The long Easter weekend is finally here, four days where we are free to do whatever we please (weather permitting).

If the forecasters are to be believed, then Cumbria could be in for a pretty wet weekend. However, on the off chance they are wrong, or if that doesn't put you off anyway, why not get out exploring?

Of course, you won't want to have a miserable time, so perhaps start small with a walk here or there.

Walking is a great way to get outdoors during the start of spring. And where would be better than the roaming hills of Cumbria?

So for that matter, we've drawn up a list of 5 of the best walks to try this Easter weekend.

5 great walks in and around Cumbria

Little Mell Fell, Penrith

If you live near Penrith, this could be the ideal walking route for you.

This easy loop trail is suited for walkers of all abilities, and it’s a great spot for observing nature and wildlife.

While it is short, a lot of the walk is quite steep.

One person who embarked on the trail said the steep inclines were worth it as the view from the top was “absolutely stunning”.

Kingmoor North Nature Reserve, Carlisle

This circular loop is less than a mile long but ideal for those who want to immerse themselves in nature.

It was once the site of a horse racing course, but now it’s a much more relaxing place where people can enjoy their walk in the woods.

Chances Park Walk, Carlisle

This circular walk is quick, easy and accessible.

In total, the route is 1.2km long and will take you less than half an hour to complete.

The park is the only one in Carlisle to win a Green Flag award which is the national standard for publicly accessible parks and green spaces.

On the journey, you will encounter the striking Morton Manor which was once home to the Ferguson family who owned the Holmehead textile mill.

As well as the historic building, visitors will also get to walk among some beautifully landscaped gardens.

Abbot’s Wood Nature Trail, Barrow

This trail is 1.26 miles long and takes you on a circular route through Abbots Woods.

It’s described as the perfect little family walk to embark on - especially if you like to be surrounded by woodland.

The wood is also laced with history and was once the grounds of Sir James Ramsden’s (industrialist who ran the Furness Railway) former home.

Three sandstone blocks mark the site where the house used to stand.

In these woods, you will also discover the mansion’s old gateway, seemingly fused with the surrounding landscape.

Arnside Knott, Arnside

This two-mile route will take your breath away.

It is renowned for its eclectic variety of wildlife and countryside views.

However, it is considered to be more of an intermediate route filled with hills and some tricky terrain - so make sure you are fit and healthy enough before you try it.

There is a small climb included in the route but the views of Silverdale and the Lake Districts fells are worth it.