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Walks in the Lake District - South Lakeland

Walking in the Southern Lake District

Voted time and again the walker's favourite UK destination, the Lake District is any outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Our fell-top walks, made famous by Alfred Wainwright, are second-to-none at offering the glorious view that makes the physical effort so worthwhile. Follow in Wainwright’s footsteps and challenge yourself to walk the 214 Wainwrights, experiencing the classic lake, valley and ridge walks of the Lake District.

Walking in the Lakes is a favourite residents’ pastime and you are spoilt for choice when it comes to picking a route. If you wish to walk with an organised group you could join the Ramblers Association.

Walking routes are suitable for all abilities, from the challenging, e.g. the Coast to Coast walk, to some beautiful Family Walks. Maybe you’ll opt for the Cumbria Way, Rydal and Loughrigg Terrace, or an exploration of the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty. Go quietly here and you will see birds, mammals, and plenty of insects.

The Limestone Link provides a walk through the limestone country of South Cumbria, or you may choose to embark on the Kendal to Lancaster Canal walk. Most routes are easily accessed from the major Lakes tourist centres via regular public transport services, and if you feel inspired you can even plan your own routes!  

If you are a dog owner, a look at the Miles without Stiles guide is a must! Here you will find routes in the Lake District which are not only dog friendly, but also suitable for wheelchair users, families with pushchairs, and the visually impaired. For more ideas with your canine friends we suggest Dog Friendly Lakes.

South Lakeland is also famous for its traditional sport of fell running, which can be seen at Grasmere Sports and Ambleside Sports. If walking the fells is not enough and you want to tackle the difficult uphill climbs yourself, you can do it as a hobby or join a local club. It’s worth learning some orienteering and navigation skills to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable day on the fells. For guided running and mountain skills courses please see the Mountain Run website.

Weather in the Lake District can change rapidly. Make sure you use the National Park Authority 24-hour Weatherline service before you leave for your walk. This service is updated twice a day.

To find more South Lakeland walks, or any walks from elsewhere in the Lake District, visit GoLakes!