The Lake District National Park can be found in Cumbria, which is nestled in the North West of England. The Lake District is best known for it's literary associations, incredible collection of Lakes, Waters and Meres, and of course - the fells (mountains!). The Lake District offers walking opportunities for people of all abilities. Whether you're seeking panoramic vistas from peaks like Scafell Pike or Great Gable, or exhilarating scrambles to the lofty tops of mountains such as Helvellyn or Blencathra - the Lake District really does have it all.
Below is some information on some of the more popular guided walks we offer in the Lake District.
Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England, and with that probably the most popular fell walked in the district. Standing at a lofty 978m tall on the southern end of the rugged central fells, it hosts some incredible views.
Although popular, this peak can be notorious for confusing the unprepared and inexperienced with it's blank featureless summit plateau.
Leading guided walks up Scafell Pike during the day and night is one of our specialist activities, so click here for more information on this peak.
Helvellyn is the third highest mountain in England. Standing tall in the eastern part of the Lake District, this mountain has an entire range of hills named after it. Although surrounded by rolling grassy hills unlike those found in the central lake district, Helvellyn's eastern flank takes a different form. Here we have the rocky aretes of Striding and Swirral Edge, two incredible scrambling experiences, and by far the best way up to the top of this amazing mountain. For more information on guided walks up Helvellyn please click here.
As you drive west across the A66 and in to the Lake District National Park you are greeted by the huge bulk of Blencathra. Although not quite making the 900m mark (868m) this peak still has huge popularity. It has 6 seperate summits, but the highest is Hallsfell Top which is marked with a modest trig circle. Blencathra is bound by steep grassy slopes, although this trend is broken when looking at Sharp Edge and Halls Fell Ridge. These two rocky aretes create probably the best scrambling experience for a walker in the Lake District. Click here for more information on our guided scrambles up Blencathra.
THE LANGDALE PIKES
The Langdale Pikes are an excellent collection of fells in the Langdale Valley. They form possibly the most recognisable skyline which can even be seen from the M6 as you approach Cumbria. This walk is excellent for people looking for a slighlty shorter day (5 hours) in order to help build up fitness, or to come after a longer more strenuous day on the fells. Once up on the fells the 4 summits (Pavey Ark, Harrison's Stickle, Pike 'O Stickle and Loft Crag) all come easily, each with excellent views. This walk is a total of 5 miles.
This walk is perfectly suited to those with basic hill fitness and experience.
PILLAR VIA THE HIGH LEVEL ROUTE
Multiple peaks, excellent views, quiet paths and sensational trails - this route is incredible. The Mosedale Horseshoe as it is known is a collection of 5 fells above Wasdale, with the highest being Pillar (892m). Pillar is best accessed by the 'High Level Route', a climber's traverse which cuts under the crags on it's northern flank, high above the remote Ennerdale Valley. After Pillar, we will reach Scoat Fell, the independent summit of Steeple, Red Pike and then hopefully Yewbarrow. This is a long day (7-8 hours) covering 10 miles and a huge 1200m of ascent. Well suited to people with good hill walking fitness and experience. A real belter of a day out!
A mountain steeped in mountaineering history, and one with possibly the best views in the Lake District. This rocky lump stands at 899m tall at the head of both Wasdale and Ennerdale. From the summit you can peer down this valleys, and also see in to Borrowdale and Buttermere. There are loads of walking routes to the top, with a popular option being from Seathwaite and taking in the summits of Green Gable and Base Brown along the way (6 hours, 6 miles, 900m ascent). This walk is best suited to those with good fitness and good walking experience due to the rocky nature of Great Gable.
SKIDDAW VIA ULLOCK PIKE
Dominating many of the views from peaks within the Lake District when you look northwards is Skiddaw. Skiddaw stands at 931m tall and is the fourth highest mountain in England. The most popular way up Skiddaw is from Keswick, but the best way by far is to head to it's northern side and approach via Ullock Pike. This broad ridge offers an interesting ascent and the opportunity to grab a few extra peaks along the way. Skiddaw is suited to those with basic hill walking fitness and experience.(6 hours, 8 miles, 900m ascent).
THE OLD MAN OF CONISTON
The Old Man of Coniston stands above the village of Coniston in the southern end of the Lake District. The mountain has amazing popularity, and much of this may be put down to the sensation of travelling through time as you make your way past old mine workings on your way to the summit. Multiple routes can be created to reach this great peak, with a popular variation being a continuation to Swirl How and returning via Levers Water. The Old Man of Coniston is suited to those with basic hill walking fitness and experience.
(6 hours, 8 miles, 100m ascent)
Situated in the north west of Wales is the Snowdonia National Park. Much like the mountains of the Lake District, the mountains of Snowdonia are varied and offer adventures for all. The park hosts 15 peaks all over 3000ft, and there is even a challenge to try and walk them all in less than 24 hours. The most famous peak, and probably one of the most visited mountains in the world is the highpoint - Snowdon. The rugged nature of Snowdonia also offers some amazing scrambling opportunities for walkers, and it is home to what was voted as Britian's favorite peak, Tryfan. Below are some of the more popular walks and scrambles we provide in Snowdonia:
With no less than 8 routes to the summit, it's own railway line and a cafe on the summit, this really is a mountain like no other! Snowdon stands at 1,085m tall, and each year an estimated 450,000 people visit.
Despite this, Snowdon is a mountain which often features in mountain rescue reports so hiring a guide to get you up and down safely isn't a bad decision. For more information on guided walks up Snowdon click here.
TRYFAN & THE GLYDERAU
Scotland is the home of some of the finest mountain scenery in the world, let alone the UK. Although quite a journey for many, once there you will not regret visiting. The National Parks in Scotland make areas such as the Lake District look like a playground as they are just so unbelievably vast. Whether you're seeking rugged peaks such as those found in Glencoe or sweeping mountains such as those in the Cairngorms, Scotland really won't fail to impress.
Standing at 1,345m above Fort William in the Western Highlands, this mountain deservedly sits on the tick list of pretty much every hillwalker. It is the feature of numerous challenge events, the most popular being the National 3 Peaks Challenge. This huge mountain certainly has it's challenges, with navigating it's vast summit plateau being one of them - especially when Scottish weather makes an appearance. For more information on our guided walks up Ben Nevis please click here.
BEN MACDUI & CAIRN GORM
Ben Macdui is the Britain's second highest mountain. Situated in the Cairngorms National Park it makes up part of the Cairngorm plateau, a vast and featureless area of mountainous terrain. It is a big day walk out to Ben Macdui and then back over the summit of Cairn Gorm, but a real Scottish adventure. Be prepared to peer into the Larig Ghru and the impressive northern corries.
This walk is best suited to those with good hill fitness and walking experience.
(8 Hours, 11 Miles, 1000m ascent)
CAIRN GORM & THE NORTHERN CORRIES
Cairn Gorm Mountain is known for various reasons. It hosts a ski centre with many excellent runs, the Ptarmigan Restaurant and of course, the iconic weather station.
A rolling slopes of Cairn Gorm are aggressively broken into by the crags on the northern corries, which are well worth a visit on this route. Come and enjoy this walk up the 6th highest mountain in the UK with an experienced guide. Available in both summer and winter.
Suitable for those with basic walking fitness and experience. (6 Hours, 7 miles, (930m ascent)