45 easy to follow circular walk route maps of all grades in The Eastern Fells area of The Lake District

Forty-five easy to follow, hand-crafted walks including routes from Aira Force, Ambleside, Brothers Water, Dockray, Glenridding, Grasmere, Kentmere, Patterdale & Thirlmere that climb Helvellyn (the highest point), St Sunday Crag, Great Rigg, Fairfield, Raise, Watson's Dodd, Catstye Cam & High Rigg amongst many others. More details about each walk can be found below the map.

The Eastern Fells area of The Lake District National Park is enclosed by Threlkeld and Pooley Bridge to the North, Grasmere and Thirlmere to the West, Ambleside to the South and The Kirkstone Pass and Ullswater to the East.

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Scroll down the list of walks below & click on each walk title (in blue) to locate it on the map above.


See this list of walks, routes & maps in:

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NB. To reverse (toggle) this order, click Grade Order again


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Walk c102 Red Screes from Ambleside

Quieter alternative to the popular routes from Ambleside

Vital Statistics:

Length:7.5 miles (12 km)
Ascent:2,519 ft (768 m)
Time:5.25hrs
Grade:(Moderate)
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Walk c113 Helvellyn from Thirlmere

Lakeland's most popular mountain

Vital Statistics:

Length:8.75 miles (14 km)
Ascent:3,296 ft (1,005 m)
Time:6½ hrs
Grade:(Hard)
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Walk c124 Helvellyn Ridge from Thirlmere

Lakeland's most popular mountain with a fine ridge walk

Vital Statistics:

Length:10.5 miles (17 km)
Ascent:3,575 ft (1,090 m)
Time:7½ hrs
Grade:(Hard)
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Walk c138 Brothers Water from Patterdale

Lovely valley stroll

Vital Statistics:

Length:6.5 miles (10.5 km)
Ascent:643 ft (196 m)
Time:3 hrs
Grade:(Easy)
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Walk c146 The Dodds from Dockray

Superb views of Ullswater and Thirlmere

Vital Statistics:

Length:8.75 miles (14 km)
Ascent:2,129 ft (649 m)
Time:5½ hrs
Grade:(Moderate)
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Walk c162 Stony Cove Pike (Caudale Moor), Red Screes and Hart Crag from Brothers Water

Long high level route with one very steep climb

Vital Statistics:

Length:13.75 miles (22 km)
Ascent:5,501 ft (1,676 m)
Time:10½ hrs
Grade:(Very Hard)
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Walk c168 Great Mell Fell from Brownrigg Farm

Quiet and lonely with surprisingly good views

Vital Statistics:

Length:3 miles (5 km)
Ascent:1,145 ft (349 m)
Time:2½ hrs
Grade:(Easy)
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Walk c176 Clough Head and Great Dodd from Dockray

Superb views

Vital Statistics:

Length:8.25 miles (13 km)
Ascent:2,011 ft (613 m)
Time:5 hrs
Grade:(Moderate)
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Walk c178 Sheffield Pike from Glenridding

Glenridding's much ignored fell

Vital Statistics:

Length:6 miles (9.5 km)
Ascent:1,814 ft (553 m)
Time:4 hrs
Grade:(Moderate)
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Walk c181 Dollywaggon Pike and Seat Sandal from Patterdale

Great high level route with an easy scramble

Vital Statistics:

Length:10 miles (16 km)
Ascent:3,979 ft (1,213 m)
Time:7½ hrs
Grade:(Hard)
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Walk c184 High Pike from Ambleside

Quieter alternative to the popular routes from Ambleside

Vital Statistics:

Length:9.75 miles (15.5 km)
Ascent:3,551 ft (1,082 m)
Time:7.25hrs
Grade:(Hard)
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Walk c192 Helvellyn Ridge from Glenridding

An exhilarating high ridge walk

Vital Statistics:

Length:13 miles (21 km)
Ascent:4,359 ft (1,329 m)
Time:9.25hrs
Grade:(Hard)
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Walk c193 Dowthwaitehead from Aira Force

An impressive waterfall and a taste of the fells

Vital Statistics:

Length:7.25 miles (11.5 km)
Ascent:1,752 ft (534 m)
Time:4½ hrs
Grade:(Moderate)
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Walk c198 The Southern Shore of Ullswater from Glenridding

Popular lakeside walk

Vital Statistics:

Length:7 miles (11 km)
Ascent:1,299 ft (396 m)
Time:3.75hrs
Grade:(Moderate)
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Walk c211 Arnison Crag and Birks from Patterdale

Best in May when the Bluebells are in bloom

Vital Statistics:

Length:3.75 miles (6 km)
Ascent:1,571 ft (479 m)
Time:3 hrs
Grade:(Moderate)
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Walk c213 Helvellyn from Glenridding

Lakeland's 3rd highest via the infamous Striding & Swirral Edges - not for the faint hearted

Vital Statistics:

Length:8.5 miles (13.5 km)
Ascent:3,278 ft (999 m)
Time:6½ hrs
Grade:(Hard)
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Walk c216 Stone Arthur, Great Rigg and Heron Pike from Grasmere

Fabulous views of Grasmere - the descent off Heron Pike is down steep grass

Vital Statistics:

Length:7 miles (11 km)
Ascent:2,661 ft (811 m)
Time:5.25hrs
Grade:(Moderate)
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Walk c220 Helvellyn via Striding Edge from Glenridding

Lakeland's most climbed mountain via the infamous Striding Edge - not for the faint hearted

Vital Statistics:

Length:10 miles (16 km)
Ascent:3,382 ft (1,031 m)
Time:7 hrs
Grade:(Hard)
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Walk c224 Helvellyn via Swirral Edge and Raise from Glenridding

Lakeland's most popular via the easier Swirral Edge

Vital Statistics:

Length:10.75 miles (17 km)
Ascent:3,449 ft (1,051 m)
Time:7.25hrs
Grade:(Hard)
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Walk c230 The Scandale Beck Horizon from Ambleside

Fabulous high level route

Vital Statistics:

Length:12.5 miles (20 km)
Ascent:3,411 ft (1,040 m)
Time:8 hrs
Grade:(Hard)
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Walk c235 The Deepdale Horseshoe from Patterdale

Quieter alternative to crowded Helvellyn

Vital Statistics:

Length:9.75 miles (15.5 km)
Ascent:3,516 ft (1,072 m)
Time:7 hrs
Grade:(Hard)
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Walk c237 Grisedale Beck from Patterdale

Delightful valley walk

Vital Statistics:

Length:7 miles (11 km)
Ascent:1,273 ft (388 m)
Time:3.75hrs
Grade:(Moderate)
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Walk c239 The Deepdale Round from nr Dockray

Superb views of Ullswater and Thirlmere

Vital Statistics:

Length:11.25 miles (18 km)
Ascent:2,680 ft (817 m)
Time:6.75hrs
Grade:(Hard)
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Walk c247 The Fairfield Horseshoe from Ambleside

A classic lakeland horseshoe walk

Vital Statistics:

Length:11 miles (17.5 km)
Ascent:3,633 ft (1,107 m)
Time:7.75hrs
Grade:(Hard)
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Walk c259 A Circuit of Thirlmere

Lakeside walk with one short steep climb

Vital Statistics:

Length:10 miles (16 km)
Ascent:492 ft (150 m)
Time:4 hrs
Grade:(Easy)
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Walk c264 The Grisedale Round from Patterdale

Superb high level ridge walk

Vital Statistics:

Length:13.25 miles (21 km)
Ascent:5,189 ft (1,581 m)
Time:10 hrs
Grade:(Very Hard)
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Walk c266 Seat Sandal and Fairfield from Grasmere

Fabulous views - classic Lakeland

Vital Statistics:

Length:7.5 miles (12 km)
Ascent:3,116 ft (950 m)
Time:6 hrs
Grade:(Moderate)
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Walk c269 The Grisedale Horseshoe from Patterdale

Lakeland's most climbed mountain - not for the faint hearted

Vital Statistics:

Length:11.5 miles (18.5 km)
Ascent:4,582 ft (1,396 m)
Time:8.75hrs
Grade:(Hard)
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Walk c286 The Glenridding Skyline from Glenridding

Superb high level walk

Vital Statistics:

Length:11.5 miles (18.5 km)
Ascent:4,418 ft (1,346 m)
Time:8½ hrs
Grade:(Hard)
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Walk c305 Red Screes and Hart Crag from Brothers Water

Superb views of Brothers Water and Patterdale

Vital Statistics:

Length:9.75 miles (15.5 km)
Ascent:3,699 ft (1,127 m)
Time:7.25hrs
Grade:(Hard)
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Walk c309 Great Mell Fell, Little Mell Fell and Gowbarrow Fell

Three remote Wainwrights in a single walk

Vital Statistics:

Length:12.25 miles (19.5 km)
Ascent:3,254 ft (992 m)
Time:7½ hrs
Grade:(Hard)
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Walk c312 Red Screes from Brothers Water

Fine views of Brothers Water

Vital Statistics:

Length:7 miles (11 km)
Ascent:2,373 ft (723 m)
Time:5 hrs
Grade:(Moderate)
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Walk c320 Arnison Crag from Patterdale

Best in May when the Bluebells are in bloom

Vital Statistics:

Length:3 miles (5 km)
Ascent:922 ft (281 m)
Time:2 hrs
Grade:(Easy)
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Walk c333 The Dovedale Round

Fine views of Dovedale and Brothers Water

Vital Statistics:

Length:7.75 miles (12.5 km)
Ascent:2,800 ft (853 m)
Time:5.75hrs
Grade:(Moderate)
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Walk c351 Red Screes and Little Hart Crag from Brothers Water

Superb views of Brothers Water

Vital Statistics:

Length:7 miles (11 km)
Ascent:2,737 ft (834 m)
Time:5.25hrs
Grade:(Moderate)
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Walk c352 Gowbarrow Fell (Airy Crag) from Aira Force

An impressive waterfall and a taste of the fells

Vital Statistics:

Length:4.5 miles (7 km)
Ascent:1,204 ft (367 m)
Time:3 hrs
Grade:(Moderate)
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Walk c358 Seat Sandal, Fairfield and Heron Pike from Grasmere

Fabulous views - classic Lakeland

Vital Statistics:

Length:9.5 miles (15 km)
Ascent:3,682 ft (1,122 m)
Time:7.25hrs
Grade:(Hard)
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Walk c380 Little Mell Fell from Cove Campsite

Good views of Ullswater

Vital Statistics:

Length:1.5 miles (2.5 km)
Ascent:705 ft (215 m)
Time:1½ hrs
Grade:(Easy)
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Walk c389 Great Rigg, Fairfield and Hart Crag from Ambleside

A variation on a classic route

Vital Statistics:

Length:12.25 miles (19.5 km)
Ascent:3,984 ft (1,214 m)
Time:8½ hrs
Grade:(Hard)
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Walk c394 Helvellyn, Catstye Cam and Sheffield Pike from Glenridding

Superb high level walk

Vital Statistics:

Length:10 miles (16 km)
Ascent:4,020 ft (1,225 m)
Time:8 hrs
Grade:(Hard)
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Walk c412 Wansfell Pike and Baystones (Wansfell) from Ambleside

The easiest way up Ambleside's local Wainwright

Vital Statistics:

Length:5 miles (8 km)
Ascent:1,769 ft (539 m)
Time:3.75hrs
Grade:(Moderate)
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Walk c427 Helvellyn via Striding Edge from Patterdale

Lakeland's 3rd highest via the infamous Striding Edge

Vital Statistics:

Length:8 miles (12.5 km)
Ascent:2,990 ft (911 m)
Time:6 hrs
Grade:(Moderate)
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Walk c432 Helvellyn from Thirlmere

The 'easiest' way up Lakeland's most climbed mountain

Vital Statistics:

Length:5 miles (8 km)
Ascent:2,649 ft (807 m)
Time:4½ hrs
Grade:(Moderate)
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Walk c433 The St John's in the Vale Skyline from Legburthwaite

A fine walk with fine views

Vital Statistics:

Length:11.25 miles (18 km)
Ascent:3,965 ft (1,208 m)
Time:8.25hrs
Grade:(Hard)
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Walk c455 Wansfell Pike from Ambleside

The easiest way up Ambleside's nearest fell

Vital Statistics:

Length:3.25 miles (5 km)
Ascent:1,428 ft (435 m)
Time:2½ hrs
Grade:(Easy)

See this list of walks, routes & maps in:

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NB. To reverse (toggle) this order, click Grade Order again



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