Walking

The Lake District is a walker's paradise. There are so many walks to choose from in the Keswick area, and more generally in The Lake District, that we hardly know where to start!

Just to the north of Keswick there are the high peaks of Skiddaw and Blencathra. Equally as well known, Catbells is just to the west side of Derwentwater; at 451 metres it is still a tough hill to conquer and provides fantastic views from the top!

Walkers can make use of the bus and boat services around Keswick. There is an open-top bus that goes from Keswick into Borrowdale with various stops along the way; there is also a seasonal bus that goes to Mirehouse and Dodd Wood, and another that goes to Honister Pass, Buttermere and Whinlatter. The Keswick Launch is a great way to start or finish a walk - there are seven jetties around the lake where you can hop on or off.

If you are staying at Two Chimneys, there are many walks that can be started from the doorstep. Latrigg beckons from the front window and Walla Crag from the back. For those who prefer level walking, the railway path between Keswick and Threlkeld can be accessed nearby, offering a pleasant three mile route to the village of Threlkeld that criss-crosses the river much of the way. The line crossed the River Greta no fewer than 8 times between Keswick and Threlkeld and one of the bridges can clearly be seen crossing the main road in front of the house. There are also pleasant walks along the shores of Derwentwater and through the parks in Keswick itself, with the possibility of finishing off with refreshments in one of the many pubs or cafes!

Here are a few suggestions...

Walks in the immediate area. Some (marked with a *) can be started from Two Chimneys.

Short Walks (mainly flat)

  • Along the lakeshore from the boathouse to Friars Crag*
  • A gentle stroll around Crow Park*
  • To Portinscale across The Howrahs path*
  • Along the railway path towards Keswick and loop around Lower Fitz Park*
  • Castlehead viewpoint (some climbing involved)*
  • The Bowder Stone (National Trust car park nearby)

Medium Walks

  • Dodd Wood forest trails
  • Whinlatter forest trails
  • Latrigg*
  • Catbells (*using ferry or bus)
  • Walla Crag*
  • Dodd
  • Barrow
  • Around Derwentwater*
  • Ashness Bridge and Watendlath Tarn
  • Castle Crag and Grange
  • Castlerigg stone circle*

Longer Walks

  • Skiddaw*
  • Blencathra
  • Helvellyn
  • Grisedale Pike
  • Lords Seat and Barf from Whinlatter