Family Friendly Lake District Walks

The last time we went to the Lake District I was pregnant, so we’d been eager to return with Finn for ages. We finally managed to fit in a family camping trip last week and, despite the fact we couldn’t do everything we would have done pre-parenthood,  we all had a fantastic time!

In the past we would have headed for the hills and planned a few full day hikes. This time, however, we set our sights a little lower. Since we’re both busy working full time (and I work weekends), our opportunities for walking, and keeping fit in general, have been few and far between this year. Add in the fact that Luke also has to carry Finn, we really didn’t feel up to any long, challenging hikes.

Before we left I downloaded the full Lake District OS map onto my viewranger account, so that I could access it on my phone and tablet. I also downloaded a couple of routes, however these turned out to be a little beyond our capabilities, so I planned a couple of easy walks. It can sometimes be difficult to find family friendly walks in hilly areas, however the Lakes also provide plenty of flat, accessible outings suitable for little legs and pushchairs.

Walk 1: Derwent Water, pushchair friendly 

For this easy 1.3 mile walk, we parked in the lakeside car park in Keswick (CA12 5DJ) and headed towards Derwent Water. There are toilets and a National Trust shop and information point here. We followed the signposted path to the viewpoint of Friars Crag.


It was a cloudy day, but thankfully the rain held off


The view across Derwent Water from Friars Crag.


The shores of Derwent, with the distinctive ridge of Catbells in the background

Once we reached the shores of the Lake, we turned left and headed up through Cockshot Wood and back to the car park.

Walk 2: Derwent Water Family Friendly Walk

For our second walk, we headed to the other side of the lake. We parked in the small car park on the road towards Skelgill (it gets busy so I advise you get there early!) in the shadow of Catbells. In the past we may well have headed up to the summit towering over us, but these days we prefer gentler strolls. We headed down towards the water, and flatter terrain, for a gentle 3 mile circular stroll.

Lake District Family Walk

Here is the route of our family friendly walk as uploaded to Viewranger

It had rained all morning, so I set out with my big backpack with waterproofs and spare clothes for us all. I needn’t have bothered, the sun came out and it was a glorious day!


Gorgeous views across Derwent


Luke and Finn enjoying the vista

We walked through Brandelhow woods down to the water’s edge. Here we had a quick break, took some photos and enjoyed the views all around us. We then walked along the lake and back to our starting point.

We were videoed by Viewranger during this walk as part of a series showing people using their app, so here’s a little peek at how we plan our walks.

We may have only done a quick circuit, but there are so many options for longer, and hillier, walks if you fancy something more challenging!


Monkey and Mouse
Travel Loving Family

25 replies »

  1. These look like a couple of great little routes. It’s important to remember you don’t have to be on the most difficult terrain or walk for hours and hours to make the most of the outdoors 🙂


  2. Things definitely change when you have little ones to consider don’t they! We are going to the lakes next spring so am going to pin this to check out then, they sound doable with our 4 and 2 yr old too! Xx #whatevertheweatherkids


  3. Great pictures. I love the Lake District but haven’t been on a walk there in ages, will have to add it to the to do list x


  4. It doesn’t take them as long as you think to get them going with you. My boys run ahead (stop at every divide in the trail) as I try to keep up!. #whatevertheweather


  5. Just look at those views – magnificent. It’s been a few years since we’ve been to the Lakes (I used to go more when I was child living in the North East – easier to cross country and visit).
    Working out walks that will suit everyone is difficult: I think you got this spot on for little Finn.


  6. You picked a great spot for your walks. We took ur caravan to Derwent Water when Tin Box Tot was six months old and managed to walk all the way into Keswick with our pushchair. You’ve given me an urge to book a break in the Lakes! Thanks so much for linking up with the new #MondayEscapes! Hope to see you again next time 😊


  7. Ahhhhh thank you!! You may have read my mind as I really want to go for a huge walk in the lakes but we have a pushchair and I just wasn’t sure about where to go. I’m going to bookmark this 🙂


  8. Love the video of your family planning the walk and hiking! We will hopefully visit the lakes for a little holiday next year, so I’ll remember to check your posts then for ideas. Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x

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  9. Lovely walks and photos. I’ve literally just opened a view ranger account about 2 weeks ago and I’m still getting to grips with it. I thought I’d sorted it and then I’d obviously done something wrong because it wasn’t recording. I need to sit down and work it out because it looks great.
    Potty Adventures


    • Viewranger is awesome, I’m sure you’ll find it really helpful. I’m not an expert and haven’t worked out all the functions yet! If you’re struggling, ask viewranger, they are all fab and very friendly!

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