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Lake District walk ranked one of the best in the world

A Lake District walk has been ranked one of the best in the world. Placed 15th, Catbells near Keswick was ranked ahead of Italy’s beautiful Path of the Gods on the Amalfi’s Coast, and even ahead of the iconic four-day Inca trail in Peru or trekking up Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The Catbells circular offers an unforgettable walking experience with stunning panoramic vistas of Derwentwater and the surrounding fells.

The analysis of the best hiking trails in the world was performed by Explore Worldwide, and assessed them by distance, elevation, duration, weather and Instagrammability, with each walk allocated weighted points for each of these five categories. Argentina’s Perito Moreno Glacier Trail claimed the top spot in the global rankings for its awe-inspiring beauty. Coming in second is New Zealand’s Hooker Valley Track, known for its stunning vistas, while America’s Scenic Drive in Zion National Park, Utah completes the podium with its breathtaking views.

The full list of 35 hikes that were identified as the best in the world are as follows:

Overall Rank Hike/Trail Town/City/Area Country
1 Perito Moreno
Glacier Trail
El Calafate,
Santa Cruz
2 Hooker Valley Track Canterbury New Zealand
3 Scenic Drive,
Zion National Park
4 Continental Divide Trail
From NM 547
New Mexico
5 Lower Yosemite Falls Trail Yosemite Valley,
6 Carnarvon Gorge Carnarvon Park,
7 Colca Canyon:
Cabanaconde – Llahuar
8 Wineglass Bay Tasmania Australia
9 B’nei Hamoshavim
Ascent Loop from ןיע ידג
Ein Gedi Israel
10 Jaffa Port – St Peter’s
Church Loop from יזבש
Tel Aviv Israel
11 World’s End – Baker’s Falls Loop from Ohiya Horton Plains National Park
& World’s End
Sri Lanka
12 South Kaibab Trail to Ooh Aah Point Grand Canyon,
13 Okatse Canyon Loop
from ზედა გორდი
Banchueti Georgia
14 Western Wall, Jerusalem
ינמראה עבור from Loop
Jerusalem Israel
15 Catbells Circular Lake District,
16 Piatra Craiului Ridge Walk Magura, Brasov County,
17 Mirador Loop, Cotapaxi Mejia, Cotopaxi Ecuador
18 Path of the Gods Bomerano, Campania Italy
19 Balcony Trail Madeira Portugal
20 Offa’s Dyke Trail Chepstow, Monmouthshire to Prestatyn, Denbighshire UK
21 Kaieteur Falls Chenapau, Potaro-Siparuni Guyana
22 Birtvisi Canyon
Viewpoint and Ruins Hike
Tbisi, Kvemo Kartli Georgia
23 El Tepozteco Tepoztlan Mexico
24 Grand Canyon Track Blue Mountains,
New South Wales
25 Shulamit-Quelle Loop
ידג ןיע from
Wadi David Israel
26 Berber Villages,
Atlas Mountains
Asni, Marrakesh-Tensift-El Haouz Morocco
27 Robberg Peninsula Plettenberg Bay South Africa
28 Montfort Castle Loop
from הפצמ הליה
Upper Galilee Israel
29 Cecilia Waterfall via
Cecilia Forest
Table Mountain National Park, Cape Town South Africa
30 Inca Trail (Mollepata) Aguas Calientes Peru
31 Huayna Potosi La Paz Bolivia
32 Mt Rosea Loop,
The Grampians
Halls Gap, Victoria Australia
33 Dschelada Pavian Loop
from Gich
Simien National Park Ethiopia
34 Annapurna Circuit Besi Sahar Nepal
35 Kilimanjaro,
Lemosho Route
Arusha Tanzania

Nestled amidst the idyllic landscapes of England‘s Lake District, Catbells rises elegantly from the shores of Derwentwater, offering sweeping vistas that have long captured the hearts of visitors to the area.


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Standing at a modest height of 451 meters, Catbells provides an accessible ascent even for less experienced fell walkers, making it popular with both casual strollers and seasoned hikers. Beginning at Hawes End, winding paths through lush foliage and delicate wildflowers, guide adventurers towards the foot of Catbells. The ascent is accessible to most, with occasional steep sections that require only a moderate level of fitness. For those who perservere, the rewards that await are well worth it. From the summit, you can admire the shimmering waters of Derwentwater, to the east the imposing silhouette of Skiddaw, and to the west the silvery ribbon of Borrowdale.

Although modest in size, Catbells has an undeniable charm at any time of year and is an ideal starting point for anyone interested in exploring the surrounding fells, such as Maiden Moor or Causey Pike.

Becky Johnson

Becky Johnson is a Director of Kendal Holiday Cottages Ltd.. Kendal Holiday Cottages Ltd. offers luxury riverside holiday accommodation that is perfectly positioned between two of the UK’s most beautiful National Parks – the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.

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  1. A few weeks ago, ALTB had a feature saying that the King Charles lll footpath round Britain will open next year. Where will that come in on the ranking?

    1. Hi Abbie… I have no idea! In all honesty, I could suggest many walks in the Lake District that are every bit as good as Catbells, so I’m not too sure how they make their selections of which walks to assess.

  2. I’ve not done the Pacific Crest Trail but I really enjoyed writer Cheryl Strayed’s book on the epic walk. I’m surprised this walk doesn’t get in the listing. Or is there some limit on length?

    1. Most of these ‘hikes’ listed are pretty short, often less than 5-10 kms, I think. At 4,265 kilometres, I’m guessing the entire Pacific Crest Trail might have been considered a little long!

  3. Having done that Lakes walk on an unusually sunny day I’ve got to agree that it really deserves to be up there.

  4. The great thing with a Lakes walk is that everyday is different: the light, the cloud, the seasons etc etc.

  5. Circular walks are always going to have an advantage as A to B creates the problem of getting back to where you started.

    When you do a circular walk you’re seeing new terrain right until the minute you’re back at the start again.

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