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5 Stunning Summer Strolls: Low-Level Walks in the Lake District

The Lake District National Park, with its dramatic peaks and glistening lakes, is a paradise for walkers. But what if you’re not after a heart-pumping hike? Fear not! The Lake District offers a wealth of low-level walks perfect for a relaxing summer stroll. These gentle rambles are ideal for families, casual walkers, or anyone seeking a scenic amble amidst breathtaking scenery.

1. Grasmere and Rydal Water Circular (Distance: 6 miles, Time: 2.5 – 3 hours)

Immerse yourself in the heart of Wordsworth Country on this delightful circular walk. The route weaves around Grasmere and Rydal Water, passing Dove Cottage, William Wordsworth’s former home. The path is mostly flat, with gentle undulations, offering picture-perfect views of the lakes and surrounding hills. Stop for a picnic lunch by the water’s edge or explore Grasmere village’s charming shops and cafes.


Rydal Water

2. A Lakeside Ramble at Ullswater (Distance: 6.5 miles, Time: 3 hours)

The Ullswater Way offers a variety of walking options, but for a leisurely stroll, choose the section between Howtown and Glenridding. This scenic path follows the eastern shore of Ullswater, England’s second-largest lake. Enjoy panoramic views of the water, spot traditional Lakeland villages, and watch for steamers sailing across the lake.


Ullswater Way

3. Enchanting Tarn Hows (Distance: 2 miles, Time: 1 hour)

Tarn Hows is a picture postcard destination, and the easy circular path around the lake is a must-do for any visitor. The well-maintained track winds through woodland and meadows, offering delightful glimpses of the Langdale Pikes. Take a moment to admire the water lilies adorning the tarn, and soak up the tranquil atmosphere.


4. History and Tranquility: The Wray Castle to Blelham Tarn Circular Walk (Distance: 3.5 miles, Time: 2 hours)

Combine historical intrigue with natural beauty on the Wray Castle to Blelham Tarn circular walk. This National Trust route offers a delightful escape. Start by exploring the grounds of Wray Castle, a Gothic Revival masterpiece. Then, follow paths that wind through meadows and farmlands, enjoying scenic views of the surrounding countryside. The route continues to Blelham Tarn, a peaceful lake teeming with birdlife. Soak up the tranquillity of the water before looping back to Wray Castle, where you can enjoy refreshments at the on-site cafe.


5. A Woodland Wander at Blea Tarn (Distance: Variable, Time: Up to 2 hours)

Blea Tarn, nestled in the Langdale Valley, is a haven of tranquillity. The well-defined path around the tarn offers a variety of options, allowing you to tailor the walk to your desired distance. Explore the surrounding woodlands, teeming with birdlife, and marvel at the Langdale Pikes reflected on the still water’s surface.


Bonus Tip: Pack a picnic lunch and find a scenic spot to enjoy your treats amidst the stunning scenery. Remember to wear comfortable shoes, bring sun cream and waterproofs (just in case!), and most importantly, take your time and savour the beauty of the Lake District.

Make the most of your time in the Lakes and spend a long weekend here in the Lakes in one of our cosy cottages, perfect for relaxing in after a day spent exploring.

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