Easy Classic Keswick Walk
This was an easy 3 hour walk we did in late December - considered to be a classic of Keswick for its views anytime of year. Its a circular walk starting at Hawes End Car Park (opposite side of lake to Keswick) and takes in the lower terrace path of Cat Bells - you can hike steeply up to the ridge path for a more challenging longer hike if desired - to slightly beyond the lake of Derwent at Mannesty Cottages and returning along the wooded shoreline of Lake Derwent. Lovely variety of views and great to blow away the cobwebs of Christmas. We enjoyd crisp bright views for this hike I hope you do too! Paths are good a mixture of gravel/stoney/grass - boardwalks are strategically places across boggy ground but good footwear is always recommended. Being December - bright but cold - we were wrapped up warm with layers.
Lake Road II
The bottom part of Lake Road is noteable for 2 main reasons (3 if you count George Fishers)
1 - Magpie at Maysons
2 - KE Travel
Magpie at Maysons is one of those shops that sells strange and arty stuff ranging from clothing to homewares. The stuff is often a little "off the wall" and more the kind of stuff I'd look at rather than buy. It's on three floors and you can spend a while browsing in there.
See their website here
Next door is Maysons restaurant, which is mentioned in the restaurants tips.
KE Adventure Travel is a travel agency with a difference. Their speciality is in hiking and climbing trips to far flung destinations like Peru, Nepal and The Sahara. Their brochure is lovely and is like a "book of dreams" to me.
The information below is for KE Adventure - Maysons is directly opposite.
"The hamlet is reached by a very narrow road with passing places, from the Keswick to Borrowdale road. It can be quite an ordeal during busy periods. " Thus spaketh the local tourism pages. They don't exaggerate. Be prepared to stop and back up on occasions. I'm certainly glad I wasn't there in busy times, it must be a nightmare.
The little hamlet of Watendlath, owned by the National Trust, sits high between the Borrowdale and Thirlmere valleys. It is 847 feet above sea level, with an attractive tarn surrounded by fells in a classic 'hanging valley'. Watendlath beck is the source for Lodore Falls - a tourist attraction from Victorian times and it's at the end of the road that crosses the Ashness Bridge and passes Surprise View. It's one of England's most scenic roads and you can choose to walk parts or all of it or drive up and pick a route from the many on offer.
Watendlath itself also has an attractive packhorse bridge and a National Trust tea-room where you can refresh yourself after your endeavours.
It costs to park there so, you have been warned.