The Lake District National Park is world famous for its scenery and here at Wayfarers we're right on the doorstep. We provide accommodation for walkers and hikers looking to explore this beautiful part of the world.
There is such a variety of terrain in the Lake District that there is something for everyone to enjoy, no matter what your level of fitness or experience. This can range from flat valley and lakeside walks to full days out scrambling some of the UK's most demanding ridges.
Ullswater & Steamers
Wayfarers Hostel is only a 10 minute drive away from the north shore of Ullswater. Voted England's most beautiful lake, once you are there it is easy to understand why. Throughout the summer there is a regular steamer service on the lake operating between Pooley Bridge, Glenridding and Howe Town (visit their page here). This is not only a fantastic way to take in the scenery but also provides the opportunity for some excellent walks between the steamer stations. These can range from gentle shore side strolls to tougher, more mountainous routes. The best part being when you reach the end of your route you can hop on the steamer and cruse the lake back to where you started. A regular bus service operates from Penrith down the length of Ullswater making it an accessible day out for all who stay at Wayfarers.
Skiddaw, Blencathra, Helvellyn
Some of the countries biggest and best mountains are located in the north lakes, close to your overnight accommodation at Wayfarers Hostel. Overlooking Glenridding, Helvellyn provides an exciting day out for walkers visiting the Lakes. With a choice of routes including the iconic Striding Edge, Helvellyn provides stunning views of Thirlmere in the west, and Ullswater to the east.
Blencathra and Skiddaw are two more giants of the North Lakes, and along with Helvellyn stand at over 850m tall. These two mountains are located to the north of the A66 and once again provide ample opportunities for post card quality pictures as you look out across what appears to be an endless range of mountains to the south.
The countries toughest scramble? It's not far from Wayfarers Hostel! Scrambling offers the opportunity for more adventurous walkers to get their hands on the rock, without it being a full blown climbing expedition. It doesn't have to be difficult and can provide an excellent distraction when gaining height. Often you can be at the top of the mountain before you realise you're going uphill!
If you decide to spend a few days walking across the Lake District I suggest looking at The Independent Hostel Guide. This is full of other great places to stay around the Lakes and throughout the UK. For more walking ideas in the Lake District head over to WalkLakes for inspiration.