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Keswick Walking Weekend
Experience the final days of autumn on the Lakeland fells. Enjoy two days of scenic walking over the Keswick walking weekend as we take in the Wainwright mountain summits of High Spy and Maiden Moor and the 360 degrees panorama of Latrigg.
- Two days of excellent scenic guided walks
- Stunning mountain scenery
- Wainwright walks
Accommodation for this trip is not included. For accommodation information and all essential trip information please click on the ‘Trip Notes’ tab.
Saturday - Walk Day
Grade 4 – High Spy & Maiden Moor 10 miles (16km), with 2602 ft (793m) of ascent
We meet on Saturday morning in the market town of Keswick where our group transport will then take us down into the scenic Borrowdale Valley for the start of the day’s mountain walk. Beginning our walk in the small village of Grange and walking through the idyllic Borrowdale valley landscape, creates the perfect build up to summiting our first Wainwright peak of the day, High Spy. From the summit of High Spy, the mountain and valley views are truly rewarding.
As we continue along the mountain summit trail from High Spy to reach the Wainwright summit of Maiden Moor, the glacial lake of Keswick’s Derwentwater comes into view with a panorama of stunning scenery to take in. The trail descends towards the lake where we continue our guided walk along a mid-level terrace trail.
The days walk finishes in the centre of Keswick and in the evening, an optional social evening is planned in Keswick, where the group can meet up for a drink and enjoy an evening meal together.
Sunday - Walk Day & Departure Day
Grade 2 – Latrigg 6.2 miles (10km), with 1100 ft (335m) of ascent
Alfred Wainwright said it perfectly – “Latrigg is to Keswick what Loughrigg is to Ambleside and Helm Crag to Grasmere : a small hill, an excellent viewpoint, a great favourite of local folk and visitors.”
With views overlooking the whole of Keswick, Latrigg is a wonderful, easy to moderate, hill-walk, taking in open country, woodlands, and a section of the disused Keswick railway trail.
The walk and weekend will finish in Keswick by 3pm.
Accommodation is not included as part of this trip. If you require help with booking accommodation you may find the following links useful:
Keswick Information Centre accommodation listings for Keswick
Booking.com search for accommodation in or near to Keswick, Cumbria
We recommend booking accommodation in, or near to, Keswick for easy reach to the meeting point for both the walks and social evenings.
Food & Drink
For the walk(s) please bring with you a packed lunch and refreshments. Occasionally on some guided walks (Grade 1 to 2 walks) we may pass a country inn or tea room where if we have time we can call in, however having a packed lunch with you gives the group the freedom to have lunch wherever we are on the walking route.
On Saturday evening, an optional social evening in Keswick is organised by Country Adventures, where the group can meet up for a drink and enjoy an evening meal together.
For guided walking holidays that require transport from the meeting point to the start of the walk, we use a minibus or where necessary local transport. There is no extra charge for this, it is included in the trip price.
Our walks are by no means designed to be endurance tests where everyone sets off at a blistering pace. Far from it, it’s about a fine day in the hills in good company enjoying the best of fell walking with exceptional views but it is important to state that for everyone’s walking enjoyment walking does require a minimum level of fitness and stamina. Hill / Mountain walking experience is not essential as long as you have a reasonable level of fitness. For the higher level graded walks (i.e. Challenging Grade) it is advisable that you are someone who enjoys regular cardio exercise or have experience of mountain walking and have the stamina/ leg strength in order to be better prepared for longer sections of uphill & downhill walking associated with higher mountain treks.
Walking Grades Explained
Grade 1 (Leisurely) Normally 5-8 miles, may include gentle ascents and descents of up to a total 1100ft of ascent and similar descent over a day’s walk. Easier scenic walking at lower altitudes along paths and tracks.
Grade 2 (Moderate) Normally 6-10 miles on paths and tracks, between 800ft – 1700ft of total ascent and similar descent. Longer walks, on hills and moorland.
Grade 3 (Moderate Mountain) Normally ranging from 6-10 miles, between 1700ft – 2600ft of ascent, similar descent. Longer walks, over higher ground with possibly steeper ups and downs on paths and tracks.
Grade 4 (Challenging) Normally ranging from 8-13 miles, between 1500ft – 3000+ft of ascent, similar descent, over undulating mountain terrain, walking at higher levels with steep ups and downs. Suitable for people with a good level of fitness.
What you need to bring with you for the walks
- Good, comfortable walking boots with a cleated sole and good ankle support are essential.
- Waterproof jacket and over-trousers.
- Warm, dry walking clothing. Unsuitable clothing includes Jeans or cotton tracksuit bottoms and cotton t-shirts (cotton is a poor insulating fabric and when wet it takes a long time to dry, which can lead to a rapid loss of body heat as well as being uncomfortable).
- A number of thin layers are better than one thick/ heavy jumper. We suggest a fleece for extra warmth especially when we stop on the hills for lunch.
- Hat and gloves (even in summer – any wind chill on the mountain tops will lead to cooler temperatures).
- Sunglasses, sun cream.
- Hot or cold drinks (i.e. a minimum of 2 litres of water).
- Plenty of food and drink for lunch and snacks.
- A rucksack large enough to carry it all in (20-30 litres), ideally with a waterproof liner.
- Any medication you need.
- Thermos flask. We recommend bringing warm drinks with you, as even on sunny days it can occasionally feel cooler, especially on the summits of the higher-level mountain walks.
- Walking poles (if you use them).
We want you to enjoy your time with Country Adventures and have the best possible adventure experience. Please be aware that if any participants are not properly equipped for the walk (i.e. with walking boots and waterproofs), at the guide’s discretion we reserve the right to not allow them on the walk for reasons of safety for both the individual and the group. If you need clarification on any of the equipment requirements, please do not hesitate to ask.
Trip Schedule & Activity Meeting Times
Please ensure you give yourself plenty of time to get to the meeting point at the required time. The transport for our day walks will leave promptly at the stated time and due to the nature of scheduled trips, we are unable to provide refunds if unfortunately, you miss the departure time.
Walking Days – 9.15am in Keswick (meeting point details will be provided in your final booking confirmation)
Address: Keswick, CA12 5JR
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