The charming and historic town of Keswick, nestling as it does amongst some of the finest fells in the Lake District national park, offers a wide range of independent shops, tea rooms, museums, cafes, bars and probably the most enviable selection of outdoor retail outlets in the country. There is an excellent bus service into Borrowdale and the Keswick Launch Company runs a regular service from the boat landings which takes you on a 50 minute tour of Derwentwater. You can hop on and off at any of the stops to explore the lakeshore and woodland paths. The launch is also an excellent way to get to the foot of Catbells. Discounted tickets available, ask Iain or Sue for more information.
As well as the many restaurants, cafes and bars, Keswick has its very own cinema and is also the home of the stunningly located Theatre by the Lake, which offers year-round professional productions.
The great outdoors
Keswick and the Northern fells are a magnet for fell walkers, scramblers and climbers. From flat strolls along the shores of Derwentwater to gruelling hikes over some of the toughest and highest fells in England, the area has walks for everyone. Keswick Tourism Association has produced a number of walking routes available to download. Choose from short, scenic picnic strolls to full days through spectacular landscapes.
There is a wide range of other outdoor activities to be enjoyed in and around Keswick, from mountain biking, fishing, paragliding, rock climbing to kayaking, dinghy sailing and windsurfing.
For wildlife lovers, there are special hides and viewpoints where you can see otters, ospreys, red squirrels and roe deer.
A collection of maps, guidebooks and tourist information is available at Seven Oaks to help you plan your day’s activities.
The local weather forecast is available every morning. Iain will also print off weather for your destination where ever it may be.
• Alhambra Cinema – classic cinema in Keswick with latest releases and independent titles
• Castlerigg Stone Circle – the most atmospheric of all British stone circles
• Go Ape! – high wire forest adventure at Whinlatter Forest
• Honister Slate Mine – underground mine tours & a via ferrata
• Keswick Leisure Pool – a modern family facility with wave machine and slide
• Keswick Mountain Bikes – mountain bike hire
• Keswick Launch – lake cruises and boat hire on Derwentwater
• Keswick Climbing Wall – indoor climbing and outdoor activities
• Osprey watch – see nesting ospreys at Bassenthwaite lake
• Rheged centre – interesting shopping & large screen cinema
• The Cumberland Pencil Museum – world famous Keswick pencil museum
• Theatre by the Lake – Keswick’s acclaimed Theatre on the shores of Derwentwater
• Trotters world of animals – wildlife park set amidst picturesque lakeland fells
• Whinlatter Forest & Visitor Centre – England’s only true mountain forest rising to 790 metres