Walking in the Lake District, Cumbria
Hikes & Walks in Cumbria
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Hiking along the Coast to Coast Walk
The Coast to Coast West takes you through the dramatic upland scenery of the English Lake District from St Bees, located on the Irish Sea, to the market town of Kirkby Stephen. Created by Alfred ...
Lake District: The best walks in Cumbria, and perhaps the whole of England!
The Lake District is the UK's most popular national park and Cumbria's crown jewel. It is the perfect place to discover magnificant mountains and fells as well as stunning lakes and ancient woods. Miles of extraordinary trails run through the area and offer routes for walkers of all ability levels. In total, more than 3,100 kilometers of walking trails will give you plenty of options for hillwalking and exploring.
Great views can be found on top of the rugged mountains of Lake District National Park. Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England at 978 metres, is one of the most popular summits in the country. Hillwalkers can choose to go the direct route via Hollow Stones path or start with a walk through Wasdale valley for a bigger circular route.
The Lake District is host to some of the very best walking trails in England. Explorers of the park can venture large selection of well marked main tracks, or choose to follow a less trodden trail in a more remote part and less visited corner of the national park.
For good options for accommodation, excellent local shopping as well as tourist information, head to towns like Bowness and Grasmere. Throughout the land, the immense variety of lakes on show are a real treat. Highlights like Angle Tarn, Rydal Water and Coniston Water are not to be missed. Short walks or relentless hikes? Steep ascent or highest point? Popular walk or hidden stroll? Find it all at the biggest, most popular National Park in England.
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Finding a base for walks in Cumbria
If you're looking for a reasonably priced location to stay for hiking holidays in Cumbria, try the market town of Kirkby Stephen. It is located in the Eden district in the east of Cumbria and is easily accessible from both the Lake District and the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Here, amongst many more highlights, you can find Cross fell, the highest mountain in the Pennine Hills, and the highest summit in England outside of The Lake District. Or stay low in the valley and hike along the river Eden.
You can find all that you need in terms of resources, information and even some excellent local attractions like Pendragon Castle to the south west of the town. At the heart of the town is a great high street to pick up equipment and supplies. Heading east,you will find the summit Nine Standards Rigg, which comes highly recommended for a day walk from the town and provides a spectacular view over the surrounding area. There are many walking routes to choose from that starting point in the town, and some good pubs for your hard-earned refreshment.