Now that it’s almost spring, new research has revealed the 10 best walking routes to try in the Lake District.

Although the weather isn't looking too spring-like just yet, that doesn't mean you should let it dampen spirits.

The nights are getting lighter, the weather is getting - somewhat - warmer which means...rejoice! the seasonal depression is almost over. 

With that in mind, let's get planning some walks in the Lake District, we all need something to look forward to.

The outdoor experts at GO Outdoors have compiled a list of routes with a variety of difficulty levels, terrains and distances, so there’s a walk to enjoy no matter what your experience. 

The 10 Best Walks In The Lake District:

1.  Gruffalo’s Child Trail

A walk in the countryside can seem a daunting prospect for youngsters, particularly if the weather is cold and wet. The Gruffalo’s Child Trail however offers the perfect opportunity for your little ones to discover the beauty of nature in a fun and educational way – they’ll soon see why you love the outdoors so much!

Follow the trail through Grizedale Forest and complete Gruffalo-themed activities along the way. Pick up a free activity sheet from the Visitor Centre or buy a Gruffalo activity pack to add to your experience along the trail.

2. Tarn Hows, Lake District, England (Miles without stiles route)

Grade: Easy 

If you don’t want to be huffing and puffing your way around the Lakes, opt for the more relaxing Tarn Hows, which offers an accessible route for all, whether you’ve got a pushchair in tow or one of your party is wheelchair-bound.

There’s plenty of stunning scenery and rest stops along the way so you can take it as easy as necessary.

3. Derwentwater Lakeshore Route, Lake District, England (Miles without stiles route)

Grade: Easy

This five-mile walk starts at Hawse End and follows the woodland trail along the Derwentwater shoreline, offering spectacular views of the lake along the way.

If you enjoy just stopping now and again to admire the view, there are several picnic benches ideally positioned to allow you to do just that while you get your breath back.

4. Broughton Railway, Lake District, England (Miles without stiles route)

Grade: Easy

This relaxing, gentle walk along the old and disused Broughton railway line is a must for all nature lovers, allowing you to get stuck in without too much difficulty.

The route can be accessed from two locations: Wilson Park and Mireside, depending on whether or not you require wheelchair-accessible paths.

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5. Coniston Hall on The Lake, Lake District, England

Grade: Easy

Offering breathtaking views of the marina and the chance to discover the grounds of Coniston Hall, this gentle stroll is for those with pushchairs and wheelchair users – it’s even suitable to explore by bike due to the easy bridleway terrain.

6. Grisedale Pike and Hopegill Head, Lake District, England

Grade: Difficult

For walkers with some winter skills training, we recommend exploring Grisedale Pike and Hopegill Head. The whole route will take you a minimum of four hours so be sure to take a picnic along with you en-route.

Look out for the cascades and waterfalls which look stunning during the winter months.

7. Walla Crag and the Great Wood, Lake District, England

Grade: Easy

For walking newbies, Walla Crag and the Great Wood offers the perfect combination of stunning views and manageable routes.

Considerably shorter than the Grisedale Pike and Hopegill Head route, this walk should only take around an hour and a half to complete, leaving you with plenty of time to discover more of the beautiful Lake District. Similarly to the route above, the terrain is very rough and will require basic map reading skills to navigate.

8. Helvellyn Gill Path, Lake District, England

Grade: Difficult

Wind your way around the Helvellyn Gill Path right to the top of the mountain to experience breathtaking views of the Lake District.

This moderately difficult walk is popular with dog owners – be warned though; it will take between five and six hours to complete so be sure your dog is in peak fitness.

9. Latrigg Walk via Keswick, Lake District, England

Grade: Moderate

 Journey the six miles over Keswick’s fell, Latrigg to experience some truly stunning scenery. With steep inclines along the way, this route is for more experienced walkers.

Starting from Moot Hall, Keswick and climbing 1,000 feet, it should take you around three hours to complete – any less and we salute you as a champion fell walker.

10. Ullock Pike, Skiddaw, and Little Man, Lake District, England

Grade: Difficult

Starting at Ravenstone Hotel and finishing at Latrigg Car Park, this difficult walk is a must for adventure seekers, combining steep climbs with sharp descents as you make your way up and down England’s 4th highest mountain and across six of the Lake District’s infamous fells.