Hiking in the Northern Fells
Hiking in the Northern Fells. For circular walks over Lakeland giants Blencathra and Skiddaw, or ticking off the 24 Wainwrights in the area, YHA Skiddaw House is ideally situated.
If you want to escape the crowds, the fells around Great Calva and Knott are some of the quietest in the region.
What makes it special
- Quieter Lake District walking territory
- Stunning views across the northern Lake District
Other things to do nearby
YHA Skiddaw House is situated on the popular ‘Skiddaw Loop’ and there are great circular routes of varying distance and difficulty in the area. Find out more
Fantastic running straight from the front door of YHA Skiddaw House on grassy, rounded fells. Choose from Skiddaw, Blencathra or one of the quieter fells around Knott. Recce the first
Spectacular view of the ospreys flying to and from their nest and, most amazing of all, catching fish from Bassenthwaite Lake.
Whether ridge-scrambling, Wainwright-bagging, or walking to a pub/café is your thing, YHA Skiddaw Bunkhouse is ideally located.
YHA Skiddaw sits at the centre of a network of popular routes of varying difficulty and we can easily accommodate bikes at the hostel.
Enter through a graphite mine replica and follow the path of pencil making from the reign of Elizabeth 1st to the present day.
Offering multi-activity courses in everything from ghyll scrambling and zip-wires to raft-building and waterrollerz.
With its large collection of exhibits, the museum is a fascinating place to discover old Keswick and the Lake District. See the museum website.
A walk up Skiddaw, one of the four 3,000s, rewards you with fantastic views over Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite while Blencathra with its many ridges, including Sharp Edge, is for the more adventurous
Whinlatter Visitors Centre is just five miles from YHA Keswick with some of the best purpose built single track mountain bike trails in the country.
From YHA Keswick there is a cycle route to suit everyone, whether you’re looking for a gentle ride following the River Greta along an old railway track to tackling the famous 112 mile Fred Whitton cha
The C2C route is a 225km route traversing Northern England from Whitehaven or Workington on the West coast to Tynemouth or Sunderland on the east.
For an accessible road-side route try Little Chamonix for an entry level climb.
Within a three mile radius of Keswick you can try canoeing, sailing and kayaking, all available on Derwentwater.
There are fantastic crags, climbing and bouldering in the area, just make sure you look across the valley to get the best views from the top!
Stuffed with puzzles, gadgets and curiosities The Puzzling Place is guaranteed to have something to amuse, entertain or puzzle you.