Put a spring in your step with a free Lake District guided walk

Published on: 29 Mar 2022

Lake District guided walks

Lake District National Park Authority volunteers are back this spring with a refreshed range of guided walks that offer something for everyone.

Returning this weekend (2 April) with Black Crag and Yewdale, the volunteer-led guided walks programme is now 57 years old and provides safe, informative access to the National Park for hundreds of visitors every year.

Suspended during the pandemic, our guided walks return in 2022 with a range of easy to moderate routes and are free, with donations to Lake District Foundation welcomed.

All walks can be easily booked through Eventbrite online.

There will be more than 100 walks available in 2022, starting on 2 April with a six mile moderate walk from Tarn Hows to Black Crag, with a section of the Cumbria Way in the return route.

Chris Wingrove, the Lake District National Park Authority’s Volunteers Team Leader said: “Our team of 50 guided walk volunteers are absolutely delighted to be back out and sharing their knowledge with the public. All of our walks are free and must be pre-booked - we are confident that there is going to be something to suit everyone. Whether it’s a lakeside stroll with children or something slightly more challenging, we’ve got you covered.”

The group sizes are small, with a 20 person limit and are all led by our cheerful and knowledgeable volunteers.

Volunteer walk leader Katy Jonas says: “I love nothing more than giving someone the confidence to try a walk by themselves after starting out on one of our guided walks. We will give you basic navigation tips and can tell you everything from what equipment to pack to the history of the area.”

Other guided walks include a gentle circular route in Grasmere starting from St Oswald's Church, where Wordsworth and members of his family are buried, taking in coffin route and Dove Cottage. There’s a short walk around historic Hawkshead or the chance to join a group walk to the summit of Brant Fell, starting in Bowness with fantastic views over Windermere.

The walks are all free but donations to the Lake District Foundation are welcomed.

Find out more and prepare for your guided walk.

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