GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

South Lakes Walks

The southern area of the Lake District is one of the most visited places in England. The popular towns of Grasmere, Ambleside, Windermere, Kendal, Ulverston and Hawkshead all make great bases for walkers wishing to explore the area.

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Alcock Tarn2 miles (4 km)Climb to this pretty tarn and enjoy wonderful views over Grasmere lake on this walk in the Lake District. The walk start from the good sized White Moss Common car park off the A591 near Rydal Water and Grasmere Lake. The route heads north to White Moss Common, passing Lady Wood and White Moss Tarn. You continue past Dove Cottage, through Bracken Fell Wood to Grey Crag. The final section takes you from Grey Crag to the tarn where you can stroll around the water and take in the magnificent views. View Full Details>>
Ambleside2 miles (4 km)Ambleside is one of the most popular bases for walkers in the Lake District. The town has great facilities with lots of shops selling walking equipment, several hotels and lots of pubs and cafes. There's several different walks to try from the town including challenging hill climbs, woodland trails, waterfalls and riverside paths. View Full Details>>
Ambleside to Skelwith Bridge4 miles (5.7 km)This is a lovely walk taking you from the popular town of Ambleside to Skelwith Bridge via Loughrigg Tarn. It's a fairly easy route, running for just under 4 miles with some moderate climbs. View Full Details>>
Arnside Knott2 miles (2.5 km)This small hill in the Arnside and Silverdale AONB is a popular beauty spot and internationally important wildlife area. The hill is a mixture of limestone grassland, woodland, wet meadow, scree and scrub. It is renowned for its butterflies and flowers. From the high point there are fabulous views over Silverdale and the coastal estuary towards Grange over Sands, Morecambe Bay and the Lake District fells. View Full Details>>
Arnside to Silverdale5 miles (7.8 km)A delightful coastal walk from Cumbria into Lancashire in the Arnside and Silverdale AONB. It's an interesting and attractive stretch of coastline with rocky outcrops, shingle beaches, peaceful coves and wonderful views across Morecambe Bay. The route includes a mixture of footpaths, woodland and beach walking. There's also great views of the Lake District mountains in the distance. View Full Details>>
Black Combe5 miles (8 km)Black Combesits in the south west cornerof the Lake District. It's proximity to the coast means you get fabulous sea views from the 1970foot (600m) summit. On a clear day you can see Wales, Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. This walk starts from a parking area off the A5093 near Silecroft. You can also access the route from the nearby Silecroft train station. The route follows good footpaths through Whicham, before climbing to Townend Knotts and on to the Black Combe summit. The views are magnificent with the Pennine Hills, theForest of Bowland, Blackpool Tower, Snowdon and Scaffel Pike all visible on a clear day. You can descend by the same path or continue round to Whitbeck to turn it into a circular walk. View Full Details>>
Black Crag4 miles (6.5 km)This walk climbs to a lovely viewpoint above Tarn Hows in the Lake District National Park. Black Fell is located just a few miles north of Coniston, and is thehigh point in the hilly area bounded byWindermere,Langdaleand Coniston. View Full Details>>
Bowness4 miles (6.4 km)With its lakeside location the village of Bowness-on-Windermere is a lovely place to visit. This walk takes you along the lakeside before catching the ferry to the opposite side of the lake and exploring Claife Heights and Moss Eccles Tarn. You then pay a visit to Hill Top, the former home of children's author Beatrix Potter. View Full Details>>
Cathedral Cavern2 miles (3.2 km)This walk visits the impressive Cathedral Quarries in Little Langdale. The cave system includes the 40ft high Cathedral Cavern which is a popular destination for walkers in this area of the Lake District. The circular route runs for about 2 miles with a few small climbs along the way. View Full Details>>
Circular Walk around Coniston16 miles (25.7 km)A 16 mile circuit around the beautiful Coniston Lake in the Lake Disctrict National Park. The walk makes use of the Cumbria Way long distance trail on the western side of the lake before returning to the village through Grizedale Forest on the eastern side. View Full Details>>
Claife Heights6 miles (10 km)Claife Heights lies between Lake Windermere and Esthwaite Water in the Lake District. It's a splendid area for a walk with peaceful woodland, a number of tranquil tarns and wonderful views over the surrounding lakes. It's a special place as it has a distinctive feel to the rest of the lake district. It was also a place visited regularly by Beatrix Potter who lived at the nearby Hill Top. View Full Details>>
Coffin Route-Ambleside to Grasmere4 miles (6 km)Follow the Coffin Route from Ambleside to Grasmere on this lovely walk in the Lake District. The walk is fairly easy with only a short climb and a well defined, signposted route. The path is so called because it was used to convey coffins on their final journey to St Oswalds Church in Grasmere. View Full Details>>
Coniston Water4 miles (6 km)This easy cycling and walking trail runs along the western shoreline of the beautiful Coniston Water in the Lake District National Park. The route starts at the car park at Lake Road and runs through Coniston Hall Park to Hoathwaite Farm. It's perfect for beginners and families looking for a safe, waterside ride. Bikes can be hired from the Coniston Boating Centre. View Full Details>>
Cumbria Coastal Way182 miles (293 km)Explore the wonderful coastline of Cumbria on this splendid long distance path. The walk begins at Silverdale and runs through a series of fascinating Cumbrian coastal towns and villages, before finishing near Gretna on the border with Scotland. Spectacular cliff tops, peaceful estuaries, beaches, mountains, rivers and canals are all features on this popular route. View Full Details>>
Easedale Tarn6 miles (9 km)Enjoy a walk to the lovely Easedale Tarn in the Lake District. The walk begins in the popular village of Grasmere and follows the Easedale Road towards the pretty Easedale Beck. You then join footpaths taking you up to the tarn, passing the beautiful Sourmilk Gill waterfalls on the way. The tarn is in a lovely spot betweenTarn Cragto the north andBlea Riggto the south. It is generally quite a peaceful spot and a great escape from the often busy Grasmere town. There is a footpath around the tarn though this may be quite boggy. From the tarn, you return via Cockly Crag, Stenners Crag and Jackdaw Crag, before rejoining the Easedale Road back into Grasmere. View Full Details>>
Eaves Wood2 miles (3 km)Explore Eaves Wood and enjoy a climb to the Pepperpot on this walk in the Arnside and Silverdale AONB. There's nice footpaths taking you through shady ancient woodland with limestone pavement supporting rare plants and wildlife. View Full Details>>
Elterwater3 miles (5 km)This is a particularly lovely riverside walk to Elter Water Lake and Skelwith Bridge from the village of Elterwater. There is a nice surfaced path running from the village to the lake along the Great Langdale Beck and the River Brathay. It's a popular walk with the tranquil river one of the most pleasant areas of Great Langdale. There is also something particularly peaceful about the lake which is many people's favourite. The walk includes a woodland section by the lake before a visit to the wonderful Skelwith Force Waterfall at Skelwith Bridge. The falls are not particulary high at around 16ft but they are a wonderful sight after a lot of rainfall. There is a good viewing platform where you can get very close up to the falls. Just after the falls you come to the excellent riverside cafe which is a perfect spot to refresh yourself before the return leg. It's a nice easy walk with splendid views of the surrounding fells including the Langdale Pikes. View Full Details>>
Eskdale13 miles (20.5 km)Explore beautiful Eskdale and enjoy waterside paths along the rushing River Esk on this varied route. Along the way there's lots of waterfalls, beautiful Lakeland scenery and fabulous views from the high points. View Full Details>>
Esthwaite Water2 miles (3 km)Enjoy a short stroll down to Esthwaite Water from the village of Hawkshead on this easy walk in the Lake District. Esthwaite is one of the less well known lakes of the national park. It's also one of the smaller ones, covering around 280 acres (1.1km2). Esthwaite is well known for its trout and pike fishing. View Full Details>>
Fairfield Horseshoe10 miles (16 km)This is a challenging horseshoe shaped walk which takes you on a tour of some of the Lake District's most beautiful fells. The walk begins at Ambleside and heads towards Rydal Mount, the historic home of William Wordsworth. You climb to Heron Pike and then onto Great Rigg and Fairfield before returning to Ambleside via Dove Crag, High Pike and Low Pike. The views are spectacular with Rydal Water, Grasmere , Lake Windermere and Coniston Water all visible from the peaks. View Full Details>>
Fell Foot Country Park4 miles (6.5 km)This beautiful lakeside country park is situated in the Lake District National Park at the southern tip of Lake Windermere. You can stroll along the wide lawns and along the lakeshore or hire a row boat. The walk below takes you around the park and up to the nearby Simpson Reservoir before returning to the lakeshore. View Full Details>>
Grange-over-Sands and Cartmel Circular14 miles (23 km)This circular walk makes use of the Cumbria Coastal Way and Cistercian Way to take you on a tour of the area surrounding this lovely coastal town. Grange-over-Sands is located on Morecambe Bay on the edge of the Lake District National Park. The walk starts on the wonderful long promenade where there are super views over the sands towards Arnside, Silverdale and the Lakeland fells. You then pass through the pretty ornamental gardens and climb towards Cartmel, passing Eggerslack Wood and Hampsfell Hill as you go. From the high points on Hampsfell there are splendid views over the coastline and countryside. Cartmel is a delightful little village with pretty cottages and the River Eea running through it. It is also home to the fascinating 12th century Cartmel Priory. View Full Details>>
Grasmere5 miles (8 km)This circular walk from the popular village of Grasmere visits several Lake District highlights. You'll visit Grasmere Lake, Rydal Water, Rydal Hall and Wordsworth's Dove Cottage on this walk which runs for just over 5 miles. View Full Details>>
Grizedale Forest4 miles (7 km)This huge forest in the Lake District has several way-marked cycling and walking trails to enjoy. There are six way-marked mountain bike trails of varying lengths and difficulty. These include a moderate (blue) 2 mile trail which visits the Goosey Foot and Juniper Tarns. The Hawkshead Moor Trail is graded red and visits the western side of the valley, overlooking Coniston Water. For an exciting rollercoaster ride try The North Face Mountain Bike Trail. The singletrack trail offers an adrenelising descent through oak woodlands and conifer forest. View Full Details>>
Gummers How1 miles (2 km)Enjoy wonderful views over Lake Windermere on this short climb to Gummers How in the Lake District National Park. Gummers How is a fairly small hill at the southern end of Lake Windermere, near to Fell Foot Country Park. It stands at a height of 321m (1,053ft) and can be easily climbed from a parking area near Fell Foot Brow or you could go for a longer climb from Fell Foot Country Park itself. It's a lovely footpath with terrific views over Windermere, Lakeside, Newby Bridge and the coast. There's also a number of other trails which you can use to explore the area around the hill. View Full Details>>
Hawkshead6 miles (10 km)Hawkshead is a lovely little Lakeland village situated at the northern end of Esthwaite Water. It's a great place to visit with pretty streets, lots of nice cafes and an interesting history. Must see attractions include William Wordsworth's Grammar School which was founded in 1585. For a small fee you can tour the school and see the original deskswith William Wordsworth's own carvings on them. View Full Details>>
Helm Crag4 miles (6 km)Enjoy a walk to the summit of this distinctive fell in the Lake District. Alfred Wainwright said of Helm Crag: 'The virtues of Helm Crag have not been lauded enough. It gives an exhilarating little climb, a brief essay in real mountaineering, and, in a region where all is beautiful, it makes a notable contribution to the natural charms and attractions of Grasmere'. The ascent of Helm Crag is popular with walkers as it begins from the lovely town of Grasmere and is an easy/moderate climb. View Full Details>>
Hill Top to Moss Eccles Tarn2 miles (2.5 km)Hill Top is the 17th century former home of children's author and illustratorBeatrix Potter. It is located in Near Sawrey in the Lake District National park and open to the public. You can tour the house and gardens where expert guides will tell you all about the life and works of Beatrix Potter. View Full Details>>
Hodbarrow Lakes Nature Reserve3 miles (4.6 km)Enjoy a walk around Hodbarrow Lakes RSPB on the edge of the Lake District National Park. You can stroll along the sea wall and enjoy fine views of the reserve's lakes on one side and the Duddon Estuary on the other. Look out for Teal,Widgeon,Coot,Mallard,Tufted Duck,Common Pochard,Goldeneye andRed-breasted Merganser as you make your way around the reserve. You can also sometimes see seals in the estuary. View Full Details>>
Holme Fell4 miles (6.4 km)This lovely Lakeland walk takes in Tarn Hows, Tom Ghyll waterfall and Yew Tree tarn before climbing to the summit of Holme Fell. It's a 2 mile hike from the tarns, with an easy section to start before a moderately challenging climb to the 317m summit of the fell. View Full Details>>
Jenkin's Crag1 miles (1.5 km)This is a nice easy climb to try from Waterhead in Ambleside. It takes you from the northern end of Lake Windermere to a viewpoint overlooking the lake. There's a footpath near to the bus stop on the A591 which is signed for Jenkin's Crag. You climb toward Skelghyll Wood where you pick up woodland trails to the viewpoint. Here you can enjoy great views over the lake to the surrounding mountains. It's a short walk of about 0.5 miles and a nice one to do if you are staying in Waterhead or if you've got half an hour to spare before catching a bus from Waterhead! View Full Details>>
Kendal Castle and River Walk2 miles (2.5 km)A circular walk visiting the River Kent and Kendal Castle. The castle dates from the 12th century, sitting in a prominent position above the town on Castle Hill. You can stroll around the atmospheric ruins and enjoy views over the town and the surrounding countryside. View Full Details>>
Kentmere Horseshoe12 miles (19 km)This challenging circular route explores the range of fells in the upper Kentmere valley area of the Lake District.The route visits some of the quieter areas of the national park while visiting a series of lesser known fells. There's wonderful views of several lakes, the surrounding fells, the Pennine Hills and the Lancashire coast. The path is generally pretty good for nearly all of the route. View Full Details>>
Latterbarrow4 miles (5.7 km)This is a fairly easy climb to Latterbarrow Hill in the Lake District. The hill reaches a height of 803 feet (245m) with splendid views over Esthwaite Water and Lake Windermere. View Full Details>>
Leighton Moss Nature Reserve2 miles (4 km)This large nature reserve in Silverdale, is the perfect place for a peaceful walk in beautiful surroundings. Leighton Moss is the largest reedbed in the north west and has a number of well laid out trails for you to explore the area. An abundance of wildlife can be seen in the reserve including breeding bitterns, starlings, bearded tits, marsh harriers (see video) and red deer. There is also a fantastic cafe in a converted barn. View Full Details>>
Levens Hall4 miles (6 km)Enjoy a peaceful walk around the beautiful park and gardens surrounding this manor house in Kendal. The walk includes a lovely waterside section along the River Kent and through the medieval deer park where Black Fallow Deer and a herd of rare breed Bagot Goats roam the area. View Full Details>>
Little Langdale5 miles (8 km)A circular walk around the beautiful Little Langdale in the Lake District. The walk visits some of the highlights of the area including Little Langdale Tarn, the River Brathay and the striking Cathedral Cavern. The route runs for about 5 miles on reasonably flat paths with a moderate climb on the return leg. View Full Details>>
Loughrigg Fell2 miles (3 km)The climb to Loughrigg fell from Grasmere is a very popular one. It's a reasonably straightforward climb with wonderful views over Rydal Water and Grasmere Lake. The walk starts in the centre of Grasmere and follows country lanes and good footpaths to the 335m (1,099ft) summit. You start by following Red Bank road from Grasmere which runs around the western side of the lake before picking up a footpath to the summit which is effectivley a series of stone steps. The route also passes Loughrigg Terrace which is well worth a short detour. This level path affords wonderful views towards Helm Cragand the Fairfieldgroup and leads to the fascinating Loughrigg Caves. View Full Details>>
Monk Coniston3 miles (5 km)This circular walk takes you through the pretty grounds of Monk Coniston hall to Tarn Hows in the Lake District. The walk starts from the Monk Coniston National Trust car park at the northern end of Coniston Water. It takes you through the Monk Coniston Hall estate with its walled garden, stone Gazebo and attractive woodland. Look out for a variety of flora and fauna including large redwoods and pretty woodland wildflowers. Wildlife includes roe deer, hares, common lizards and adders. View Full Details>>
Muncaster Fell7 miles (11 km)This fine circular walk near Ravenglass climbs to Muncaster Fell with a visit to Muncaster Tarn and great views along the Cumbrian Coast. View Full Details>>
Newby Bridge Circular Walk4 miles (7 km)This circular walk from the hamlet of Newby Bridge, climbs through woodland to FinsthwaiteHeights and High Dam tarn. The little hamlet is in a lovely spot on the River Leven. It's at the southern tip of Lake Windermere and one of the lesser visited spots in the Lake District. You can reach the village by catching a boat to Lakeside from Bowness. The old steam train on the Lakeside and Haverthwaiteheritage railway will take you from Lakeside to Newby Bridge. View Full Details>>
Orrest Head2 miles (3.4 km)Orrest Head was the first fell climbed by Alfred Wainwright. It inspired him to a 'to a life made happy by fellwandering' so you can expect some wonderful views over lakeland on this fairly easy climb. It's a great walk to do if you're coming in by train as the start of the climb is located right next to Windermere railway station. The walk involves some lovely woodland sections and fabulous views of Lake Windermere, theOld Man of Coniston,Scafell Pike,Great Gable,Fairfieldand theLangdale Pikes. View Full Details>>
Ravenglass to Eskdale7 miles (11 km)This walk from Ravenglass takes you to the beautiful Eskdale in the Lake District National Park. It's about a 7 mile walk with the option of returning on the splendid Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway. On the way you'll climb the splendid Muncaster Fell so a good level of fitness is required. View Full Details>>
Red Screes4 miles (6 km)This circular route takes you up Red Screes fell in the Lake District National Park. The walk begins in the popular town of Ambleside and ascends to Scandale Fell and Scandale Pass along the Scandale Beck. From Scandale Pass you turn east to the summit of Red Screes. Here you will find cairns, a circular stone shelter and the pretty Red Screes tarn. There are magnificent views of the coast, Helvellyn, Dove Crag, Fairfield and over Deepdale Hause. To the west you can see the Coniston, Bowfell and Scafell fells. You descend passing Raven Crag to Snarker Moss where the ground can be quite boggy. You continue to Snarker Pike before reaching the Kirkstone Road which will take you back into Ambleside. View Full Details>>
Rydal Cave walk from Ambleside4 miles (6.5 km)This walk climbs to the former quarry at Rydal Cave from Ambleside. It's a short, fairly easy walk from the town following a country lane along the River Rothay to Rydal Water. You then climb through woodland towards the caves which are a popular spot with walkers. You can enter the caves on a series of stepping stones to have a look around inside. View Full Details>>
Rydal Water3 miles (5 km)Enjoy a wonderful circular walk around the beautiful Rydal Water in the Lake District. The route makes use of the waterside trails on the southern side of the lake before picking up a section of the popular Coffin Route on the northern side. There's much to see on the route with views of the River Rothay, rushing becks, pretty waterfalls, woodland trails and a visit to Rydal Hall with its cafe and pretty gardens. It's about a 3 mile walk with some moderate climbs so a reasonable level of fitness is required. View Full Details>>
Scout Scar2 miles (3 km)Enjoy a short but steep climb to a wonderful viewpoint near Kendal. There's a good footpath leading up to the viewpoint where you can see the Coniston Old Man, Bowfell and the Langdale Pikes. It's a geologically fascinating area withcarboniferous limestone and steep slopes to admire. View Full Details>>
Silver How2 miles (3 km)This is a fairly easy climb to Silver How fell in the Lake District. It's a short circular walk starting in Grasmere and a nice one to try if you're looking for an introduction to fell walking. The walk passes the National Trust owned Allan Bank, the former home of William Wordsworth. It's a lovely place to stop for a drink or go for a stroll in the pretty garden. From the Silver How summit there are super views of Grasmere village and lake. Many of the famous fells are also visible such as Helm Crag, Steel Fell, Heron Pike and Fairfield. The walk descends from the summit with a woodland section taking you back to Grasmere. View Full Details>>
Silverdale4 miles (7.2 km)A circular walk from Silverdale railway station, taking you to Eaves Wood, Elmslack, the coastal path and Silverdale Green. There's much to enjoy in this lovely area which forms part of the wider Arnside and Silverdale AONB. You'll experience woodland trails, a climb to a splendid viewpoint and great coastal views over Morceambe Bay. View Full Details>>
Sizergh Castle2 miles (4 km)Enjoy a short walk through the delightful grounds of Sizergh Castle in the Lake District. There are 1,600-acres to explore including limestone pasture, orchards and semi-natural woodland. The beautiful gardens contain a pond, a lake, and a limestone rock garden. There are also fabulous views of the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. View Full Details>>
Skelwith Bridge3 miles (4.6 km)With the long distance Cumbria Way passing through the village and a series of beatiful waterfalls to visit, the village of Skelwith Bridge is a great place for walkers. The walk to Loughrigg Tarn and the delightful riverside stroll to Elterwater are especially popular. View Full Details>>
Stock Ghyll Force1 miles (1 km)This walk takes you to the beautiful Stock Ghyll Force waterfall in Ambleside, in the Lake District. The waterfall is just a short walk from the centre of Ambleside. From here you walk to Stockgyhll Lane where there is a sign saying 'To the Waterfalls'. Bear left here to enter Stock Ghyll Woods where you follow shady paths along Stock Ghyll Beck to the main falls. Here you will find a railed viewpoint from which you can watch the spectacular 70 foot high waterfall.It's a lovely wooded climb with a series of smaller waterfalls to enjoy on the way. View Full Details>>
Tarn Hows2 miles (3.5 km)This popular beauty spot is perfect for a peaceful walk in beautiful surroundings. The area is run by the National Trust and consists of a large picturesquetarn surrounded by woodland. There are well surfaced tracks taking you around the tarn and into the woodland. From the high points there are lovely views of the Lake District Mountains and the surrounding countryside. On a clear day you can see Helvellyn, Nethermost Pike, Dollywaggon Pike, Fairfield, Hart Crag and Dove Crag. View Full Details>>
Ulverston Canal1 miles (2 km)This short canal runs from the centre of the Cumbrian town of Ulverston to the coast at Morcambe Bay. At just over a mile long it makes for a nice easy stroll with lovely coastal views to enjoy at the end. There's also nice views of the Lake District fells and water loving wildlife to look out for on the water. View Full Details>>
Ulverston to Coniston15 miles (24 km)This is the first leg of the Cumbria Way taking you from Ulverston to Coniston. View Full Details>>
Wainwright's Coast to Coast183 miles (294 km)Travel from the west coast of England to the east along this breathtaking route devised by Alfred Wainwright. The walk passes through three of England's most beautiful National Parks taking you on a tour of some of the most incredible scenery in the country. View Full Details>>
Wansfell Pike6 miles (10 km)This circular walk in the Lake District takes you up Wansfell Pike fell to Troutbeck, and then back through Skelghyll woods. It's popular with walkers as it begins and ends in the accessible town of Ambleside. View Full Details>>
Warton Crag3 miles (5 km)Enjoy a circular walk around Warton Crag on this lovely route in Lancashire. View Full Details>>
White Moss Walks1 miles (2 km)This walk follows the footpaths around White Moss Common in the Lake District. The area consists of a series of nice footpaths taking you through woodland and meadows. View Full Details>>
Windermere to Ambleside Walk7 miles (10.5 km)This is a nice scenic route between two of the Lake District's premier towns. It takes you from Windermere to Ambleside via Orrest Head, Troutbeck and Wansfell Pike. It's a nice one to do if you've just come into Windermere on the bus or train and want to reach Ambleside without any further travelling. It's a fairly moderate route until the climb to Wansfell which is more of a challenge. View Full Details>>
Windermere Way41 miles (66 km)A circular walk around Lake Windermere in the beautiful Lake District. The route takes you along various footpaths and quiet lanes visiting several of the pretty settlements surrounding the lake. View Full Details>>

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