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Top nine walks near Keswick by Sally's Cottages

7 August 2019

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There are unlimited choices when it comes to walking near Keswick so we’ve selected some of the best walks in the area! You can even find a holiday cottage nearby and start a walk from your doorstep!


Distance: 10 miles

Keswick sits on beautiful Derwentwater and you can walk around the whole lake. Taking in woodland, sculptures, a Chinese bridge and much more, it has something for everyone!



Distance: 3.5 miles

An easy, family-friendly climb up this iconic fell with a mild ascent and a bit of scrambling that kids will love. This is a great option for those who are new to fell walking or who are looking for a shorter option to the Lakeland giants.


Distance: varies

One of the Lake District’s best known fells, you can choose routes that include rocky ridges or gentle slopes. From the highest point you can enjoy amazing views of the surrounding fells and Vale of Keswick.


Castlerigg Stone Circle

Distance: 4 miles

Ancient and mysterious, Castlerigg Stone Circle sits above Keswick and boasts panoramic views. The route from town takes you through farmland and meadows via a gentle ascent.


Distance: 1.5 miles

Kids and grandparents alike can enjoy an easy walk up Latrigg. Just 1.5 miles long and not too steep, you can complete it in about an hour - perfect for working up an appetite just before dinner!

Glenderaterra Valley

Length: 10 miles

This hidden valley is full of wonderful craggy scenery and can begin from Threlkeld or Keswick (which adds a couple of extra, flat miles to the route). It’s a beautiful walk in a peaceful, hidden valley.

Whinlatter Forest

Distance: varies

England’s only true mountain forest, Whinlatter has miles of footpaths to explore. You can even complement your walk with a Go Ape! High Ropes Course experience or a simple cake and cuppa at the visitors centre.

Bassenthwaite Lake

Distance: 5 miles

One for nature lovers! Home to breeding Ospreys and the site of national nature reserve, Bassenthwaite has lots to offer. There is also a lovely church, St. Begas, that is well worth a visit and the route is relatively flat if you’re not looking for a climb!

Friar's Crag and Strandshag Bay

A lovely, leisurely stroll, this one can slot into any spare hour you might have. Head out of Keswick town and along the lakeshore to Friar’s Crag where you can admire the ‘Jaws’ of Borrowdale. Continue onto Strandshag Bay before doubling back through Cockshott Wood.

Wherever you choose to walk, find a perfectly-placed holiday cottage with Sally’s Cottages.

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