FAQs

Below we have answered some of the questions we get asked most frequently.  If you have any questions about going on a guided walk that you can't find here or elsewhere on our site, please just drop us an email on walkstoinspire@lakedistrict.gov.uk

How do I book?

Simply visit our activities calendar and browse more than 200 different walks suitable for all abilities and book your walk.

Can I just show up on the day?

The Lake District can have some pretty wild weather and we know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea walking in the wind and rain so if you don’t want to book and would prefer to wait and see what the day brings, you can just show up too. However, popular walks and peak times can be oversubscribed so we have to run a first come first serve policy. We recommend you keep an eye on the weather forecast and try and book ahead. Why not check out our Top Tips for walking so even if the weather does turn, you’ll be well prepared and have an amazing time anyway. The Lake District can be at its most impressive in a bit of weather and as Wainwright himself said “There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad planning”.

Who is Wainright?

Good question. If you’ve ever visited the Lake District before or if you’ve spent just a few minutes online researching your first visit, you’re bound to have heard the name. Alfred Wainwirght saved up for a trip to the Lake District at the age of 23, he fell in love, moved here and his life’s passion and work was writing 7 precise pictorial guides to the walking 214 of what he considered to be the most beautiful peaks to summit, which are now known as Wainwrights. ‘Bagging Wainwrights’ has become a rite of passage for Lake District walkers. If you'd like to read more about Wainright you can do so here.

Can I come on my own?

Absolutely! Walking with a group is a brilliant way to meet like-minded people and make new friends.

Can I come with my family?

What better way to spend a day with the family than exploring a new place or enjoying a familiar place you already love. Of course littler legs may struggle on some of our longer and harder walks so when looking through our walks, look out for the family friendly badge.p>

Can I bring my dog?

Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome on most of our guided walks, please check the description of the walk you would like to book. We cannot allow dogs on any of our navigation courses.

How long is the walk?

With more than 200 routes tho choose from our walks vary in length and difficulty from short strolls to all-day hikes. Every walk listing on the calendar will have full details including the number of hours it is anticipated to take. Please do bear in mind that the precise time may vary a few minutes according to the pace of the group You can read about our walk grades here.

Where can I park?

All of our guided walks start within a short walk from a car park and our listings will always suggest which to use.

What do I need to bring?

It's not uncommon to experience four seasons in one day up in the fells so we recommend looking at our What to Bring page with full details.

What if it rains?

Rain is par for the course in the Lake District, it's why we have such maginificent lakes! We rarely cancel walks due to weather conditions instead preferring to show you that you can enjoy the Lakes whatever the weather, as long as you come prepared.

Will there be opportunities to take pictures?

Plenty! How could we show you some of the most beautiful places in the world and not expect you to take photos. We do, all the time! Why not share them with us on Twitter afterwards.