With our central location in the heart of Keswick, there are plenty of walks right on our doorstep and further afield that you and your four legged friend can take advantage of on a weekend away at the Inn on the Square. It’s not unusual for our guests to ask us to recommend good walks in the Lake District, so to help out we have produced our very own walking book, ‘Hike & Bike’, which contains 16 scenic walks and 10 cycle routes.
If you are looking for more information on walks in the Lake District for you and your dog, our ‘Hike & Bike’ book can be found at the reception at the Inn on the Square. Here are just a couple of our favourites!
Friar’s Crag and Castlehead Wood
This is a lovely little walk to enjoy with your pooch, it is perhaps one of the easier walks in the book, covering a distance of 2.4 miles, however it offers fabulous views across Derwentwater. It starts and finishes in Keswick, right outside the Inn on the Square.
They say good things come in small packages and that seems particularly apt for this walk. Barely leaving the confines of Keswick, this stroll takes in not one, not two, but three of the best views of Derwentwater. It consists mostly of gentle walking beside the lake and through woods. The climb on to Castlehead is slightly more difficult, but this is optional.
In an area full of spectacular viewpoints, Walla Crag (1243ft) does well to stand out as one of the very best. With Derwentwater lying at its feet and mighty Skiddaw dominating much of the scene, it’s hard to beat! If you decide to try out this walk, you’ll need to take a short trip on the Keswick Launch to the Ashness Gate landing stage (but don’t worry dogs are allowed on the launch).
From here the walk leads you up a narrow road (dog lead needed) to the famous and much photographed Ashness Bridge. The views en route are superb, but they’re even better from the top of the crag. The return route passes through pretty woodland before dropping back into Keswick.
These two walks are our favourites but there’s another 14 to try out; so what are you waiting for, come and visit us and bring your four-legged friend along with you. For further details on the Inn on the Square visit www.innonthesquare.co.uk
Image: Yogi, taking in the view, taken by Jason Chambers Photography