Walking Routes in and around Keswick


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The lakes and mountains surrounding Keswick the Lake District are one of the best places in the UK for hiking and walking .. whether you want to climb the highest peaks, seek out the best views, walk along the lakeshore, explore the forests and woodland or take in hidden valleys we have it all

Various walks such as Skiddaw, Latrigg, Walla Crag, Castlehead, Castlerigg Stone Circle 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. Make sure you read Safety on the Fells before setting off.

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. Click on the walk titles for route details and downloads.

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Latrigg from Keswick walking route

An easy up and down route via Spooney Green Lane from Keswick with a circular route round the summit 

Short Walks from Keswick  

A selection of short Lake District walks starting from Keswick town centre including Castlehead, Friar's Crag, Castlerigg Stone Circle and Applethwaite and Millbeck.

Walks in Borrowdale

A choice of downloadable walking routes in the beautiful Borrowdale Valley close to Keswick, the Lake District, including routes over to Watendlath, into the Stonethwaite Valley and up to Castle Crag.

Valley walks around Keswick

A choice of low-level valley routes including two of differing lengths in the Newlands Valley and Stonethwaite Valley, a walk through spectacular Lake District scenery. Ideal for a easy half-day out or when you don't want to venture up onto the fells.

Walks to Tarns

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

Tewet Tarn from Threlkeld Quarry - A low level walk through peaceful St John's in the Vale

High Rigg, St Johns in the Vale

Fine views all around from this undulating ridge followed by a walk back through the valley.

Keswick to Threlkeld Trail
The railway path has now re-opened. Click here for more information.

Castlerigg Stone Circle and Tewet Tarn 

This circular walk starts and finishes at Castlerigg Stone Circle passing the tiny isolated church at St John's in the Vale and then over to Tewet Tarn, a lovely spot with fine views over to Blencathra, Latrigg and Skiddaw. 

Latrigg Circular walking route via the Raillway Path -This route is temporarily unavailable. Click here for information on the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway 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. 

Walks from Braithwaite near Keswick

Many routes start here. Try Barrow Fell, a great reward for not too much effort or Barrow Door - this route goes partway up Barrow and then drops down to return through the peaceful Newlands Valley. Stile End and Outerside takes in 2 summits before dropping down to Force Crag Mine.

Threlkeld Circular Walk

A circular walk from the village of Threlkeld near Keswick taking you over the fields to Wescoe, up to the Blencathra Centre and back down via the ghyll.

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

Climb Walla Crag from Keswick for stunning views over Derwentwater to the fells beyond. This route then drops down to Ashness Bridge and returns via the lakeshore.

For a longer route with 3 summits to conquer try our Walla Crag, Bleaberry Fell and High Seat route.

Loweswater Terrace

This route takes you along the terrace path above Loweswater with a gentle stroll back along the lakeshore.

More Strenuous Mountain Walks 

Looking for a more challenging route? Try Helvellyn from Thirlmere, Skiddaw via Jenkin Hill ,  the classic horseshoe walk The Coledale Round from Braithwaite or Catbells, Maiden Moor and High Spy


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

Sale Fell 

One of the lesser-known fells located in a quiet area. Only modest in height nevertheless it has superb views over Bassenthwaite Lake. A choice of 2 walks to the summit or round the fell. Neither walk is over strenuous and would be suitable for families with the second route being the easier of the two.

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.

Derwentwater Lakeshore walks 

The low-level circular walk from Keswick to Calf Close Bay is great in all seasons whilst for a slightly longer version with great views why not try Great Wood and Derwentwater - 

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.

Guided Walks

  • The Lake District National Park organise a programme of events including guided walks, click here for more information.
  • Walking for Health in Whinlatter Forest - join our one hour walks as we gently stroll through the forest whilst taking in the magnificent surroundings. Everyone is welcome but especially those who are least active. More info.

Family walks

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

Forest and Woodland Walks around Keswick

Explore Whinlatter Forest, England's only Mountain Forest, Dodd Wood aswell as Great Wood overlooking Derwentwater.

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