Walking Routes in and around Keswick

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The mountains surrounding Keswick are just the place for your next adventure, whether you want to climb the highest peaks or search out the best views and most interesting routes. The highest peaks of Scafell Pike, Helvellyn and Skidddaw are all withing easy reach but so are dozens of other mountains offering miles of glorious walking with spectacular views. Great walks also abound without climbing to the summits. Try the terrace path on the slopes of Catbells, the walk over to Watendlath from Rosthwaite or climb by Grains Gill to Sprinkling Tarn, nestling beneath the craggy face of Great End.

Various walks such as Skiddaw, Latrigg, Walla Crag and the walk round Derwentwater can be started from Keswick town centre. Using the local buses and the Keswick Launch gives you the opportunity to explore the whole area without needing to take your car. 

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 and Best Walks with a View.

High Raise and Ullscarf from Borrowdale

High Spy, Maiden Moor and Catbells

Buttermere and Scales Force

Skiddaw via Sale How

Helvellyn from Thirlmere

The Derwentwater Walk

A scenic 10 mile waymarked walk around Derwentwater, Queen of the Lakes.

On flat and easy paths, the walk passes through ancient woodlands and along the shores of the lake. The scenery is stunning, with perfect picnic stops and cafes and restaurants en-route. Click here to view or download the route.

Keswick to Threlkeld railway path information - Half of the route, including the raised boardwalk has now been re-opened since the flood damage so walkers and cyclists can now enjoy a popular one kilometre section of the path. Click here for more information or click here to open a map of alternative routes.

Access for All

42 routes in the National Park ideal for people with limited mobility, wheelchairs, buggies. Download the walks from Miles without Stiles.

Walking routes in and around Keswick with free downloadable pdfs.

Guided Walks

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

Family walks

There are a number of small hills & fells, easy to climb for families and novice hill walkers. More info.

Forest Walks around Keswick

Click here for the Walking Trails Map in Whinlatter, Englands's only Mountain Forest. Dodd Wood & Great Wood also have a good network of paths. 

Visit the National Trust shop at Derwentwater Foreshore for info on 7 waymarked walks through the woods and along the lakeshore. More info.

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 and 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

Keswick is an ideal base from which to start your conquest of the Wainwrights. There are 214 fells and mountains included in the 7 volumes of Alfred Wainwright's Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells. More info

Climb every mountain - whether you are a first timer or an experienced hill walker Keswick is surrounded by fells and mountains with something to suit all ages & abilities. More info

Explore our Lakes & Valleys

Low level walks can be enjoyed in the valleys& around the lakes, with views of the surrounding fells. 

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.

Jennings Adventure Ale Trails - Helvellyn 4 Day

Over four days this mini expedition will take you from the sublime pastoral delights of some of the Lake District’s most beautiful villages and hamlets and to the top of its best loved summits

A Walk of Art - starts and finishes at Derwentwater Independent Hostel . This walk takes you on a journey through three centuries of landscape art to explore how artists have responded to and shaped the dramatic landscape of the Borrowdale Valley. 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