Everyone who visits the Lake District is here, at least in part, for the gorgeous scenery. Although it's true walking country, that doesn't mean you have to go on day-long mountain hikes to enjoy the views and the fresh air! So, whether you only have an hour to spare before dinner or whether you're looking for a short, easy walk to get in a bit of exercise, here's our guide to five more 1-hour walks in the Lake District.
If you missed it, don't forget to also check out our original 1-hour walking guide, too, which has even more suggestions for short strolls! And you can find your perfect holiday cottage with our cottage search.
Note: The following descriptions are intended as walk summaries only, so always find a full route description from a guide or map and, even though these are short walks, make sure you are wearing sturdy footwear suitable for the terrain! Paths with stone surfaces can be very slippery, even at low level!
1. Clint’s Quarry, near Whitehaven
Just outside the coastal harbour town of Whitehaven is the most wonderful secret garden. When you park up outside you’ll wonder why on earth we’re sending you there, but follow the small track into the nature reserve and BAM! a stunning hidden oasis! Many years ago it was a quarry but these days is managed by Cumbria Wildlife Trust and is home to lots of rare and wonderful species. There are plenty of information boards to fill you in on your surroundings plus a good number of benches to sit and take it all in.
The Quarry covers 9 acres in all but the circular route is a little over half a mile long, which means you can either have an even shorter walk, or really take your time and admire the wildflowers, ponds, reptiles, birds and butterflies! Be careful, though, you might find yourself whiling away more than an hour in this tranquil haven!
2. Hodbarrow Point, Millom
Only those properly in the know head for Millom, but those who do are rewarded with a wonderful walk around Hodbarrow Nature Reserve and out along the sea walls to Haverigg Lighthouse. With Black Combe fell looming up behind you and Morecambe Bay stretching out in front, this truly is an amazing spot. This Site of Special Scientific Interest is popular amongst bird watchers thanks to the large number of wading birds and waterfowl. It is also home to the Natterjack Toad - now very rare in the UK.
The area is crammed with interesting history, from the100-year-old lighthouse to the reserve's previous use as a mine. The lagoon by Hodbarrow Point is also home to the only water skiing in Cumbria! If you want to remain on dry land, you can wander off along the dunes of Haverigg Bank for a perfect seaside stroll or take in part of the circular route around Hodbarrow Lagoon. If you want to extend your walk, you can do the full loop, which is a fairly easy 6.5 km walk.
3. Devil’s Bridge & Ruskin’s View, Kirkby Lonsdale
Folklore has it that Devil’s Bridge took its name after an old lady tricked the devil into returning her lost cow! There’s a good chance that’s not actually true, but what is undeniable is that the views from here are glorious. Kirkby Lonsdale simply oozes history and it’s an easy walk from Devil’s Bridge, through the town, to Ruskin’s View, with plenty of shops and cafes to tempt you along the way. If you take a packed lunch there are also plenty of picnic benches near the bridge to enjoy an al fresco sarnie!
The beautiful outlook known as Ruskin's View was painted by Turner in 1822 and was later described by John Ruskin - a prominent critic, social theorist, painter and poet as ‘one of the loveliest views in England, therefore in the world’. That's quite an accolade!
You can enjoy all that the lovely Kirkby Lonsdale has to offer from one of our cottages in the area.
4. The Howk – Caldbeck
Caldbeck is a gloriously unspoilt Cumbrian village – there’s ample parking next to the river and a signed footpath out to The Howk, a waterfall tucked into a deep limestone ravine. Along the way you’ll pass an old bobbin mill, which once had the largest waterwheel in the country and which offers glimpses into Cumbria’s industrial past. The landscape up here is unlike anywhere else in the Lake District, so it's well-worth escaping the busy and better-known areas of the central Lakes!
This is a linear walk that turns back on itself once you reach The Howk. You won't regret retracing your steps on this peaceful route, though! When you’re done, there’s a lovely pub and café in the village where you can put your feet up and enjoy a well-earned piece of cake.
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5. Scale Force, Crummock
Scale Force is the highest waterfall in the Lake District with a drop of 52 metres. It’s tucked away on the far side of Crummock Water but is a fairly straightforward walk, though paths are at times unclear. Both Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth waxed lyrical about the beauty of Scale Force, so who are we to disagree? Being right in the heart of the national park, this walk is surrounded by stunning fells in every direction.
Park in the National Trust car park (arrive early to get a space) and pass through Buttermere village until you reach Scale Bridge. Take a right towards Crummock and follow the lakeshore until you're level with Scale Island. You then turn away from the water to head up between the fells of Scale Knott and Blea Crag until you reach the force. Once you've returned to the village, and if you have a bit of energy left, take a short walk up to Buttermere church to admire Wainwright’s Window and the beautiful church gate. You cal also refuel with some homemade ice cream, tasty cakes, or a hearty meal at one of two wonderful pubs!
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Whether you can only squeeze in one of these walks during your visit or want to explore several of them, find your perfect Lake District holiday cottage before you go!
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