Child-Friendly Walks In The Lake District
22 June 2018
When visiting the Lake District, most of us like to spend some time getting some walking done and taking in some of the truly spectacular views on offer in the area. There are a great many different sights to see and routes to take, and there really is something for everybody when it comes to walking in the Lakes.
With schools breaking up for the summer soon, it’s important to consider little legs too if you are planning a family trip to the Lake District and hope to get plenty of walking done. With that in mind, we’ve put together a bit of a roundup of some of our favourite routes that are a little more accessible, and of a reasonable length!
This one is a fantastic walk because it offers one of the best views in the Lakes, for very minimal effort. It’s a fairly accessible route, and there is a bench once you reach the top so that you can rest up and take in the views.
Our favourite way to start this walk is from the car park on Gale Road just outside Keswick. The route is steep in a few places and can be uneven, but in terms of distance, this is a very short yet rewarding walk. You’ll be treated to the sight of the surrounding fells as you climb to the summit and fantastic views across Keswick and Derwentwater from the top.
Another short but rewarding walk is Loughrigg Terrace from White Moss car park. This one should only take you around an hour to complete, although you can easily take your time and enjoy taking in the views as you climb.
You can also enjoy the nearby Rydal Caves, which are a popular spot to photograph. There is also a rather nice picnic area near to the car park, and nearby toilets, so you could plan a whole day out around the area without worrying too much about facilities.
Blea Tarn is a charming and easily accessible tarn with a backdrop of the Langdale Pikes, and a carpark conveniently located nearby. The tarn is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and the sediment in the bed has not been disturbed since the last Ice Age!
It is a mountain tarn, so it is a perfect introduction to the fells for younger children to get started with, there are great views of the Little Langdale valley and Coniston Fells.
The Muncaster Fell walk is a little longer than the others on this list but is perfect for a family day out as it combines a ride on the La’al Ratty Railway, which children will love.
Be sure to check the train times before you set off, and give yourself plenty of time so that you don’t miss the return train from Irton Road station once you’ve completed your walk from Ravenglass.
There is also a playground in Ravenglass, and if you have enough time you could even go to Muncaster Castle en route.
3 Mile circuit
Orrest Head was Alfred Wainwright’s first introduction to the Lake District and is a great place to introduce your family to the fells too. There are stunning views over Windermere, and there is a plaque at the summit identifying the surrounding fells, which is great for little ones.
This circular walk starts close to the railway station and there are also laybys close to the start of the walk and plenty of parking available in Windermere, so it is easily accessible.
If you’re heading to the Lake District to try out any of these walks for yourself, be sure to check out our parks here at Pure Leisure.