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“Stunning part of England”

Lake District National Park Guided Walks - Walks to Inspire
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Ranked #45 of 386 things to do in Lake District
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Lake District National Park is a national treasure and World Heritage Site boasting England's largest lake, Windermere, and its highest peak, Scafell Pike. People come from all over the world to enjoy this beautiful landscape and soak up the special culture and we think one of the best ways to do this, is by going on a Lake District National Park guided walk. Whether you’re new to the Lake District or you’ve bagged every Wainwright, our guided walks have something for you. Join one of our local experts and you could enjoy summitting world famous peaks like Scafell Pike or Coniston Old Man. You could find yourself exploring ancient caves, paddling in the sea, staring up at wild waterfalls, exploring historical houses, gazing across vast valleys and of course looking onto our the beautiful lakes, that give this special place its name. We also run Navigation for Beginners (how to use maps and compasses) and guided bike rides. All of our guided walks, courses and rides are led by passionate, local volunteers who love nothing more than to show you around and share their love of the Lakes with you. Visit our website and find a walk, course or ride near you today. We want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the Lake District so we keep our prices low and many of our walks are free. Every penny of ticket prices goes back into the volunteer led guided walk programme and keeping this place special for generations to come. If you would like to help us do this you can book a walk but also donate on our website today.
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

Love the lake district although we find it expensive. We know where to go and where to eat to make our money go around. Lovely hotels all around the area but not cheap. We like to have 3 or 4 breaks a year so cost is important for us. We picnic alot and stay self catering and really have a great time. So many walks to sit with a flask of coffee and cake and chat to passers by. From bowness take the ferry with car,bike or walk across lake windermere. Pass Beatrixs Potters home to Hawkshead. Very sweet place cafes and a few shops. We usually treat our self's to afternoon tea in the square next to the church. By car we then go up to Tarn How's a couple miles away. An easy and lovely walk around the tarn. As we normally stay at white cross bay holiday park we go back via Ambelside. If hungry we enjoy a good fish and chip tea there. If you have the money many nice restaurants too. Grasmere is another pretty village with cafe's and shops with walks around and above the lake, and of course the famous ginger bread shop by the church. Keswick is small but many lovely walks and scenery there. There are boat trips on the lake. Opposite windermere train station there is walk up a lane steep in parts up above windermere lake great views. Hungry we grab a meat and potato pie from Booths store side of train station. We have many more walks to tell you about but it will get to much. Mustn't forget crown carvery on lake at bowness where the boats are. A nice cavery and views for around £4.00. Traffic in season is bad and parking gets expensive, for us oldy s we can us bus pass and there is the mountain goat to get around? Enjoy this lovely area of the UK.

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Reviewed 12 June 2014

Very nice place for a city break. Make sure you have outdoor activities and accommodation. Need to be staying around the lake or hills to get the maximum excitements.

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Reviewed 10 June 2014

Nothing matches the scenery that you encounter as you drive around the Lake District environs. Especially impressive is the very rural roads jutting through the Whinlatter Pass and the Honister Pass. Be prepared for very narrow roads with bypass pull over areas but the scenery is surreal. Hikers and bikers are frequently encountered on the roads. You need to be experienced driving such roads and not be easily stressed but the roads are passable. I do not recommend a motor home although we ran into a couple of them during our trip--they always had to pull over on the narrow roads. We left from Carisle and drove to Bothel, then south towards Keswick but along the way we stopped at a small cafe/restaurant (cannot recall the name but are the treats are made by the owner) and had coffee. We then proceeded to Keswick then turned west towards High Lorton, Buttermere, and back to Keswick where we turned south to Ambleside, Windermere, Newby Bridgeand finally east on the A590 to the A591 which joins with the M6. Although Ambleside and Windermere are interesting they are jammed with tourists and buses. We will definitely revisit the Lake District but with different routes in mind. We will not waste our valuable time in Windermere or Ambleside.

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Reviewed 2 June 2014

Experienced one of the best drives through Hartnett Pass to Wast Lake. The scenery was stunning. If you only do one trip at the lakes do this one. Be warned though the roads, especially over the pass, are narrow. Not for inexperienced drivers however we did not feel in mortal danger and the scenery is worth the care and attention required on the road. Signage is poor. There is only one sign to Wast Lake. You need to follow the signs to Wesdale. We had to purchase what was an inadequate map from the tourist information centre at the Bowness quay. The map did not have sat nav codes which are essential to get around. This area rips off a lot of money from tourists and you would think they could afford to provide maps for free. Even more galling was a fee to park in an unsealed parking area to take a walk through the forest along the lake just both of Windermere. Did not feel the other lakes apart from Windermere worth the effort. Two days in this area is enough. We just drove from Windermere to Oban and the lakes were just as good if not better than the lakes district.

Thank kenanddi1908
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

Such a beautiful place which we will definitely be returning to. So many things to do - we spent all our time admiring the lakes & views. Our visit lasted from 23/05/14 to 26/05/14 during bank holiday weekend. We were very lucky with the weather as it was forecast to rain the whole time we were there, but it only rained a couple of times. We visited Ullswater & Aira Force (65ft waterfall), Grasmere, Rydal, Winderemere, Coniston and Thirlmere. Would recommend all of these places as they are stunning. On the list for next time are Derwentwater and Buttermere for sure, and hopefully many more. It's the sort of place you will never get tired of. One negative thing however was that we struggled with parking at times to visit certain lakes, particularly Grasmere which we eventually found parking for after a lot of searching!

Thank Rita R
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