The Photography page on the Lake District gives ample encouragement to go out and
explore. We have some favourite walks, mostly in the region around Keswick. They
are not the mountain top hikes for the really energetic, but more the ramble type
of around 6 miles or so that enables one to enjoy the countryside and perhaps end
up at a welcoming pub! Here are just a few suggestions.
This is a very repeatable walk that we do every year, rock cakes and a hot drink
at the cafe being a major attraction at the hamlet that is half way round! We follow
a circular route starting from the National Trust car park in Rosthwaite, following
the Cumbrian Way towards Stonethwaite, and then bearing up to the left to climb up
Lingy End (a very long and steep climb made a little easier by the stones laid out
to make a staircase), past Dock Tarn, and down to Watendlath. We then return more
directly to Rosthwaite by Puddingstone Bank and Birkett’s Leap.
Seatoller to Grange
There are a number of well-marked paths between these two Borrowdale villages, and
a number of watering holes at both ends and at Rosthwaite in between. A climb up
Castle Crag rewards the effort with good views both north to Derwent Water and South,
while at a lower level a path follows the river Derwent through areas of woodland.
Grasmere and Rydal Water
Start from one of the car parks in Grasmere, or one of the car parks on the main
road between the two villages. A circular walk round the two lakes passes Rydal Mount
and Dove Cottage, and if you time it right you can get a bar lunch at the Badger’s
Bar at Rydal. The section through the trees on the East side is one place I have
seen red squirrels.