Walks

Allerdale Ramble: www.allerdaleramble.org.uk Borrowdale, Keswick, Bassenthwaite Lake and Cockermouth are some of the points along this 54 mile (86km) route between Seathwaite in Borrowdale and Grune Point near Silloth on the Solway coast.  

Buttermere. A walk of just over four miles (6.4km) takes your round this beautiful lake, starting at either Buttermere village at the northerly end or at Gatesgarth Farm on the south east side. There’s a short stretch which goes through Hassness Tunnel and a small bit on the road. Otherwise it’s all a lakeside path. On the western side you’ll go through Burtness Wood and cross the foot of Sourmilk Ghyll. The setting and the views are wonderful. 

Catbells, Derwentwater. Located on the west side of Derwentwater, Catbells is a very popular fell to climb, so you’re unlikely to be alone on a warm summer’s day. Nevertheless the views certainly make it worthwhile at any time of the year - Derwentwater is one way, the Newlands Valley the other, the Jaws of Borrowdale lie to the south and to the north are Keswick, Blencathra and Skiddaw. Hawse End, where the Keswick Launch Company stops, is one starting point for the climb but a busy one. An attractive and quieter alternative is going up from near the small, whitewashed church in the Newlands Valley, near Littletown.  

The Cumbria Way: www.ldwa.org.uk / www.cumbriaway.org This 70 mile (112km) route takes you through Coniston, the Langdales, Borrowdale and Keswick as you head from Ulverston to Carlisle.

Hallin Fell, Ullswater. Jutting out between Howtown and Sandwick is Hallin Fell where a moderate climb - not too long at that - will be rewarded with a panoramic view of Ullswater, the Helvellyn range and Martindale. Park near St. Peter’s Church, Martindale and you’ll see the grassy path which has been tramped by thousands before you. If you want to add a bit more to the walk drop down into Sandwick and return to Howtown through Hallinhag Wood. 

Haweswater. If you want a 10 mile walk, barely meeting a soul, try the circular route of Haweswater. Start from Burnbanks at the north east end and head down the west side of the reservoir first, in the hope of catching some morning sunshine. Return on the other side of the water by which time you will have probably earned some refreshment at the Haweswater Hotel.  

Howtown to Glenridding, Ullswater. This gets the best of both worlds - a ‘steamer’ trip from Glenridding to Howtown and then a seven mile (11.2km) walk back to Glenridding along the lake’s south east shore. There’s some moderate up and down and a few slightly rocky sections but otherwise it’s fairly plain sailing. The route takes you through Hallinhag Wood, Sandwick, past Silver Point and Patterdale. Great views of Ullswater and the Helvellyn range are part of the route’s attraction. 

Keswick railway footpath. It was a sad day when the last train pulled out of Keswick in 1972 but at least people can experience part of the route to Penrith on this four mile (6.4km) footpath between Keswick station and Threlkeld. It’s a lovely walk, through woodland, crossing bridges over the River Greta and passing the site of the Low Briery bobbin mill which in its heyday turned out millions of bobbins a year. Information boards along the way fill you in on the history and wildlife of the route. Please note: parts of the route are closed following flood damage in December 2015. 

Loadpot Hill near Ullswater. South east of Howtown and roughly half way between Ullswater and Haweswater is an area of extensive fell known as Loadpot Hill. The Roman road linking Brougham and Ambleside runs across the top and there are standing stones and stone circles to make you wonder who else has been up here. The other stones you might see are those left from an old shooting lodge called Lowther House. Many walkers take an easterly approach from Askham, Helton or Bampton but you can reach Loadpot Hill from Howtown and Fusedale as well. There are good views of both Ullswater and the Pennines. 

Swindale near Haweswater. Slender little valley to the east of Haweswater. The fact that you have to leave the car and walk makes it appealing. And in Hobgrumble Gill near Swindale Head it’s got one of the best names in Cumbria. 

Walla Crag, Derwentwater. There are several places around Derwentwater where you get magnificent views of the lake and surrounding fells and Walla Crag is one of them. You can make the ascent from the car park in Great Wood, about one and a half miles (2.4km) south of Keswick on the B5289, or as many people do, walk from the town centre along Springs Road to Rakefoot, then cross the fell by footpath. Take in the panorama of Derwentwater, Skiddaw, Catbells, Borrowdale before returning by the same route, or head south to Ashness Bridge and come back along the lake. 

Wild Ennerdale. A walk of about seven miles (11.2km) will get you around Ennerdale Water. Park at Bowness Knott on the north side of the lake, follow the forestry road to the eastern end of the water and then cross the bridge over the River Liza. Come back along the south side where there’s a bit of a rocky stretch near Anglers Crag. Talk about all the views you’ve seen in one of two pubs at nearby Ennerdale Bridge. 

Walking trails in Whinlatter Forest near Keswick. 

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