GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Keswick Walks

The North Lakes town of Keswick has numerous hill climbs, woodland trails, long distance footpaths and easy lakeside trails along the beautiful Derwent Water. Highlights include the climbs to Catbells and Walla Crag. There's also the shared Keswick Railway Path which will take you along the River Greta to Threlkeld.

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In the spring walkers flock to the beautiful bluebell woods in Keswick. Click the 'Woodland' button below to see these.

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Route NamePhotoDistanceDescription
Allerdale Ramble31 miles (50 km)Explore the stunning scenery of the Lake District on this wonderful trail. View Full Details>>
Bassenthwaite Lake15 miles (24 km)This walk takes you to the lovely Bassenthwaite Lake from Keswick in the Lake District. It makes use of the Allerdale Ramble so the path is generally well defined and way-marked. You start off in the popular town of Keswick and soon pick up the River Derwent where you can enjoy a long riverside section to Thornthwaite Forest. You then follow peaceful woodland trails through Dodd Wood before another waterside section along Bassenthwaite Lake. You return through the forest and then on to Applethwaite and Milbeck before returning to Keswick. There are fabulous views of Skiddaw to enjoy all along the walk. View Full Details>>
Castlerigg Stone Circle2 miles (3 km)Visit the Stonehenge of the Lake District on this fascinating walk in Keswick. View Full Details>>
Catbells from Keswick10 miles (15.5 km)Climb to one of the most popular hills in the Lake District on this wonderful walk from the town of Keswick. It's about 3.5 mile hike from the centre of town, using the Cumbria Way, the Allerdale Ramble and other public footpaths to take you to the summit. The direct path to the hill is fairly easy with a little bit of scrambling as you approach the summit. This longer loop returns via a lakeside path through Manesty Park and Brandelhow Park but you can easily return the same way if you prefer. View Full Details>>
Cumbria Way70 miles (112 km)Travel through the beautiful Lake District National Park on this stunning walk. The path runs from Ulverston to Carlisle, passing dramatic mountainous scenery, beautiful lakes and a series of delightful Cumbrian towns and villages. View Full Details>>
Derwent Water9 miles (14 km)Enjoy a walk along one of the Lake District's most beautiful lakes. Derwent Water (or Derwenwater) is particularly lovely - it's surrounded by fells and has several pretty islands including Derwent Island House, an 18th-century residence owned by the National Trustand open to the public on five days each year. View Full Details>>
Dodd Wood4 miles (6 km)This splendid wood next to Bassenthwaite Lake has several waymarked walking trails to try. This includes a hike to the summit of Dodd Fell where there are excellent views to enjoy. The woods have very good facilities with a car park, cafe, picnic areas, toilets and viewpoints. The area is very popular with bird watchers who come to see the Bassenthwaite Ospreys from the viewpoints in the woods. You can watch the birds fishing over the lake with the high powered telescopes and binoculars provided at the viewpoints. View Full Details>>
Friar's Crag1 miles (1.5 km)This short walk in Keswick visits a beautifulviewpoint overlooking Derwentwater. You can start the walk from the theatre car park just north of the crag. The route then passes along the lake before coming to the viewpoint. Here you can enjoy a rest on the bench and take in the stunning views across the lake and Derwent Isle. You will also pass the memorial to John Ruskin, the leading Englishart criticof theVictorian era. He has strong associations with Keswick and greatly admired the view from Friar's Crag. View Full Details>>
Grisedale Pike7 miles (11.5 km)Climb to this striking fell on this challenging walk near Keswick. The circular walk climbs to the summit of Grisedale Pike before visiting Hopegill Head and Sand Hill. It's a challenging walk but the path is mostly well defined. View Full Details>>
Keswick Circular Walk5 miles (8 km)This circular walk from the popular town of Keswick takes you to some of the highlights of this beautiful area of the North Lakes. There's easy lakeside paths, woodland trails and climbs to the hills above Derwentwater. It's quite a challenging 5 mile walk but with great views over the lake from the high points. View Full Details>>
Keswick Railway Path6 miles (10 km)Enjoy an easy cycle or walk along the Keswick Railway Path in the Lake District National Park. The tree lined path runs along the trackbed of the old Cockermouth, Keswick and Penrith railway, following the River Greta from Keswick to Threlkeld. It's great for families as it's a nice easy cycle ride with a flat and well defined path. Walkers can enjoy the path too as it makes for a super riverside stroll. View Full Details>>
Keswick to Caldbeck15 miles (24 km)This is the fourth leg of the Cumbria Way taking you from Keswick to Caldbeck. View Full Details>>
Langdale to Keswick15 miles (24 km)This is the third leg of the Cumbria Way taking you from Langdale to Keswick. View Full Details>>
Latrigg5 miles (8.5 km)Climb this popular fell near Keswick on this lovely circular walk in the Lake District National Park. The walk starts in the town of Keswick and ascends Latrigg using the Cumbria Way and other footpaths. You continue towards Brundholme before returning through Brundholme Wood with a section along the Keswick Railway Path leading back into Keswick. This final section includes waterside walking along the River Greta. View Full Details>>
Lonscale Fell4 miles (6 km)Climb to Lonscale Fell from Keswick on this lovely walk in the Lake District. From the 715m (2,346ft) summit there are splendid views over ThirlmereandDerwentwater. It's a nice climb which you can start from the centre of Keswick. The route follows the Cumbria Way long distance footpath out of the town, climbing through the woodland of Whinny Brow to Ewe How. You continue on to Lonscale Fell, passing Latrigg, Whit Beck and Lonscale Crags on the way. The route leaves the Cumbria Way on Lonscale Crags and heads towards the hill summit. It's a nice, fairly short climb on good footpaths with wonderful views over many of the major fell groups. View Full Details>>
Skiddaw13 miles (21 km)This is the popular Skiddaw circular walk from Keswick in the Lake District National Park. It's a challenging route, running for almost 13 miles, and reaching a height of over 3000ft at the high points. View Full Details>>
Walla Crag2 miles (4 km)This circular walk on Derwentwater climbs to Walla Crag and explores Great Wood in the Lake District. It's a short but rewarding climb with wonderful views over the lake below. View Full Details>>
Watendlath Tarn2 miles (3 km)This is a lovely waterside walk to the delightful Watendlath Tarn near Derwent Water, Keswick. The walk starts at the Suprise Hill car park towards the southern end of the lake. This splendid viewpoint looks out over Derwent Water, Keswick, and beyond to Bassenthwaite Lake. You then follow woodland trails through Ashness Wood to Watendlath Beck where you pick up a super waterside trail which leads to the tarn. The pretty hamlet of Watendlath has an old packhorse bridge, and a National Trust tea-room, where you can sit outside and enjoy the wonderful views. View Full Details>>
Whinlatter Forest Park7 miles (11 km)Enjoy some fantastic walking and cycling trails in this huge park in the Lake District. There are fantastic views of Bassenthwaite Lake, Derwentwater and Keswick as you make your way through the mixed species forest and peaceful glades. The park also has two fantastic purpose built mountain bike trails with cycle hire available within the park. The red graded Altura Trail is a challenging 19km mountain singletrack, the Quercus Trail is an easier 7.5km trail. The C2C cycle route also runs through the park so you could continue your ride on the Whitehaven to Keswick or Whitehaven to Penrith cycle route. View Full Details>>

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