The Lake District Is Open for Business
As the spring arrives, it’s important to get out the message that the Lake District is very much open! Many Cumbrian hotels have been hurting for business since the floods, despite the fact that the vast majority of places and trails are still open and accessible throughout the region. The Lake District National Park has issued an updated rights of way map so you can plan your outdoor excursions accordingly. Below are a few of our favourite scenic walks to inspire you, and we also encourage you to show your support for Cumbrian businesses and stay at a Best Loved Lake District Hotel while you are there.
1. Loughrigg Fell and Rydal Water – This 8km walk is perfect for those based in Kendal who want a bit of a challenge, but don’t want to climb up a cliff. It takes about 3 hours to complete and passes many waterfalls and moss-covered hills. Loughrigg Fell offers an absolutely splendid view and is not too steep to get to.
2. Catbells – This 5.2 km walk is located off the base of Keswick, a popular starting point for most visitors. The terrain is easy, the trail is short and the walk starts at Little Town Chapel, a wonder in itself. During the summer, you will find many walkers and families on the trail for the view of Catbells, so don’t be afraid to venture alone.
3. Fairfield, Great Rigg and Heron Pike Walk – Okay, all you adrenaline junkies out there! This is the walk to choose if you really want to challenge yourself and see a chunk of the most beautiful countryside of the Lake District. This 16.7 km walk starts in the Ambleside area, and has a traveler’s stop along the trail. The trail has steep ascents and descents, so make sure you bring the right hiking shoes! The rewards for this strenuous hike are the views, especially those from the Great Rigg.
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