Tripadvisor’s Best Walk in England Offers ‘Best Views in the Country’
The UK is full of green and pleasant land for walking, and arguably nowhere more so than the Lake District. Long loved by serious hikers and leisurely hikers alike, this scenic stretch of the English countryside has managed to be ranked as the best walk in all of England, Scotland and Wales according to Tripadvisor reviews.
This unmissable walking route is the Catbells Lakeland Boardwalk , which has racked up an impressive five stars from 1,687 reviews on Tripadvisor. However, it’s easy to see why the Cumbria Walk is so popular with visitors.
Described as reasonably short and at times steep but extremely rewarding, the moderate difficulty route is considered suitable for all ages. As it takes at least an hour each way, it makes an ideal half-day activity.
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The route begins a stone’s throw from the bustling town of Keswick , where many choose to stay while visiting the Lake District. It runs from Hawes End or Grange to the 451m high summit of Catbells via a copse, trail and ridge. Once suitably refreshed, you then descend to complete a circular loop.
Along the way, walkers have access to breathtaking panoramic views of many of the national park’s distinctive lakes and hills, including Derwent Water, Keswick’s local body of water. On a clear day, you will also see the majestic, smooth mountain of Skiddaw in the distance.
However, although the circular walking route has been classified as “family friendly” by British fellwalker and guidebook author Alfred Wainwright and possible for children, prospective hikers should be aware that scrambling is necessary at both for ascent and descent. Good walking shoes and raincoats are also recommended.
This rare combination of a quick and challenging but not too strenuous walk with the reward of breathtaking views is one of the reasons the Catbells Lakeland Walk scores so highly in Tripadvisor reviews. A recent user wrote, “This is a really good walk with amazing views at the top and well worth the effort.”
Another added: ‘One of the best walks in the area. Please keep in mind that this is classified as ‘exhausting’. You need to be sure you can climb the final sections of the walk… Once you get to the top of the hill you will have one of the best views you can get in England.
As for nearby amenities, there is a small car park with paid parking available at Hawes End and a place for coffee, scones and fresh cakes at the Grange Café, located at the foot of the promenade. If you want to stay locally on the Catbells Lakeland Walk route, cabin rentals About Brandelhow or quaint guesthouse Swinside Farm are about as close as possible.
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Alternatively there is also the charming market town of Keswick just three miles away with lots of places to stay , as well as eating, drinking and more. You can get between Keswick and Hawes End on foot around the lake or via boat.
How to get there
To get to this top rated walking route from London by car or form is easier than you imagine. Driving from the capital to Keswick or Hawes End, for example, will take around five and a half hours.
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Alternatively, if you prefer to take the train, you can take from London Euston to Penrith (Northern Lakes) in just over three hours, often with no changes required. It is then a 26 minute drive to Keswick or a 32 minute drive to Hawes End. Buses are also available.
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