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Easy Walks in the Lake District: The Perfect Guide

Introducing a selection of short walks for all to enjoy. Filmed in the Lake District in and around the Windermere, Ambleside and Grasmere area.

If you find yourself in the Lake District, you'll likely be aware that you have breathtaking landscapes right on your doorstep, but where would you even begin?

These are mostly low level walks that:

  • Can be easily completed in an afternoon.
  • Are accessible to many - especially suited to mixed ability groups and young families.
  • Can be shortened or lengthened - perfect for keeping walks both leisurely and exciting.
  • Can be easily accessed by bus from major towns in the area - avoiding parking issues.
  • Have facilities and stops in mind.

If you find yourself based in and looking for short, easy walks in Ambleside, Windermere, Bowness or Grasmere, this guidebook is the perfect place to start.

Short Walks in the Lake District: Windermere Ambleside and Grasmere - Front Cover

Short Walks in the Lake District: Windermere Ambleside and Grasmere


Our authors have chosen 15 of the best short walks around Windermere, Ambleside and Grasmere. Each walk comes with easy-to-read Ordnance Survey maps, clear route description and lots of images, plus information on local beauty spots and tasty refreshment stops. No challenging terrain or complicated navigation means walks can be enjoyed by everyone.

More information

Walks include routes to Beatrix Potter's house – Hill Top in Near Sawrey, The Lion and the Lamb, Easedale Tarn, Elterwater, Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount – homes of the poet Wordsworth, Wray Castle, Silver How, Troutbeck and Holehird Gardens.

Enjoy superb views from modest heights, while lakeside and riverside walks lead through woods and across pastures to visit local landmarks and places of interest – as well as fine cafes, pubs and picnic spots!

Guide Summary

These are the routes included in the guidebook, purchase the guide, available in a compact book or eBook, for every detail on the routes!

Walk nameTimeDistanceHighlights
1. Bowness, Windermere and School Knott2½hr8.5km (5¼ miles)Low fells, tarns and a viewpoint
2. Windermere, Orrest Head and Holehird Gardens2¼hr6.5km (4 miles)Gardens, woodland and views
3. Near and Far Sawrey, and Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top2hr7km (4½ miles)Hill Top, woodland and scenic villages
4. Windermere’s western shore and Wray Castle1¾hr7km (4½ miles)Lake views and a castle, optional lake cruise
5. Troutbeck village and upper valley2½hr9km (5½ miles)Traditional Lakeland village in a beautiful valley
6. Wansfell, Troutbeck and Robin Lane3½hr11km (7 miles)Waterfall, summit views and ancient village
7. High and Low Sweden Bridges from Ambleside1¾hr5.5km (3½ miles)Low fells and ideal picnic spots
8. Lily Tarn, Windermere view and Galava Roman Fort2¼hr7.5km (4½ miles)Pretty tarn, lake views and Roman fort
9. Loughrigg from Ambleside3hr10km (6¼ miles)Summit, fine views and a cave
10. Ambleside to Elterwater2hr7.5km (4¾ miles)Low fells, lakes and waterfalls
11. Elterwater and Red Bank2½hr6km (3¾ miles)Low grassy fells, views, woodland
12. Dove Cottage, Grasmere and Rydal2½hr10km (6¼ miles)Wordsworth, museums, two lakes and views
13. Silver How from Grasmere2¼hr5km (3 miles)Summit with panoramic views
14. Easedale Tarn2¾hr8km (5 miles)Iconic tarn and stepping stones
15. Helm Crag – The Lion and the Lamb2½hr7.5km (4¾ miles)Rewarding steep climb and great views

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