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Short Walks in the Lake District: Keswick, Borrowdale and Buttermere

Vivienne Crow has chosen 15 of the best short walks around Keswick, Borrowdale and Buttermere. Each walk comes with easy-to-read Ordnance Survey maps, clear route description and lots of images, plus information on local beauty spots and tasty refreshment stops. No challenging terrain or complicated navigation means walks can be enjoyed by everyone.


These walks can be enjoyed any time of year, and each season brings its own delights. Borrowdale is particularly lovely in spring and autumn. Winter can bring snow and ice.


Keswick, Rosthwaite, Braithwaite and Buttermere


The valley and lake routes are suitable for nearly all abilities; however, a moderate degree of fitness as well as waterproofs and more robust footwear are recommended for higher walks. Basic navigation skills are valuable for the higher routes and in poor weather. In particular, the inexperienced should avoid Skiddaw in poor weather.

Must See

Borrowdale’s ancient woods; the lakes of Derwentwater, Crummock Water and Buttermere; Castlerigg Stone Circle; traditional Lakeland pubs; cosy cafes; isolated hamlets; fell-top viewpoints, including Cat Bells and Castle Crag; picturesque bridges, including Ashness Bridge; low ridges; lake cruises; birds of prey and other wildlife; summit of Skiddaw, England’s fourth highest mountain
29 Jan 2024
17.20 x 11.60 x .65cm

15 of the best short walks in the  Lake District around Keswick, Borrowdale and Buttermere. Our guidebook comes with easy-to-read Ordnance Survey maps and clear route descriptions, perfect if you're new to walking or are looking for something you can enjoy with the whole family.

  • Easy-to-read Ordnance Survey maps, clear route descriptions and lots of images 
  • Includes Buttermere, Derwentwater, Cat Bells, Castlerigg Stone Circle, Rannerdale Knotts, Castle Crag, Ashness Bridge and Skiddaw
  • Most walks are under 3 hours in duration
  • All routes bar one are accessible by public transport
  • Information on local beauty spots and refreshment stops
  • GPX files available for download

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By Vivienne Crow

Vivienne is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer specialising in travel and the outdoors. A journalist since 1990, she abandoned the constraints of a desk job on regional newspapers in 2001 to go travelling. On her return to the UK, she decided to focus on the activities she loves the most - hill-walking, writing, travelling and photography. Based in north Cumbria, she has put her intimate knowledge of northern England to good use, writing more than a dozen popular walking guidebooks. She also contributes to a number of regional and national magazines, including several regular walking columns. Vivienne is a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild. 

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