We have been spoilt with the weather lately and here in the Lake District as soon as the sun is out, on go the walking boots! Planning a stay with this summer? Often deciding which walking trails to tackle can be hard, as lets be honest, there are hundreds of them!
If you’re needing inspiration, see some of our all time favourites below, all close the Ambleside.
The Fairfield Horseshoe is a classic Lake District walk with spectacular views. You can start this walk from the heart of Ambleside too, following the Rydal road before a steep ascent onto Nab Scar. From here you can enjoy stunning views of Loughrigg tarn and the fells beyond, once elevated walkers continue along the ridge to the summit of Fairfield. The descent takes you over High Pike and Low Pike before reaching High Sweden Bridge that links to the track back to Ambleside. This is a long walk that should not be underestimated, covering 11 miles. We would recommend setting off early and taking plenty of food and water!
This is another great walk that you can start from Ambleside. Shorter than the Fairfield the route is a more manageable 7 miles. Make your way to the river Rothay from Stoney Lane, when you reach the river turn right and follow a narrow road for just over one mile. You will reach a footpath along the side of Rydal Water before ascending to the summit of Loughrigg. There are several ways down, the best route takes you past Rydal Caves. This joins up with a footpath that leads in the direction of Ambleside.
If you’re someone who worries about navigation, this is a great walk for you. This route up Wansfell Pike is approximately 6 miles and has a very clear path up and down. From Ambleside head to Skockghyll Lane and head up the steep road until you reach a stile into a field to your right. The footpath from here leads to a pitched track that takes you all the way to the summit, a short, yet steep walk. Wansfell Pike is surrounded by valleys which makes the view at the top all the more breath-taking, enjoy!