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.
Beccy’s choice is Latterbarrow. This is a lovely walk starting in the village that takes you across the fields and then a short steep climb to a large stone cairn on the top which gives you amazing views in every direction – a great place for a picnic and much-loved by Bruce and Zara, her two dogs.
Emma’s choice is Gummer’s How. 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. 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.
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 and brings back many happy childhood memories. The views of Fairfield Horseshoe and the Langdale and Coniston Fells are well worth the 5-mile walk.
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!
And finally, my 2 choices which 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 I take a little longer! The view down Lake Windermere to the south is simply stunning.
I also recommend a walk up to Jenkin’s 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 set over the Langdales.
For even more unforgettable walks across the Lake District, take a look at our complete guide to walking in the Lake District.