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From difficult high peaks with breath-taking views, to peaceful strolls around glistening lakes, who doesn’t love walking in Keswick?

Keswick walks are some of the UK’s best for small families, lone ramblers and meandering lovers. Nature walks and steps challenges have become a popular pastime, and whether you’re looking for easy strolls, challenging mountain trails, or a child-friendly walk, Keswick has it all.

Discover your inner adventurer and find our 8 ultimate Keswick walks below…

Easy walks around Keswick

1. Catbells 


One of the most popular walks in Keswick, Catbells is short and rich in beauty, with striking views of Derwentwater. Reaching 451 metres in height, this is a simple but stimulating route to indulge in the true beauty of the Lake District.

The route begins in Keswick town centre, leading towards the Cumbria Way, over to a steep but quick path up to Catbells’ summit, which reaches 1,480 ft. This easy Keswick walk is great for families and their four-legged friends, or solo ramblers looking for a fast climb. 

Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 1-2 hours
Suitable for: Families, teenagers, couples, pets
Parking: Available in Keswick town centre

2. Castlerigg Stone Circle

Castlerigg Mist

Castlerigg Stone Circle offers an easy and relaxing Kewsick walk with a deep history, resting below an imposing backdrop of Skiddaw and Blencathra mountains. This is a spectacular facet of Lake District history and English Heritage, recognised as one of the first British circles, thought to have been constructed around 3000 BC during the Neolithic period.

Start the walk at the centre of Keswick and follow the path towards the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path, before heading towards the stone circle, ending the route trekking over rural farmland.

Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 1-2 hours
Suitable for: Children, families, elderly, pets, couples
Parking: Near Moot Hall Tourist Information and Visitors Centre

Short walks Keswick

3. Castlehead

Derwent Water from Castlehead viewpoint

Those looking for short walks around Keswick that offer stunning views will love the Castlehead walk. Another fairly simple walk boasting incredible views of the glistening waters, the short scramble to the top makes the view even more worthwhile.

This route takes less than an hour, making it perfect for restless kids who want to reach the top as quickly as possible, passing fabulous local attractions including the popular Theatre by the Lake and the beauty of Hope Park.

Difficulty: Easy/moderate
Duration: Less than 1 hour
Suitable for: Families, kids, pets
Parking: Near Moot Hall (Keswick Tourist Information and Visitors Centre)

4. Latrigg

View from Latrigg Fell

Latrigg is one of the lowest fells in the Lake District at just 368m, offering another short walk around Keswick where you can stretch your legs surrounded by unspoiled countryside views. You can take a longer route starting at the centre of Keswick, or enjoy a shorter stroll around the fell.

This is a perfect option for those with mobility issues or young children. looking for picturesque Keswick walks that offer amazing views without the strenuous legwork. It’s recommended to start at the town centre of Keswick, heading north east onto the Cumbria Way.

Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Less than 1 hour
Suitable for: Families, children, elderly, pets
Parking: At Crosthwaite Road car park

Keswick circular walks

5. Derwentwater

Derwentwater Lake

Bring the family along for a full day of exploration during this circular walk around Derwentwater Lake, a long but low-level walk that’s perfect for a summer’s day. The best thing about this route is the level ground, making it ideal for elderly or those with mobility issues who don’t want to take on the whole trail.

Discover a wealth of beautiful attractions along the scenic route of flat pathways, from cascading water at Lodore Falls, to the National Trust’s Centenary Stone, to enchanting woodland within Brandelhow Park. Choose to undertake the whole 10-mile waymarked walk, or  stop off at a café or for a picnic in the nearby area.

Difficulty: Easy/moderate
Duration: 4-5 hours
Suitable for: Families, children, pets, elderly
Parking: Near Moot Hall (Keswick Tourist Information and Visitors Centre)

Walks near Keswick

6. Walla Crag to Ashness Bridge

Walla Crag

This is a great route for beginners looking to take on a moderate hill climb, starting at Great Wood towards a tall cliff. Boasting views over Keswick to Bassenthwaite Lake and Skiddaw, providing a well-deserved treat on your inspiring ascent. before heading back down to the traditional stone Ashness Bridge.

Walla Crag is the perfect choice for a short and challenging trail when you fancy an early morning stroll. Getting your body moving whilst enjoying peaceful landscapes and meandering through enchanting forestry, heading back in time for a well-earned pub lunch.

If pubs are your favourite end point to any walk, try one of our wonderful Lake District pub walks.

Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 2-3 hours
Suitable for: Pets, new starters, teens
Parking: At Great Wood car park

7. Skiddaw


Explore the magnificent summit of Skiddaw as you walk up a strenuous path of narrow ridges to find stunning views down to the idyllic Borrowdale valley. Reaching a whopping 931 m in height, this ascent is an arduous choice for ramblers keen to tackle the best walks near Keswick.

Make your way down an effortless track, boasting even more amazing views over the fells of Derwentwater and back to the start. Ideal for avid walkers who want to set themselves a tough but rewarding challenge. Once you’ve finished this spectacular Keswick walk, reward yourself further with a refreshing beverage at one of the best pubs in Keswick.

Difficulty: Moderate/Experienced
Duration: 3-4 hours
Suitable for: Adults, experienced, good fitness
Parking: At Keswick Leisure Pool

8. Helvellyn


If you’re an experienced rambler, get ready for a challenging trip up the striking mountain of Helvellyn, reaching up to 950m above sea level at its highest point. Make sure to prepare for this extremely popular trail with plenty of water and food, as it can take up to seven hours to complete.

The ascent to the peak requires scrambling and steep hills up the captivating Striding Edge, with rewarding views at the top of the third highest mountain in England. Swirral Edge is an equally difficult but shorter route, ideal for experienced hikers who want to get back to their cosy Helvellyn holiday cottage in time for dinner!

Difficulty: Advanced
Duration: 5-7 hours
Suitable for: Adults, those with a high level of fitness
Parking: At Swirls car park, Keswick

Check out our Keswick Travel Guide for more holiday inspiration, whether you’re searching for a leisurely break over sparkling waters, or a tough challenge up rugged peaks in the heart of Cumbria. Don’t miss out on the amazing Keswick walks right on your doorstep during a memorable Lake District getaway.

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