The Lake District is the ideal destination when it comes to walking, whether you are wanting an easy lake stroll, or a challenging walk up some of the country's highest mountains, you will find something for everyone.
A name to remember when thinking of walking in the Lakes is Alfred Wainwright, famous for his Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells. He covered a total of 214 fells in his seven volume pictorial guide so you may find it difficult to choose which ones you want to experience. Wainwright Routes is a very useful website that features all 214 of the Wainwright Fells. He was also the creator of the Coast To Coast Walk, which is 190 miles (305 km) long from St Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hood's Bay in Yorkshire and is now one of the most popular long distance walks in Cumbria.
BUGGIE AND WHEELCHAIR FRIENDLY
If you're looking for something more low-level, there are walking routes suitable for the whole family including paths accessible to buggies and wheelchairs. The Lake District National Park website has some brilliant tips and route suggestions, perfect for adventures with your little ones. You can also visit their Miles Without Stiles page, which features 48 routes across the National Park which are wheelchair and buggie friendly.
There are two fairly easy viewpoint walks which offer spectacular views across Lake Windermere. These are Orrest Head which is accessible from Windermere village and Gummer's How which is accessed from Newby Bridge. Wainwright neglected to include Gummer’s How in his main guides, probably due to its insignificant height of less than 400 foot of climbing, but he added it later to his Outlying Fells collection.
According to The Telegraph newspaper, these are the best Lake District walks, including Scafell Pike; the highest mountain in England standing at 3,209 feet! It's a walk well within reach for most walkers, although it's a long climb to the top and best saved for a day with pleasant weather.
It would be difficult to say that any of the walks in the Lake District aren't popular - each have their own characteristics and difficulty level. Many are suitable for novice walkers whilst some require a bit more thought and attention. Mountains such as Helvellyn and Scafell Pike may not be for everyones skill set but smaller walks such as Gummers How are catered for those who may be a bit more wary.
A staff recommendation is Loughrigg Fell and the Langdale Pikes, which Anna, a receptionist from The Damson Dene hotel, has named as her two favourites. Langdales Pikes in particular is one of the most popular walks in the Lakes.