Keswick Mountain Festival

Posted on 20/05/2016

In celebration of Keswick Mountain Festival this year, we’ve put together a collection of 5 varying routes in and around the market town that are perfect if you’re there for the weekend.

 

With all of these routes, please make sure you have the correct equipment and level of fitness that is appropriate for the walk you plan on taking.

 

Derwent Water

Difficulty: Medium

Length: 11.69 miles

By BBC Countryfile Magazine

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This circuit of Derwent Water is the perfect introduction to the Lake District and the surrounding areas of Cumbria. The panorama over Borrowdale is picture perfect and evolves perfectly as the season change. The route takes you along varying types of terrain at different heights, so proper equipment is a must.

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Keswick – Portinscale – Mill Beck – Applethwaite (£)

Difficulty: Easy

Length: 6.56 miles

By Walkingworld Ltd

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This easy loop takes you along a local long-distance footpath, The Allerdale Ramble. Starting in the heart of Keswick, you’ll pass through the water meadows to the south of Bassenthwaite Lake, before return via Millbeck and Applethwaite for a well-deserved cake break.

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Walla Crag (£)

Difficulty: Easy

Length: 6.47 miles

By Trail Magazine

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This lakeside hill walk takes you along the bank of Derwent Water before ascending up towards Walla Crag. You’ll encounter a variety of terrain as you go from the bank of the lake through the forest, before reaching the top of Walla Crag. The return journey takes you along part of Brockle Beck, before ending up in Keswick once more.

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Longscale Fell & Skiddaw (£)

Difficulty: Hard

Length: 12.92 miles

By Trail Magazine

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Starting off in Keswick, this hard circuit route leads you up 715 metres to Lonscale Fell before continuing on to the top of Skiddaw (931m), which will provide you with amazing views across Cumbria, especially down towards Keswick and Derwent Water. The return journey back into the town takes you through Dodd Wood, a nice change of scenery before reaching the finishing point in Keswick.

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Keswick Launch – Hawes End – Cat Bells – High Spy

Difficulty: Hard

Length: 8.63 miles

By Walkingworld Ltd

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Start this route by riding across Derwent Water on the Keswick Launch before making your way up to Cat Bells and the ridge across to High Spy. You’ll be provided with spectacular views across Derwent Water while Keswick sits in the shadow of Skiddaw and Blencathra. Looking westwards, you’ll see the peaks of the Western Lakes that dominate the skyline. The return route takes you along part of Borrowdale and the bank of Derwent Water, before taking the launch back to Keswick.  

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Visit ViewRanger for more routes in the UK and abroad!

 

 

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