Walking for all in The Lake District

Whether you’re an experienced hiker, or just a wanderer, there are walks in the Lake District which will suit you right down to the ground. After a good night’s sleep at the Hawksmoor Hotel, why not get out there and see some of the most breathtaking views the Lake District has to offer, on foot?

Some of the easiest walks are part of the ‘Miles Without Stiles’ programme which the Lake District National Park authority have published on their website. These 42 walks (You don’t have to do them all!) are designed for the less active or experienced walker, and are perfect for wheelchair users, pushchairs, dog walkers with reluctant dogs and walkers with visual impairments.

The Miles Without Stiles walks come in three levels of difficulty. The easiest to conquer are the ‘Routes For All’ selection. Perfect for everyone, even electric wheelchairs or mobility vehicles, you’ll find a smooth ground surface, or in some cases a tarmac path. The path will be at least a metre wide, with passing places along the flat track.

If you’re looking for something a little trickier, choose the ‘For Many’ routes. With a path which consists of pebbles, these routes are fine for all-terrain pushchairs, and people with assisted wheelchairs. The gradients shouldn’t be any more than one in eight.

‘Routes For Some’ are the trickiest of the three. The gradients have no limits, but you will find that steeper climbs will have a handrail or surface with better grip. Rockier paths and some steps along the way mean that people with buggies or wheelchair users might find these routes a big challenge, so make sure you’re confident with your own capability before setting out.

Posted by Hawksmoor Admin