Walking in England is a great way to see the country. Depending on how energetic you’re feeling, climbing an English mountain is a particularly great way to view some of the best scenery away from the crowds.
Therefore, here are 10 great mountains to explore, from all over England.
1. Helvellyn, Lake District
Those who make it all the way to the top of this mountain will be rewarded with extensive views that stretch all the way to Wales and Scotland on a clear day. At over 3,000 feet, it’s the third-highest peak in all of England, and the trek to the top via the notorious Striding Edge (a narrow track with huge drops on each side) has been successfully completed by many avid climbers over the years. You may also enjoy a variety of hiking routes that range from short and easy to long and difficult, and you might like to begin your hike around the lovely lakes of Thirlmere or Ullswater.
2. Ingleborough, Yorkshire Dales
At 2,372 feet, this is the second-highest mountain in the Yorkshire Dales, and you’ll have the chance to explore the remains of huts that were built in the Iron Age if you climb all the way to the top. If you’re not up to the full climb, then you’ll want to be sure to check out the large limestone plateau that is known as White Scars over on the western side. The White Scar Caves can be found right below, and visitors are allowed inside.
3. Scafell Pike, Lake District
The largest mountain in England can be found right in the Lake District National Park in Cumbria, and it’s a full 3,209 feet to the top. The walk to the peak is considered modestly challenging, and you can expect to enjoy spectacular views as far as Wales, Scotland and Ireland. You may also follow several routes that allow you to explore the mountain, and your walk will take you among massive boulders, towering peaks and gorgeous scenery. Many climbers like to begin their hike in the Wasdale Valley so that they may see the Wast Water, which is England’s deepest lake at 258 feet.
4. Dufton Pike, Pennines
Known as the little hill with huge views, Dufton Pike rises to 1,578 feet and is considered a climb that is easy to moderate. You’ll begin your hike right from the quaint village of Dufton, and those wanting a really simple walk will find a circular route available that is gentle enough for even young family members to enjoy. Expect to see excellent views of the entire village and Cross Fell whether you make it to the peak or stick to the circular walk.
5. Blencathra, North Lakes
Locally referred to as the Saddleback due to its unique shape, this
mountain sports six separate fell tops with the highest being Hallsfell
Top at 2,848 feet. The trek to the peak is considered to be moderate to
difficult with a few steep inclines in various spots, but the view is
definitely worth the climb. Thanks to the sharp fall of the slopes from
the summit, you’ll experience an enhanced view in every direction.
Expect to see many sights that include the Isle of Man, the Mourne
Mountains and the lakes of Derwent Water and Thirlmere.
6. Buckden Pike, Yorkshire Dales
Even with a peak at 2,303 feet, many people make the hike to the summit
to see the memorial cross and pay their respects to the five Polish
airmen from the Royal Air Force who crashed their bomber plane on Jan.
30, 1942, into the mountain. Others come for the incredible views of
such sights as the Yorkshire Three Peaks, the Firth Fell and the
Yockenthwaite Moor. Several routes are available to the top, and these
range from short and easy to long and quite difficult.
7. Yewbarrow, Lake District
Beautifully situated in the Wasdale Valley with the Wast Water Lake at
its base, a climb of 2,060 feet will allow you to enjoy uninterrupted
views of the Great Gable, the Scafells, the Pillar and the Kirk Fell.
You’ll have an interesting climbing experience thanks to the Yewbarrow’s
unusual shape that perfectly mimics an overturned boat, and there are
routes available that range from moderate to challenging.
8. Place Fell, Lake District
Wildlife enthusiasts are sure to enjoy the great herds of deer that
you’re sure to encounter during your climb. With an elevation of 2,156
feet, those who reach the summit will have an excellent opportunity to
explore among the many rocky outcrops and grassy knolls. Sensational
views can be expected from every direction, and you can expect to see
such sights as the entire Helvellyn range and the villages of
Glenridding and Patterdale. Steep inclines make this a climb that is
considered to be moderate to difficult.
9. Great Gable, Lake District
With an elevation of 2,949 feet, this mountain appears in the shape of
either a pyramid or a dome depending upon where you happen to be
standing. At the summit, you’ll find huge boulders, panoramic views of
every peak in the area and a rock outcrop set with a cairn to mark the
highest point. Many make the climb to see the plaque that commemorates
the members of the Fell and Rock Climbing Club who died during the war.
Through a variety of routes, you can enjoy exploring the mountain even
if you don’t want to go all the way to the top.
10. Old Man of Coniston, Lake District
Overlooking the village of Coniston and the lake of the same name,
you’ll find a number of well-marked paths to take you to the summit at
an elevation of 2,634 feet. You’ll hike among many flocks of grazing
sheep, and they’ve become so tame that they’ll likely approach you for a
treat. You’ll also see the remains of many abandoned mines, and you’ll
enjoy a wonderful view of the Dow Crag and many other lovely sights.
This article was written by Chris Young from EnglandExplore, the site for for
travellers to England and Anglophiles.