Walks, Drives and Places to Visit

There is so much to do in the Lake District. Walking is probably one of the most popular things to do as there is just so much open space surrounded by amazing vistas, mountains and lakes. We have assembled a brief guide to some of the walks we like to do and further details of these can be accessed by the links below or in the right column.

Although none of these walks are particularly difficult you should always be well prepared when going out on the fells, follow this link for some expert advice.

Recommended Walks

That’s not to say that everything can only be appreciated on foot as there are some fantastic drives as well. We have also put a few of these together; there’s a lovely drive past Derwentwater and on through to Crummock Water, a slightly longer drive via Newlands Pass (a high road) to Buttermere and then a long drive out to some of the Northern Lakes.

If it’s a bit of shopping or eating and drinking you’d prefer then why not wander into town and explore its vast array of bars, restaurants, outdoor adventure & clothing shops and attractions?

There is much to see and do in Keswick.

Why not take in a show at the celebrated Theatre By The Lake, a film at the Alhambra Cinema, enjoy a visit to the Pencil Museum, a trip around or across the lake via a Keswick Launch or simply enjoy the Thursday or Saturday markets.

Things to do – Walks

Ascend Latrigg
Get a great view of Keswick

Railway Line Path/Lower Latrigg:
Delightful circular walk

Walk Around Derwentwater
Walk the whole 9 miles or hop on a launch and walk back

Walla Crag and Ashness
A classic walk with a classic view

Castlehead and Cockshot Wood
The woods are particularly lovely in May when the Blue Bells are out

Catbells
Favourite ridge walk rising up to 445m (1424 feet) with a clear path giving stunning views of Derwentwater

Things to do – Drives

Derwentwater Drive
A delightful drive through what we think is the loveliest valley of them all.

Buttermere & Crummock
This drive of just under 30 miles takes in spectacular passes and wonderful lake views. Several walks are suggested for this day out.

The North Lakes
A longer drive : around 60 miles – which takes in 6 lakes/tarns and the spectacular Kirkstone Pass.