Easy Mountain Walks in the Lake District

These guided easy mountain walks in the Lake District are generally up to 6 miles long, include no more than 500m of ascent and take around 4-5 hours to complete. The walking is generally on good mountain paths and easy ground with low amounts of steep terrain. During these walks your qualified Mountain Leader will ensure you stay on the right paths, highlight points of interest, answer your questions and ensure you have an enjoyable and memorable day.

Guided Walking Costs: one-to-one guided walk £180.  Small Groups: 2 persons £100pp, 3 persons £70pp, 4-6 persons £55pp

When we confirm your guided mountain walk we will send detailed joining instructions and a recommended equipment list.

Loughrigg Fell and Terrace

Start: 9.30

Finish: 14.30

Location: Ambleside

Grade: Moderate

Distance: 6.2 miles/10km

Height Gain: 320m

1 Wainwright: Loughrigg Fell (1101ft)

Loughrigg Fell may not be the highest mountain in the Lake District but its isolated position provides unobstructed views and an unrivalled panorama of the Central Fells.

…for Loughrigg has delightful grassy paths, a series of pleasant surprises along the traverse of its summits, several charming vistas and magnificent views, fine contrasts of velvety turfs, rich bracken and grey rock, a string of little tarns like pearls in a necklace, and a wealth of stately trees on the flanks.

Alfred Wainwright

After leaving Ambleside we quickly begin the ascent to Lily Tarn – a fantastic viewpoint overlooking the northern end of Windermere, the Fairfield Horseshoe, Red Screes and westwards towards the Coniston Fells. A gentle traverse brings us to the summit of Loughrigg which provides fines views over Grasmere and Rydal Water. After exploring this beautiful fell we return via Red Bank, the delightful Loughrigg Terrace and the fast flowing River Rothay.

During this rewarding walk we will enjoy magnificent mountain scenery and beautiful lake views. The terrain includes bridleways and mountain paths.

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Wansfell Pike and Troutbeck

Start: 9.30

Finish: 15.30

Location: Ambleside

Grade: Moderate

Distance: 6.4miles/10.3km

Height Gain: 500m

1 Wainwright: Wansfell Pike (1601ft)

The ascent of Wansfell Pike begins immediately from Ambleside and its summit, separated from its neighbours and surrounded by deep valleys, provides stunning unrestricted views.

Wansfell Pike excels in its view of Windermere, the graceful curve of the lake showing to great advantage. Westwards, the scene is especially beautiful, the Red Screes is a fine objective in the north.

Alfred Wainwright

After crossing over the top we descend to Troutbeck – a classic Lakeland village. Delightful Troutbeck provides an opportunity to enjoy some light refreshments before returning along the quieter side of Wansfell with its old fell lanes, wooded ghylls and the popular Jenkins Hill viewpoint.

During this walk we will enjoy summit views and woodland walking. The terrain includes narrow lanes, steep pitched path, rocky bridleways, summit rocks, open fell, hill track and valley road.

 

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Helm Crag

Start: 9.30

Finish: 14.30

Location: Grasmere

Grade: Moderate

Distance: 4miles/6km

Height Gain: 350m

1 Wainwright: Helm Crag (1299ft)

Helm Crag is affectionately known as the “Lion and the Lamb” because the large summit rocks resemble a lion and a lamb from so many viewpoints. From Grasmere we climb the mountain directly via its SE flank  – a short mountain walk to a wonderful and much loved summit.

The virtues of Helm Crag have not been lauded enough. It gives an exhilarating little climb, a brief essay in real mountaineering, and, in a region where all is beautiful, it makes a notable contribution to the natural charms and attractions of Grasmere

Alfred Wainwright

After exploring the rocky summit with its interesting rock formations, we continue northwest along the summit ridge before descending gently from Bracken Hause and following the river back along the valley to Grasmere.

In scenic values, the summit of many high mountains are a disappointment after the long toil of ascent, yet here, on top of little Helm Crag, a midget of a mountain, is a remarkable array of rocks, upstanding and fallen, of singular interest and fascinating appearance, that yield a quality of reward out of all proportion to the short and simple climb.

Alfred Wainwright

During this walk we will enjoy mountain and lake views, rivers and waterfalls. The terrain includes narrow lanes, mountain paths and valley road.

Helm Crag from Grasmere a classice mountain walk in the Lake District. Guided by Mountain Explorer
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Easedale Tarn

Start: 9.30

Finish: 14.30

Location: Grasmere

Grade: Moderate

Distance: 4.6miles/7.4km

Height Gain: 220m

Although this walk does not climb a significant mountain summit it still includes beautiful scenery, thundering waterfalls and a picturesque tarn. We leave Grasmere via Easedale Road but soon turn off the narrow lane to take the riverside bridleway and old packhorse route to Easedale Tarn. Climbing alongside the fast flowing Sour Milk Ghyll we enjoy a dramatic series of waterfalls before reaching the surprisingly large Easedale Tarn.

From Easedale Tarn we cross the large stepping stones and descend the gentle hillside below Cockley Crag. Taking the down path alongside Far Easedale Gill we return to Grasmere, watching out for the red squirrels that live here.

During this walk we will enjoy mountain views, tarns, rivers and waterfalls. The terrain includes narrow lanes, rocky bridleways, open fell, hill track and valley road.

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Note:

For those who would like a longer gentle walk it is possible to:

  •  Combine the ascent of Helm Crag with a visit to Easedale Tarn and the waterfalls of Sour Milk Ghyll. This wonderful walk would be 5.3 miles/8.5km long and involve 500m of ascent.
  • Continue the Loughrigg Fell walk to include Silver  Howe, a beautiful and gentle 2.5 mile ridge.

If you would like to discuss the routes above or other possible easy mountain walks in the Lake District please contact Mountain Explorer using the links below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Gift Cards

Guided easy mountain walks in the Lake District make memorable gifts. If you book a guided walk as an inspirational gift or for a special occasion you will be provided with a downloadable voucher containing details of the day.