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 free walking routes with downloadable pdfs plus links to a variety of walks in the Keswick area which you can access by clicking on the photos or headings below. Make sure you read Safety on the Fells before partaking in any outdoor activities!

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.

Help re-build the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path .

Flooding in December 2015 by Storm Desmond caused extensive damage to the trail, 2 bridges were unseated from their abutments and irreparably damaged, a third was badly damaged, 200m of path embankment was washed away and undercutting of the bank below is threatening the long-term stability of the boardwalk section.

The Lake District Foundation are raising funds to support the reconnection of this popular and much missed route from Keswick to Threlkeld. Donate via their website:

Or text ‘KTOT18 £10’ to 70070 to donate £10 More info

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.

Latrigg from Keswick walking route - an easy up and down route via Spooney Green Lane from Keswick with a circular route round the summit. 

Castlehead from Keswick walking routea low wooded hill close to Keswick town centre only 162 metres high with splendid views for minimum effort, a great way to get your bearings.

Rosthwaite Circular and Millican Dalton's Cave Walking RouteThis is an easy short walk in the beautiful Borrowdale Valley with lots of interest along the way.

A short walk through the Newlands Valley -  a walk into a quiet, relatively unknown part of the Newlands Valley with historical and literary insights.

Bowscale Tarn from MosedaleA lovely walk up to an isolated tarn and back through the valley.

Castle Crag from Seatoller -  this walk follows the terrace path above the Borrowdale Valley, and climbs to the summit of Castle Crag returning to Seatoller via a riverside path.

Rannerdale Knotts and the Valley of the Bluebells walking route - particularly good mid May when the bluebells are in flower but still a lovely walk with great views any time of the year.

The Cumbria Way is a 120km route from Ulverston to Carlisle which passes right through Keswick. Download route details here.

Barrow Fell from Braithwaite walking routeAlthough Barrow is of modest height at 455 metres there are excellent 360 degree views from the summit, a great reward for not too much effort.

A short walk from Keswick to Castlerigg Stone Circle setting out along the old railway path and returning via Springs Wood.

Buttermere and Scale Force - a lovely walk around Buttermere with the option to extend the route to the highest waterfall in the Lake District - Scale Force

Stonethwaite Valley - A low level walk from the village of Rosthwaite through contrasting and spectacular Lakeland valley scenery with striking river features.

Polartec Walks around Keswick

Coledale Round

Bowderstone and Watendlath

Looking for a more challening route, try one of these mountain walks - Helvellyn from Thirlmere or Skiddaw via Jenkin Hill

Catbells -  Take the Keswick Launch to start your ascent up Catbells and return via the lakeshore to Hawse End.  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

Newlands Round This fabulous horseshoe walk tackles the skyline crest and exploits the line of least resistance to reach a significant number of summits. It crosses the famous trio of Cat Bells, Maiden Moor and High Spy then turns west to cross the more remote summits of Dale Head and Robinson.

Great Wood and Derwentwater - enjoy this lovely walk through Great Wood beneath Walla Crag and back along the lakeshore.

Visit the National Trust shop at Derwentwater Foreshore for info on 7 waymarked walks through the woods and along the lakeshore. More info. They also have walking route suggestions in Borrowdale and Buttermere.

Access for All

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

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.

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. 

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