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Walking holidays in the Lake District

Adored by poets, painters, and literary giants for centuries, the Lake District has always had an irresistible pull. Located in the heart of Cumbria, it delights first-timers and returning visitors with charming villages, tumbling waterfalls, impressive peaks, and shimmering bodies of water. So it was for good reason that this adventurer’s playground was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2017.  

Aside from an unspoilt and simple beauty, this romantic region offers plenty of fun things to do. You can follow the Beatrix Potter trail at Hill Top, hike to the atmospheric Castlerigg Stone Circle, spend time at the quirky Derwent Pencil Museum, and visit Rydal Mount - William Wordsworth’s former home. Alternatively, ride on a lake cruiser at Windermere for views of the English landscape at its most sublime. 

World-class walking 

The highest point in England at 978 metres, Scafell Pike offers well-trodden routes and trails for casual walkers and experienced hikers. Equally standout is the 73-mile-long Cumbria Way, a low-level linear walk through the heart of the Lake District National Park. Here you’ll find mist-shrouded peaks, woodlands, glacial valleys, and many excuses for pit-stops and picnics. You’re likely to spot red squirrels, but may enjoy sightings of kestrels, ospreys, otters and deer. 

Charming lakeside towns and villages 

The Lake District towns and villages of Keswick, Grasmere, Hawkshead, Windermere, Ambleside, and Coniston are perfect for those who fancy window shopping, sampling craft ales, and stocking up on local delicacies such as gingerbread and sticky toffee pudding.  

Our grounds 

HF Holidays owns and manages two country houses in the Lake District, both of which are ideal for walking holidays. Book Derwent Bank to explore Scafell Pike, Cat Bells, and Helvellyn in the northern reaches of the region or stay at Monk Coniston to discover southern delights such as Grasmere, the Langdales, and The Old Man of Coniston. 

Book today with HF Holidays 

Our guided and self-guided holidays in the Lake District promise outdoor pursuits, cultural experiences, comfortable accommodation, and plentiful walking and hiking opportunities.