Lakes of the Lakes

Lakes of the Lakes

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In 2019, I’ll be walking around the 18 lakes of the Lake District. It’s a challenge designed to get me into the hills regularly and see more of the District at water’s level.

It’ll involve around 280 km (174 miles) of walking across all four seasons. The walks range from short saunters around the likes of Wet Sleddale, Brothers Water and Loweswater, to more formidable treks around Windermere, Ullswater and Coniston.

Rules of the game

  • Complete a circuit of all 18 lakes
  • Each lake’s circuit to start and finish in the same place
  • Walks must incorporate all four seasons (no leaving everything until Summer)
  • Routes must follow recognised paths and stick as close to the lake shores as possible – alternative routes permitted to avoid main roads / private land

You’ll find various blog posts about the challenge in the Adventures section and an interactive (as in you can click on stuff) list of lakes below, tracking my progress.

Bassenthwaite Lake

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Lake number (by area): 4

Area: 5.3 sq km

Walk Distance: 24 km / 15 miles

Completed: Yes

Brothers Water

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Lake number (by area): 17

Area: 0.19 sq km

Walk Distance: 4 km / 2.5 miles

Completed: Yes

Buttermere

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Lake number (by area): 12

Area: 0.9 sq km

Walk Distance: 6 km / 3.75 miles

Completed: Yes

Coniston Water

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Lake number (by area): 5

Area: 4.9 sq km

Walk Distance: 26.5 km / 16.5 miles

Completed: Yes

Crummock Water

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Lake number (by area): 10

Area: 2.5 sq km

Walk Distance: 12 km / 7.5 miles

Completed: Yes

Derwent Water

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Lake number (by area): 3

Area: 5.4 sq km

Walk Distance: 15.25 km / 9.5 miles

Completed: Yes

Elter Water

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Lake number (by area): 18

Area: 0.16 sq km

Walk Distance: 6 km / 3.75 miles

Completed: Yes

Ennerdale Water

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Lake number (by area): 8

Area: 3 sq km

Walk Distance: 12 km / 7.5 miles

Completed: Yes

Esthwaite Water

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Lake number (by area): 11

Area: 1 sq km

Walk Distance: 9.8 km / 6.1 miles

Completed: Yes

Grasmere

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Lake number (by area): 13

Area: 0.6 sq km

Walk Distance: 4.75 km / 3 miles

Completed: Yes

Haweswater

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Lake number (by area): 6

Area: 3.9 sq km

Walk Distance: 17 km / 10.5 miles

Completed: Yes

Loweswater

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Lake number (by area): 14

Area: 0.6 sq km

Walk Distance: 6 km / 3.7 miles

Completed: Yes

Rydal Water

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Lake number (by area): 16

Area: 0.3 sq km

Walk Distance: 4.75 km / 3 miles

Completed: Yes

Thirlmere

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Lake number (by area): 7

Area: 3.3 sq km

Walk Distance: 16 km / 10 miles

Completed: Yes

Ullswater

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Lake number (by area): 2

Area: 8.9 sq km

Walk Distance: 35.5 km / 22 miles

Completed: Yes

Wastwater

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Lake number (by area): 9

Area: 2.9 sq km

Walk Distance: 20.5 km / 12.7 miles

Completed: Yes

Wet Sleddale

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Lake number (by area): 15

Area: 0.31 sq km

Walk Distance: 4.75 km / 3 miles

Completed: Yes

Windermere

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Lake number (by area): 1

Area: 14.8 sq km

Walk Distance: 53.75 km / 33.5 miles

Completed: Yes

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