Lakes & Mountains

Burns Farm is a great base for exploring the surrounding mountains and peaks of Blencathra, Skiddaw, Latrigg, Scafell Pike, Scafell, and Helvellyn, to name a few.

  • Fantastic views of Blencathra from Burns Farm, superb walking right from the site
    Fantastic views of Blencathra from Burns Farm, superb walking right from the site
  • Clough Head from Burns Farm
    Clough Head from Burns Farm
  • High and Low Rigg set behind Tewet Tarm
    High and Low Rigg set behind Tewet Tarm
  • Keswick and Derwentwater from the top of Latrigg
    Keswick and Derwentwater from the top of Latrigg
  • View from Kings How of Skiddaw and Derwentwater
    View from Kings How of Skiddaw and Derwentwater
  • Newlands Valley
    Newlands Valley
  • Surprise view looking across Derwentwater to Skiddaw and Bassenthwaite Lake
    Surprise view looking across Derwentwater to Skiddaw and Bassenthwaite Lake
  • Skiddaw reflections in a still Derwentwater
    Skiddaw reflections in a still Derwentwater
  • Low clouds over Keswick
    Low clouds over Keswick

The campsite has superb walking right from the door, so you can leave your car. Most walkers who go walking in the Lake District initially head for The Lake District’s big four: Scafell Pike, ScaFell, Helvellyn and Skiddaw, the only Lakeland fells to qualify as Munros (over 3000ft/912m). But there is much more to The Lake District than these popular destinations and here are a few of which you can see and walk to right from our site.

It may be a bit of a trudge up Skiddaw, Carl Side, Long Side, and Skiddaw Little Man, but it will gain you the fourth highest mountain in England and the reward of an unsurpassed view of Keswick and Derwentwater – just make sure you do it on a fine day!

Alternatively, climb Helvellyn and Helvellyn Little Man from Thirlmere for a trip to the third highest mountain in England. This very popular route feels much easier than it looks and might leave you with enough energy to head south along the ridge to Nethermost Pike and Dollywaggon Pike or North over White Stones and Raise before descending back to Thirlmere.

Blencathra is one of the great mountains of Lakeland also referred to as the Saddleback. For those approaching Keswick from Penrith along the A66, it provides an awe-inspiring sight as it climbs steeply from the road. Blencathra’s Sharp Edge has turned back many an intrepid hill walker.

Visit Mad about Mountains to find out all you need to know, along with wounderful photos provided by Ann Bowker for you to take a look at.

Highest Peaks

PeakHeight
Scafell Pike3210 ft
Scafell3162 ft
Helvellyn3116 ft
Skiddaw3054 ft
Great End2984 ft
Bow Fell2960 ft
Great Gable2949 ft
PIllar2928 ft
Catchedicam2917 ft
Esk Pike2903 ft
Fairfield2863 ft
Blencathra2847 ft
Crinkle Crags2816 ft

Longest Lakes

LakeLength
Windermere10.5 miles
Ullswater7.5 miles
Coniston5.25 miles
Bassenthwaite4 miles
Haweswater4 miles
Thirlmere3.5 miles
Derwentwater3 miles
Wastwater3 miles
Crummock Water2.5 miles
Ennerdale2.5 miles
Esthwaite Water1.5 miles
Buttermere1.25 miles
Loweswater1.25 miles

Highest Passes

PassHeight
Esk Hause2490 ft
Sticks2420 ft
Nan Bield2100 ft
Greenup Edge1995 ft
Walna Scar1990 ft
Gate Scarth1950 ft
Grisedale1929 ft
Black Sail1800 ft
Scandale1750 ft
Sty Head1600 ft
Kirkstone1476 ft
Honister1190 ft
Whinlatter1043 ft

Highest Tarns

TarnHeight
Red Tarn2356 ft
Three Tarns2340 ft
Sprinkling Tarn1960 ft
Greycrag Tarn1955 ft
Scoat Tarn1949 ft
Scales Tarn1900 ft
Blind Tarn1842 ft
Angle Tarn1800 ft
Low Water1786 ft
Red Tarn1739 ft
Bleaberry Tarn1700 ft
Dale Head Tarn1650 ft
Innominate Tarn1650 ft

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