• 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

    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


    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

    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. 



    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!  


    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.


    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 itself.


    Difficulty: Moderate/Challenging - Map: OS Explorer OL6

  • 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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