Easy Access Walks

According to www.lakedistrict.gov.uk there are 42 easy access routes across the Lake District National Park. By easy access they refer to wheelchair and pushchair friendly routes, suitable for those with limited mobility, the visually impaired, dog walkers with less active dogs and young families.

The routes are deemed more accessible due to their low gradients, smoother surface conditions and reasonable distances. Here we’ve listed our favourites within closest proximity to Underscar, however we suggest you look them up yourself before attempting any of these walks to ensure they are suitable for you and those in your party.

Happy walking!

Easy walks Lake District Catbells
Easy walks Lake District Buttermere
Easy walks Lake District Elterwater

Less than 10 miles from Underscar

Latrigg – around the corner!

A short but steep walk with lovely views of Keswick and Borrowdale.

Walk distance: 1.2 miles

Friar’s Crag – 2.5 miles south of Underscar, approx. 8 minute drive

A mixed but beautiful walk to a great viewpoint across Derwentwater.

Walk distance: 0.8 to 2.4 miles

Portinscale Riverbank Loop – 3.3 miles south west of Underscar, approx. 6 minute drive

Stroll the banks of the River Derwent and explore Portinscale village with this short circuit walk.

Walk distance: 0.9 mile circuit

Braithwaite to Force Crag Mine – 3.3 miles west of Underscar, approx. 7 minute drive

Follow the old mine track as it rises into the hills, exposing vivid views of the surrounding hills and fells.

Walk distance: 4.9 miles

Mirehouse to St Bega’s Church – 3.5 miles north west of Underscar, approx. 8 minute drive

Offering lengthy views over Bassenthwaite Lake and beyond as well as the ancient buildings for Mirehouse and St. Bega’s Church.

Walk distance: 1.6 miles

Stair Riverside – 3.7 miles south west of Underscar, approx. 9 minute drive

A lovely quiet riverside walk.

Walk distance: 2 miles

Catbells – 4.5 miles south of Underscar, approx. 13 minute drive

One of the most stunning views in the Lake District, the viewpoint shows off Derwentwater, Keswick and Skiddaw and Blencathra mountains.

Walk distance: 2.4 miles

Derwentwater Lakeshore – 4.5 miles south of Underscar, approx. 13 minute drive

Flanked by woodland on one side and the beautiful shoreline of Derwentwater on the other, the views across the water included vivid mountain backdrops.

Walk distance: up to 5 miles

Keswick Railway Path – 5 miles east of Underscar, approx. 10 minute drive

A splendid walk through the River Greta gorge.

Walk distance: up to 6.2 miles

Dubwath Silver Meadows and Ouse Bridge – 8.5 miles north west of Underscar, approx. 13 minute drive

Dubwath Silver Meadows is the Lake District’s first wetland nature reserve. The boardwalk is made of recycled plastic thanks to the Heritage Lottery Funded Bassenthwaite Reflections programme.

Walk distance: 1.6 mile circuit

The Bowderstone – 9 miles south of Underscar, approx. 25 minute drive

A short but steep route through the valley takes in Grange Fell, Castle Crag and High Spy on one side and the River Derwent on the other.

Walk distance: 0.5 miles

Less than 20 miles from Underscar

Armboth and Station Coppice – 10 miles south east of Underscar, approx. 20 minute drive

Armboth offers stunning views of the Helvellyn slopes, whilst at Station Coppice the dense wooded hills of High Seat and Bleaberry Fell are visible.

Walk distance: 0.2 miles

Buttermere Lakeshore – 10 miles south west of Underscar, approx. 27 minute drive

Walks on the beautiful shores of Buttermere can be as long or as short as you want to make them.

Walk distance: 0.9 to 4.7 miles

Lanthwaite Wood, Crummock Water – 12 miles west of Underscar, approx. 30 minute drive

Walks here offer magnificent views of the lake and surrounding fells.

Walk distance: 1.6 miles

Loweswater – 13 miles west of Underscar, approx. 30 minute drive

A pleasant quiet walk revealing views across the water of the southern slopes of Fellbarrow and behind you Mellbreak.

Walk distance: 2.5 miles

Grasmere Riverside – 15 miles south of Underscar, approx. 25 minute drive

Discover the beauty beyond the village with a charming path walk down River Rothay.

Walk distance: 1.1 – 1.4 miles

The Howk, Caldbeck – 16 miles north east of Underscar, approx. 35 minute drive

A gentle walk out for the quaint village of Caldbeck will allow you to visit the old bobbin mill and the Howk limestone gorge.

Walk distance: 0.6 miles

White Moss Common – 17 miles south of Underscar, approx. 30 minute drive

Discover the River Rothay with this lovely walk through meadows and woodland.

Walk distance: 0.8 to 1.4 miles

Pooley Bridge to Gale Bay – 17.5 miles east of Underscar, approx. 27 minute drive

Take in the stunning views with a walk along the shore of Ullswater.

Walk distance: 1.1 miles

Loughrigg Tarn Circuit – 18 miles south of Underscar, approx. 35 minute drive

A pleasant stroll along the water’s edge of Loughrigg Tarn gives dramatic views of Loughrigg Fell and Langdale Pikes that surround you.

Walk distance: 1.7 miles

Less than 30 miles from Underscar

Brothers Water – 20 miles south east of Underscar, approx. 40 minute drive

Walk along the shoreline of Brothers Water, past Hartsop Hall, to the campsite at Sykeside.

Walk distance: 2.3 miles

Elterwater to Skelwith Bridge – 23 miles south of Underscar, approx. 50 minute drive

This walk has it all! Lakes, meadows, a bridge, a waterfall and a place to stop for some good grub.

Walk distance: 0.3 to 2.4 miles

Bleach Green, Ennerdale – 24 miles south west of Underscar, approx. 38 minute drive

Take a walk along the western shore of Ennerdale Water, offering superb views of the fells.

Walk distance: 1.4 to 3 miles

Ennerdale Forest Road – 25 miles south west of Underscar, approx. 42 minute drive

An exhilarating walk along a forest road through the valley will reveal some truly beautiful mountain scenery in this remote area of the Lake District.

Walk distance: up to 11.5, can be shortened at any point

Blea Tarn – 25.5 miles south of Underscar, approx. 55 minute drive

Amazing views of Langdale Pikes await at the end of the path.

Walk distance: 0.9 to 1.8 miles

All these walks, and more, are listed in detail on the lakedistrict.gov.uk website. Please visit the site to retrieve the full routes, gradient information, parking locations and local transport options for each of the walks.

We hope you will enjoy these walks and taking in the incomparable beauty we are so fortunate to have right on our doorstep at Underscar. Wishing you a pleasant stay with us.