Lake District Mountains

The Lake District National Park is home to ten of the highest mountains in England. Boasting lofty peaks and stunning lakes, the area is the perfect location for walking and climbing. Whether you are an experienced climber or looking for a challenging walk, there are plenty of mountains and fells to choose from.

How many fells are there in the Lake District?

In his Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells, Alfred Wainwright described 214 fells, with lots of walkers setting their sites on tackling them all! List of Wainwright’s ranks the mountains by height, meaning you can work your way from biggest to smallest, or just pick your favourites. So, if you’re looking for a challenging walk with stunning views, the Lake District National Park is the perfect place. Here is your guide to the lakes, and our top six Lake District Mountain picks…

Scafell Pike

At 3210ft above sea level, Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England. Surrounded by peaks, the views on the climb are incredible. Scafell Pike has many well-trodden routes, with some grade 1 and grade 2 scrambles, others are just fine mountain walks to be enjoyed at your own pace. You can start the walk at Wasdale Head, at the Wasdale Head Inn.

Starting point: Wasdale Head, Southern Lake District

Ascent: 978m (3210ft)

Estimated time: 5 hours

Scafell

Scafell Pike’s smaller neighbour Scafell sits at 3162ft and is the second-highest mountain in England. Scafell is separated from Scafell Pike by a nature feature called Mickledore. Despite its slightly smaller size, Scafell still has dramatic landscapes and spectacular views.

Starting point: Wastwater, Southern Lake District

Ascent: 964m (3162ft)

Estimated time: 5 hours

Helvellyn

Helvellyn is the tallest peak in a range of the same name, and the third highest mountain in England. However, unlike the Scafell mountains, Helvellyn is easier for walkers to ascend with access paths all around. Originally formed by volcanic activity, Helvellyn sits at 3117ft and is surrounded by three massive coves. Boasting spectacular views, it’s no surprise Helvellyn is one of the most popular mountains in the Lake District. The rugged landscape and will take your breath away.

Starting point: Central to the Lake District National Park

Ascent: 950m (3117ft)

Estimated time: 4/ 5 hours

Skiddaw

The aesthetic of Skiddaw is considered as the perfect mountain, with slopes drenched in bracken, grass, heather, and scree, Skiddaw offers walkers unrestricted views from its summit. There are several different routes walkers can take to reach the Skiddaw summit, however the most popular is is by taking the Jenkin Hill Path. This route was established as a pony route for Victorian tourists and still attracts thousands of tourists each year. Skiddaw is not as rugged as looking visually as some of the other mountains in the Lake District but still holds some special qualities.

Starting point: Keswick, Northern Lake District

Ascent: 931m (3053ft)

Estimated time: 6/ 7 hours

Bowfell

At 2960ft, Bowfell is the fifth-highest Lake District mountain. Set in a wonderful position at the head of the Langdale Valley. Bowfell is the perfect walk if you’re looking for a lovely day out in the Lake District.

Starting point: Bowfell via the Band

Ascent: 902m (2960ft)

Estimated time: 6 hours

Great Gable

Great Gable lies in the heart of the Lake District and offers some of the best panoramic views from its rocky summit. Starting at Honister Pass, walkers will work their way through complex, high-level terrain to Beck Head. The walk is a challenging and rewarding day out, offering spectacular views and excellent rock terrains.

Starting point: Honister Pass

Ascent: 898m (2949ft)

Estimated time: 5/ 6 hours

What you need to know about the Lake District Mountains

Whether you’re a novice walker or an experienced hiker, the Lake District Mountains is the perfect day out to soak up stunning views and rocky landscapes. There are plenty of visitor centres dotted around the Lake District to help you with directions or just to offer your a friendly face on your walk.

The Lake District is home to a wealth of lakes and villages where you can enjoy some food and drink. Lake Windermere offers stunning views with plenty of activities and places to eat and drink.

The best time to visit the Lake District is May – September when walkers can benefit from milder weather.

List of Lake District Mountains

There are a number of lakeland fells and mountains t

Fell Ht (feet) Ht (metres) Grid Ref
Scafell Pike 3210 978 NY 215072
Scafell 3162 963 NY 207064
Helvellyn 3117 950 NY 341151
Skiddaw 3054 930 NY 261291
Bowfell 2960 902 NY 245064
Great Gable 2949 898 NY 211103
Pillar 2927 892 NY 171121
Fairfield 2863 872 NY 358117
Blencathra 2847 867 NY 323277
Crinkle Crags 2816 858 NY 248049
High Street 2718 828 NY 441111
Steeple 2687 818 NY 157117
High Stile 2644 806 NY 169147
Coniston Old Man 2635 803 SD 272978
Grisedale Pike 2593 790 NY 198225
Glaramara 2560 780 NY 247105
Dow Crag 2553 778 SD 263978
Red Screes 2547 776 NY 396088
Wetherlam 2502 762 NY 288011
Red Pike (Buttermere) 2479 755 NY 160154
Robinson 2417 736 NY 202168
Harrison Stickle 2403 732 NY 282074
Harter Fell 2129 649 SD 219997
Causey Pike 2035 620 NY 217209
Haystacks 1959 597 NY 194132
Lingmoor 1530 466 NY 327093
Catbells 1481 451 NY 244199
Helm Crag 1299 396 NY 327093
Walla Crag 1234 376 NY 277213
Loughrigg Fell 1101 336 NY 347051
Castle Crag 980 299 NY 249159

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