Family-friendly walks in the Lake District

November 7, 2022

The Lake District is a beautiful place with quaint villages, magnificent fells and lovely lakes that can and should be shared with all the family – from the little ones to furry, four-legged ones. Here at Hutton John, we have three family-friendly (that includes the dog too) cottages for you to use as a base while you explore the local area. We’ve put together some of our favourite family-friendly walks to enjoy nearby and some ideas of where to eat afterwards for that all important end of walk bribe! 


Hallin Fell
Hallin Fell is an excellent walk for beginners, one of the lesser visited fells with a simple-to-follow route and fantastic views from the summit. It’s a relatively short walk, ideal for the smaller members of the family and can be combined with the Ullswater Steamers so you can enjoy the scenery while having a rest. Finish off the walk with a sweet treat at the Howtown Hotel, now with a cosy cafe at the back serving fresh cakes, teas and cold drinks.

Aira Force
A slightly more challenging, yet short walk with a stunning waterfall. This walk takes you through ancient woodlands, home to elusive red squirrels. Catching a glimpse of one of these beautiful creatures is sure to put a smile on even the grumpiest child’s face. The terrain is unsuitable for pushchairs so be sure to have a carrier with you for very small children. The site is also owned by the National Trust, so members will be able to park for free and of course, there is a tea room at the end serving homemade sausage rolls, cakes and coffee.

Lanty’s Tarn
Another short, peaceful walk. Ideal for dogs as they can be off-lead for most of the walk. Unfortunately, this walk isn’t suitable for pushchairs due to the terrain but once you reach the top, you will be rewarded with some lovely views from the summit down Ullswater and over Helvellyn. You will start and end the walk in Glenridding with a whole host of lovely pubs and cafes to enjoy lunch, afternoon tea or even an early dinner. Some dog-friendly favourites include The Travellers Rest, Ramblers Bar and Fellbites Cafe.

Jenkins Field, Glenridding
A pushchair-friendly walk along the shore of Ullswater offering beautiful views and the option to have a paddle in the warmer months. There are multiple benches along the route for a rest, take in the view or enjoy a picnic. You will also be able to make the most of a visit to Glenridding, take a boat ride on the Ullswater Steamers, visit the shops or enjoy a cuppa in one of the many cafes.

All of our cottages are available to book direct via Lakeland Cottages. School holidays do get booked up first so be sure to get in early if you have a specific date in mind. 

Three beautiful and lovingly restored cottages. Where heritage meets modern-day living. 

Sleeps 4, 6, or 10.

Four contemporary cabins, immersed in nature. Where the outdoors meets luxury. 

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Passed down through generations, our family and history are at the heart of the approximately 300 acre Hutton John Estate.

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