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Great walks in the Lake District

Routes and Inspiration

The English Lake District is one of the UK’s most popular National Parks, with a huge variety of walking options meaning there’s something suitable for everyone. The BMC has put together a playlist of five great walks that include family inspiration, lesser-known routes to popular summits and dog-friendly fell walking.

These short videos are presented by BMC ambassador and globe-trotting archaeologist turned adventurer Mary-Ann Ochota.

WATCH the playlist of Great Walks videos at the BMC YouTube channel


Getting kids into the hills could be easier than you think. This walk ticks all the child-friendly boxes; a fun boat ride across Derwentwater, a lakeside woodland stroll and a spectacular climb of Catbells, a true mini-mountain for mini-mountaineers.


Accessible and with routes to suit everyone, Blencathra is one of Britain’s most popular mountains. The famous author Alfred Wainwright believed its challenging Hall’s Fell ridge was “the finest way to any mountain top in the district.”

Scafell Pike

Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain, can get extremely busy, especially in summer. But most of the crowds miss arguably the finest way up it. The walk up the Corridor Route from Borrowdale is long and demanding, but is the connoisseur’s way to the roof of England.

High Street

Want to wander lonely as a cloud with your pooch for company? This walk over High Street, so called because of the Roman Road which once ran right across its spectacular plateau, is a stile-free treat, with some of the most stirring views in the entire English Lake District.

Great Gable

This walk from Wasdale involves a lung-bursting climb of Kirk Fell, but it leads you to the summit of Great Gable, and arguably the finest view in the region; a life-affirming 360-degree panorama encompassing all that is wonderful about the English Lake District.