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Keswick Walks

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Great Wood and Derwentwater Lakeshore

A lovely route through the woods and back along the lakeshore. Excellent views for comparatively little exertion. This walk is a shorter version of the Walla Crag route taking you on a path through Great Wood beneath the crag.
Distance – 4.3 miles, taking around 2.5 hours at a leisurely pace, plus stops.
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Walla Crag via Castle Head and Ashness Bridge

Ashness Bridge is a perfect foreground for the view north over Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite with the mass of Skiddaw rising steeply above Keswick. Superb views from the summit of Walla Crag. Distance 6.5 miles.
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From the moment you step on the fell you can start to enjoy sensational panoramic views over Keswick, Derwentwater and Borrowdale. In the West the views of Newlands Valley and the Western Fells make this walk without rival for such a small amount of effort.
The beautiful Catbells, on the western shore of Derwentwater, has always been a magnet for walkers. But Catbells’ popularity – boosted recently on TV by Griff Rhys Jones and Julia Bradbury – is causing severe parking problems at the foot of the Fell.
Indiscriminate parking on the narrow winding approach road is causing serious danger, inconvenience and environmental damage. Cumbria County Council is urging walkers to use BOAT, BUS or BOOTS to access the fell.
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Castlehead is a low wooded hill close to the town centre only 162m high with splendid views for minimum effort. On the top is a dial giving the names of all the hills which can be seen.
The view commands the full expanse of Derwentwater aswell as the town of Keswick and Bassenthwaite Lake.
Distance 1.8 miles
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