You don’t have to climb the highest Lake District mountains to get the best views! Thanks to the spectacular natural scenery there are gorgeous outlooks to be seen all across Cumbria. We’ve got some wonderful options here for walks that offer spectacular views without the big climbs!
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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 low-level walks, make sure you are wearing sturdy footwear suitable for the terrain. Paths with stone surfaces can be very slippery, even at low level!
The Solway Coast
The Solway Coast is a real hidden Cumbrian gem. Stretching from the northern tip of the county down to Maryport in the west, this area of outstanding natural beauty has sand and pebble beaches that reach for miles! Covering approximately 118 square kilometres, you have plenty of choice for where to walk. There are numerous parking bays along the route so you can simply pick one, hop out and be on your merry way. Wherever you are, you can enjoy views of the sparkling sea towards Scotland or, in the opposite direction, the outline of the Lake District fells. You could also head there in the evenings for fabulous sunsets. Don’t forget your picnic blanket!
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Buttermere and Rannerdale
Beautiful Buttermere is often lauded as one of the prettiest places in the Lake District. You can really enjoy the views here with a gentle walk around this little lake. At just over 5.5km around, it makes a great easy family walk and kids will especially love the quirky tunnel on the northeast shore. Enjoy looking across the water to the twin lake of Buttermere, or up Honister Pass and imposing Haystacks.
If you’re visiting during spring, you might also want to take a slightly longer walk towards the hidden valley of Rannerdale, which is carpeted with bluebells at the right time of the year. Follow the gentle paths to make the most of this spectacular site (please stick to the marked routes and don’t trample the flowers!).
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With no public road running into the valley, Ennerdale is one of the remotest parts of the Lake District. You can park at one of two car parks at the top of the lake and head out for a circular walk or a linear stroll. The best views can be seen when you start at Bleach Green Car Park and head along the south west shore, but do be aware that there is a small amount of scrambling required here. Alternatively, park at Bowness Knott and enjoy a gentler stroll along the single-track private road that runs along the north east shore. This is a beautifully peaceful place where you can really take a moment to admire the views without anything but the birds to be heard.
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Although Latrigg is a fell, it is perhaps the easiest fell walk in the Lake District! At only 368 metres high, it’s a fairly easy walk even if you start from the bottom at Keswick. However, things get even easier when you begin at the car park at Underskiddaw! From there, it’s about a half-mile walk along a gently sloping path to the summit, where you can take a seat on a handy bench and enjoy the wonderful views over Keswick and Derwentwater. Or turn round and admire mighty Skiddaw rising up behind you!
Friar’s Crag & Derwentwater
Setting off from the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick, you can follow the shores of Derwentwater along an easy, flat path towards Friar’s Crag. You will pass through lovely woodlands and a monument dedicated to John Ruskin until you reach the famous bench that looks out over the lake towards the dramatic ‘Jaws of Borrowdale’. You can enjoy a moment of reflection here or snap a photo before heading back the way you came. Or, if you fancy a longer walk, continue around the lake as far as you fancy. The full circular walk has lots to offer in terms of amazing views and totals 10 miles but, if you prefer a shorter option, stop at one of the jetties and head back to town on a Keswick Launch - it’s another way to enjoy the scenery!
Muncaster Castle Gardens
A day at Muncaster Castle is highly recommended, especially if you’re staying in the South West Lake District. There’s lots on offer including historic self-guided tours of the castle, bird displays, and regular events. For easy, flat walks, you’re spoiled for choice in the 77 acres of varied grounds! There’s lots to discover across 6 miles of trails including a Japanese garden, wildflower meadow, bluebell wood, rhododendron trails and a Georgian terrace. This last route is perhaps the best for taking in the Lake District scenery: complete with lovely summerhouses along the way, it is a half-mile flat grassy walk with breathtaking views of the surrounding fells.
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Appleby-in-Westmorland is a wonderful market town in the Eden Valley. Full of history, it sits alongside the River Eden, making it the perfect place to start a riverside walk. The full circular route is about 7 miles long and follows both the main river and Hoff Beck. It takes in some of the best sites of the town - including Appleby Castle and the pretty main street - before heading into woodland and then offering gorgeous views across the Eden Valley.
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It’s no surprise that Elterwater offers fantastic views, thanks to its position in the spectacular valley of Great Langdale. The lake sits just 800 metres away from the village of the same name. A circular route can be taken right around the lake, but the best option for views is the northern shore, where you can then follow the River Brathay up to Skelwith Bridge. This route takes in reedy banks, open meadow, waterfalls and woodland paths. You’ll also enjoy the views of the famous Langdale Pikes, especially from the lakeshore: they provide an amazing backdrop to the area!
St Bega’s Church, Bassenthwaite
St Bega’s is a pretty little church sat amongst spectacular scenery with Bassenthwaite Lake to one side and mighty Skiddaw rising behind it. It was the source of inspiration for Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem Morte D’Arthur when the poet stayed at Mirehouse stately home. Park up at Dodd Wood car park, carefully cross the road, and head into the grounds of Mirehouse, where you will find lush rolling meadows. Continue on to the church from where you can admire the far-reaching views over the lake and towards the surrounding fells. It’s easy to get back, too: simply retrace your steps to the car park!
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The Lake District isn’t just for hardy hikers and experienced fell walkers! You can enjoy the best of the scenery whatever your abilities or taste and we hope this guide helps you choose a walk that’s perfect for you!
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