The search is on for the nation’s favourite walk in Keswick

THE SEARCH is on for the nation’s favourite walk from the Lake District town of Keswick.

Lake District Hotels is asking people to recommend their all-time favourite walking route from the town, which is surrounded by some of the most spectacular scenery in the UK, and share the reason why they think it’s the best.

The most popular suggestions will be printed in an updated edition of Hike & Bike with Lake District Hotels, a guide to the best routes in the Lake District which is available for sale from the family-run hotel group’s six venues in Keswick, Borrowdale and Glenridding.

View of Keswick by Roger Green

Unusual routes that take you off the beaten track will be highly sought after. The walks don’t have to come from a guidebook, it can be an unknown trail waiting to be discovered. From taking you to a favourite beauty spot, to the place that holds fond memories or to a special setting where the views are simply breathtaking, it’s time for walkers to share their favourite trail.

Anyone who recommends a walk will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win a meal for two at The Skiddaw Hotel in Keswick’s town centre. The hotel, which is part of the Lake District Hotels group, takes its name from the famous Lake District fell which dominates the landscape around Keswick.

Dani Hope, director at Lake District Hotels, said they wanted people to share happy memories of walks on the fells around Keswick, and beside Derwentwater, which is a short walk from the town centre.

She said: “We all have our favourite walks which we return to again and again for different reasons.

“From treasured childhood walks to romantic marriage proposals, the Lake District is a placewhere people spend holidays, anniversaries and birthdays creating special memories. Or it could be that a walk is your favourite simply because of the spectacular views.

“We want to find the walks which mean the most to people, so we can share the enjoyment that they bring.”

Hike & Bike with Lake District Hotels was created by the hotel group to provide inspiration for
guests looking to make the most of the Lake District landscape during their stay. Compiled by award-winning walking writer Viv Crow and local cyclist Chris Hope, all the walks start and finish at one of the group’s hotels. The updated version of the book, with all new inclusions checked by Viv, is due to be published next year.

All the nominated walking routes should start in Keswick town centre and can also include trips on the Keswick Launches which operate lake cruises on Derwentwater.

The search for Keswick’s favourite walk is being held to mark the launch of the new-look Hikers’ Picnic Board at The Skiddaw Hotel, which is aimed at walkers looking to refuel after a day on the fells.

The sharing board for two includes nine dishes ranging from salt aged beef slider to Herdwick lamb kofta, and homemade fruit scones to warm rice pudding pots. The Hikers’ Picnic Board is served from 12noon to 5pm every day, £34 for two people.

The Skiddaw Hotel, which recently retained its AA rosette award, also offers an authentic tapas menu created by head chef Bobby Fillingham, who spent 18 years working as a chef in Spain before moving back to the UK.

The 16-dish tapas menu is served in the conservatory and bar every day from 12noon to 9pm. Burgers, sandwiches and soup are also available from 10am to 5pm at The Skiddaw Hotel.

To nominate your favourite walk from Keswick and the reason why please visit https://www.lakedistricthotels.net/competitions-win-hikers-picnic-board. Full terms and conditions can also be found on this page.

Lake District Hotels operates six hotels including The Skiddaw Hotel, The Kings Arms, and The Inn on the Square, all in Keswick’s historic town square; The Borrowdale Hotel in Borrowdale, The Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa by Derwentwater, and The Inn on the Lake on the shores of Ullswater.

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