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Helvellyn named Britain’s favourite walk

PUBLISHED: 13:51 31 January 2018 | UPDATED: 14:00 31 January 2018

Ullswater from Helvellyn by Matthew Turner

Ullswater from Helvellyn by Matthew Turner

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Lake District walks dominate the top ten of Britain’s 100 list.

The Lake District came out on top in ITV’s Britain’s favourite walks presented by Julia Bradbury and Ore Oduba, the list was based on the results of the largest survey ever conducted into the UK’s hiking habits and was voted for by more than 8,000 walking enthusiasts, and five Lakes locations made the top ten.

The National Park, which recently attained World Heritage Site status, was home to six of the walks represented in the overall vote, with the tricky ascent of Helvellyn from Glenridding via Striding Edge, proving to be the most popular in the country

Catbells and Scafell Pike were sandwiched together at fourth and fifth respectively; both of these are circular walks, the latter starting out at the north end of Catbells, and the former starting out at Wasdale Head and travelling in a clockwise direction around England’s highest mountain. There was even a cameo appearance from the social media sensations; Max and Paddy, whose owner documents their exploits on Facebook.

Coniston Old Man by Rob McewenConiston Old Man by Rob Mcewen

Moving away from the peaks, a circular walk around Buttermere was placed at number seven, starting out at the village of Buttermere this circular lakeside walk is 7 kilometres in total. One place behind, was the walk around the Old Man of Coniston, and if you still adhere to the boundaries of the county palatine, it’s the highest point in Lancashire.

The only Lake District walk that was placed outside the top ten was the historic ‘Coffin Route’ from Ambleside to Grasmere, that passed by two former homes of the poet William Wordsworth.

The Witchfinder: Pendle Sculpture Trail, Barley by Karol GajewskiThe Witchfinder: Pendle Sculpture Trail, Barley by Karol Gajewski

Further south, the Ribble Valley and Bowland both had a presence in the final 100. The historic Witches Trail in the shadow of the iconic Pendle Hill is a famous Ribble Valley walk and was named number 86 and the nearby walk around Gisburn Forest and Stocks Reservoir, represented the Forest of Bowland.

On the coast, the beach walk around Crosby that passes by the famous art installation ‘Another Place’ by Anthony Gormley, was the sole representative of the Lancashire coast.

To see all the routes featured on the show, visit the Ordnance Survey website

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