• Path OPEN in front of Dale Head Hall Hotel

    In early March 2018 a large number of established trees were blown down during the extreme weather conditions. Work is currently underway to repair the damage done.

     

    However as you can see from the map there are still other footpaths around Thirlmere which are open as normal.

     

     

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    The central Lake District has inspired poets and writers for centuries. It is where Beatrix Potter created the likes of Peter Rabbit. It is the UK's newest and largest UNESCO World Heritage site. There are over 6,000 archaeological sites in the park, and more than 1,700 listed and historical buildings.

     

  • Dale Head Hall Lakeside Hotel

    Is an excellent base for exploring the countryside that inspired William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter, along with many other writers and poets. Come discover the magic for yourself.

  • Best walks in Britain 2018

    Staying at Dale Head Hall Lakeside hotel puts you in a central location to spend the days walking the fells of The Lake District.

    Dale Head Hall Lakeside Hotel

    In the heart of the best walks in the World Heritage Lake District

    • Helvellyn
    • Cat Bells 
    • Scafell Pike
    • Buttermere Circular Walk
    • Old Man Coniston
    • Hadrian's Wall
    • Coffin Route Ambleside
    • High Cup Nick
    Dale Head Hall Lakeside Hotel sits on the shores of Thirlmere at the foot of Helvellyn. Helvellyn was voted the number one walk in Britain in 2018.

    Helvellyn

    Voted #1 walk 16.3km (10.1 miles)

    This is England's third highest peak and is a walk for those with a decent level of fitness. The infamous 'Striding Edge' is a challenging ridge walk but this route leaves from the village of Glenridding before ascending the summit--and it's spectacular views--via the Keppel Cove approach.

    Route

    Difficulty: Challenging - Map: OS Explorer OL5

    Dale Head Hall Lakeside Hotel is just a short drive away from Keswick where the number 4 walk in England starts

    Cat Bells

    Voted #4 Walk 5km (3.1 miles)

     

    A small yet iconic fell that is popular with families due to its compact size. It dominates the views across Derwent from Borrowdale and is dubbed 'The Lair of the Wildcat'. There are plenty of ways to the top but the classic route is over the bumps of the North Ridge.

    Route

    Difficulty: Moderate - Map: OS Explorer OL4

    Dale Head Hall Lakeside Hotel sits on the shores of Thirlmere at the foot of Helvellyn. Just a short drive away from Keswick where the number 5 walk is located.

    Scafell Pike

    Voted #5 Walk 11.6km (7.2 miles)

    England's highest mountain provides those braving the summit with spectacular views of the surrounding fells. It also forms part of the national Three Peaks Challenge.

    Route

    Difficulty: Challenging - Maps: OS Explorer OL4, OL6

    Dale Head Hall Lakeside Hotel sits on the shores of Thirlmere at the foot of Helvellyn.  Just a short drive away from the number 7 walk in Buttermere

    Buttermere Circular Walk

    Voted #7 Walk 7km (4.3 miles)

    Buttermere Valley is a tranquil area of dramatic feels, farms and woodland, encompassing three lakes. Buttermere (the lake) offers one of the best round-the-lake walks in the Lake District.

    Route

    Difficulty: Easy - Map: OS Explorer OL4

    Old Man Coniston

    Voted #8 Walk 12km (7.5 miles)

    A moderate/challenging walk on one of the best known mountains in the Lake District. The hike to the summit starts and ends from the village of Coniston below and is well worth the effort to reach the top for some stunning views.

    Route

    Difficulty: Challenging - Map: OS Explorer OL6

    Hadrian's Wall

    Voted #18 Walk 10.4km (6.5 miles)

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hadrian's Wall was the North West frontier of the Roman Empire. The wall stretches for 84 miles and forms part of the Pennine Way. The walk follows the wall along a 3 mile section from Housesteads Roman fort to Steel Rigg and offers some fantastic views.

    Route

    Difficulty: Easy - Map: OS Explorer OL43

    Coffin Trail-Ambleside

    Voted #27 Walk 6.3 km (3.9 miles)

    Starting in the village of Ambleside this route follows the route used to carry coffins on their final journey to St Oswald's Church in Grasmere. In addition to beautiful views and tumbling streams, it takes in two former homes of poet William Wordsworth.

    Route

    Difficulty: Easy - Maps: OS Explorer OL7, OL4

     

    Dale Head Hall is perfect place to launch your walks on some of the best walks in the Lake District

    High Cup Nick

    Voted #30 Walk 15.6km (9.7 miles)

    This mountain has been dubbed the 'Grand Canyon of the Pennines' and one of the finest u-shaped glacier carved valleys in England. Fantastic views from the summit.

     

    Route

    Difficulty: Challenging - Maps: OS Explorer OL19 OL31

     

  • A Tranquil Treasure

    After a day of walking the fells, retreat to one of our cosy and relaxing rooms that overlook Thirlmere and Helvellyn.

    Acres of mature gardens and woodlands to explore

    Dale Head Hall sits alone on the shores of Thirlmere