There are many walks from Keswick that are stunning, peaceful and picturesque. Starting from one of the Lake District’s most idyllic market towns, all of the walks from Keswick send ramblers past some of the areas most popular natural attractions, from lakes and mountains to waterfalls and fells.
If you stay at one of our Keswick holiday cottages, here are four of the most popular walks from Keswick to both enjoy and challenge yourself on.
Castle Crag walk from Keswick
In the middle of Borrowdale is Castle Crag, a small but stunning little peak that nudges out from above the trees and overlooks the valley glacier. From the summit of Castle Crag you can take in the views from across the valley and then enjoy the serenity of the shaded woods and river banks on the descent.
A shorter four mile walk that should take around two hours makes Castle Crag a very accessible Keswick walk.
The Coledale Peaks around Keswick
The peaks that surround Coledale near Keswick are a silhouetted presence that ooze the mystique and magic of the surrounding landscape. The peaks as viewed from Keswick appear steep and angular, and although the climb isn’t as challenging as you may suspect, ascending the Coledale Peaks is a task that will take a day to complete.
A classic U shaped valley like many in The Lakes, the area around the peaks is completely uninhabited by people which has helped lay on a wild, natural feel to the peaks. If you stick to the skyline you will see Kinn, Sleet How, Crag Hill and Sand Hill amongst others. The true destination point is Gasmoor, which offers stunning views of the entire area.
A longer 11 mile walk that should take seven or eight hours, the Coledale Peaks walk will require some energy, determination, sturdy walking boots and a tasty packed lunch to enjoy along the way.
Cat Bells, Maiden Moor & High Spy walks near Keswick
Down the western flank of Borrowdale are three small peaks that are well worth a visit with their own distinct profiles and character – Cat Bells, Maiden Moor and High Spy.
Accessible through a long ridge, the descent and climb between each peak isn’t severe which makes hitting all three in one trip a manageable 5-6 hour expedition.
On either side of the ridge the local wildlife and scenery offers the walker some terrific views and points of interest, from the Skiddaw fells to the Newlands Valley and the rarely visited and almost secretive hanging corries and crags.
This walk from Keswick requires slightly more travel – a water bus from the lake shore, to get to the perfect starting point for the five hour, nine mile hike.
Watendlath & the Bowder Stone
The circular path from Keswick past Bowder Stone, Watendlath and back again takes you high amongst the fells into secluded and hidden valleys on the east of Barrowdale.
The little hamlet of Watendlath sits hidden away surrounded by reflective waters, trees, crags and a criss-cross of dry stone marked fields and pastures. Once again, stunning scenery makes the entire walk a true pleasure, with Watendlath the perfect stop-off point along the way as you also get to visit the 2000 ton Bowder Stone, the villages of Grange and Rosthwaite and tackles the steep descent at High Lodore.
Once again the best starting point for this walk is to ramble down to the idyllic Lake Derwentwater and take one of the regular water buses before what promises to be an invigorating eight mile, four hour walk around Keswick and the surrounding countryside.
We hope to welcome you at one of our Lake District cottages!