little Langdalemod/hard10.75
2362★☩Scafell Pike and Scafell from Eskdalevery hard11.00
2226★☩The Scafells from Eskdalevery hard12.00
3419★☩Scafell Pike from Brotherilkeld, an Eskdale circularvery hard12.50
1911★☩Coniston's Magnificent Sevenhard13.00
 

Outlying & Lesser Fells Walks

Lake District National Park

Walking Highlights. Not necessarily the easiest Lake District walks, these hikes are scattered around the periphery of the Lake District National Park. Personal favourites include Beacon Fell near Torver and the Scout Scar Limestone Ridge near Kendal.


 
WalkDescriptionGradeMiles
3320A Grizedale Tarn circulareasy2.50
2053Claife Heights from Near Sawreyeasy2.50
1058Beacon Fell & Beacon Tarn circulareasy/mod4.00
3410Latterbarrow from Hawksheadeasy4.00
1124Beacon Tarn & The Beacon, near Torvereasy/mod4.00
3590Orrest Head & Allen Knott from Windermereeasy4.40
1668Silver Knott & Muncaster Fell from Irton Road easy/mod5.00
2721Scout Scar Limestone Ridgeeasy/mod5.00
3234Gummers How via Chapel House Wood, South Lake Districteasy/mod5.50
1049Staveley Tarns circulareasy/mod6.00
1463School Knott & Grandsire from Ingseasy/mod6.50
3549★☩Whitbarrow Scar from Mill Sidemoderate6.50
3199Whitbarrow Fell from Mill Sidemoderate7.00
1555Brunt Knott from Staveley easy/mod7.00
1417Astley's Plantation, Simpson's Ground & Gummer's Howeasy/mod7.50
1148Scout Scar from Sizerghmoderate11.00
1045Levens Bridge to Kendaleasy/mod11.50
 

North Pennines Walks

Cross Fell is the highest summit in the Pennines and is crossed by the Pennine Way. Other fells on the ridge include Great Dun Fell. The views from these hills are superb and with an excellent ridge path the walking is very rewarding. The attractive village of Dufton makes a superb base and the walk to dramatic High Cup Nick is a personal favourite.


 
WalkDescriptionGradeMiles
1715Dufton Pike and Dufton from Knockeasy5.00
3011Dufton Pike from Duftoneasy/mod5.50
3421High Cup Nick from Dufton via Middle Tonguemoderate9.30
1339High Cup Nick from Duftonmoderate10.50
3070Knock Fell & High Cup Nick from Duftonmod/hard12.00
3071Cross Fell & Great Dun Fell from Kirklandmod/hard12.00
1084Garrigill to Alston & back via Nentheadmoderate13.10
 

South Cumbria Walks

Kirkby Lonsdale in the Lune Valley lies amidst a scenic area. The number of walks is somewhat limited by the lack of convenient footpaths in the area.


 
WalkDescriptionGradeMiles
2501Devil's Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdaleeasy1.50
 

North Cumbria Walks


 
WalkDescriptionGradeMiles
3552Grune Point from Sillotheasy4.70
 

West Cumbria Walks


 
WalkDescriptionGradeMiles
3558★☩St Bees to Whitehaven coast patheasy/mod7.40
 

Eden Valley & Mallerstang Walks

The area around Kirkby Stephen, which is a convenient place to stay, has much to offer walkers. The valley of Mallerstang lies outside National Park boundaries but has a number of fine walks in glorious scenery. Nine Standards Rigg with its tall cairns enjoys a wonderful panorama over the Upper Eden Valley. A personal favourite is the short walk to Fell End Clouds.


 
WalkDescriptionGradeMiles
1383Pendragon Castle from Outhgilleasy2.25
1389Fell End Clouds near Kirkby Stepheneasy3.00
1386Nine Standards Rigg from Hartley Birketteasy/mod4.50
1388Hartley circular from Kirkby Stepheneasy/mod5.00
2538Nateby & Waitby Common from Kirkby Stephen easy/mod6.20
1382Mallerstang circular from Natebyeasy/mod7.00
3573★☩Wild Boar Fell from Pendragon Castlemoderate8.30
1384Mallerstang Edge from Aisgill Moormoderate8.75
1447Nine Standards Rigg from Kirkby Stephenmoderate9.50

 
Walks that start in adjacent counties / areas.

Walks that start in adjacent counties or areas but cross the boundary and include sections of the route within Cumbria

WalkDescriptionStarts In
3340Blea Moor & Denthead from RibbleheadNorth Yorkshire
1683High Cup Nick from Cow Green Reservoir Durham

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