• 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.

     

    Read about our favourite Autumn walks HERE

    map of Helvellyn, Cat Bells, Scafell Pike, Keswick, Grasemere, Windermere, Penrith

    The best walks in the Lakes

    And most of them are near our Keswick hotel!

    • Helvellyn
    • Cat Bells 
    • Scafell Pike
    • Buttermere Circular Walk
    • Old Man of Coniston
    • Coffin Route Ambleside
    Striding Edge and Helvellyn

    Helvellyn

    Voted #1 walk 16.3km (10.1 miles)

    If you watched 'Britain's favourite walks' on ITV recently, 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'.

     

    Route

    Difficulty: Challenging - Map: OS Explorer OL5

    Catbells, near Keswick in the Lake District

    Cat Bells

    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. 

     

    Route

    Difficulty: Moderate - Map: OS Explorer OL4

    summit of scafell pike

    Scafell Pike

    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!  

    Route

    Difficulty: Challenging - Maps: OS Explorer OL4, OL6

    walk around Buttermere

    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.

    Route

    Difficulty: Easy - Map: OS Explorer OL4

    Tarn at old man of coniston

    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 it'self.

    Route

    Difficulty: Moderate/Challenging - Map: OS Explorer OL6

    the coffin trail, Ambeside walk

    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.

     

    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.

    Route

    Difficulty: Easy - Maps: OS Explorer OL7, OL4

     

  • 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 in the Lake District
    view of Thirlmere

    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'. they were used to carry supplies to solders during the first and second World War through the Alps at high altitude... but nowadays are just tons of fun!  
    Keswick Market Days

    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

  • closures around thirlmere footpath

    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, the path surrounding Dale Head Hall is open.

     

     

  • 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.

  • hotel in Keswick

    A Tranquil Treasure

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

    Keswick Hotel

    Acres of mature gardens and woodlands to explore

    Dale Head Hall sits alone on the shores of Thirlmere

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