Walking Routes in and around Keswick


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Choose your walk.....

We have provided downloads of a variety of walks. Make sure you read Safety on the Fells before partaking in any outdoor activities!

The walks on to download are all tried and trusted walks - please download and enjoy.

Several fells such as Catbells and Castle Crag have been made famous by Julia Bradbury's  TV Series 'Wainwright Walks'.

High Raise and Ullscarf from Borrowdale

High Spy, Maiden Moor and Catbells

The Bowder Stone and Watendlath

Buttermere and Scales Force

Skiddaw via Sale How

Helvellyn from Thirlmere

Keswick is an ideal base from which to start your conquest of the Wainwrights. There are 214 fells and mountains included in the seven volumes of Alfred Wainwright's Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells. More info

Walks in Whinlatter, England's only Mountain Forest

Click here for the Walking Trails Map

Guided Walks

The Lake District National Park organise a programme of events including guided walks, click here for more information.

Access for All

These are 42 routes across the National Park suitable for people with limited mobility. Wheelchair users, families with pushchairs, dogwalkers with less active dogs and the visually impaired can download the walk from Miles without Stiles.

THE NATIONAL TRUST protects almost all the central Lake District fells and major valley heads, 91 farms and 24 lakes and tarns.

Walks in Borrowdale

Walks in Buttermere

The Lake District National Park has walks for every ability from ambles around lakes to high ridge walks, with a bit of scrambling - climbing over rocks without a rope. More info

Long Distance Routes

The Cumbria Way - This 112km route passes right through Keswick and was devised by local Ramblers Association members in the 1970's. It starts in Ulverston, South Cumbria and heads north through the Lake District National Park, finishing in Carlisle.  

Mostly a low level long distance footpath, with a few high exposed sections it has the option of including some summits. The entire route is waymarked thanks to National Park staff and volunteers. It is broken down into five sections which are 17-25km long.

Stage Three finishes and Stage Four starts in Keswick giving you the opportunity to spend an extra day or so in Keswick en route. Download the routes for each stage from the top right hand side of this page.

A Walk of Art -
This is one of the Royal Geographical Society Discovering Britain walks. It starts and finishes at Derwentwater Independent Hostel and guides you through 490 million years of landscape change and 3 centuries of landscape art in the Borrowdale Valley. You can download written and audio versions of the route instructions and commentary here below. You can borrow booklets of the route instructions and commentary from the hostel reception - they free to borrow with a £10 deposit. More info

Keswick walks with Smartwool


Newlands Round

Explore Keswick with Jennings

Download a map with routes

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Explore our six lakes– Derwentwater, Bassenthwaite Lake, Buttermere, Crummock Water, Loweswater and Thirlmere

Discover our valleys - Borrowdale, Buttermere, Newlands, Derwent, St John’s in the Vale and back of Skiddaw

Climb our mountains – Skiddaw, Catbells, Blencathra, Scafell Pike, Helvellyn