All of our team at the Lakeland Hideaways office love walking, and we love sharing our passion for our corner of the National Park with our guests. Here are our team’s recommendations for short walks that offer the great reward of stunning views, all within easy reach of our selection of Lake District cottages.
These short walks are suitable for all abilities and for both little and longer legs.
Beccy’s choice is Latterbarrow. This is a lovely walk starting in Hawkshead that takes you across the fields, followed by a short steep climb to the top, which gives you amazing views in every direction. The summit is also crowned by a stone memorial, so you’ll know if you are heading in the right direction. It’s a great place for a picnic and much-loved by Bruce and Zara, her two dogs.
Find the full route details here.
Emma’s choice is Gummer’s How, close to the National Trust’s Fell Foot Park. This walk is from the south-east end of Lake Windermere and can either be a short steep climb or it can be extended to create a 5-mile circular route through forest and open fellside. The short walk from the Gummer’s How picnic area is just 1 kilometre long making it a great walk to try with kids. Emma loves the view here, and her daughter loves it when there is the added bonus of watching the jets zoom up the lake beneath her.
Find the full route details here.
Sheila’s choice is Carron Crag. This walk from the eastern shore of Coniston Water, near Brantwood, leads you up through the forest to the rocky crag, which is the highest point between Windermere and Coniston as well as the highest point in Grizedale Forest. The views of Fairfield Horseshoe and the Langdale and Coniston Fells are well worth the 5-mile walk. Departing from the Dodgson Wood car park, the route takes in the Coniston Old Man and Dow Crag with amazing views out over Grizedale Forest and beyond.
Find the full walking route here.
Gary’s choice is Black Fell. This walk, close to the famous beauty spot of Tarn Hows, can be approached from a variety of directions and offers spectacular views in every direction. He also enjoys this as a mountain bike route with a view to reward the effort of the climb. You can enjoy amazing views at both the start and finish if you begin at Tarn Hows, and also climb the nearby Holme Fell if you’re after even more great views from the top.
Find a great route for discovering Tarn Hows and Black Fell here.
Ruth’s two choices both start from Ambleside.
Todd Crag is a short walk from the park in Ambleside and rises above the village quickly – local children do the ascent and back in under 20 minutes as part of their fell running training, but most take a little longer! The view down Lake Windermere to the south is simply stunning. This is part of a shoulder of hills that extend from Ambleside and close by you can also explore Lily Tarn, a pretty little lake.
Find the full route from Ambleside here.
She also recommends a walk up to Jenkins Crag, which starts from Ambleside and takes you south towards Troutbeck. This rocky outcrop is hidden from the main path (although signposted) and is a truly magical location for perfect for watching the sun setting over the Langdales. From Ambleside you’ll wander through the ancient woodlands of Skelghyll Wood, often decorated with bluebells, before climbing the rocks of Jenkins Crag and admiring the views out over Lake Windermere.
Find out how to reach Jenkins Crag from Ambleside here.
For even more unforgettable walks across the Lake District, take a look at our complete guide to walking in the Lake District.