Guidebook

Explore the Peaks and Pubs of the English Lake District

A week's worth of gorgeous hikes through England's finest mountains and to some of its quaintest pubs!

Charlie Boscoe

Description

Home to England's highest peak and one of Europe's greatest running challenges - The Bob Graham Round (https://fatmap.com/guidebooks/7088/run-or-hike-the-iconic-bob-graham-round) - the Lake District is high on the "travel bucket list" for many mountain enthusiasts.

It's not just the mountains themselves that draw hikers and climbers to the Lake District; the area has a wonderful ambience all of its own. The lakes after which the range is named are deep, dark and dramatic, and the villages which dot the region are charming, with the ubiquitous local slate giving them a unique character. The villages are also home to some of the most quintessentially English pubs you'll find anywhere; the beer is warm and creamy, the walls and floors made of local stone, and there's invariably a fire roaring in the corner. No matter where you travel in the World, there is nothing like coming in from a day on Lake District hills, watching your beer being pulled and then drinking it in front of the fire while the windows steam up around you.

The hikes we've described in here are all wonderful mountain adventures in themselves, but the fact that they all begin and/or end at a legendary Lake District pub adds to their appeal. Whether it's the White Lion in Patterdale (the start point for the uber-classic trip over Swirral and Striding Edges on Helvellyn), the Old and New Dungeon Ghylls in Langdale, The Wainwrights' Inn in Chapel Style or one of the many lovely pubs in Ambleside, you'll never be short of somewhere to "rehydrate" after these hikes!

One of the pubs (the Wasdale Head) is SO good that we've included 2 routes from it, but when you sit right below England's highest point you deserve some special treatment!

Scafell Double Dose
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

Scafell Double Dose

Lake District National Park
5 - 6 hrs
18.4 km
1,341 m
1,338 m
An exciting loop taking in both Scafell and Scafell Pike
Severe
Private
The Langdale Pikes via Jack's Rake
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

The Langdale Pikes via Jack's Rake

Lake District National Park
2 - 3 hrs
7.5 km
719 m
715 m
This classic route has it all and is justly popular but don’t let the crowds put you off; wait until later in the day and there’s a good chance you’ll have it to yourself!
Extreme
Private
Bowfell and Crinkle Crags
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

Bowfell and Crinkle Crags

Lake District National Park
4 - 5 hrs
14.3 km
956 m
924 m
This Cumbrian crowd-pleaser is an oldie, but a goodie.
Severe
Private
Yewbarrow and Pillar Circle
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

Yewbarrow and Pillar Circle

Lake District National Park
5 - 6 hrs
16.5 km
1,175 m
1,176 m
Climb several notable Lake District Peaks in one day: Yewbarrow, Red Pike, Scoat Fell and Pillar.
Extreme
Private
Lingmoor Fell from Elterwater
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

Lingmoor Fell from Elterwater

Lake District National Park
1 - 2 hrs
5.8 km
342 m
343 m
The short route described here is ideal either as a half-day family adventure, or a quick blast between showers.
Easy
Private
The Fairfield Horseshoe
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The Fairfield Horseshoe

Lake District National Park
5 - 6 hrs
17.4 km
1,017 m
1,013 m
This celebrated round packs a lot into its ten and a half miles, giving easy striding and ever-improving vistas culminating on one of the best-loved peaks in Lakeland.
Difficult
Private
Striding Edge and Swirral Edge, Helvellyn
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

Striding Edge and Swirral Edge, Helvellyn

Lake District National Park
4 - 5 hrs
16.7 km
876 m
1,429 m
Overwhelming popularity cannot diminish the spectacular class of England’s finest ridge walking horseshoe, a circuit of the chiseled crests cupping the Red Tarn cove.
Severe
Private