A volunteer leading a guided walk group at Tarn Hows in the Lake District

Guided Walks

Our guided walks are back for 2024!

The first walks take place in March with a great variety of routes available to join through the summer until October.

We have a range of easy to moderate level walks, in groups of up to 20 people, all led by our wonderfully cheery and knowledgeable volunteers.

All our walks are free to book. If you wish to make a donation to give back to the National Park, you can do so via the Lake District Foundation.

See all our free guided walks and book online

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If you want to know when new walks are available to book, sign up to our guided walks newsletter below.

Grade descriptions

All our walks are graded as easy and accessible, easy or moderate, to ensure you can choose the walk that’s right for you. But what do these gradings actually mean?

The grades are based on a combination of factors including: terrain, accessibility (gates, stiles, path width), gradient, length, duration, total ascent and highest point.

Families are welcome on all of our walks, but not all are pushchair friendly so please read the route descriptions.

Grade: Easy and accessible

Walk length: 3 – 7 km (1.8 – 4.5 miles)

Approximate duration: 1.5 hours to 2.5 hours

Easy and accessible walks go at a leisurely pace and follow generally flat or rolling paths with gentle hills. The paths are wide, firm and have no barriers to access such as steep sections, steps or stiles. The walks are suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

Grade: Easy

Walk length: 4 – 10 km (2.5 – 6 miles)

Approximate duration: 2.5 – 4 hours

Easy walks may include some short ascents and descents. The path surface might be earth, grass or stone and – while generally firm – it may have some loose or uneven sections, or be soft underfoot after rain. You may also encounter steps, gates and narrow sections. Most of our Easy walks are very suitable for families, and some are pushchair friendly (please check route descriptions).

Grade: Moderate

Walk length: 6 – 15 km (3.7 – 9 miles)

Approximate duration: 3 – 6 hours

Moderate walks include hilly ground and require a reasonable level of fitness. You might encounter climbs up some steeper sections. The surfaces may be rough and uneven, with rocky or muddy sections, and you may also find yourself walking up irregular steps, over stiles or through narrow gates and gaps.

Sign up for the latest guided walks updates:

  • Walk leader talking to a group on a guided walk.

    Our volunteers will tell you so much about the area you're walking in, they love to share their love of the Lake District!

  • Two walkers on a guided walk

    We will give you advice on what to wear and what to bring before you come, but walking boots or trainers and some layers, food, and drink is all you really need.

  • Two people walking with a dog on a lead.

    Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome on most of our guided walks.

  • There's always time to stop and admire a view.

  • A man walking through a gate on a Lake District track.

    You can ask us about the route, like how many stiles, the gradient and surfaces before you come.

  • Group of walkers on a track through woodland

    All of our walks are graded with a description of what the route is like so you know what to expect before you come.

  • Family with two young children walking in the Lake District.

    We have a range of walks especially suited to families with young children.

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