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[column col=”1/2″] Time and again the Lake District is voted the nation’s favourite national park. From Britain’s greatest national wonder in a national poll (source: Telegraph), to Britain’s best National Park by BBC Countryfile magazine readers in 2011, and being home to the Nation’s top view as voted by viewers of the UK ITV series “Britain’s Favourite View” (which was the Lake District’s Wastwater). What about actually getting outdoors and experiencing the Park up close? (not all National Parks around the world are easy to access). Well Britain’s largest walking charity, the Ramblers’ Association, voted the Lake District as the “Best walking destination in Britain” so the Lake District has that covered too! The unique Lake District landscape is made up of England’s tallest mountain, Scafell Pike, the steepest road, Hardknott Pass, longest lake, Windermere, and deepest lake, Wastwater. It contains a huge variety of opportunities for walkers, hikers, bikers, and rock climbers at all levels of skill and fitness. [/column] [column col=”1/2″ last=”true”] Views of Grasmere [space height=”10″] Walking in the Lake District [/column] The Lake District National Park has walks for every ability from ambles around lakes to high ridge walks, with a bit of scrambling – climbing over rocks without a rope – to challenging Coast to Coast walks. Maybe you want to experience the classic lake, valley or ridge walks made famous through countless articles and guidebooks? Most walks in the Lake District are easily accessed from the major Lakes tourist centres via regular public transport services, and many low-level Lake District walking routes are suitable for wheelchairs or buggies.

Need a helping hand? How about Guided Walks?

There are a number of guided walks run by volunteers and organised by the National Park Authority. You don’t need to worry about navigation and can learn from a knowledgeable local about the area. Pick from short, scenic picnic strolls to full days through spectacular landscape. And they’re usually free! for more information please visit: Walking Events Calendar If you prefer a more personal experience with your very own experience and knowledgable guide then the Blue Badge Tourist Guides are worth considering, who have a number for themed routes and itineries for you to choose from. For more information visit: Cumbria Tourist Guides [space height=”20″]

Explore the Walking Paradise

[space height=”20″] [tab] [tab_item title=”Top 10 Lake District Walks”] There are so many great walks in the Lake District, it’s a challenege to narrow the list down to just 10. But here are 10 recommended by National Trust Cumbria to help you start your walking adventures. Click on the map icons below to discover the walks and downloadable route guides and maps. If we’ve missed your favourite walk please leave us a comment below and we will include it in our next walking article. [/tab_item] [tab_item title=”More Information”] [column col=”1/2″] The Wainwright Society Alfred Wainwright (1907-1991), famous for his seven Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells, has given inspiration to fell walkers over the past fourty years. The Wainwright Society aims to keep alive his work and vision of the Lake District. More information about the Wainwright guidebooks and publications can be found on their website. The Countryside Code Helping everyone to respect, protect and enjoy our countryside. info Walking Routes There are a variety of trails and walks to choose from. walking routes [/column] [column col=”1/2″ last=”true”] Stay safe on the fells A guide from Mountain Rescue. website guide Fix the Fells Check out the projects and see how you can help. fix the fells Be Prepared Practical information to get the most from your walks. info Open access Open access land and the CROW Act. info [/column] [/tab_item] [tab_item title=”Where to stay”] Visit our Lake District National Park page to find Where to stay and Things to do. Where to stay in the Lake District [/tab_item] [/tab] [space height=”20″]