The Lake District is full of fantastic walks suitable for all ages, from easy Wainwrights to more challenging hikes. We’ve put together a list of some of the easiest wainwrights for children, including Latrigg, Binsey, Loughrigg, Black Fell/Black Crag, Rannerdale Knotts, and Holme Fell. All of these walks offer stunning views and are accessible for young children.
Just remember to pack plenty of snacks and water, and check for any restrictions before setting out. If you’re planning a family hike in the Lake District, it’s important to prepare beforehand with good walking boots, waterproofs, and a map of the area. If you are not a fan of paper maps, try https://explore.osmaps.com/find-routes and ensure you can access your map offline. Let’s get walking!
1. Latrigg – 368 metres
Latrigg, a beautiful fell in the Lake District, may be smaller than its neighbouring fells at just 368m, but it offers unparalleled views and accessibility. It’s a must for families with children who want to bag an easy Wainwright. From the summit, you can take in the breathtaking views of Keswick town, Derwentwater, and the surrounding fells, which will help you orientate yourself. The slopes are gentle, making it easy to climb up and down, and you can take the circular route around the summit. If you’re unable to make the journey from Keswick, there is a small car park at Gale Road above Applethwaite, and a Limited Mobility Path provides access to the viewpoint.
Car park – Gale Road CA12 4PH
2. Binsey- 447 metres
Binsey is a detached hill on the northern edge of the Lake District in Cumbria, England. It offers stunning views of the Northern and North Western Fells of the Lake District, the coastal plain, and Scotland across the Solway Firth. Snaefell on the Isle of Man is also visible on a clear day. Binsey is not only a great spot for enjoying panoramic views of the Lake District and Scotland, but it’s also a wonderful destination for families with small children. As one of the smallest Wainwrights, it’s an easy climb that can be done in a couple of hours, making it the perfect introduction for young hikers. The summit is broad and grassy, providing plenty of space for kids to run around and enjoy the views. Just make sure to stick to the main path and be mindful of nesting bird restrictions.
Parking is in a lay-by near Binsey Lodge
3. Loughrigg – 335 metres
If you’re looking to bag a Wainwright with young children (4+), Loughrigg Fell is a great option. It’s not too high or challenging, but still provides stunning views that the whole family will enjoy. For the easiest ascent start from car park at the top of Red Bank and take plenty of opportunities for breaks and picnics along the way. Just make sure to bring plenty of snacks and water to keep the little ones fueled for the climb.
Limited Parking is available at the top of Red Bank
4. Black Fell / Black Crag – 322 metres
This Wainwright of 322 metres is a great option for families with young children looking to climb an easier hill. The walk starts at a lay-by near the Drunken Duck and winds through mature woods where red squirrels have been spotted. The path becomes more challenging as it winds through immature trees with large loose rocks underfoot before easing and becoming more grassy. At the top, there is a trig point with 360-degree views of the surrounding area. The walk takes up to 2.5 hours and is 2.5 miles in total, making it perfect for mini mountaineers.
Parking at Drunken Duck, Barngates, Ambleside LA22 0NG
5. Rannderdale Knotts – 355 metres
Embark on a delightful circular walk that leads you through the picturesque village of Buttermere and takes you up to the Wainwright of Rannerdale Knotts. Rannerdale Knotts is a small but historically rich mountain, where the Britons are said to have defeated the Normans in the legendary “Battle of Rannerdale.” Known for the bluebells that bloom in the valley from April to May, said to have grown from the blood of the soldiers who fell in battle.
Starting from the National Park Authority Car Park in Buttermere, walk through the woods until you reach the steep ascent up Rannerdale Knotts, which rewards you with breathtaking views of Buttermere and Crummock Water from the summit. The descent is easier, and you can finish off your walk with some delectable treats at the Sykes Farm Tearoom. This walk is suitable for children, but be cautious at the steepest point.
National Park Authority Car Park B5289, Buttermere, Cockermouth CA13 9XA
6. Holme Fell – 317 metres
Holme Fell is a wonderful walk that provides breathtaking views of Wetherlam, Pike o’ Blisco, Lingmoor Fell, the Fairfield horseshoe, Black Fell and Coniston Water. If you’re planning to take children with you, it’s best to start from Yew tree tarn where there’s free parking for approximately four cars. It’s important to be prepared with waterproof clothing as the first part of the walk can be muddy if it has been raining. The walk takes you alongside the stunning tarn, through a woodland, and up a small climb to the summit of Holme Fell.
This is a great hike for anyone looking to tick off a summit, first-time hikers, or families with young children seeking their first adventure. The best part is that this walk is fantastic to do any time of the year. As you reach the summit of Holme Fell, make sure to keep an eye out for some lovely grazing belted galloway.
Parking next to Yew Tree Tarn Coniston LA21 8DP
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