First the delightful Borrowdale Valley and then tranquil woodland walking with views to Derwent Water. Walking in the Lake District simply doesn’t get any better. You would be foolish to miss the tea shop at Grange!
Keswick is the largest tourist centre in the Northern lakes and can get busy. There is plenty to do in this buzzy lakes town.
Rest StopThe Grange Café
This route involves crossing stone walls and fences by means of step-stiles, ladder-stiles as well as passing through (kissing gates) and crossing footbridges. Please take extra care, especially when squeezing through small gaps as it can be slippery in wet weather and it might be easy to lose your balance.
Some terrain can be boggy, especially in wet conditions (during or after rainfall). Some parts may become muddy and slippery and it is important to make sure you take your time while crossing these areas.
This section involves some road walking along quiet country roads as well as very short stretches along main roads especially as you are approaching Keswick. Always be mindful of other road users and pay attention when crossing roads.
If you wish to do so it is possible to cut the day short by taking a ferry from Derwent Water to Keswick, see 7.00 km in your turn-by-turn directions.
If you wish to carry a hardcopy map, we would recommend buying the Cumbria Way map published by Harvey Maps. Alternatively, you may wish to print the daily maps directly from our app.
If you wish to bring a guidebook, we would recommend Rucksack Reader's Cumbria Way guidebook by Paddy Dillon.
Tips and hints
Please see the interactive map for notable points of interest. Click the icons on the map for more information.
Food & Drink:
On your walk from Rosthwaite to Keswick, there are not many possibilities for refreshment stops as you will only pass two cafes in Grange. For a packed lunch you should ask your overnight accommodation in Rosthwaite to prepare a picnic lunch for you (supplement payable and to be requested the night before).
Sturdy hiking boots, warm clothes, and a waterproof/wind-break layer are a must! The weather can change quickly, and it is therefore important to be prepared and carry any extra equipment or clothing even if the weather looks okay. If you are used to walking with walking poles, it could be great to bring them too.
Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it might be beneficial to bring a power bank.