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View of Buttermere and Crummock Water from near High Crag, Lake District.

The Lake District is an iconic walking destination for British hikers. With it’s combination of lofty peaks, including Scafell  – England’s highest peak, and the idyllic tranquil waters it is named for, the Lake District is an unforgettably beautiful and magical destination for walkers of all ages.

Little legs and those taking a break from more strenuous routes can enjoy the many lakeside paths, many of which are suitable for all-terrain pushchairs. There are also gentle hill walks for young walkers starting out  and of course some major mountain challenges for older families.  For those walking with babies in backpacks in fair weather, there are also some accessible hill-top walks to take in a lofty view of the Lakes – you just need to be aware that as with hills anywhere, the weather can change fast even in summer and you need to be well-prepared for any eventuality and know when to call it a day.

Below you can find a selection of useful websites for planning your next walking adventure in the Lake District as well as some suggested Baby Routes walks. Thanks also to Catherine Redfern from London Hiker for contributing recommended Baby Route walks below for the Lake District – she also has plenty of inspiration for weekend escapes from London suitable for older walkers on her great website – http://londonhiker.com/ .

  • Miles without Stiles – this is a fantastic resource for families walking with pushchairs or babies in backpacks, as well as those looking for less strenuous routes for little ones. These 42 routes across the Lake District are produced by the Lake District National Park authority with something for everyone and not a stile in sight! 
  • Go Lakes has some great walking route suggestions, including options for families, shorter walks for veyr young children and even one route which incorporates a ride on a steam train! There are also plenty of ideas for longer and more strenuous walks for older families and adults having a day out on the fells without the kids.
  • Family Traveller ‘s article ’10 of the Best Buggy Walks in the Lake District’ offers ideas for scenic pushchair walks with some great photos to get you in the mood.
  • Pushchair Ramblers have a good collection of walks put together by local parents in the North Lakes, Eden and Carlisle areas. Worth a look for some family friendly wandering, often with a coffee shop stop en route!
  • Family Walks and Pubs in the Lake District is worth a visit too. Set up by a Lake District based family, it follows their walks in the area with lots of lovely ideas for family-friendly days in the fresh air.

Permanent link to this article: https://babyroutes.co.uk/walking-routes/lake-district-cumbria-walks/

Low Sizergh Barn Farm Walk, Lake District, Cumbria.

Low Sizergh Barn Farm Walk

Walk Distance: 2.2 km

Walk Duration: 1 hr

Ordnance Survey: OS Explorer OL7, The Lake District, South Eastern Area; OS Landranger 97 Kendal & Morecambe

Suitable for: Babies in carriers, little legs, partly pushchairable, all the family.

Walk Features:  farm animals, woodland, farm shop, cafe, toilets

Kate says: 

‘We discovered Low Sizergh Barn Farm Walk …

White Moss Woods & Waterside Walk

Walk Distance: 2.2km

Walk Duration: 1hr 15 at preschooler pace 

Ordnance Survey: OS Landranger 90 Penrith & Keswick; OL7 Explorer Lake District South-Eastern Area

Suitable for: Babies in carriers, little legs, all the family. Off-road pushchairs possible on part of the route.

Walk Features:  Paddling, great scenery, waterside walking, pooh sticks opportunities, public toilets, car …

Langdale valley view, Lake District

Langdale ‘figure of eight’ (Elterwater to New Dungeon Ghyll)

Walk distance: To New Dungeon Ghyll / Sticklebarn: 4.7 km ; Total circle: 9.9 km

Duration To New Dungeon Ghyll / Sticklebarn: 1hr ; Total circle: 3 hr (not including break times!)

OS Map: OS Explorer OL7 The English Lakes South-eastern area and OL6 The English Lakes (South-western area)

Suitable for: babies in backpacks and …

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    • Matthew Moore on June 26, 2016 at 11:37
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    Hi Baby Routes,
    I think the link to “miles without stiles” is broken here. Just thought you would appreciate knowing.

    1. Thanks so much. I’ll check it later.

  1. Just thought I’d share our website if that’s ok? Plenty of family friendly walks https://family-walks-pubs-lake-district.com

    1. Hi- I’ve included your site in the main resources list on the Lake District walks page of Baby Routes. Looks really helpful! I am yet to spend any proper time with the kids in the Lake District (way overdue) so if you ever fancy contributing a guest walk for the site and a mini interview, then do get in touch. Thanks, Kate

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