Summer star gazing walk at Friar's Crag

Duration:2 hours or less
Activity:Nature 'wows'

On a clear night you can see some 4,000 stars sparkling in our universe. Perfect for families and anyone unfamiliar with astronomy, this guide will introduce you to star gazing at Friar’s Crag, which offers one of the most scenic views in the Lake District.

Have a look at our downloadable route map

  1. From Lakeside car park walk down towards the Theatre by the Lake, which will be on your left as you pass it.

  2. Continue on the road with the launch jetties and lake on your right until the tarmac road runs out.

  3. Then continue straight on, on a surface track to the end of Friars Crag. This is your star gazing spot. Lay a blanket on the ground and take in the views of the wide open sky. Return the way you came.

Further Information

Top Tip: Friar's crag can get very busy in the day time but if you bring a torch this is a nice short, night time walk after a meal in Keswick. Perfect to settle the stomach.

Start/Finish: Lakeside car park, grid ref: NY 265 229 or within Keswick

Distance: 0.75 miles (1.2km)

Terrain: The terrain is flat and level for the whole walk and easily accessible for all, but please be careful of the unprotected edge at the end of the walk. Choose a clear night, take binoculars and a torch and you too can follow in Galileo Galileis footsteps....

Time to complete the walk: 15 minutes, plus stargazing time.

By Rebekah Ingham

How to get here

Friars Crag

United Kingdom

Ordnance Survey OL4
The English Lakes
North Western area

NY 262 222

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