Lancashire Times
Weekend Edition
7:00 AM 7th July 2022

Under Canvas In The Lakes

For the avid adventurer the Lake District is the perfect playground, offering picturesque hikes of varying difficulty.

If you’re longing for the beautiful sights of Lake Windermere, or the panoramic views of Derwentwater, the best seat in the house is at the summit of a mountain.

“The Lakes” also offer plenty of pit stops along the way and the team at Pitchup, booking custodians of 5,344 campsites, glamping sites and holiday parks throughout the UK, Europe and the Americas, have rounded up the best hikes and where to camp along the way. Here’s a flavour:


Distance: 3.5 miles
Time: 2-3 hours (including stops)
Difficulty: Moderate

The well-known Catbells is one of the most popular walking routes in the Lake District and sits on the western shore of Derwentwater, three miles from the bustling Keswick.

The scenic hike boasts stunning views of both Derwentwater and the surrounding fells and has been called one of the best views in the Lake District. The route is also moderately easy to climb, adding to its popularity, with the exception of the short steep path at the start and the last little scramble to the summit.

There are also 31 bookable campsites within 15 miles of Catbells, with the nearest campsite,Newlands Valley Campsite, just 1 mile away.

Old Man of Coniston

Distance: 4.7 miles
Time: 2.5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate

The Old Man of Coniston is one of the largest fells of the Furness Fells in Cumbria and boasts picturesque panoramic views of tarns, sweeping valleys and, on a clear day, the Pennines, Blackpool Tower and Scafell Pike.

The Jack Diamond Path is the shortest route to take to the top and whilst the climb is quite steep for large parts of the walk, reaching the summit is easily achievable for most walkers.

Those wanting a tougher route also have the option of taking the Circular Route, which takes approximately 4.5-6 hours.

There are also 39 bookable campsites within 15 miles of The Old Man of Coniston, with the nearest campsite, Coniston Experience Freedom Glamping, just 1.9 miles away.

Scafell Pike Via Wasdale Head

Distance: 2.6 miles
Time: 3-4 hours
Difficulty: Hard

Claiming the name of the tallest mountain in England at 978 metres above sea level is the popular Scafell Pike.

Known for its difficulty and part in the famous Three Peaks Challenge, avid walkers flock to this mountain every year to take on its tough yet rewarding trail.

For those looking to make the hike slightly less daunting, they can take the route from the scenic valley of Wasdale for a less challenging experience.

There are also 31 bookable campsites within 15 miles of Scafell Pike, with the nearest campsite, Seatoller Farm, just 4.3 miles away.

Rydal Water and Grasmere Circular

Distance: 6 miles
Time: 4 hours
Difficulty: Moderate

This six-mile circular walk around Rydal Water and Grasmere is a moderately-easy ramble and is home to a number of must-see historic locations and stunning natural scenery.

The walk offers beautiful views across the lake and the surrounding fells, alongside tourist hotspots to visit along the way, including the famous Dove Cottage and Wordsworth Museum, and Rydal Mount (one of the homes of William Wordsworth).

There are also 36 bookable campsites within 15 miles of Grasmere, with the nearest campsite, Greenhowe Caravans, just 2.3 miles away.

Tarn Hows Circular

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Distance: 1.9 miles
Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy

The beautiful Tarn Hows Circular that’s owned by the National Trust is a great trail for everyone from walkers and runners to keen twitchers.

Its well-maintained path has a view of the man-made lake and winds through the woodland that’s home to various species of birds.

There are also a variety of smaller paths leading off to short routes that later rejoin the main path. This walk is a great trail to do with the family, as it only takes around an hour and the terrain is relatively flat, making it manageable for all ages.

There are also 36 bookable campsites within 15 miles of Tarn Hows, with the nearest campsite, High Yewdale Camping, just 0.9 miles away.

Windermere Western Shore

Distance: 4-8 miles
Time: 1 ½ - 3hours
Difficulty: Moderate

The Windermere Western Shore walk is an accessible low-level trail through various woodland and parkland, whilst still boasting breathtaking views of the lake.

The peaceful route has the option of walking between 4-8 miles depending on preference and has great visibility of the islands of Windermere. There are also some key stops and sightseeing to make along the route, including the Victorian Gothic Wray Castle, the Claife Viewing Station and a range of cafe stops.

There are also 34 bookable campsites within 15 miles of Windermere, with the nearest campsite, Graythwaite Glamping, just 3 miles away.

Sharp Edge Scramble Blencathra

Distance: 2.7 miles
Time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Hard

A thrilling route for hillwalkers to explore in the Lake District is the Sharp Edge Scramble up Blencathra.

The climb should only be undertaken by those confident in their abilities, due to its steep and rocky incline, but the challenging walk is extremely rewarding.

With six separate fell tops to choose from, Hallsfell Top is the highest and offers up the most extensive views of the surrounding scenery, with views stretching as far as the Galloway mountains at 64 miles away.

There are also 30 bookable campsites within 15 miles of Blencathra, with the nearest campsite, Low Hollows, just 1.1 miles away.


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