Best walks in Britain
Staying at Dale Head Hall Lakeside hotel puts you in a central location to spend the days walking the fells of The Lake District.
Read about our favourite Spring walks HERE
The best walks in the Lakes
And most of them are near our Keswick hotel!
Voted #1 walk 16.3km (10.1 miles)
If you watched 'Britain's favourite walks' on ITV last year, you will know that Helvellyn is Number One! Just a short hop from our doorstep here at Dalehead hall, you can be out the door and heading along the Helvellyn path within ten minutes! This is not a walk for the faint hearted, and can be challenging for even seasoned walkers. There are several routes up to Helvellyn, but the path from Thirlmere is considered the easiest- cutting out the ridge walk on 'Striding Edge'.
Difficulty: Challenging - Map: OS Explorer OL5
Voted #4 Walk 5km (3.1 miles)
A great fell walk for families and pets, it's certainly one of the most popular walks from Keswick. There are several ways to do this fantastic Lakeside ridge walk, including a route that takes in the two other Wainwright peaks of 'High Spy' and 'Maiden Moor'. The most popular, 'straight up' route goes from the Western shore of Derwent Water.
Difficulty: Moderate - Map: OS Explorer OL4
Voted #5 Walk 11.6km (7.2 miles)
Scafell Pike is the highest peak in England. A pilgrimage for keen peak baggers and adventure seekers! There are several routes to the summit of Scafell Pike, any one of them will take a full, long day on the mountains, so be prepared and always take a map!
Difficulty: Challenging - Maps: OS Explorer OL4, OL6
Buttermere Circular Walk
Voted #7 Walk 7km (4.3 miles)
Buttermere Lake walk is a fantastic day out for the family. Even young kids will be able to do part of the shore walk, and there are some lovely places to eat or get a cold pint when you're done.
Difficulty: Easy - Map: OS Explorer OL4
Old Man of Coniston
Voted #8 Walk 12km (7.5 miles)
The Old man of Coniston is a moderate level walk with a clear, but steep path most of the way. If you are planning to do this walk with young family members, there is a lovely stop at the tarn half way up, which is an achievement in itself.
Difficulty: Moderate/Challenging - Map: OS Explorer OL6
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.
A traditional route used to carry coffins from Ambleside to St Oswald's Church in Grasmere. Discover amazing views and historical buildings- including two former homes of William Wordsworth. A great family walk, with lots to see, eat and do either side.
Difficulty: Easy - Maps: OS Explorer OL7, OL4
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.
Things for families to do in the
Keswick Market Days
Thursday & Saturdays
Keswick market is a bustling, exciting, twice weekly event, showcasing local Lake District produce and products; as well as fantastically talented Lake District artists and crafts people. Sample hot and cold foods, listen to some very talented street musicians and have an all-round fabulous family day out in the centre of keswick!
Find out why Lake District markets are the best HERE
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.