Lakeland Routes is a family blog and photography diary of our walks here in the Lake District, North West England. Our aim is to provide route guides for those wanting to explore the Lakeland Fells, which include maps, photos and very detailed route descriptions. Many of the walks included on the website follow the footsteps of Alfred Wainwright, the author of ‘A Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells’, however, there are also many ‘off the beaten track’ routes that are personal favourites of ours.
All walks provided on the website are listed in the ‘Routes’ menu.
> 100 Lakeland Routes
A list of our favourite routes on and around the Lake District Fells.
> Buggy Friendly
Various terrains, gradients and distances for families and people with disabilities.
> Low Level
Little or no ascent around the lakes, valleys and villages.
Routes that include various grades of rock-scrambling.
Where routes require scrambling, we’ve added as many photos as possible to show the ascent in much more detail; obviously safety comes first, so only attempt these scrambles if you are experienced and have suitable gear for the conditions. Whilst we are happy to provide the information, you are responsible for your own health and safety.
> Wild Camping
Two-day walks that include a summit camp.
A great passion of ours is to summit wild camp; if you have the right tent, and avoid any extreme weather, then there’s no better place to spend the night than on the top of a Lakeland fell. By camping on a summit, you will have a better view of a sunset, sunrise, and if you’re lucky, the Northern Lights (aurora borealis). You may even witness your first Brocken Spectre!
Of course, the wild camping ‘code of conduct’ should be followed at all times. To give a simple version: arrive late, leave early, and leave no trace.
> Other Summits
Routes that include a named summit, but not a Wainwright summit.
Wainwrights A-Z and Coloured Tabs
All routes that include Wainwright summits are to be found on the ‘Wainwrights A-Z’ page and the coloured tabs above the slider. The colours of the tabs correspond to the second edition covers of ‘A Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells’, which were revised by Chris Jesty between 2005 and 2009.
There is a fascinating history that is connected to the land, and the people that have lived and worked on the fells and in the valleys. Many stories are well known, and many are not, but we want to share the stories that we have discovered while exploring Lakeland.