Britain’s Favourite Walks: The best from North West England

When you think of walking in the North West, the Lake District springs to mind, so it’s no surprise that the lakes feature heavily in ITV’s Britain’s Favourite Walks: Top 100. But there are other walks in the North West that shouldn’t be forgotten. 

Here are some of our favourites. Complete with walk descriptions, step-by-step instructions and maps, there’s everything you need to head out and walk the routes yourself.

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Happy walking!

The Old Man of Coniston, Lake District

Standing at 803m high, the Old Man of Coniston towers over the village below. This walk treats you to the beauty of the Lake District, but also offers a glimpse into the area’s industrial past. 

Scafell Pike, Lake District

Scafell Pike is England’s highest mountain and part of the Three Peaks Challenge. This there and back walk takes the classic route straight up the mountain. Stop at the top to enjoy the incredible panoramic mountain views. 

Pendle Hill, Lancashire

Intrigued by the history of the Pendle Witches? This route near Pendle Hill won’t just reward you with extraordinary views of the Ribble Valley, but also the Yorkshire Dales, Forest of Bowland, and on a clear day, Snowdonia.

Catbells, Lake District

Catbells is the perfect starter hill for little legs. Standing at 451m it offers a fun climb, with a simple scramble up to the small summit – making this walk feel like a real adventure for kids. 

Buttermere, Lake District

Buttermere Valley is a beautiful area of woodland, farms, rugged fells and best of all, three stunning lakes linked together. Our walk takes you around Buttermere lake, undoubtedly one of the best lakeside walks in Britain.  


Helvellyn, Lake District

Helvellyn is the third highest mountain in England, but some may argue it is the best known, thanks to its iconic route to the summit via Striding Edge. Our route takes you up via Greenside and Keppel Cove.

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