A view of Castle Crag from the village of Rosthwaite

Castle Crag

  • Distance: 4.7 miles
  • Difficulty: Medium

Kings How and Castle Crag form the dramatic jaws of Borrowdale. The ragged crags resemble teeth. Castle Crag stands at 951 feet, it’s the only fell below 1000ft that has been awarded Wainwright’s recognition, featuring in his ‘Guide to the Lake District Fells’. Wainwright described it as being: “magnificently independent, ruggedly individual and aggressively unashamed …

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View from high of Steeple, looking over toward the Solway Firth and Scotland.

Red Pike, Scoat Fell, Haycock and Caw Fell

  • Distance: 12.5 miles
  • Difficulty: Hard

This is four Wainrights in one. Starting at Overbeck Bridge, begin by walking along the edges of Yewbarrow and continuing until you reach the top of Dore Head. From there carry on towards the summit of Red Pike. The summit of Red Pike perches on the edge of a precipice and boasts thrilling views. It’s named …

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Heather on the side of Mellbreak with views of Crummock Water.

Mellbreak

  • Distance: 6.3 miles
  • Difficulty: Medium

The fell stands alone, Wainwright described it as being ‘isolated and independent of other high ground, aloof’. There are no connecting ridges and little possibility of walk variations. From the Kirkstile Inn (near Loweswater) follow the lane the runs beneath the Inn, gradually climbing uphill. The lane transforms into a stony track as you ascend. Upon …

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Grasmoor, Wandope and Whiteless Pike

  • Distance: 7.1 miles
  • Difficulty: Hard

There’s a small car park Cinderdale Common, from there, climb up Lad Hows ridge. The ascent is quite hard going, with a slight respite in the middle before a steep climb to the summit. The views from the summit of Grasmoor are spectacular, overlooking the Solway Firth across to Scotland. On a clear day it’s …

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A view over the tranquil shores of Rydal Water

Circuit of Rydal Water

  • Distance: 4.4 miles
  • Difficulty: Easy

This a short but picturesque walk with woodland scenery and views over the small tranquil lake and surrounding fells. This walk can be quite busy, down to its proximity to the popular tourist haunts of Ambleside and Grasmere. Upon crossing Pelter Bridge you will come across the grounds of Rydal Hall. Which is also well …

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View from Rannerdale Knotts overlooking the foot of Buttermere and the head of Crummock Water

Rannerdale Knotts

  • Distance: 3 miles
  • Difficulty: Medium

At 1,160 ft, Rannerdale Knott’s is fairly short, yet rugged in stature. The walk takes just a couple of hours. It’s a peaceful hike and in late spring there are stunning displays of bluebells on the fellsides. Starting at the Hause point, National Trust car park, the footpath begins leading upwards from the outset. The …

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View of Great Gable looming ever larger in the background.

Grey Knotts, Brandreth, Green Gable and Great Gable

  • Distance: 7.6 miles
  • Difficulty: Hard

Honister slate mine is well worth a visit, their labyrinth of mines and extreme activities make for an adventurous day out. For this walk, park at the mine’s and take the climb up to Grey Knotts from the car park. The following three fells form a line, the final being Great Gable, the largest of …

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View from the summit of Ard Crags, with the Irish Sea in the distance.

Knott Rigg and Ard Crags

  • Distance: 5.8 miles
  • Difficulty: Medium

The car park at Newlands Hause provides a ‘leg up’ on this walk. Knott Rigg stands at around 1825 feet high and is located on a four-kilometre-long stretch of ridge in the Newlands Valley. The climb begins from the off and the path up the mountain can clearly be seen throughout. After reaching the summit of Knott …

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Illgill Head and Whin Rigg overlooking the striking blue lake, Wastwater.

Middle Fell

  • Distance: 4.2 miles
  • Difficulty: Easy

This is a fantastic walk especially if you are short on time. Parking on a roadside verge near Greendale Cottages, follow a grassy path which gradually leads uphill. As the path continues it becomes rockier in terrain. Follow the bank of Greendale Gill which leads to Greendale Tarn. Take the pathway above the tarn, following …

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Looking over Bleaberry Tarn on the High Stile range.

High Stile Range

  • Distance: 9.4 miles
  • Difficulty: Medium

Parking on the National Trust Car Park on the edge of Buttermere Lane, walk across the foot of the lake. Upon reaching Burness Wood the path begins to climb, once you are above the treeline there are wonderful views over Buttermere. It can be quite cool on the tops, so it’s worth packing hats and …

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