Lake District walks

around Braithwaite in the northern Lakes

Braithwaite is renowned for its walks. The books in the cottage living room include Wainwright's famous descriptions of walks in the North Western area - which he regards as the best part of Lakeland, and he should know! His ashes were actually scattered on the top of Haystacks, his favourite fell near here - if you are new to the area, you should make a pilgrimage to Haystacks (which is a great day out in any case).

Unless otherwise stated, the walks described below are circular, i.e., they finish where they start, without the need to re-trace your steps. With the necessary transport, you can of course consider the linear walks described towards the end of the article. You can for example take advantage of the excellent local bus services, details of which can be acquired from the Moot Hall, or from the Bus Station outside Booths' supermarket, both in Keswick.

Except for the shortest walks you will need a map, for example the Harvey's one or the OS Outdoor Leisure map number 4 (or its recent replacement) for the North West Lakes. Click here for a map of the Braithwaite area. You can zoom in on the map to your heart's content, or change its focus by clicking on where you want the centre point to be. If you want to print it out, right click on it to save it, then print it via your image viewer program.

All the walks start from the Cottage unless otherwise stated. You have a choice of

As you can see, if you are based in Braithwaite, you're spoilt for choice as far as walks are concerned. However, after staying here for about three years, I decided it might be nice, every so often, to see what the rest of Lakeland has to offer. So here are (not many, at this stage) walks more than 10 miles away from the village.

Here is an index to the walks. Click on the one you are interested in, to go directly to the description:


Walk name

Easy Around the campsite
Easy Around Buttermere
Easy Castlehead
Easy Coledale Beck
Easy Derwentwater West
Easy Into Newlands Valley
Easy Little Braithwaite


Keswick to Great Wood


Spring Bank
Easy To Thornthwaite
Medium Barrow
Medium Barrow Door


Bleaberry Fell and High Seat
Medium Blencathra


Bowscale Fell
Medium Catbells
Medium Derwentwater East
Medium Dock Tarn
Medium Great Cockup
Medium Haystacks
Medium High Rigg


High Spy from Rigghead Quarries
Medium Latrigg and Brundholme Wood


Latrigg and Castlerigg Stone Circle
Medium Little Dale
Medium Lower Newlands
Medium Mid Newlands


Newlands Valley
Medium Outerside
Medium Rannerdale Knotts


Threlkeld Common
Medium Walla Crag
Medium Whinlatter Forest
Long Around Blencathra
Long Angle Tarn and Langstrath
Carrock Fell


Castlerigg and Low Rigg
Long Causey Pike
Long Circuit of Derwentwater
Long Coledale Hause from Lanthwaite Green
Long Coledale Horseshoe
Long Glaramara
Long Grange to Watendlath
Long Great Gable
Long Grisedale Pike
Keswick to Rosthwaite via Watendlath
Long Ladyside Pike
Long Newlands Round
Scafell Pike
Long Skiddaw
Long Styhead Tarn
Long The Buttermere ridge
Long The Buttermere Round
Long The Loweswater fells
Long Whiteside and Whiteless Pike
Long  Ullscarf
Linear Ashness Bridge to Braithwaite via Borrowdale
Linear Braithwaite to Buttermere


Helvellyn ridge
Linear Lanthwaite Green to Braithwaite
Linear Manesty to Braithwaite
Linear Mungrisdale to Keswick via Blencathra
Linear Newlands Hause to Braithwaite
Linear Rosthwaite to Grasmere
Linear Rosthwaite to Watendlath and Ashness Bridge
Linear Seatoller to Grange

Take a look at some of the pictures in the links above, and you will understand why people come to the Lakes in the winter......

Here are some of my favourite photos from the walks.

Click here to go to the Highbridge Cottages web-site.


© P. G. R. Rigg 16/06/2006