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Best trails in Lake District National Park

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Looking for a great trail in Lake District National Park, Cumbria? AllTrails has 548 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 336 moderate trails in Lake District National Park ranging from 1.6 to 289.4 km and from 4 to 955 meters above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Lake District National Park was the second national park established in the UK and is the most popular with over 16 million visitors per year. The park is known for its rugged fell mountains, historic literary associations and glacial ribbon lakes. Market towns such as Kendal, Ambleside and Keswick on scenic Derwentwater are bases for exploring the area and home to traditional inns, galleries of local art and outdoor equipment shops. Visitors have the opportunity to take winter skills courses, rent boats or simply walk, hike or backpacking the 3,105 kilometres of rights of way. There are a variety of accommodations across the park as well as areas for day use such as picnicking or swimming. The park also includes many historic buildings, gardens and guided tours.

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Map of trails in Lake District National Park
Park information
Park hours
Monday
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Contact
+44 1539 724555
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Top trails (548)
#1 - Scafell Pike from Seathwaite
Lake District National Park
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Length: 17.5 km • Est. 6 h 52 m
A circular and strenuous walk leading to the summit of Scafell Pike in Cumbria. Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England and is located within the Southern Fells of the Lake District. The routeShow more
#2 - Scafell Pike
Lake District National Park
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Length: 9.2 km • Est. 4 h 20 m
Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England, at an elevation of 978 meters above sea level. Show more
#3 - Fairfield Horseshoe
Lake District National Park
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Length: 16.1 km • Est. 6 h 17 m
Although some class this as mountaineering, it depends on the weather. On a fine summers day it could be classed as a long hike. It is one of the classic walks in the Lake District National Park, takiShow more
#4 - Catbells via Allerdale Ramble
Lake District National Park
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Length: 6.8 km • Est. 2 h 38 m
Catbells via Allerdale Ramble is a 6.8 kilometer loop trail located near Keswick, Cumbria, England that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hikiShow more
#5 - Coledale Circular Walk
Lake District National Park
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Length: 15.6 km • Est. 6 h 28 m
Coledale Circular Walk is a 15.6 kilometer loop trail located near Keswick, Cumbria, England that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking.Show more
#6 - Buttermere Circuit from Gatesgarth
Lake District National Park
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Length: 6.9 km • Est. 2 h 5 m
Please note: As per July 31, users have reported that the bridge over the water is currently closed and so requires a diversion onto a less paved, water laden path. Paths on this much used circuit haShow more
#7 - Helvellyn
Lake District National Park
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Length: 6.8 km • Est. 3 h 21 m
Helvellyn is a 6.8 kilometer out and back trail located near Glenridding, Cumbria, England that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking.Show more
#8 - Cat Bells, Maiden Moor and High Spy
Lake District National Park
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Length: 12.9 km • Est. 4 h 44 m
This route takes you along the ridge from Catbells, across Maiden Moor and on to High Spy, before dropping down to Dale Head Tarn and the long but beautiful trek back beside the infant Newlands Beck. Show more
#9 - Derwent Water Circular Walk
Lake District National Park
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Length: 17.4 km • Est. 5 h 16 m
There can surely be no other more satisfying walk in the Lake District, that offers so much, with no height gained, is a decent length and occupies a whole day than a circuit of Derwent Water. This ciShow more
#10 - Birkhouse Moor, Striding Edge, Helvellyn and Catstycam
Lake District National Park
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Length: 13.0 km • Est. 5 h 8 m
Birkhouse Moor, Striding Edge, Helvellyn and Catstycam is a 13.0 kilometer loop trail located near Penrith, Cumbria, England that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily usedShow more
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