The Lake District town of Keswick is a lovely holiday destination, proving itself to be a major draw for visitors. Located close to striking Skiddaw and the glimmering waters of Derwentwater, there is much to see and discover around this historic market town.
One of the chief pastimes in Keswick is walking. There are some superb trails close to the town, making it the perfect holiday base for beautiful Lake District walks. Keswick is the holiday destination of choice for those wishing to discover the Northern Fells and Skiddaw, and to follow hiking trails to Scafell Pike, Dodd, Great Gable, and Blencathra. However, if you aren’t especially keen on longer hikes, there are some shorter and more accessible Keswick walks for young families with prams and buggies in and around the town too. So everybody can drink in the amazing views of Derwentwater and beyond!
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Revelin Moss Trail at Whinlatter Forest
View from Whinlatter in the Lake District
Best for young children
Distance: 1 mile
Whinlatter Forest is the only mountain forest in England and its majestic beauty has to be seen to be believed. Home to a myriad of waymarked woodland paths, we’d choose the Revelin Moss Trail, a 1-mile gravel pathway that’s suitable for most prams if you are holidaying with infants. Stroll below the boughs of the conifer trees that line the way and look out for the awesome sight of Grisedale Pike on the horizon. It’s a wonderful choice for those wishing to enjoy a simple walk with an amazing scenic backdrop. There is a visitor centre with parking, a café and a gift shop at Whinlatter Forest for convenience.
Latrigg summit walk
View of Keswick and Derwentwater from Latrigg
Best for families
Distance: 1.5 miles
The walk around Latrigg’s summit will dazzle visitors with its panoramic views of Keswick and Skiddaw. It's a nice pick for families with growing children that won’t mind a mild challenge. At 1.5 miles in length and with a moderate incline of 120 metres, the summit walk is bound to appeal to wayfarers young and old. Parking can be limited so arrive early at Applethwaite Lane car park to avoid missing out. However, you can walk all the way from Keswick via a longer 3.5-mile trail. Take the grandparents and the kids along for a lovely hilltop walk, they are sure to have a great day out.
The Catbells loop
Bench on Catbells in the Lake District
Best for a mild challenge
Difficulty: moderate to challenging
Distance: 3 miles
This 3-mile trail to Catbells is a popular choice for visitors to Keswick, making it one of the most-climbed fells in the Lake District. From the top of Catbells you can see across Derwentwater; the views are unforgettable. The path takes in a plateau at Skelgill Bank, and views of Little Town, which was once home to Beatrix Potter’s beloved character, Mrs Tiggy Winkle the hedgehog! There are a few rocky sections along the trail that require a modicum of scrambling, yet the sights are legendary.
Rosthwaite circular walk
Packhorse bridge in Rosthwaite, Borrowdale
Follow in Alfred Wainwright’s footsteps
Distance: 4.5 miles
Starting at the National Trust car park in Rosthwaite in Borrowdale, you can find this rewarding 4.5-mile walk. The trail takes you up High Doat, then intersects with the Allerdale Ramble path across Tongue Gill to Castle Crag, which was one of the travel writer Alfred Wainwright’s best-loved fells. From the top of Castle Crag, there are exceptional vistas of Derwentwater, Keswick and Skiddaw. The return route leads down Castle Crag to meet up with the Cumbria Way and the banks of the River Derwent before reaching Rosthwaite once more.
Down by the shore of Derwentwater
Derwentwater in the Lake District
Best for a long family stroll
Distance: 10 miles
Stay on the level along the water’s edge of Derwentwater – this walk is a 10-mile challenge but is relatively flat all along its course. Pass through ancient woodlands and see secluded inlets and wildlife. The scenery is picture-perfect and punctuated with viewpoints from which to take some magnificent photographs. There are also sculptures and a Chinese-style bridge to spot, as well as lots of places to stop for a picnic or to grab a light lunch.
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