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Lake District Walks from Lakeside

ideal for a day out

Walking - one of the things the Lake District is renowned for - it's fun, it's free, it's good for you - what's not to like?

Don’t feel that walking in the Lakes requires a degree in orienteering, the very best Brasher boots and a high tech compass. Indeed, if you have the skills and the equipment that’s great but there are some fantastic walking routes that do not require any of the above – fair to say, a waterproof jacket might come in handy sometimes.

We have compiled a list of the best Lake District Walks, ideal for a day out.

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Exploring Great Knott Wood

The Woodland Trust are gradually restoring the woodland at Great Knott Wood to its former glory. This beautiful, ancient woodland site, directly across from Lakeside Hotel is home to the iconic red squirrel and has a fascinating industrial history. Exit the hotel via our Country House section towards our North car park. As you head to the road you will spot a sign to Great Knott Wood directly in front of you. A short walk along the road will get you into the wood to start exploring. Ask reception for the Geocache Trail.

Also, The Bobbin Mill to High Dam, Yewbarrow and Finsthwaite, or Finsthwaite Tower and The Knott – two fabulous trails, right on our doorstep. The Greenwood Trails project aims to encourage people to explore the natural and cultural heritage of the area Rusland Valley sustainably through a series of self-guided trails. Collect a leaflet from reception and set off on your adventure.

Download guides for other popular local walks:

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Fell Foot – Gummers How

Direct route and return 1 1/2 hours, using forest paths via Chapel House Plantation and return 3 hours.

Fell Foot – Gummers How
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Finsthwaite – High Dam – Steam Railway

A walk in the Lake District from Lakeside through pleasant woodlands and meadows to Finsthwaite – High Dam and Newby Bridge and Steam Railway. (ask for timetable).Walking Time: two and a half hours.

Finsthwaite – High Dam – Steam Railway
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Lakeshore – Bowness to Lakeside

A walk on the quiet west shore using the Steamer/Launch to return. Three and a half hours walking via Finsthwaite, avoiding main roads.

Lakeshore – Bowness to Lakeside
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Lakeshore, Cunsey and Sawrey

A Walk on the quiet west shore from Bowness using the traditional launch service from Pier 3. Approximately three hours walking from Ferry House (extended by 20 minutes to include Hill Top).

Lakeshore, Cunsey and Sawrey
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Wray Castle to the Ferry

A gentle stroll of no more than 1.5 hours along paths and tracks by the quiet western shore of Windermere, or detour for Claife ridge and the walk becomes 2.5 hours with magnificent views and varied, easy to follow, forest paths.

Wray Castle to the Ferry
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Roman Fort and River Banks to Ambleside or Rydal

A walk following lake shore, visiting Roman Fort “Galava” hand by river banks to Ambleside, approximately 1 hour circular route, or an extended walk including Rydal of 2 1/2 hours circular route.

Roman Fort and River Banks to Ambleside or Rydal
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Ambleside and Waterfalls

A circular walk of 2 to 2 1/2 hours through woodlands, the byways of Old Ambleside, waterfalls, riverbanks and lake shore.

Ambleside and Waterfalls
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Waterhead Pier to Orrest Head, Windermere and Bowness

A 4 1/2 hour walk through Woodlands and the Troutbeck Valley with spectacular Lake and Mountain views and a lakeshore path.

Waterhead Pier to Orrest Head, Windermere and Bowness
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The Viewpoints Over Windermere

A short walk of one hour around Post Knott and Biskey Howe, or an extended walk of three to four hours including Post Knott,School Knott and Biskey Howe.

The Viewpoints Over Windermere