Walking in a (UNESCO World Heritage) Wonderland

When William Wordsworth dubbed Grasmere “The loveliest spot that man hath ever found”, it was a pretty bold statement at the time. But, fast forward some 170 years after his death and it would still be hard to argue with his assessment of the area, now recognised with UNESCO World Heritage status.

You don’t need to be an outdoorsy type to be impressed by the postcard-pretty views of shimmering lakes and slumbering mountains to enjoy the Lake District, though of course it helps. Walking and hiking is, perhaps unsurprisingly, the most popular thing to do while staying in the Lake District. From a genteel stroll around Grasmere Lake to more challenging hikes to earn yourselves some panoramic mountain views, there’s plenty of routes to choose from.

Less than an hour’s easy walking will take you up to Easedale Tarn, or if you want to stretch your legs a bit more, then head up Helm Crag, one of Wainwright’s favourite walks.

We’ve put together a list of six of our favourite walks that start from our doorstep. Grab yourself a picnic (we’ll happily make one up for you) and away you go.

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