Where is this walk?

Seatoller to Keswick walk

September 19, 2019

There are a few options, both low and high level, on the one way walk between Seatoller to Keswick. Take the bus from Keswick and start at Seatoller for an excellent day out.

The Walk

There are three alternatives on the one way walk from Seatoller to Borrowdale. Each starts by heading to Grange but soon after there is a choice.

  • High Level. The climb of Catbells. There is a steep pull up from the road beyond Grange on a wide path. At the col between Catbells and Maiden Moor the views open up dramatically, particularly impressive across the Newlands valley. Carry on climbing to the summit of Catbells before continuing along the lovely north facing ridge. The views over Derwentwater to Skiddaw and Blencathra particularly notable. This is the route shown on the map.
  • Low Level. The shores of Derwentwater. From Grange turn right towards the lake and join a path that winds its way along the shoreline. The path is through some beautiful woodland and there are pleasant views across the lake.
  • A third middle route starts by climbing towards Catbells. However within 100 metres turn right and contour along an excellent terrace path along the flanks of the fell. The views are very impressive.

It is also possible to head over to the eastern side of the lake and climb towards Walla Crag but this is a longer and less recommended route.

The first part of the walk in Upper Borrowdale is a delight. After a short climb the path heads along the wide valley away from the river before reaching Castle Crag. It is perfectly feasible to climb the slate steep path to the lovely viewpoint of Castle Crag. After taking one of the three options described above you can either continue on the Cumbria Way path to Portinscale and on to Keswick. Alternatively the boat trip across Derwentwater from the pier at Hawes End offers a fitting conclusion to an excellent day out.


The valley always makes me feel a little hemmed in, the steep sided hills adding an almost claustrophobic feel which is why it is so lovely to take in one or more of the small fells enroute.

Transport: The 77A (Honister Rambler) leaves Keswick bus station at roughly 90 minute intervals. It takes 30 minutes to Seatoller. Check the latest times here.

Navigation Tips walking from Seatoller to Keswick

The path to Castle Crag is easily spotted as you descend before reaching the trees.

1 Comment
  • Mountain Mike says:

    Here we are today in Rosthwaite todays target Castle Crag,one of Wainwrights faveroute walks really not a Mountain but a beautiful place,as per Julia Bradburys recommendation.A bit small target for Gav and myself but as we have just arrived in The Lakes a little warm up for tomorrow Grisedale Pike.Conditions are very wet under foot,weather seems fair for the time of year and certainly mild.We leave the National Trust car park lol,fee a bit high nb park the other side of the wall.Gav and I head towards the river and we are soon heading towards Castle Crag and within half an hour we have skirted past our target take a few photographs and set off a few hundred metres and we are below Castle Crag its a lovely part of The Borrowdale Valley,a few more pictures taken and a few chats to passers by and we head up to Hamers seat its lunch time.15 minutes and we head for the top,this s a magical place stones stood to attention just below the summit and when you reach the top there are fantastic views of Keswick and another plaque with Sir William Hamer on it,a good few pictures taken and as the rain starts we head of back down just a little way as a stile offers a short cut back to Rosthwaite a nice little short walk ……..do it will inspire you.

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