Explore the hidden Lakes

Suitable for


Group size


Ideal length

1 day

When to go

All year round


From £25pp

This adventure takes place near Keswick (Cumbria), a pretty market town at the heart of Lake District National Park. This is the perfect activity for those seeking a beautiful day of walking with a passionate local guide.

On the day you will meet your guide at 9.20am at the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick. You'll begin your adventure by taking the 9.45am boat across Derwent Water to the lakeside village of Hawes End.

Using local knowledge, the guide will take you up a remote path for an ascent of Cat Bells, a famous local peak. This magical route has broad views over rivers and valleys below and the guide will be able to share some nuggets about the local wildlife and history of the area.

The return leg will see you descend a ridge down into the wide Borrowdale valley, where you'll find a little bus stop to take the open top bus back to Keswick. For those seeking a more challenging day out, a longer itinerary can be arranged (this can be decided on the day).

All in all this is a fantastic option because it’s very easy to organize and requires minimal kit or fitness. We recommend you first contact the guide to agree a date. Then book your accommodation. Adventure sorted!

Your guide

Pete Armstrong

Pete Armstrong is a native Cumbrian and experienced Mountain Leader. Brought up in Keswick, he's amassed a wealth of experience and knowledge of the district. He's been guiding in the Lake District for over 20 years and delights in passing on his love of the area's rich heritage and landscape. A day out with Pete will be filled with laughs, challenge and fun learning.

Additional info

Optional extras include booking additional days to explore the area further (ask the guide).

Bring waterproofs, a daypack for layers (and snacks) and walking boots.

Please note you have to be 18 years or over to book this adventure (unless accompanied by a parent or guardian).

Wilderness Now does not provide this activity. It acts as agent facilitating your entry into a contract in respect of this activity, which is provided by Pete Armstrong. 


  • Bespoke adventure for you or your group.
  • Advice on kit needed

Not Included

  • Meals/ drinks
  • Bus and boat fare (approx. £12)

How to get there

Train to Keswick

You can take the train to Penrith. From London it's 3 hours, direct from Euston. You can then take a local taxi or bus to Keswick.

Car to Keswick

Driving to Keswick is the best option. From London it's an easy 4 hours.

Where to stay

For a quality, comfortable guest house experience try Rivendell Guest House in Keswick, from £40/person. Call 017687 73822. 

For an award winning, Victorian hotel experience try The Highfield Hotel in Keswick, from £85/person. Call 017687 72508.

Client reviews

The launch trip across Derwent Water and the ascent of Cat Bells with Pete as our guide made our day with him the highlight of our week in the Lake District.

Giles and the family (France)

Pete's knowledge of the various aspects of Lake District lore and landscape added a pleasurable new dimension to our day hill walking in the Keswick area; we booked him again for next year!

Sarah (Hampshire)
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