Walks in the Lake District - The Keswick Area

Keswick Landscape
Looking across Derwent Water to Keswick from Maiden Moor

Keswick is a very popular base for walkers in the Lake District and probably the most popular of all. The town is a perfect base for hikers and walkers wishing to cover the northern and central fells which include the Scafells, Great Gable, Skiddaw, Blencathra and the Dodd Fells. For less extreme walks Keswick is also the most suitable base for accessible fells such as Castle Crag and Cat Bells. Excellent horseshoe walks such as the Newlands and Coledale ranges are also suitably accessed from Keswick. The town caters well for all visitors with a wide range of walkers shops, pubs, restaurants and accommodation.

Interactive map of Lake District walks

Walk Miles Description
Latrigg 1.5 A very easy walk suitable for all the family with a lovely view of Keswick.
Cat Bells and Little Town 3.3 Probably the most climbed hill in all of the Lake District. This way up is the best.
Binsey 4.1 Wainwright did a self portrait of himself from this hill. I know why.
Fellbarrow and Low Fell 4.2 Low Fell affords one of the most spectacular scenes in all of Lakeland.
Rosthwaite, High Doat and Castle Crag 4.4 A walk from Rosthwaite to Castle Crag which includes exquisite views of Borrowdale
Grey Knotts, Brandreth and Fleetwith Pike 4.6 Starting from the Honister Hause Slate Quarry this is a good walk to three Wainwright Fells.
Rosthwaite, Great Crag and Grange Fell 5.2 A moderate climb provides access to a wonderful tarn and craggy fells.
Buttermere, Haystacks and Fleetwith Pike 5.4 Wainwright's favourite climb to his favourite mountain and my favourite Lakeland descent in one walk.
Ullock Pike, Long Side, Carl Side, Skiddaw, Little Man and Lonscale Fell 6.6 Accomplish six fabulous Wainwright Fells on a fantastic linear walk starting with a climb to Ullock Pike followed by a wonderful ridge walk.
Steel Fell, Calf Crag, Gibson Knott and Helm Crag 6.9 A fantastic walk around Greenburn including the Howitzer, the Lion and the Lamb.
Causey Pike, Scar Crags, Outerside and Barrow 6.9 This walk provides a super high level section with excellent views of Newlands and more.
Green Gable and Great Gable from Seathwaite 7.0 A super walk from Seathwaite via Sourmilk Gill and Windy Gap.
Rosthwaite, Eagle Crag, Sergeant's Crag and Black Moss Pot 7.1 A walk from Rosthwaite in Borrowdale to two of Lakeland's most attractive Wainwright Fells.
High Tove, Armboth Fell, High Seat, Bleaberry Fell and Walla Crag 7.1 Bounce along during this isolated felltop trek to High Seat, Bleaberry Fell and more.
Haystacks, Kirk Fell, Great Gable and Green Gable 8.0 Also included on this spectacular walk are Kirk Fell and Green Gable.
Blencathra via Sharp Edge 8.2 An awesome walk by any standards on an awesome mountain.
Lodore, Watendlath, Rosthwaite, Seatoller and Grange 8.6 A low level walk but not without a couple of climbs to get around this unique circular route.
Knott Rigg, Ard Crags, Sail, Crag Hill, Wandope, Whiteless Pike & Rannerdale Knotts 8.8 No less than seven of Wainwrights Fells are covered in this walk from Buttermere. There is also a visit to Moss Force waterfall to enjoy.
Cat Bells, High Spy, Dale Head, Hindscarth and Robinson 9.4 Stunning with the most fantastic views imaginable. To do on a clear day!
Glaramara, Allen Crags, Great End and Seathwaite Fell 9.4 Four Wainwright Fells are bagged in this walk from Seathwaite with a steep beginning.
Sail, Crag Hill, Grasmoor, Hopehill Head and Grisedale Pike 10.0 Probably the most popular walk outside the big mountains and with outstanding panoramas.
Stybarrow Dodd, Watson's Dodd, Great Dodd and Clough Head 10.7 A tough climb to Sticks Pass gives access to lush high fell pleasures and magnificant wide distance views.
Scafell and Scafell Pike
from Seathwaite
11.0 A classic walk from Seathwaite via Styhead Tarn and the Corridor Route to the Scafells.
Nethermost & Dollywaggon Pike, Seat Sandal, Fairfield, Hart Crag, High Pike and Low Pike 12.0 A tough rewarding twelve mile walk to seven Wainwright's. The first 3 miles is a long climb to the heights but then the walk is all spectacle.
Bowfell, Esk Pike, Scafell Pike and Scafell from Langdale 14.0 This is a fantastic and challenging 14 mile walk to the highest mountain in England.
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