Walking Routes in and around Keswick
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!
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.
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 route - a 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.
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 Mosedale - A 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 route - Although 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.
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.
The Lake District National Park organise a programme of events including guided walks, click here for more information.
Visit the National Trust shop at Derwentwater Foreshore for info on 7 waymarked walks through the woods and along the lakeshore. More info.
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.
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.
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