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Top 10 Hikes in The Lake District

The Lake District features an overwhelming range of hiking opportunities suited for people of all experiences to enjoy, whether you’re a Sunday morning stroller or a seasoned fell walker. The team here at The Epicentre have put their heads together and narrowed down their Top 10 Favourite Hikes. We hope that you enjoy the walks but please always study the suggested route before setting off, checking the forecast and ensuring you’re fitted with all the essential clothing and equipment.

1

RYDAL WATER & GRASMERE

Rydal, Lake District
Rydal & Grasmere Route Map
Start: Grasmere
GR: NY338073
Distance: 9.0km
Ascent: 190m
Min Time: 2hrs 7m

Super simple and friendly stroll taking you round the beautiful Rydal & Grasmere Lakes. Stock up on some of that essential Grasmere gingerbread and then take a quick history lesson at Dove Cottage, the home of William Wordsworth.

Full Route: Rydal Water & Grasmere Walk

2

WANSFELL PIKE VIA STOCKGHYLL FORCE

Wansfell Pike
Wansfell Pike Route Map
Start: AMBLESIDE
GR: NY376045
Distance: 10.7km
Ascent: 482m
Min Time: 3hrs 6m

An excellent circular route taking you past Ambleside’s very own Niagara Falls and a quick walk through the quaint village of Troutbeck. A little step up here in terms of difficulty, featuring a few steep climbs to the top of Wansfell pike yet that view over Lake Windermere is nothing less than spectacular.

Full Route: Wansfell Pike via Stockghyll Force Walk

3

GOWBARROW VIA AIRA FORCE

Gowbarrow
Gowbarrow via Aira Force Route Map
Start: AIRA FORCE
GR: NY400200
Distance: 5.9km
Ascent: 482m
Min Time: 1hrs 46m

Once you’ve escaped the madness over at Aira Force, find the route heading to Gowbarrow Fell for a breathtaking view over Ullswater Lake and the surrounding fells.

Full Route: Gowbarrow via Aira Force Walk

4

CAUSEY PIKE

Causey Pike
Causey Pike Route Map
Start: Uzzicar Farm
GR: NY232217
Distance: 8.3km
Ascent: 672m
Min Time: 2hrs 40m

This route ventures up into the North Lakes, just past Derwent Water. A little more confidence on the hills needed here with some light scrambling required. A step up from your standard stroll, taking you over 3 mighty hills: Scar Crags, Rowling End, and Causey Pike.

Full Route: Causey Pike Walk

5

COLD PIKE & PIKE OF BLISCO

Cold Pike
Cold Pike & Pike O' Stickle Route Map
Start: Three Shire Stone
GR: NY277028
Distance: 6.5km
Ascent: 705m
Min Time: 2hrs 7m

A fantastic circular hike combining 2 mighty big hills, often leading you to some incredibly remote spots. A true test of your navigation skills with caution required along the various boulder screes.

Full Route: Cold Pike & Pike of Blisco Walk

6

LANGDALE PIKES

Langdale Pikes
Langdale Pikes Route Map
Start: Langdale
GR: NY294063
Distance: 9.1km
Ascent: 869m
Min Time: 3hrs 16m

Hit up 6 hills in one day: Thunacar Knott, Thorn Crag, Pike of Stickle, Pavey Ark, Loft Crag, and Harrison Stickle. Don’t forget to celebrate your accomplishments with a swift one in the 7th wonder – The Sticklebarn Tavern. Not the trickiest of routes but still a very steep climb requiring confidence in your navigational skills.

Full Route: Langdale Pikes Walk

7

FAIRFIELD HORSESHOE

The Fairfield Horseshoe
Fairfield Horseshoe Route Map
Start: AMBLESIDE
GR: NY376047
Distance: 16.4km
Ascent: 873m
Min Time: 5hrs 5m

A personal favourite amongst the team, with this classic route offering incredible views over the central lakes. Don’t be fooled by this simple route with the devious summit of Fairfield often fooling the most experienced fell walkers when stuck in the mist.

Full Route: Fairfield Horseshoe Walk

8

BOWFELL VIA LANGDALE

Bowfell
Bowfell via Langdale Route Map
Start: Great LANGDALE
GR: NY286061
Distance: 13.6KM
Ascent: 902m
Min Time: 4hrs 10m

An adventure certainly not suited for the faint hearted, often leaving you exposed on some steep traverse routes arguably more drawn towards climbing territory.

Full Route: Bowfell via Langdale Walk

9

KENTMERE HORSESHOE

Kentmere Horseshoe
Kentmere Horseshoe Route Map
Start: KENTMERE
GR: NY455041
Distance: 20.7KM
Ascent: 784m
Min Time: 5hrs 57m

An accessible route featuring a standard degree of navigation along its mostly clear paths, however, its sheer length and remoteness carry an extreme challenge for even the hardiest fell walker. An incredible 9 hills in one day, taking you over: Yoke, Thornthwaite Crag, Shipman Knotts, Mardale Ill Bell, Kentmere Pike, Ill Bell, Harter Fell, Goat Scar, and Froswick.

Full Route: Kentmere Horseshoe Walk

10

HELVELLYN VIA STRIDING EDGE

Striding Edge, Hellvelyn
Hellvelyn via Striding Edge Route Map
Start: GLENRIDDING
GR: NY385169
Distance: 14.1KM
Ascent: 950m
Min Time: 4hrs 19m

The pinnacle for all Lake District pioneers. Striding Edge will both excite and terrify you, presenting a very steep and exposed terrain which we would consider to be a full-on mountaineering route. Once you’ve enjoyed the summit of Helvellyn, scare yourself silly all over again on Swirral Edge when descending. Give yourself plenty of time, embrace the views but have your wits about you.

Full Route: Helvellyn via Striding Edge Walk

ESSENTIAL CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT

Ensure you’re equipped with all the essential outdoor clothing and equipment. We’ve compiled a quick kit list that links to some of the collections we have available. This will certainly keep you happy out on the hills, enjoy folks!
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