Best lake trails in Ambleside, Cumbria

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Explore the most popular lake 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 lake trails in Ambleside, Cumbria
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#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 - Langdale Pikes: Pavey Ark, Harrison Stickle and Pike Of Stickle
Lake District National Park
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 3 h 13 m
A great route taking in 3 of the Langdale Pikes - Pavey Ark, Harrison Stickle and Pike Of Stickle. Not very far in terms of distance, but a lot of up and down over rocky terrain.Show more
#3 - Rydal Water Circular
Moss Rigg Wood
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 35 m
A circular walk from the village of Rydal in the Lake District, Cumbria. The walking route performs a loop around Rydal Water, a small lake covering an area of a third of a square kilometre. Rydal Water may be one of the smallest lakes in the Lake District, however what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in sheer beauty as it sits glistening at the foot of Loughrigg Fell. This area inspired much of Wordsworth's poetry and you will pass his former home. The lake is supplied and drained by the River Rothay, which flows from Grasmere upstream and towards Windermere downstream. You will enjoy beautiful woodlands, lakeside views and follow a stretch of the old coffin road plus Loughrigg Terrace, one of the most beautiful half-miles in lakeland. The walk includes a few climbs and descents throughout, with a couple of steep sections but nothing too long. The total ascent is only around 150 metres. If follows stretches of well-made stone paths and tracks for the most part. You will need to negotiate several gates and footbridges but there are no stiles. You will come across grazing sheep and there are two road crossings that need care.Show more
#4 - Easedale Tarn Round
Lake District National Park
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 2 h 51 m
When William Wordsworth was residing at Allen Bank his sister Dorothy wrote of Easedale -  'wherever we turn there is nothing more beautiful than we see from our windows, while the treasures of Easedale lie as it were at our door'. The Easedale Tarn walk must be 'The Most Popular' walk from Grasmere on account of its accessibility from the village and its appeal to old and young alike. Leaving Grasmere by the Easedale road the footbridge is crossed at the bend beyond 'Goody Bridge'. The going used to be wet here but recent 'pitching' of the path has seen much improvement. All is on the level with Sourmilk Gill ahead but there is much rough ground for the unwary. Climbing starts in earnest alongside the gill, but the waterfalls add an extra distraction. Beyond the falls is another rough track before the tarn is reached. The return path can be seen on the opposite side of the gill. If wanting to shorten the walk (missing out the tarn) you cut across the gill above the falls to gain this return path. After appreciation of the scene, cross the outfall and follow the return path which slants away towards 'Far Easedale' and the footbridge at Stythwaite Steps. The way back to Grasmere is part of the 'Coast to Coast' route, and is initially stony in places.Show more
#5 - Bowfell and Esk Pike Circular
Lake District National Park
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Length: 9.5 mi • Est. 6 h 10 m
The route via 'The Band' from Great Langdale requires no introduction as it is the most popular and well-known to the summit of Bowfell. Other 'tops' visited were Esk Pike, Allen Crags and Rossett Pike. There can be a number of deep drifts approaching the hause at 'Three Tarns' which can make your progress slow. From the hause the going is steep but should be not too difficult in the conditions. At the summit of Bowfell the views over to Scafell Pike were spectacular in the clear air and bright sunshine. It is easy going from Bowfell to Ore Gap and on the ascent to Esk Pike with equally stunning views. Take note, there can be lots of people around the Esk Hause area ascending from Seathwaite via Grains Gill en-route to Scafell Pike. The views from Allen Crags were again of the highest order over Great End to Great Gable and around. It was deep snow on the descent to Angle Tarn and on to Rossett Pike. From here it is a little tricky to follow a faint trod as it crosses Littlegill Head and Black Crag with a fell side littered with rocks. It emerges to meet the Stake Pass route. It is always further than you think along the valley of Mickleden back to the Old Dungeon Ghyll.Show more
#6 - 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
#7 - Helms Crag and Easedale Tarn
Lake District National Park
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 3 h 37 m
#8 - 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
#9 - Elter Water and Loughrigg Tarn
Lake District National Park
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Length: 7.0 mi • Est. 3 h 59 m
Two loops, starting at The Talbot Bar, Skelwith Bridge Hotel.Show more
#10 - Latterbarrow and The Sawreys
Lake District National Park
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Length: 9.3 mi • Est. 4 h 59 m
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