Walking Routes in and around Keswick

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Choose your walk.....

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 free downloadable pdfs and links to a variety of walks in the Keswick area. Make sure you read Safety on the Fells before partaking in any outdoor activities!

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 is open so walkers and cyclists can access the first 1km section of the path from Keswick.  A new path for walkers only linking the railway path just past Low Briery now goes through Brundholme Woods to Brundholme Road allowing walkers access up to Latrigg and to Threlkeld.  Click here for the route to Threlkeld and click here for the circular route up Latrigg using the new access path.

Latrigg Circular walking route via the Raillway Path - A new path linking the railway path just past Low Briery now goes through Brundholme Woods to Brundholme Road allowing walkers access up to Latrigg. More info.

Walking routes in and around Keswick with free downloadable pdfs. These walks should be used as a guide and in conjunction with an Ordnance Survey map.

The Cumbria Way is a 12km route from Ulverston to Carlisle which passes right through Keswick. Download route details here.

Guided Walks

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

Family walks

Visit our family walking page for ideas about where to take the children. 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

Access for All

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

Explore our Lakes & Valleys

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

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 gentle lakeshore stroll or a more strenuous walk up Catbells, combine a walk with the Keswick Launch and explore without needing to take your car. More info.

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