Best forest trails in Ambleside, Cumbria

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Explore the most popular forest 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 forest trails in Ambleside, Cumbria
Top trails (22)
#1 - Loughrigg Fell Circular
Moss Rigg Wood
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 4 h 3 m
Enjoy this 12km trail around Loughrigg Fell, it's amazing park and nature all around. There are many activities and amazing views, a great place to disconnect and enjoy with friends and family. The route is suitable for dogs in some parts and there are great views of the lakes and surrounding mountains. The climb to the peak is not too hard and well worth the effort.Show more
#2 - High Wray
Lake District National Park
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 3 h 16 m
This is a gorgeous flat walk along the west side of Lake Windermere for couple of miles. Then up through managed woodland on the east side of Latterbarrow. Latterbarrow is only 207m, but the top gives wonderful views of Hawkshead village, towards Tarn How's, Coniston Old Man, Waterhead, and a good stretch of Windermere. Show more
#3 - Hawkshead Hill, Tarn Hows and Trover Intake Loop
Ambleside, Cumbria, England
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 3 h 21 m
#4 - Langdale Pikes Circular Route
Lake District National Park
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Length: 7.1 mi • Est. 4 h 35 m
Any route around the Langdale Pikes is of moderate distance, this one being 7 miles or so, and takes in Blea Rigg, Sergeant Man, Thunacar Knott, Pavy Ark, Harrison Stickle, Pike O' Stickle, Loft Crag and Thorn Crag, the highest being Harrison Stickle 2,403ft. The start of the route is a little unconventional following the gill at the side of Whitegill Crag to reach the plateau. This approach is more adventurous than following the pitched path via Stickle Gill. Whitegill Crag towers above the bed of the gill, which is lost beneath a tangle of rocks in its middle section. Don't be put off by its appearance on first sight as an ingenious rock climbers route winds its way around any obstacles. Take your time and enjoy the experience of this private place. At the top it splits - take the right hand route up the scree slope leaving the gill behind. Be sure to visit the cairn at the top of Whitegill Crag for an uninterrupted view of Great Langdale. The route to Blea Rigg is mainly trackless and less exciting. From Blea Rigg to Sergeant Man is 1.5 miles and 700ft of ascent. From here to Thunacar Knott is easy as it loops around the head of Bright Beck. The best views are from all of the summits that follow which are justifiably popular and linked together on well worn paths. The return is from Loft Crag was via Thorn Crag and the 'Mark Gate' route.Show more
#5 - Latterbarrow and The Sawreys
Lake District National Park
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Length: 9.3 mi • Est. 4 h 59 m
#6 - Elterwater Lake Circular Walk
Ambleside, Cumbria, England
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 17 m
#7 - Claife Heights Circular Walk
Lake District National Park
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 2 h 17 m
#8 - Greenburn Round: Dead Pike, Calf Crag, Gibson Knott, Helm Crag
Lake District National Park
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 3 h 40 m
This route starts with a straightforward ascent of Steel Fell by the SE - ridge and is of moderate gradient, then continues across marshy ground at the head of Greenburn Dale to Calf Crag overlooking Far Easedale. Following on from Calf Crag is an undulating roller coaster ride over Gibson Knott finishing with distinction at Helm Crag overlooking Grasmere. A swift descent is then made from Bracken Hause back to Greenburn. From the summit of Steel Fell there is an all-round view - The western aspect of Helvellyn - The distant view up Thirlmere to Blencathra  - The mass of Ullscarf - The Calf Crag to Helm Crag ridge. The fence on Steel Fell defines the old Westmorland/Cumberland county boundary.Show more
#9 - Loughrigg Fell and River Rothay Circular
Lake District National Park
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 20 m
#10 - Elterwater and Loughrigg Tarn Circular Walk
Ambleside, Cumbria, England
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 52 m
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