Lake District

Bassenthwaite

Bassenthwaite is technically speaking the only lake in the Lake District, as all others are either “mere’s” or “water’s”.

Bassenthwaite Feb 16 | 03 | thefrozendivide

Blencathra

Really enjoyed our first trip to Blencathra. We planned a nice loop starting at Scales Fell, to take in most of the points of interest in the area.

Sharp Edge ridge, billed by many as a terrifying experience, was in reality simple good fun. The rock formations are fascinating, the scrambling really comfy and the views great – not much else to ask.

We took in a few of the surrounding summits, including Gategill Fell and Knowe Crags, before descending Halls Fell Ridge at pace which was absolutely amazing.

Blencathra June 18th 05 | thefrozendivide

Coniston

Coniston Water is the Lake District’s third biggest lake after Windermere and Ullswater, covering five miles in length and half a mile at its widest point.

Located due west of the popular tourist location Windermere, Coniston Water has over the years become one of our favourite stop off points when we are hiking and trail running in the Lake District National Park.

We’ve seen incredible sunrises with glass like reflections of the mountains, including the Old Man of Coniston summit that dominates the westerly view. So many days here ended with sunsets that set the skyline ablaze as well as the most perfectly still nights with billions of stars lighting the lake up.

Coniston Water Featured Image | May 2018 | thefrozendivide

Derwent Water

The Derwent Water loop from Keswick town offers around 12 miles of level ground trails, with lakeland, forest and mountain views throughout.

Derwent Water, Lake District | thefrozendivide 2

Fairfield Horseshoe

The Fairfield Horseshoe is a loop of Rydal Fells, taking in Nab Scar, Heron Pike, Great Rigg, Fairfield, Hart Crag, Dove Crag, High Pike & Low Pike. This is a peaceful wander, starting with a climb from Rydal Hall, with stunning views that expand over Windermere, Grasmere and Rydal Water.

Fairfield summit offers 360 views and the following peaks plenty of boulder hopping fun. We descended back down the two Pikes to an incredible sunset, a fitting end to a beautiful afternoon out.

A leisurely to moderate challenge, the Fairfield Horseshoe is a comfortable 11.5 mile hike for the average walker in optimum weather conditions.

Fairfield Horseshoe Walk Loop | thefrozendivide 07

Haystacks & Fleetwith Pike

Hiking to the summits of Haystacks & Fleetwith Pike mountains from the incredibly beautiful lake Buttermere in Lake District National Park is one of Britain’s truly magical walks.

Innominate Tarn, a small lake high up near Haystacks summit, is worth spending time at. An incredible place for reflection of all kinds it was apparently one of well known fell walker Alfred Wainwright‘s favourite places.

Haystacks & Fleetwith Pike | thefrozendivide 7

Helvellyn

Striding Edge is a disappointment for those going on the overly dramatic descriptions of weekenders – in reality it’s a gentle fairly level ridge, with normal trail paths running either side of the “spiky” top.

The steepest section that joins the ridge to Helvellyn’s summit is the only semi-challenge to any hardened runner or scrambler. Swirrel Edge however is a stark contrast – beautiful rock formations of all shapes, the lines of the ridge so much easier on the eye and on this trip a quick calf burner back up the Helvellyn summit.

Helvellyn Sep 2018 | thefrozendivide 01

Illgill Head

As a neighbouring peak of Scafell this is a little wandered fell that offers incredible views over Wastwater lake and the surrounding mountains.

Illgill Head Feb 2018 | Featured Image | thefrozendivide

Langdale

One of the most visited valleys in the Lake District for good reason, stunning trails and spectacular mountain views.

Langdale Valley 10th March 2018 | 01 | thefrozendivide

Skiddaw & Ullock Pike

Loathed by many but loved by a few, Skiddaw’s scree descent that curves into Ullock Pike is one of the Lake District’s lesser known gems.

Wastwater

Wastwater is a lake located in Wasdale Valley, Cumbria. The deepest lake in England, Wastwater is nearly 3 miles long, nearly 260ft deep and leads the way towards the country’s highest mountain Scafell.

On the southern banks Wastwater is flanked by the steep scree slopes of Illgill Head. The northern side is accessible by the road that leads up to the Scafell and Wasdale Head car parks.

Wastwater Sunrise | Featured Image | thefrozendivide