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Ambleside has the most walking routes out of all towns and cities in the UK

Published on: Tuesday 22nd August 2017
Categorised under: Play, Active , Cumbria, Keswick, Lake District, Lifestyle

A comprehensive study of the most popular places to create walking routes has revealed Cumbria is home to two of the top 10 towns and cities.

Ordnance Survey’s (OS) analysis of almost 400,000 public routes created over the past 12 months in the digital map and planning tool OS Maps has revealed the most popular destinations to create routes for.

OS, by breaking the country down into square kilometres and counting the number of routes passing through each square, has produced a league table that sees the Edale area of the Peak District occupying six of the top ten spots, with Snowdon’s summit comfortably taking the top spot by some distance.

The Lake District’s Scafell Pike summit and Ambleside appear at number three and five respectively.

OS has created another league table to establish the most popular towns and cities to create routes in. To conduct the analysis OS has looked at the full extent of the towns and cities rather than the square kilometre method, hence why Ambleside, which appears in both tables, has two different number of routes.

Keswick is the second most popular town with 2,523 routes, compared to 2,731 in Ambleside.

1km Grid Squares with number of routes going through that square

Grid square, location, number of routes:

SH6054 Snowdon (Summit) 3,779

SK1285 Edale 3,590

NY2107 Scafell Pike (Summit) 3,007

SK0786 Edale Cross 2,636

SK0886 Edale (Jacob’s Ladder) 2,632

NY3704 Ambleside 2,587

SH6154 Snowdon (Pyg Track) 2,581

SK1283 Edale (Mam Tor) 2,529

SK1384 Edale (Hollins Cross) 2,492

SK1185 Edale 2,452

SO0121 Pen y Fan 2,404

SH6455 Pen-y-pass 2,377

NY2806 Langdale Fell (Cumbria Way) 2,359

NY2208 Great End (Scafell Pike) 2,342

NY3307 Grasmere (Centre) 2,311

SK1085 Edale (Upper Booth) 2,298

SK1284 Edale (Cold Side) 2,288

NY2308 Allen Crags (Scafell Pike) 2,278

NY3415 Helvellyn (Summit) 2,271

NY2623 Keswick 2,244

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