Wainwright bagging, leisurely stroll, stunning landscapes, the challenge of reaching the top…whatever your reason for striding out onto the fells The Northern Lake District and her mountains can satisfy every one of them. So what are you waiting for?
Skiddaw from your tent
The scenic way via Bakestall, Carlside, Longside, and Ullock Pike.
Cockup Circular Walk
From the campsite a pleasant hills and dales walk a low level circular walk on good tracks at a distance of approx. 2.5 miles, or with Great Cockup approx 6 miles
Bassenthwaite Village Circular
This is lovely 3 mile round walk to the village, through the woods – a great place for letting your dogs off as there is no livestock and then back the same way or over the fields in front of the site.
Dodd Wood and Dodd
You can walk Dodd Wood with other walks from Kestrel Lodge, however if you just want a nice little walk, with—depending on the season—an Osprey Viewing point and a great view from the top then you can drive to Dodd Wood and park there in less than 10 minutes.
Bakestall is usually done with Skiddaw, however if you’re like me and like an easy descent you may have missed out Bakestall because you’ve come off Skiddaw via Sale How to Skiddaw House. If that’s the case, then Bakestall makes a nice ½ day walk from Kestrel Lodge after a leisurely breakfast.
Great Calva via Dash Falls and Skiddaw House
We like to do walks from the door with as much of a round and as little road as possible, so we tried Great Calva. You can see little Calva from the campsite, Great Calva is hidden behind it. The walk is 12 miles with 1 steep mile the rest is a nice walk.
Great Cock Up Wainwright Bagger
There are various walks and various routes to bag Wainwrights, these are two multi-hill routes that can be done from the campsite.
Longlands Fell, (Little Sca Fell), Great Sca Fell, and Brae Fell
The start of this walk is just a 10 minute drive from Kestrel Lodge. You could walk from the campsite and add additional fells and mileage, but for me it’s a nice walk done from the small free carpark or layby at Longlands. Far enough if you don’t want a full long day on the fells, or your walking in winter and short days curtail the time outdoors.
Binsey From Kestrel Lodge
A walk to the summit of Binsey 1467ft Approx 7.5 miles from Kestrel Lodge or 1.5 miles from the base, and another Wainwright bagged.
Bassenthwaite Lake Walk
Bassenthwaite Lake has a unique position at the foot of the Skiddaw fells on one side and Barf, Ladies Table and Sale Fell on the other. The lake is approximately four miles long and ¾ mile wide.
Kestrel Lodge to Keswick (Via Dash falls, Skiddaw house, and Lattrigg)
This is a great walk along the Cumbrian Way on good paths, passed an impressive waterfall, Skiddaw House England’s highest’s youth hostel and old shooting lodge, before heading down into Keswick via a small Wainwright.
Catbells from Keswick using the Keswick Launch (Catbells and boat Trip)
Catbells is a family fell; the Wainwright that everyone tackles.
Bassenthwaite Lake From Kestrel Lodge - The Direct Route
A nice easy flat walk to the lake, and as direct as you can, just under 2 miles each way.
High Tove from Watenalath Tarn (A Hill and a Swim)
If you fancy a small-ish Wainwright form a great start point with absolutely amazing views on a clear day, then this is a great walk to try. Definitely a family fell as it’s not too tough and is just a mile up.
Lakes and Mountains All In One
This varied walk includes a moderate climb towards Ullock Pike and a lovely Bassenthwaite lakeside walk. Take a packed lunch to enjoy on the Lakeside, distance approximately 7(ish) Miles.
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