Hiking in the Northern Fells

Hiking in the Northern Fells

Overview

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

Hostels nearby

Hiking in the Northern Fells

Keswick , Cumbria, CA12 4QE

Map references

OS Map: 89

OS Grid Ref: NY288291

Lat/Lng: 54.65134, -3.147853

Contact information

Other things to do nearby

Mountain Biking in the Northern Fells

Mountain Biking in the Northern Fells

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

Fell running

Fell running in the Northern Fells

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

Osprey

Osprey View Point

Spectacular view of the ospreys flying to and from their nest and, most amazing of all, catching fish from Bassenthwaite Lake.

Walking and Rambling on Skiddaw, view along the ridge path

Walking and Rambling on Skiddaw

Whether ridge-scrambling, Wainwright-bagging, or walking to a pub/café is your thing, YHA Skiddaw Bunkhouse is ideally located.

Mountain biking in Skiddaw

Mountain biking in Skiddaw

YHA Skiddaw sits at the centre of a network of popular routes of varying difficulty and we can easily accommodate bikes at the hostel.  

The Pencil Museum

The Pencil Museum

Enter through a graphite mine replica and follow the path of pencil making from the reign of Elizabeth 1st to the present day.

Keswick Adventure Centre

Keswick Adventure Centre

Offering multi-activity courses in everything from ghyll scrambling and zip-wires to raft-building and waterrollerz.

Museum

Keswick Museum and Art Gallery

With its large collection of exhibits, the museum is a fascinating place to discover old Keswick and the Lake District. See the museum website.

Walking and Rambling in Keswick

Walking and Rambling in Keswick

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

Mountain Biking in Keswick

Mountain Biking in Keswick

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.

Cycling in Keswick

Cycling in Keswick

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

Road Cycling in Keswick

Road Cycling in Keswick

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.

Climbing in Keswick

Climbing in Keswick

For an accessible road-side route try Little Chamonix for an entry level climb.

Watersports in Keswick

Watersports in Keswick

Within a three mile radius of Keswick you can try canoeing, sailing and kayaking, all available on Derwentwater.

climbing

Climbing in Wigton

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!

The Puzzling Place

The Puzzling Place

Stuffed with puzzles, gadgets and curiosities The Puzzling Place is guaranteed to have something to amuse, entertain or puzzle you.