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Keswick Walks and Walking Guide

Lake District, Cumbria

Keswick is an excellent base for walking in the Lake District National Park. On the shores of Lake Derwentwater and with Skiddaw, England's fourth highest mountain, as a backdrop you its location is perfect. With plenty of accommodation, cafés, restaurants, bars and gear shops it has all the local amenities required. Easy access along the A66 from junction 40 of the M6 is a major benefit passing mighty Blencathra along the way. From the shores of Derwentwater you have a wonderful view to Walla Crag, Borrowdale, Catbells, Causey Pike and many other Lakeland fells.

All walks are free to download and print all have GPS files. The walks listed below are all within easy driving distance from Keswick and public transport can also be used for some routes. The routes vary from easy family walks to hard fell walks visiting mountain summits.

★ = GPS file available

WalkDescriptionGradeMiles
2032Great How, a short ascent above Thirlmereeasy2.00
2321Shores of Derwentwater from Keswick easy3.50
1011Knott Rigg and Ard Crags from Newlands Hauseeasy/mod3.50
3525Catbells from Gutherscale (Route B)easy/mod4.00
2036Catbells from Gutherscale (Route A)easy/mod4.00
2019Raven Crag, the Benn & Shoulthwaite Gill near Thirlmereeasy/mod4.00
2041Barf (via the Bishop) and Lords Seatmod/hard4.00
1356Walla Crag from Great Woodeasy/mod4.50
2524Thirlmere Circulareasy5.00
1008Blencathra via Sharp Edge from Scalesmod/hard5.00
1506Sharp Edge & Blencathra from Scalesmod/hard5.00
2005High Rigg, Legburthwaiteeasy5.50
1158High Rigg from Legburthwaiteeasy5.50
1676Ullock Pike, Long Side and Carl Sidemoderate5.50
2040A circuit of 4 peaks on the flanks of Skiddawmoderate5.50
1188Blencathra via Hall's Fell ridge from Scales Farmmod/hard6.00
2038Tower Ridge on Eel Crag returning via Sail & Barrowhard6.25
1155Causey Pike from Stoneycroft, nr. Braithwaitemoderate6.25
3029Derwentwater & Walla Crag from Keswickeasy/mod6.50
1187Robinson & Hindscarth from Newlandsmod/hard6.50
1247Helvellyn & Raise from Swirlsmod/hard7.00
2244Whitewater Dash and Great Calvamoderate7.00
2525Standing Crag & Dock Tarn from Watendlathmoderate7.00
1244Lonscale Fell & Latrigg from Underscar Lanemoderate7.50
2049Calfhow Pike & the Dodds from Legburthwaitemoderate7.50
1693Grange & Watendlath from Rosthwaite easy/mod7.60
3132High Tove & Blea Tarn from Armbothmoderate7.60
3470Blencathra via Foule Crag from Scalesmod/hard8.00
1268Cat Bells & High Spy from Grangemoderate8.00
2587Castlerigg Stone Circle & St John's in the Valeeasy/mod8.50
2025Helvellyn & Wythburn from Swirlsmod/hard8.50
1120Grisedale Pike & Crag Hill from Braithwaitemod/hard8.50
2581Lord's Seat & Barf from Whinlattermoderate8.50
1732Buttermere, Coledale and Newlands circuithard9.00
1108Ashness Bridge & Grange Fell from Borrowdalemoderate9.00
3037High Seat & Bleaberry Fell from Keswickmoderate9.00
1073Skiddaw & Glenderaterra Beck from Underscarmoderate9.00
2526Standing Crag, Ullscarf & Borrowdalemod/hard10.00
1444Great Gable from Borrowdale Youth Hostelhard12.00
3119Catbells, Dale Head & Hindscarth - The Newlands Horseshoe mod/hard12.00

The walks listed above are the nearest 40 from Keswick when measured in a straight line.

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