The Lake District National Park in Cumbria is home to England’s 10 highest mountains. This, combined with stunning lakes, pretty Lakeland villages and great hospitality, is why our area provides a wonderful base for walking and climbing holidays.
An introduction to the mountains of the Lake District
How many fells are there in the Lake District?
Alfred Wainwright described 214 fells (hills and mountains) in his seven-volume Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells and many walkers aim to tackle them all! While it would be impossible to take on this challenge during your holiday, the illustrated guides still provide inspiration to walkers from around the world.
What are the highest mountains in the Lake District?
The ten highest mountains are not only the tallest in the Lake District, but the highest mountains in England too, which is what makes them so impressive. If you fancy a challenge, here are the top five:
- Scafell Pike – 978m (3210ft)
- Scafell – 964m (3162ft)
- Helvellyn – 950m (3114ft)
- Skiddaw – 931m (3053ft)
- Great End – 910m (2986ft)
Mountains and fells to climb in the southern Lake District
Here is a selection of Lake District mountains that are within easy reach of Hawkshead and the South Lakes. Whether you are an experienced climber or a hill walker looking for a challenge, you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice in our special corner of the Lake District.
The Coniston Fells
On the lower slopes of this range you will see evidence of the industrial past of the area, with quarries and old mine workings, but as you get higher there is a wonderful selection of climbs taking from two hours to a more challenging seven hours. There is the wonderfully named Coniston Old Man and also the lesser known Dow Crag, Swirl How and our favourite Wetherlam, which are all worth a visit.
The Langdale Pikes
This range dominates the skyline of the South Lakes and offers walkers easy access to some truly amazing scenery. The walk to Harrison Sickle via Dungeon Gill is a very popular route as you make your way up following the line of cascading waterfalls that lead up to Stickle Tarn – the perfect place for a picnic. The other side of the valley offers access to Bowfell and Crinkle Crags.
The Fairfield Group
The Lake District excels in ‘horseshoe’ walks where walkers can scale one of a series of peaks and traverse around the top of a valley. The Fairfield group of fells is one example of this and offers a great day’s walking above the village of Ambleside, taking 5-6 hours. There are also many shorter routes offering stunning views of Lake Windermere and the surrounding fells.
Further walking inspiration
The Lake District is the perfect destination not only for mountain climbers, but for anyone who enjoys walking and scenic landscapes. Check out our complete guide to walking in the Lake District for low-level walks and accessible walks alongside a few more challenging treks.
There’s also no need to walk for hours to reap the rewards of an amazing view! The Lake District offers short walks to great viewpoints in abundance – take a look at our team’s favourites here for inspiration.