Best backpacking trails in Ambleside, Cumbria

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Explore the most popular backpacking trails near Ambleside with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of backpacking trails in Ambleside, Cumbria
Top trails (9)
#1 - Loughrigg Fell and River Rothay Circular
Lake District National Park
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 20 m
#2 - Rydal Pelter Circular
Lake District National Park
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 30 m
#3 - Silver How, Grasmere Circular
Lake District National Park
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 3 h 26 m
After passing through the grounds of the High Close Youth Hostel there are two steep pull-ups at Huntingstyle Crag and Dow Bank before ascending Silver How. Wordsworth probably stood on this summit many times and composed some worthy verse about the vale and you can too !! On the descent to Grasmere village via Wray Gill, Allen Bank is passed which was Wordsworth's home for a short time before moving to Dove Cottage. Allen Bank was bequeathed to the National Trust by Cannon Rawnsley one of the trusts founding members. After a serious fire and being re-roofed, it is open to the public for the very first time having been a private residence. Show more
#4 - Great Langdale Beck and Wasdale Head Circular
Lake District National Park
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Length: 23.5 mi • Est. Multi-day
This stunning trek takes you into dramatic landscape, challenging climbs and stunning views. It's hard work but worth it. Come prepared, well-equipped and eager!Show more
#5 - Steel Fell, Dead Pike and Calf Crag
Lake District National Park
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Length: 8.3 mi • Est. 4 h 19 m
Steel Fell and Helm Crag are two iconic fells (high and barren landscape feature) overlooking Grasmere in the Lake District. Having climbed Steel Fell, there is an undulating ridge reaching the col of Bracken Hause just before Helm Crag. Doing this walk on a fine day is pretty straight forward, in mist and poor visibility it gets more difficult. The ridges between Steel Fell and Calf Crag, and then to Helm Crag are sometimes wide and the path is not always clearly defined. The start point is Grasmere village where there are various pay and display car parks throughout.Show more
#6 - Blea Rigg Circular Walk
Lake District National Park
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Length: 7.9 mi • Est. 4 h 44 m
#7 - Silverthwaite, Loughrigg Tarn, Fieldfoot Wood and Loughrigg Fell Circular
Lake District National Park
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 3 h 42 m
This stunning walk starting from the car park near Silverthwaite, an inspiring spot looking out over Langdale Valley. This grand five-bedroom house was built by suffragist Amy Sharp in the early 1900s. Inside you can see how art and local crafts have influenced the decor of this house, from the period fireplaces and the wooden floorboards to antique furnishings and floral detailing. The house is set in woodland, rich in flora with interlinking paths, so this area is even a great place to stay at whilst discovering the Lake District. This particular cottage is great if you're a cyclist as there are many cycle routes in the area and the cottage is well equipped with lockable bike storage and a cleaning kit. Along the route you will reach Loughrigg Tarn, a small, natural lake, situated north of Windermere, just north of the village of Skelwith Bridge. It is located at the foot of Loughrigg Fell, a hill which stands on the end of the long ridge coming down from High Raise over Silver How towards Ambleside, and is separated from its neighbours by the depression of Red Bank.Show more
#8 - Grasmere to Glenridding
Ambleside, Cumbria, England
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Length: 8.8 mi • Est. 5 h 13 m
#9 - Ambleside to Penrith via Red Screes, Angle Tarn and Arthurs Pike
Ambleside, Cumbria, England
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Length: 23.7 mi • Est. Multi-day
This trail takes in some of the most beautiful countryside in Wales and end at the medieval ruins of Penrith Castle.Show more