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Keswick Mountain Festival — wonderful walks from the town

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Keswick Mountain Festival — wonderful walks from the town

Hiking Collection by Keswick Mountain Festival

7

Tours

27:29 h

55.4 mi

9,450 ft

Keswick is the UK’s premier mountain festival, with live music, a buzzing festival village and outdoor activities galore. Situated in the heart of the Lake District, this family friendly festival has gone from strength to strength since first welcoming adventurous folk to the town in 2007.

Today, Keswick Mountain Festival boasts a huge menu of activities and attractions for the whole family. In the day, trail runners, hikers, triathletes, wild swimmers and cyclists will take part in a range of organised events; world class speakers will share inspirational tales; and at night, live music will light up Crow Park.

The festival takes places in the Outdoor Adventure Capital of the UK: Keswick. Surrounded by iconic Lakeland fells and nestled on the banks of beautiful Derwent Water, it’s the perfect venue for outdoor lovers. Myriad trails splay out from the town into the surrounding fells, offering a huge range of adventure potential.

This hiking Collection showcases seven of the region’s best walks, starting and finishing at the festival site. There are explorations of the modest fells immediately around the town, a full loop of Derwent Water and longer expeditions onto Keswick’s most iconic summits, including mighty Skiddaw.

You’ll discover beguiling ancient history at sites like Castlerigg Stone Circle; beloved viewpoints, such as from Latrigg’s splendid perch above the town; and even approach one of Lakeland’s favourite fells, Catbells, by boat. Wildlife lovers will be in their element, with bird species like sparrowhawks and peregrines to watch out for. Of course, we can almost guarantee an encounter with the resident Herdwick sheep too.

The routes here are suitable for all reasonably fit walkers, with each taking at least a couple of hours to complete and featuring elevation gain. The route to Skiddaw is particularly strenuous and some level of hillwalking experience is recommended. Hiking shoes or boots are essential, along with waterproof layers for if the weather turns. The festival site is the ideal place to stock up on food and drink for your walks and you should carry plenty of water with you.

You can consider the environment when planning your route to Kendal Mountain Festival by using public transport. If travelling by train, Penrith, Carlisle and Kendal (via Oxenholme) are all on the West Coast Mainline. The Lakeslink bus services link Carlisle and Kendal to Keswick, while the X4 and X5 services can be taken from Penrith, which is the quickest option.

Keswick is on the A66 from Penrith to Cockermouth. Motorists on the M6 should take Junction 40 at Penrith. Parking can be booked in advance on the festival website (see below).

For more information about Keswick Mountain Festival, visit: keswickmountainfestival.co.uk

See you on the fells!

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    Keswick Mountain Festival: Walla Crag

    Intermediate
    02:33
    5.04 mi
    2.0 mph
    925 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This is a lovely loop taking in some of Derwent Water’s most treasured viewpoints. Friars Crag has long been famous for its vantage down the lake towards the Jaws of Borrowdale, while Walla Crag boasts a superb vista and is also ‘a delectable place for picnic’ according to Alfred Wainwright, who knew

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  • Intermediate
    02:32
    5.50 mi
    2.2 mph
    700 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This is a gorgeous walk to one of Britain’s most wonderfully situated ancient monuments: Castlerigg Stone Circle. Occupying a plateau and surrounded by some of the national park’s most iconic fells, it’s a spot with much to interest historians and photographers. On the way back to Keswick, the Tour visits

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  • Intermediate
    02:48
    5.86 mi
    2.1 mph
    875 ft
    900 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Latrigg is to Keswick what Helm Crag is to Grasmere and Loughrigg is to Ambleside: an easily accessible summit that charms locals and visitors alike. A foothill of the grand Skiddaw group, it boasts sumptuous views over the town, across Derwent Water and beyond into the heart of mountainous Lakeland

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  • Intermediate
    04:06
    8.33 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,325 ft
    1,325 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    Catbells is one of the most iconic fells in the Lake District National Park. The way it blends aesthetic appeal with the right balance of accessibility and challenge makes it a great favourite with families and it is a familiar sight in views across Derwent Water.

    It’s possible to walk to Catbells from

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  • Intermediate
    04:34
    10.4 mi
    2.3 mph
    750 ft
    750 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Beautiful Derwent Water is the perfect size for a long day out tracing its scenic shores. It bucks the trend of other large lakes in the national park, being rounder and less ribbon-like than Windermere, Ullswater, Wast Water, Bassenthwaite and the rest. The scenery is no less spectacular though; Derwent

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  • Intermediate
    04:45
    9.24 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,925 ft
    1,925 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This is a superb hike onto the Central Fells, taking in three Wainwrights and an iconic packhorse bridge too. The initial stages take you alongside Derwent Water, before ascending to the photogenic Ashness Bridge. After taking a few snaps, the ascent continues with little sections of scrambling on the

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  • Difficult
    06:13
    11.0 mi
    1.8 mph
    2,925 ft
    2,925 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Skiddaw has watched over the Vale of Keswick for millions of years and it’s hard to imagine the town without the image of its noble form in the background. This is the oldest mountain group in the national park, a great family of rounded summits, topped by Skiddaw itself. As the fourth highest of all

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    55.4 mi
  • Duration
    27:29 h
  • Elevation
    9,450 ft

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