We’ve picked out some of the Lake District’s highlights; the places that will linger long in the memory after a pilgrimage is made to them. If you’re planning a long walk through the park, it’s worth considering including a few of these in your route

In no particular order…
[1] Sharp Edge, Blencathra 
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The more severe of the Saddleback’s two scrambly ridges and a fantastic adventure with a wonderful outlook over Scales Tarn.
[2] Castlerigg, Stone Circle
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“Perhaps the most atmospheric and dramatically sited of all British stone circles, with panoramic views and the mountains of Helvellyn and High Seat as a backdrop,” say English Heritage.
[3] Aira Force

Aira Force

Aira Force

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The prettiest waterfall in the Lake District? Quite possibly.
[4] View to Skiddaw from Ashness Bridge
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Definitely one to get your camera out for. Click here for our great route that takes this in.
[5] Scale Force
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The tallest waterfall in the National Park, with a single drop of 170 ft, and two others of around 20ft.
[6] Pillar Rock
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Probably where Cumbria’s rock climbing habit first began.
[7] Blacmoss Pot
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Lakeland’s natural swimming pool.
[8] Priest’s Hole
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A cave hidden among the crags on the slopes of Dove Crag.
[9] High Street
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A fell named after the Roman road that connected forts near Penrith and Ambleside.
[10] Westmorland Cairn, Great Gable
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Erected by the Westmorland brothers in 1876 to mark what they believed to be the finest view in the Lakes, out to Wasdale.
[11] Napes Needle and Sphinx Rock
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The iconic outcrops of Great Gable.
[12] Piers Gill
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A deeply carved ravine on the slopes of Lingmell, carved from a stream that starts high on the Scafells.
Sharp Edge

The view from Sharp Edge

[13] Angle Tarn
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A beautiful little pool that “ranks amongst the best of Lakeland tarns” according to Wainwright, and “the crowning glory of the (Angletarn) Pikes”.
[14] Jack’s Rake
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Classic scrambling route to the summit of Pavey Ark.
[9] Great Slab, Bowfell
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A dramatic tilted sheet of rock at Flat Crags near the summit of Bow Fell.
[16] Upper Eskdale
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A wild and remote area below the Scafells.
[17] Cathedral Cave
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Network of quarries above Little Langdale, with a main chamber around 12m high, lit by two windows.
High St, Lake District

High Street

[18] Eskdale Needle
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A pinnacle of rock overlooking the valley, also known as the Steeple.
[19] Hardknott Roman Fort
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The dramatically sited fort founded under Hadrian’s rule in the 2nd Century.
[20] Lil Ratty
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Ravenglass & Eskdale narrow-gauge railway: a wet weather option to take you to the coast.
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