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!
Equipment: 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.
At Hope park there is a pitch & putt golf and also a crazy golf. These are both great fun and the pitch & put course must surely be one of the most scenic in the whole country.
The crazy golf is my personal favourite though, cos I'm crap at golf and the "crazy" makes it even for everyone ;-)
Equipment: None, you get it all at the kiosk.
Address: Hope Park, Keswick
On a sunny day it's nice to take a boat out onto Derwentwater. Rowing boats can be hired from the hut at the Keswick landings. Get one for a couple of hours - you can't really get anywhere in an hour. Note that Derwent Island (the nearest one) is private and you're not allowed to land there.