Take a break: Enjoy a walk in The Lakes this half-term

Posted on 23/10/2015

Half Term is just around the corner and if you were thinking of taking a break with the family, why not follow in the footsteps of Beatrix Potter, one of Britain’s best loved authors of children’s books, and visit the Lake District?

With walks suitable for all ages, from the high summits to the lakes and wooded valleys below, there’s a route here for everyone and plenty more besides. Here are a few of ViewRanger’s favourite days out, to help you make the most of your visit.


Elter Water and Loughrigg Tarn 

This delightful walk between Elter Water and Loughrigg Tarn involves a track with ups and downs through a lovely wooded dell to the top of the most magnificent tarn within a beautiful surroundings.

In an area full of great trails like Lake District, this walk rewards you with stunning views throughout its length and very interesting features at every stage of the route. Starting from the small lake of Elter Water that lies (800m) south-east of the village with the same name and the little Loughrigg Tarn, is among the prettiest tracks of water in the region of Cumbria.  

Also, it´s one of the best places in the Lake District to have a picnic, so why not take one?

For more information on the Elter Water and Loughrigg Tarn walking route click here 

             loughrigg tarn @diliff.jpg                     Loughrigg Tarn © Diliff

Western Shore of Coniston Water 

Inspired Arthur Ransome’s children’s novel Swallows and Amazons, Coniston Water is the third largest lake in the Lake District.

In this easy trail full of paths and tracks by the lake and amongst the trees, you can find lots of hiden spots throughout the way backed by fells and woodland - Perfect to keep children amused!

It´s ideal for having a break, packing your lunch and enjoying the day ahead, while keener walkers can have a delightful breathtaking views nearby Coniston Old Man – on a clear day you can even see the Blackpool Tower from the summit!

For more information on the Western Shore of Coniston Water walking route click here

            coniston water @spendian68.jpg                      Coniston Water © Spendian68

Eskdale Green – Giggle Alley - Mitredale

Located in beautiful Eskdale, the Eskdale Green is a popular village alongside the L’aal Ratty’ railway.

A little treasure to discover on your track between Eskdale and Mitredale are those lovely and remote valleys located at the western edge of the Lake District

The Eskdale Green valley is one of few major valleys in the Lake District not having its own lake, though several tarns are settle above the sides of the valley.

It's very accesible with walkers, being nearby Scafell Pike - England's highest mountain. Remarkable landscape with magnificent high peaks, stunning waterfalls and green hills.

For more information on the Eskdale Green - Giggle Aley - Mitredale walking route click here.


           Eskdale @countryfile.jpg

           Eskdale © Countryfile       

Honister to Keswick

This walk goes through three different kinds of Lakeland - Honister PassBorrowdale and Derwent Water. Beautiful scenic views you can't miss!

To maintain the beauty of the Lake District for future generations, conservation is essential. Bassenthwaite Reflections is a lottery funded programme, designed to protect the landscape of the local area.

Their walking route from Honister to Keswick takes in the picturesque Derwent Water, as well as the Folly Bridge, built in 1781 and complete with lime stalactites formed from lime deposits in rainwater over the last 200 years.

For more information on the Honister to Keswick walking route click here.

          Derwentwater, Blencathra and Clough Head © Nigel Depledge.jpg                      Derwentwater, Blencathra and Clough Head © Nigel Depledge


Bowness – Ambleside – Wray Castle – Claife – Bowness

Going over the edge of Lake Windermere, take in the beautiful scenic views across the lake, passing through pretty woodlands, forest paths and flowing streams, as well as spotting local nature alongside the way.

This spectacular journey allows you to enjoy the stunning picture of the area and it gives to the traveller wonderful moments of mountain landscapes and wooded islands.

From Bowness you can take a small boat and short ferry ride over to Wray Castle. From this point, you may want to explore the castle and before carrying on, you can stop and take a break in one of the most stunning and gentle coastal walks of Lake Windermere.

For more information on the Bowness – Ambleside - Wray Castle – Claife – Bowness walking route click here

          Lake Windermere ©Jerrye and Roy Klotz Md.jpg

          Lake Windermere ©Jerrye and Roy Klotz Md  


If you find a cool den or an impressive tree, why not take advantage of ViewRanger’s Point of Interest feature to save it on your map. Just click on Create PoI in the options menu and place it on the map.

If you have a favourite walk, cycle, ride or swim in the Lake District then do comment below and let us know, and if you take a picture, send it in to us on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages.

All of these walks are available to download onto your phone or tablet via the ViewRanger app, or through my.viewranger.com

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