Glistening lakes, stunning mountains and meadows in full bloom - is there any more beautiful place than the Lake District in summer? With such an amazing backdrop, summer is the perfect time to head out for a walk and here are 5 walks which are within easy reach of us here at the Pheasant Inn:
This is an easy walk on paths following the shoreline of Derwentwater in Keswick. We suggest doing this walk clockwise and starting in Keswick as the views are better this way round. There are not any steep or difficult sections, many wonderful stopping off points and it is about 9 miles in total.
Beautiful Ennerdale is one of the most westerly lakes in the Lake District and its position means it is a great place to escape the crowds in summer. The full circuit of the lake is 6.5 miles but there are good paths and you can follow much shorter trails if you wish. The water is very clear and surrounding mountains stunning.
A climb up Catbells rewards a little effort with wonderful views of Derwentwater and the surrounding mountains. The ascent is fairly steady with a couple of steep sections but it only takes a couple of hours to reach the top. The starting point of the walk is at Hawes End, along the shoreline of Derwentwater. However there is very limited parking available so the best, and most relaxing way, to reach the start of the walk, is to leave the car in Keswick and get the Keswick Launch boat across the lake to Hawes End.
4. Sale Fell
A beautiful little walk which you can do right from our front door. Sale Fell, which overlooks us, may be a fairly modest fell but is one of those walks where a little effort reaps huge rewards. It is a gentle, pleasant climb which gives great views over Bassenthwaite towards Skiddaw and also back over the Solway Coast.
This more strenuous walk is famous for being the favourite of the famous Lake District walker and guide book writer, Alfred Wainwright. The walk starts near the head of Buttermere, at Gatesgarth Farm, where you can park and then climbs Scarth Gap to the path which zigzags up the summit of Haystacks. The walk is about 5 miles long and takes about 3-4 hours, but efforts are repaid with glorious views.