Pack your walking shoes and enjoy some wonderful walks through the Lake District’s scenic countryside.
With so many breathtaking destinations, it’s tough choosing which to tackle during a short holiday at the Howbeck Guest House. To help get you started, we’ve hand-picked a broad selection of Lake District walks, all within easy driving distance of the town of Windermere, offering options for both the casual walker looking for an easy, relaxed stroll through to tougher challenges for keen hill walkers seeking some rigorous exercise.
A stroll around Friar’s Crag, Keswick
Easy; 0.75 miles; less than 1 hour
If you are really just looking for a gentle stroll amidst classic Lake District scenery, head for National Trust-owned Friar’s Crag – a promontory jutting out into Derwentwater, with views out to Derwent Isle and the surrounding landscapes. This walk starts at the lakeside car park, passing memorials to John Ruskin and Canon Rawsley, one of the National Trust’s founders — and on a clear evening it’s a lovely spot for some star-gazing.
Tom Gill to Tarn Hows – Coniston Water
Easy and Hard options; 1.6 miles; approx 1 hour
The starting point for this very accessible walk, at Tom Gill, is about 12 miles from the Howbeck Guest House. Suitable even for pushchairs and mobility scooters, the 1.6 mile-long path around the beautiful fell-top tarn offers some of the loveliest views in the Lake District, yet can be enjoyed by walkers of all ages and abilities.
For a tougher challenge, there is also a steeper path through woodland and past the waterfalls, stopping off en route at beauty spot of Tarn Hows, while the return route offers fantastic views of the high fells of Wetherlam and Coniston Old Man.
Ambleside to Troutbeck and back
Moderate; 5.8 miles; 4-5 hours
Just five miles down the road from Windermere, Ambleside’s central Market Cross is the starting point for this walk to Troutbeck and back via Wansfell. The walk weaves its way through Skelghyll Woods, past a 57.8 metre-high grand fir (the tallest free in Cumbria), to the conservation village of Troutbeck, where you can visit Townend, a National Trust property, or enjoy tea and cakes in the local tea shop before heading back to Ambleside.
Ash Landing to Claife Heights – Windermere
Hard; 7.5 miles; 4-5 hours
Starting at the car park at Ash Landing, this tough walk takes you to Claife Heights on the lake’s western shore, which has been popular with Lake District visitors since Victorian times. The walk includes a dramatic viewing point at Low Blind How, where a gap in the wall leads to a crap with gorgeous views of the lake, islands and Troutbeck fells.