Late summer into early autumn is a glorious time in the Lake District - the leaves are getting ready to fall and the early autumnal light illuminates the beauty of the spectacular landscape. It’s the perfect time to enjoy some wonderful but easy Lake District walks around The Pheasant and the Keswick area. There’s no better feeling than getting maximum rewards for fairly minimal effort, so here are some of our favourite easy Lake District hikes with big views!
Walkable from the centre of Keswick, it’s two and a half miles and 950ft of ascent to Latrigg, but when you get to the summit there are shapely peaks as far as the eye can see down to the tiny rooftops of Keswick below. The early part of the climb is the most challenging but it soon levels out to offer “the easiest of Promenades,” as legendary fellwalker, Alfred Wainwright put it. For the best way to stretch the legs, start from Keswick’s Fitz Park and follow the path beside the river.
Derwentwater Walk, Keswick
Walking around Derwentwater or ‘The Queen of the Lakes’, has never been easier thanks to the ‘Derwentwater Walk’. It follows a scenic 10-mile route on existing flat and easy waymarked paths through ancient woodlands and alongside the lakeshore taking in some of the Lake District’s most spectacular scenery like Friars Crag – undoubtedly one of Keswick’s best viewpoints. It gives an uninterrupted view down the full 3-mile length of Derwentwater to Castle Crag at the opposite end. Oh and keep your eyes peeled for red squirrels, particularly around Great Wood on the eastern shore of the lake.
Sale Fell, Bassenthwaite
One of our personal favourites as it’s quite literally on our doorstep, Sale Fell watches over The Pheasant from its 1,178ft summit. It’s a fairly easy meander to the top where you can look down on The Pheasant and Bassenthwaite Lake as well as out to the Solway Firth coast. Just come out of The Pheasant, turn left behind the inn and watch out for the signpost marked ‘Kelswick’ to point the way. It should only take a couple of hours maximum and, unlike Latrigg and Derwentwater, is usually free from crowds so is a fairly quiet and peaceful walk. Finish off back at The Pheasant for a well-deserved pint of real ale and a spot of lunch.