GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


Keswick Circular Walk

5 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.
The walk starts from the car park next to the tourist information centre and the theatre near the lake. From here you can pick up a footpath heading south along the lake to Friar's Crag. It's a gentle climb to a lovely viewpoint overlooking the lake. You'll also find a memorial to John Ruskin, the leading Englishart criticof theVictorian era.
Continue south along the lake to Calfclose Bay where you turn left and climb to Walla Crag. There's some nice woodland trails through Great Wood and splendid views towards Skiddaw from the 379m (1,243ft) high point of the fell.
The route then descends to Castlerigg with lovely views of the Brockle Beck in this area. Around here you also have the option of taking a short detour to the Castlerigg Stone Circle. It's a fascinating site which dates from 3,300 to 900 BC, during the Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Ages.
The final section of the walk takes you through Castlehead Wood where there is another nice viewpoint. You then pass Cockshot Wood and return to the finish point back at the car park. Here you can enjoy refreshments at the lakeside cafe which has outdoor seating and views towards the lake.
There's lots of great options for extending your walking in the town but the most popular is the climb to Catbells. It's about a 4 mile hike from the car park with views of the River Derwent and the surrounding fells. See the Catbells from Keswick Walk for full details.

Keswick Circular Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Keswick Circular Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Open Street Map with Location tracking

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Photos

Derwentwater Launches. - panoramio

Derwentwater Launches

Derwentwater from Friar's Crag, Keswick. - panoramio

Friar's Crag

A view from Walla Crag

View from Walla Crag

Shore of Calfclose Bay - geograph.org.uk - 784220

Shore of Calfclose Bay

Footbridge, Brockle Beck - geograph.org.uk - 1551820

Brockle Beck Near Castlerigg

Footpath, Castlehead Woods - geograph.org.uk - 1275928

Castlehead Woods

GPS Files

GPX File

Keswick Circular Walk.gpx (right click - 'Save As')

Memory Map Route

Keswick Circular Walk.mmo (right click - 'Save As')

Map