A walk to Tewet Tarn near Keswick in the Lake District


Today Daisy and I went on one of our favourite Lake District walks (just a little bimble really), over to Tewet Tarn which is in St John’s in the Vale, five mins outside Keswick.  This walk starts at the little Church in St John’s in the Vale.  To get there, take the A66 from Keswick and then just outside of Keswick, turn right (signed Burns). This takes you on the old A66 road.  At the end of this road, turn right and then follow signs for the church.  Park opposite the church and go over the wall through the stone stile to the left of where you park.  

Then all you need to do is follow the pathway over the fellside until you get to the tarn.  It’s not too hilly (fine for a two year old to walk).  We got to the top of one of the hillocks and there was a baby foal.  It had just been born, I would say literally about 10 minutes before we got there.  We also heard our first cuckoo of the year and found a dead frog by the tarn!  What more could you ask for when you’re two years old?  In fact what more can you ask for at any age?  This was the Lake District at its best and why I love the Lake District in May.

Castlerigg Stone Circle by Keswick in the Lake District

You can carry the walk on along over Naddle Bridge and to Castlerigg Stone Circle in Keswick if you fancy it, although our little legs were starting to tire and it was time to go home for us.  If you do decide to go to Castlerigg Stone Circle, you can make it a circular walk by coming back along Castle Lane and Nest Brow before getting back to the church at St John’s in the Vale.  The stone circle dates from around 3000BC and is one of the most impressive stone circles in the UK, with fabulous 360 degree views of the surrounding Lake District mountains - Skiddaw, Blencathra and Lonscale Fell.  If you have kids, it’s also a good place to play hide and seek.  All in all, the circular walk is about 5 miles of some lovely Lake District rambling, fairly gentle with ascents of about 1000ft in total.  If you don’t have a small child with you, the walk takes around two hours to complete.  

If you are staying at one of our Keswick cottages or Borrowdale cottages, this is a good walk for families with kids, or for an evening stroll at the end of the day.  

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