Best walks near Keswick
Keswick is an excellent place to visit in the Lake District, especially if you're staying at our Haven Lakeland Leisure Park. This charming town, nestled within the stunning landscape of Cumbria, offers a wide variety of opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers.
One of the best ways to experience the beauty of Keswick and its surroundings is on the network of beautiful and well-maintained walking trails that line the hills. In this guide, we'll introduce you to some of the top walks around Keswick. So, strap on your walking boots, fill up your rucksack with Kendal Mint Cake, and get yourself on one of these trails.
Distance: 3.5 miles
For those looking for a moderately challenging hike with breathtaking views, the Catbells Circuit is an excellent choice. Located on the western shore of Derwentwater, Catbells is one of the most iconic fells in the Lake District.
The circuit takes you up and around the ridgeline, providing sweeping vistas of Derwentwater and the surrounding highlands. While it's a moderate hike, there are some steep sections, meaning that you may end up out of breath, but it’s well worth the effort.
Distance: 3 miles
Difficulty: easy to moderate
Walla Crag is a wonderful option for those seeking a less strenuous walk without compromising on stunning views. This route takes you through meadows and woodlands with enticing glimpses of waterfalls to the summit of Walla Crag, where panoramic views of Keswick Derwentwater and the Skiddaw Range become visible.
The starting point at Great Wood is the National Trust pay and display car park, a couple of miles south of Keswick. You can exit the car park in one direction and return from the opposite - always a good ingredient for a circular walk. It's a great choice for families and casual walkers, with a mix of easy paths and some moderate ascents.
Distance: 1.5 miles
If you're short on time but still want to enjoy the beauty of Keswick, the Castlehead walk is perfect. This short and easy hike takes you to the top of Castlehead, where you'll be treated to stunning views of Derwentwater and Keswick for minimal effort. It's another ideal walk for all ages and abilities, including families with young children or those seeking a peaceful escape in nature.
Distance: 4 miles
For another easy yet rewarding hike near Keswick, consider the Latrigg walk. This circular route takes you to the summit of Latrigg Fell, providing fantastic views of Keswick town, Skiddaw, and the northern fells. It's a popular choice for walkers and runners alike due to its accessibility and the chance to experience Lakeland beauty without exerting yourself.
Distance: 7.5 miles
If you're up for a more demanding adventure, conquering Skiddaw is a must. As one of the Lake District's highest peaks, Skiddaw offers a challenging ascent to its 931-metre peak, but the panoramic views from the summit are truly worth it. The hike will take you through various terrains, from meadows to rocky paths, and requires good physical fitness. Make sure you plan ahead and carry essential supplies. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions, too, which can be an issue in the Lakes.
Distance: 7 miles
Another peak for experienced hikers seeking a challenging walk near Keswick, Grisedale Pike is an excellent choice. Take the circular route to the summit of Grisedale Pike for spectacular views of the surrounding fells and valleys. The trail is very well marked and always visible, but the ascent is steep in places, and the terrain can be rocky, so it's important to be well prepared and to have good navigational skills.
Distance: 2.5 miles
Difficulty: easy to moderate
The Newlands Valley walk is a delightful choice for those seeking a mix of natural beauty and history. This circular route beginning in the village of Braithwaite takes you through the heart of The Newlands Valley, passing by picturesque cottages and farmland.
You'll also encounter landmarks such as abandoned copper mines and the lovely Newlands Church. The terrain is generally easy, with some moderate sections.
Watendlath via Surprise View and Ashness Bridge
Distance: 5 miles
The Borrowdale Valley offers a fantastic moderate walk that allows you to explore this beautiful region. The path takes you to Watendlath, a quaint hamlet that is accessible via an extremely narrow road with designated passing areas. This road connects to the Keswick to Borrowdale route near Ashness Pier.
Initially, there is a challenging ascent, followed by a crossing of the renowned Ashness Bridge. Upon reaching Surprise View, you'll be treated to a panoramic vista encompassing the entirety of Derwentwater, Keswick, and extending as far as Bassenthwaite Lake. It's important to exercise caution with children in this area, as there are no protective barriers, and you are situated at the cliff's edge.