Guidebook

Keswick Hikes to Fuel Your Wanderlust

10 hikes around the most enchanting part of the Lake District.

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Description

The Lake District is the UK’s most popular national park—15 million visitors a year come to ramble across boggy fells and scramble up craggy hilltops. It has a powerful landscape, with a rich palette of reds, greens, browns, and blues, and elements that hang together like a melody. The scenery almost calls you to feel the crisp breeze from the top of a peak or to plunge into a lake and become fully immersed in your surroundings.

Nestled in the national park is Keswick, a traditional market town with the tranquil Derwentwater on one side and a ring of mountains on the other, making it a perfect base for outdoor adventurers. Here are 10 terrific hikes in easy reach of Kessik, to get you out there exploring the Lakes.

Sources
https://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/visiting/things-to-do/walking
https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2012/mar/28/top-10-walks-lake-district

Blencathra's Classic Ridges
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Blencathra's Classic Ridges

Lake District National Park
2 - 3 hrs
7.7 km
702 m
673 m
Blencathra is not only one of the oldest mountains in Lakeland, it’s one of the finest too.
Extreme
Private
Skiddaw: Up the Quiet Side
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Skiddaw: Up the Quiet Side

Lake District National Park
3 - 4 hrs
13.0 km
745 m
582 m
For a completely different day out head round to the hill's wilder northeastern side, where the wide open spaces of the Skiddaw Forest have plenty to offer lovers of remote country.
Moderate
Private
Blencathra via Bannerdale Crags East Ridge
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Blencathra via Bannerdale Crags East Ridge

Lake District National Park
3 - 4 hrs
12.8 km
842 m
843 m
A less-trodden ascent to Blencathra.
Severe
Private
Bowscale Fell via Bowscale Tarn
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Bowscale Fell via Bowscale Tarn

Lake District National Park
1 - 2 hrs
4.7 km
289 m
461 m
This northernmost summit of the Blencathra range has a hidden scenic corner, the high glacial bowl of Bowscale Tarn.
Moderate
Private
Cat Bells and the Lake Shore
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Cat Bells and the Lake Shore

2 - 3 hrs
7.3 km
439 m
440 m
For one of the best short routes in the north Lakes combine the charismatic mini mountain Cat Bells with a ramble along the wooded west side of Derwentwater - perhaps the most picturesque shoreline in England.
Moderate
Private
Derwentwater and Walla Crag Circuit

Derwentwater and Walla Crag Circuit

Lake District National Park
2 - 3 hrs
10.8 km
333 m
333 m
This walk makes a great finish to your tour in the Lake District; Very impressive views at the top of Walla Crag, pass the torrents of Ashford Gill and follow trails through woodland and a memorial to John Ruskin.
Difficult
Private
Keswick to Patterdale

Keswick to Patterdale

Lake District National Park
5 - 6 hrs
22.8 km
1,041 m
977 m
A day of contrasts from a leisurely walk through pleasant farmland to a steep ascent, rewarded with stunning views.
Severe
Private
The Coledale Round
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The Coledale Round

5 - 6 hrs
16.5 km
1,206 m
1,206 m
The pleasure found on the hills that cradle Coledale in their lap will satisfy even the greediest of hill gluttons.
Severe
Private