Explore the most popular birding trails in Lake District National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

A pretty part of the world and if you have 2 cars a great single day outing.

Far more fun is to try and stay high for longer though - traversing High Street and Harter Fell gives nicer views and more enjoyment for not too much more effort. You can come back through Swindale and Keld or Mosedale and over the Shap Fells down to Keld again.

As a day hike it’s better in reverse.

Of note: there has been a lot of talk about seeing the village of Mardale this year. You haven’t, but a couple of tracks outside the village have been uncovered by the low water, but the village itself hasn’t been seen for a good 15-20yr. This had made for some awful traffic down the side of Haweswater and difficult parking: all the more reason to stay high and avoid the valley.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, long but not too strenuous. Worth getting up early to do this one for less crowds.
Route is easy to navigate with all trails map. No toilets on route only at campsite at the start. Just a shame couldn’t see anything when we got to the top

Good variety of terrains, will be going back to do again as it was too cloudy to see many of the views! Nice cafe at car park. £8 for all day parking

awesome challenging walk note tough for dogs

Beautiful area with lovely views. Easy walk on good terrain. Perfect family trip.

walking
2 months ago

Fabulous walk and views

hiking
2 months ago

Great day out with family, even grandson did well , good maps well clear of tracks , will do it again even me been sixty

I walked the Hawswater loop not this full trail approx 13 miles it did take a while. The reservoir was very low and you could see the village remains. The walk itself was part road which was easy going but lots of traffic. The none road side of the reservoir was quite rough terrain and climbs of around 600 feet narrow paths and challenging in places.

beautiful views and a lovely hike

my first hike for nearly over 10years, had an amazing day the view wernt the best because of low clouds but what a climb, very rocky at the start but the path gets easier as you go, just keep thinking your nearly there and you'll do it, that's my motto and I conquered it of to snowdan next week then the big Ben Nevis after then hitting irish peaks, I can say the pike got me attached.

kirk fell.lolol what can I say.grueller.straight up.bit of respite halfway nice patch of grass then the fun starts.Begin an epic scramble.hard hard work.very steep look through ya legs you can see bottom of fell.up and over .nice short scramble down part way .down to black sail.gully.path?? lol then back to village on a really good path n a pint of guiness .job done..

cross the river.turn left straight up.top scramble.

Beautiful walk

4 months ago

Lovely hike up to Skiddaw and then back via 'Little Man'. Took about 4 hours overall with a few breaks and having lunch at the summit.

Great walk

walking
5 months ago

A shorter version of the “Mosedale round” also listed. The descent off before Yewbarrow is a steep alternative that saves time but not your knees!

trail running
5 months ago

Probably the most direct, but neither the easiest, most interesting nor most sensible route. If you’re strapped for time and running it works ok.

Other routes from the Borrowdale side generally give more interest as would adding another top like Green Gable or Pillar.

One of the more interesting ways to do England’s highest point with varied terrain - but it feels a long way! If clockwise round this loop then going up a scramble on Great End - eg Cust’s Gully is a lot of fun and really add to the day!

A great round, but hot in the summer it’s one with little water so make sure you take enough. Adding in Kirk Fell isn’t the most fun route up, but gives more stunning views for your investment (and a fun scramble down) and in balance is worth it if you fancy a longer day.

walking
5 months ago

Probably the most tedious route up to England’s highest point. It is the quickest and the one requiring the least technical skill, but yet a serious undertaking (and often underestimated).

Good navigation skills are a prerequisite as the top is a nightmare if the cloud comes in (and it does rapidly, even in the summer). Trainers and walking shoes aren’t a good enough replacement for boots here - despite good paths, it is a rough, serious mountain.

walking
5 months ago

This is neither a ‘hard’ route nor a quiet route.

In the summer months this route is heavily trafficked, mostly due to its easy route finding, very solid trail and great views. Be warned though the top catches the weather badly and it can be VERY COLD and WINDY on the top when it’s lovely in the valley. In cloud navigation at the top deteriorates rapidly - if you’re not great with a map or compass near this in mind.

Done this walk many times with dogs and always enjoyed it no matter the weather

Great hike! Unfortunately it was a cloudy misty day and views at top were limited.

walking
9 months ago

nice easy walk, perfect for dogs

walking
11 months ago

Lovely walk around Buttermere. Waterfall. Easy trail. Did this walk the day before walking to Haystacks.

hiking
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Fantastic hike to see a more remote part of the Lake District mountains and scale the peak of England. Be prepared for very rocky terrain and plan more time in your hike. It was cloudy and difficult to scale that last part to the peak. On the way back you will get to a turnoff that goes up (see arrow on rock). It is a bit challenging for a moment, but provides better views on the way back. This hike was way more tiring that a similar distance hike we did to The Old Man Coniston but well worth it for the views, the feeling of having the mountain to yourself, various creeks, and solitude.

hiking
Monday, July 03, 2017

Very nice hike, at times a little rough with ankle biting rocks, but very manageable. I went up towards Great Gable and decided that I had enough time to climb that one as well. It was a bit extra at 1500 feet to 2800 feet, and back down again, but I did have all day. Then went around the back side of Scafell Pike (although the corridor route looked like a good way to go). I lucked out and had a day with great views, and greatly enjoyed the high point of England. Coming back down along the route in this map was quite beautiful, with creek flowing, and all the sheep nearby made my day something unique for this American!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Good fun. Not toooo hard, but easy to get lost when the clouds come over so stick to the path. I recommended doing a loop round up to the path south of Great Gable, and down the valley back to Wasdale and end at the pub for a quick refreshment

hiking
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Great place with lots of good views!

mountain biking
Tuesday, May 09, 2017

there are 3 trails here all together one easy and 2 harder it's a good beginner trail but the trails could be a bit more flowy and more more jumps apart from that it's a great bike ride

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