• 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.

    discount hotel near Helvellyn, Cat Bells, Scafell Pike, Keswick, Grasemere, Windermere, Penrith

    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
    Breakfast included hotels near Striding Edge and 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.


    Difficulty: Challenging - Map: OS Explorer OL5

    Romantic Hotel in the Lake District

    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.


    Difficulty: Moderate - Map: OS Explorer OL4

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    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.



    Difficulty: Challenging - Maps: OS Explorer OL19 OL31


  • Waterfalls in the Lake District

    The Lake District is 10,000 years and counting in the making. The valley were carved by slow moving glaciers during the Ice Age.

    Aria Force-Ullswater

    Aira Force is one of the most popular waterfalls to visit in the Lake District due to its accessibility from the road and its beguiling location which has inspired poets, writers and artists for centuries. The tumbling waterfall drops an impressive 65 feet and can be reached by an enchanting stroll through ancient woodland and landscaped glades. Finding a quite spot in the woodland within sight of the waterfall is the perfect place for a family picnic.

    Lodore Falls-Grange in Borrowdale

    Situated in Watendlath Beck near the south end of Derwent Water visitors can get as close to the falls as they wish. For the intrepid take due care as the rocks at the base of the falls can be slippery. The reward for endeavour is a wonderful view of the falls, which are spectacular after a period of wet weather. The falls were made famous by poet Robert Southey, whose poem 'The Cataract at Lodore' is one of his most well known.

    Scale Force-Buttermere

    Scale Force with one drop of 120 feet and several smaller drops is hidden in a deep gorge on the northern flank of Red Pike, south of Crummock Water. William Wordsworth described Scale Force as "a fine chasm, with a lofty, though but slender, fall of water", while Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote: "Scale Force, the white downfall of which glimmered through the trees, that hang before it like the bushy hair over a madman's eyes"

    Moss Force-Buttermere

    Moss Force is situated in the pass which connects the Newlands Valley to Buttermere and was admired by Samuel Taylor Coleridge who wrote "The remainder of the torrent is marked out by three great waterfalls – the lowermost apron-shaped, and though the rock down which it rushes is an inclined plane, it shoots off in such an independence of the rock as shews that its direction was given it by the force of the water from above".

    Taylor Force-Seathwaite, Borrowdale Valley

    Taylor Force is one of the highest waterfalls in the Lake District and one of the most enigmatic as it is often given just a glance by walkers fixed on a long day out by walking on the popular route from Seathwaite to Scafell Pike. Taylor Gill Force is a beautiful waterfall with the long gushing plume of water tumbling down Seathwaite Gill on an impressive 140 feet drop towards Styhead Gill. Set in a scene of pine trees on hillside it is a sight to behold.

    Whitewater Dash-Bassenthwaite

    Whitewater Dash is highly rated as one of the finest waterfalls in the Lake District. The waterfall is found in Dash Beck as it descends rapidly in a series of cascades from its source in the quagmire of Candleseaves Bog on the north facing slopes of the upland valley between Bakestall and Great Calva. Due to the remote location a walk to Whitewater Dash is likely to be a quite one and you will be unlucky not to have the waterfall to yourself.

  • Featured Upcoming Events

    There is always something happening in the Lake District. Dale Head Hall is located in the Heart of the Northern Lakes. It is a short drive to Keswick, Ambleside, Windermere, Bowness, Windermere, Carlisle and Penrith. Rooms for the upcoming events sell out quickly. Book direct for best rates.

    Keswick Park Run, Whinlatter Park Run both are easily accessible by staying at Dale Head Hall.

    Park Run

    9am every Saturday Morning

    Keswick Park Run

    Whinlatter Park Run

    Park Runs are free 5k runs for the entire family. Two of the most scenic in the UK are located very close distances to Dale Head Hall Lakeside Hotel.

    • Keswick Park Run takes place along the old rail line. It's an out and back course.
    • Whinlatter Park Run is a more challenging course that takes place in Whinlatter forest. If you like to push yourself. This is the Park Run for you.
    Things for families to do that are low cost or no cost in the Lake District

    Things for families to do in the

    Lake District

    • Meet the animals at the South Lake Safari Zoo
      • Designed to give you the closest possible look at 1,000 of the rarest animals found in nature.
    • A day out at Muncaster Castle & Hawk-Owl Centre
      • Visit on of Britain's most haunted castles and still a family home.  A ticket to see the gardens at the castle also gets you in to see their birds of prey show. Be prepared to duck!
    • Explore Wray Castle and the Peter Rabbit Adventure
      • The House and grounds have belonged to the National Trust since 1929 but the house has only recently opened to the public on a regular basis.  
    • Play on the lakeside amongst the gardens of Dale Head Hall
    • Go on a boat cruise or visit a waterfall
      • The Lake District is home to dozens of waterfalls.  Some are well known to visitors and included on many fell walks, others are hidden waiting to be discovered.
    • Visit the Lakes Aquarium
      • Find out which marine wildlife make the waters of the Lake District National Park their home. 
    • Go on a steam engine train ride
      • There is lots to do on a day out at the Railway! Explore the Eskdale Valley on foot or two wheels and take a step back in time in the Railway Museum. The 'Lil Ratty' offers 7 miles of spectacular Lake District scenery.
    • Explore and Go Ape at Whinlatter Forest
      • Whinlatter is England's only true forest rising 790m above sea level with lots of stuff to do for people of all ages.
    • Via Ferrata Xtreme
      • Located at Honister Slate Mines. Via Ferrata is Latin for 'iron walkway'. It was used to carry supplies to solders during the first and second World War through the Alps at high altitude.  
     Discounted hotel rooms for the Keswick Market Days

    Keswick Market Days

    Thursday & Saturdays

    Voted 2015 Best Outdoor Market in the UK. Attracting both locals and tourists, traders offer a wide selection of award-winning food and handcrafted gifts.
    Each stall has a unique offering, ranging from local produce to arts and crafts, as well as a celebrated selection of hot and cold foods to sample on site or takeaway and try at home.

  • 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.



  • What's happening in the Lake District

    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.

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    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

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