The best maps for walking in the Lake District

The Ordnance Survey OS Explorer maps are the best maps to use whilst walking in the Lake District. Just four OS Explorer titles cover the whole of the Lake District National Park. The Lake District maps (reference numbers OL4, OL5, OL6 and OL7) can be purchased from Amazon using the links on this page. Moreover, Amazon’s Ordnance Survey page includes the full range of OS Explorer maps which covers the entirety of England, Scotland and Wales.

The maps are not expensive and I rarely go walking in the Lake District without them, especially when I’m exploring new territory. Their 1:25,000 scale makes them ideal for walking, running and hiking and I use them all the time for route planning. The maps clearly display footpaths, rights of way, open access land, contour lines, vegetation on the ground and much more.


The Ordnance Survey map of the Lake District North-Western Area, reference OS Explorer OL4

The area of the Lake District covered by OS Explorer OL4 is shown below.
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The area covered by the Ordnance Survey map of the Lake District North-Western Area, reference OS Explorer OL4.

STANDARD ORDNANCE SURVEY MAP OF THE LAKE DISTRICT NORTH-WESTERN AREA, REFERENCE OS EXPLORER OL4
“Explore some of the most iconic Lake District sights from the lakes of Derwent Water, Ennerdale and Bassenthwaite to the isolated, towering peak of Skiddaw. Visit Keswick, perhaps the quintessential Lake District town made famous by Wordsworth, Coleridge and Southey, and the gateway to gorgeous Borrowdale.”
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Looking down upon Bassenthwaite Lake from the northern slopes of Barf

The Ordnance Survey map of the Lake District North-Eastern Area, reference OS Explorer OL5

The area of the Lake District covered by OS Explorer OL5 is shown below.
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The area covered by the Ordnance Survey map of the Lake District North-Eastern Area, reference OS Explorer OL5.

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STANDARD ORDNANCE SURVEY MAP OF THE LAKE DISTRICT NORTH-EASTERN AREA, REFERENCE OS EXPLORER OL5
“Get off the beaten track and discover some of the quietest, most remote areas of the beautiful Lake District. Climb Helvellyn, England’s third-highest mountain, from Glenridding for wonderful views down the Ullswater Valley and descend via the glacial bowl of Red Tarn – once voted England’s favourite walk.”
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Red Tarn as seen from Helvellyn

The Ordnance Survey map of the Lake District South-Western Area, reference OS Explorer OL6

The area of the Lake District covered by OS Explorer OL6 is shown below.
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The area covered by the Ordnance Survey map of the Lake District South-Western Area, reference OS Explorer OL6.

STANDARD ORDNANCE SURVEY MAP OF THE LAKE DISTRICT SOUTH-WESTERN AREA, REFERENCE OS EXPLORER OL6
“Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Lake District, from Scafell Pike to the cobbled streets of Ulverston to Ravenglass, the only coastal village within the Lake District National Park. Enjoy tranquil Coniston Water and explore the nearby village of Hawkshead, where you can see the desk into which William Wordsworth carved his name as a schoolboy.”
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The rocky summit of Scafell Pike

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The Ordnance Survey map of the Lake District South-Eastern Area, reference OS Explorer OL7

The area of the Lake District covered by OS Explorer OL7 is shown below.
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The area covered by the Ordnance Survey map of the Lake District South-Eastern Area, reference OS Explorer OL7.

STANDARD ORDNANCE SURVEY MAP OF THE LAKE DISTRICT SOUTH-EASTERN AREA, REFERENCE OS EXPLORER OL7
“Soak up the tranquil beauty of the Lake District as you discover Windermere, the largest lake in England, and its surrounding fells. Visit Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top house, find Cumbria’s tallest trees in Skelghyll Woods near Ambleside and experience Grasmere, the village where William Wordsworth lived and is buried.”
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Rydal Cave on the northern slopes of Loughrigg Fell

Look at these walking guides

Three very good paperbacks from the Amazon Cicerone store. There are many others to choose from. Although I make up my own walking routes, I regularly look at these guides for inspiration.

RECOMMENDED WALKING GUIDEBOOK
Walking in the Yorkshire Dales. North and East Walks. Howgills, Mallerstang, Swaledale, Wensleydale, Coverdale and Nidderdale.
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RECOMMENDED WALKING GUIDEBOOK
Walking in the Yorkshire Dales. South and West Walks. Wharfedale, Littondale, Malhamdale, Dentdale and Ribblesdale.
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RECOMMENDED WALKING GUIDEBOOK
The North York Moors. 50 walks in the North York Moors National Park. Includes the Lyke Wake Walk.
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