Explore the most popular hiking 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 nice route for a good summer’s day. Anti-clockwise will give the least resistance against the crowds.

A nice day out. Can be overcrowded and dull at times as a result. Drones are becoming an issue at the Tarn.

To avoid the crowds a scramble up the Ghyll next to the path goes with little difficulty but a good day in a dry spell is a must on top of the usual need for good scrambling experience. A nip up Jack’s Rake will bring you back to the crowds but is relatively simple for the amount of exposure it brings (Note: this is also a rock climbing location. Climbers can drop/knock down rocks as the climb. They will also get very angry if you crowd them doing their rope work or if you cross their ropes - this is rather dangerous and really shouldn’t need saying...sadly it does).

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.

Would recommend going anti clockwise

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

hiking
1 month ago

Ennerdale is quite a remote part of the lakes. Half of the loop is a well maintained track, however the opposite side of the lake is very rocky underfoot. Also in wet weather the trail is almost a stream off the fell! The scree section is fairly straight forward, but ( depending on which direction you take) the crag after it could be quite tricky as there is a little bit of climbing involved. The car park is free. ( Bowness knott) I would say it's a little harder than easy though!

To access the trail head involves driving up a very steep and very narrow road . Be aware if you decide to visit .

awesome challenging walk note tough for dogs

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

had a nice sunny day. took the dog.
the walk was great and the views from the top were fantastic. make sure you take a waterproof because the weather can be very changeable at the top. all in all a fun walk and one very tired dog.

Lovely view on good weather.

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

Hard gong in places but the view from the top is more than worth the effort

Hard going in places but the view from the top is more than worth the effort

fun and challenging walk especially if you start from right side from car park. Last push for summit is especially challenging I advise good shoes path is rough.

Steep up and down, but great view of the lake all throughout.

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.

Great climb, wall falls! View!

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..

A great climb.looking at the zig zag path from the old workings half way up is epic on a nice day.set off early or the sun will betcha.

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.

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