If your choice is one of our pet-friendly cottages in Lake District close to Windermere, Orrest Head makes an excellent starter walk. From Windermere town centre it is an easy circular stroll to the top. At the top you can turn and retrace your steps, or follow the prescribed route back through St Catherine’s Wood and High Hay Wood, ending back at the start point. Take a picnic or some protein bars, and spend a little time enjoying the views across Lake Windermere and beyond to the falls.
Haystacks and Fleetwood Pike
If you’re staying in one of our self-catering cottages in Keswick, a 20-minute drive on the Borrowdale Road out of Keswick town will get you to the car park opposite Gatesgarth Farm, and the meeting point for two possible walks on the Haystacks trail. The easiest walk, which provides some stunning views across Buttermere and on a good day out as far out as the Solway Firth, takes in Haystacks and Fleetwood Pike. Although there is a certain amount of rough ground the walk is considered easy. At 4.5 miles long you can expect to complete in around 5 hours.
Great Gables and Haystacks
For those who prefer to push themselves a little harder, the Great Gables and Haystacks route will suit. A walk which ascends a further 1300ft, it too provides breathtaking views across Buttermere and beyond. With a 4 star degree of difficulty, the walk is around 9 miles in total and you can expect to be out for 7-8 hours.
If you are staying in one of our cottages in Keswick, this popular walk is on your doorstep. At 3,000ft, and England’s fourth highest peak, Skiddaw isn’t a walk for the raw beginner. That said, although it is steep in places, it is considered a very safe walk withwell-definedd walkways. So-much-so, that it is often considered by experienced ramblers as a boring hike. Nonetheless, it is well worth the effort. From the summit you can enjoy views across Derwentwater, Keswick and, on a good day, as far out as Borrowdale. The trail totals seven miles, and takes around five hours to complete.
We said at the beginning not all the fabulous views in the Lake District required high vantage points, Derwentwater is a case in point. If you’re looking for things to do in Lake District which are not to energy sapping, there are a number of easy circular walks around Derwentwater Lake starting from Keswick.
Ashness Bridge and Surprise View, Hawes End to Brandelhowe via Catbells, Rosthwaite to Keswick via Watendlath and Hawes End to Lodore, are just a few of the many walks available around Derwentwater. From the many viewpoints, or find your own, you can digitally capture your own classical views of the Lake District through the seasons.