Trail Running in the Lake District

Runner with views of Derwentwater as backdrop

The Lake District is a mecca for trail runners. Keswick itself is typically the start and end point of the world famous Wainwright and the Bob Graham Rounds, both of which have recently made headlines having had their long standing records smashed by ultra runners Paul Tierney and Kilian Jornet.

If you fancy something a little less gruelling than 100KM + challenges then read on for our top Keswick trail running race routes which we’ll order by distance, shortest first.

24 hours in Keswick

Keswick Mountain Festival Marketing Manager, Sarah, has pulled together her top things to do in Keswick if you only have 24 hours to spare.

Whenever I visit Keswick I tend to park up at the Lakeside Car Park, there’s usually plenty of spaces and it’s ideally situated next to Derwentwater. My first port of call is to stretch my legs with a short walk along to Friars Crag, a path that hugs the shores of Derwentwater, it has the most beautiful views and is a great way to start any visit to Keswick. While I stretched my legs along the shore my friend decided to go for a dip in the water, which also serve as the venue for our festival Open Water Swims.

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