Visit Keswick: Your Travel Guide

Things to Do in Keswick

The Derwentwater Walk
This beautiful trail takes in the quiet awesomeness of Derwentwater, the "Queen of the Lakes." Ten miles of well-marked paths loop around its still shores, taking you past age-old forests and rugged fells. For picture-perfect views, head to Friar's Crag and look out over the lake towards the bumpy Cat Bells ridge.
The Cumbria Way
Keswick marks the 72-mile Cumbria Way's halfway point. If you follow the River Derwent from Langdale, you'€ll see everything from flapping kingfishers and soaring merlin to hardy Herdwick sheep. The more isolated, northern stretch to Caldbeck takes in windswept moors and the rugged beauty of the Blencathra Mountains.
The Wainwrights Walk
It takes experienced hikers two weeks to climb all 214 of the Wainwrights' peaks. From Keswick, you can circle around the 24 summits of the Northern Fells in a couple of days. Start your trek with a more relaxed walk up the lowest fell, Latrigg, then gradually work your way up to the over 3,000-foot-high Skiddaw to take in some mindblowing lake views.
The Lake District National Park
The best way to see the Lakes’ unspoiled shores is from up above. Pathways go up and over hilltops, like the route to the Old Man of Coniston, a summit looking on to Coniston Water – the largest stretch of water in the Lake District. Walkers with limited mobility will also find plenty of paths along the "Miles without Stiles" trails.
Whinlatter Forest
An adventure awaits on this so-called "mountain forest" – the only one of its kind in England. At almost 1,000 feet above sea level, the trails are challenging enough for biking and orienteering. While Nordic walking fans and those looking for a relaxing hike will both be happy. Among the tall conifers, you’ll spot red squirrels and osprey, as well as views of Bassenthwaite Lake, Derwentwater, and Keswick.
Quercus Trail
Take in the sprawling Whinlatter Forest as you move beneath its treetops. The 4.5-mile-long Quercus Trail runs through twists and turns. As the forest becomes thicker and darker, you’ll emerge back into the open as the path brings you to a wooden boardwalk overshadowed by tall conifers.
The Old Keswick to Penrith Railway
This gorgeous route through the River Greta Gorge is a perfect outing for you and your furry friends. You’ll weave and wind your way along the river, which is home to herons and other wildlife. After such a picturesque trek, enjoy some well-deserved refreshments in the quaint village of Threlkeld.
Skiddaw via Sale How Walk
If you truly want to get away from it all, the summit of England’s sixth highest mountain is splendidly isolated. For a relatively easy walk, follow the well-graded route via Sale How that gently wraps around the northern side of the imposing mound. At the top, you’ll be rewarded with sweeping views of high moors and rolling hills as far as the eye can see.
Whinlatter Forest Park
The crazy terrain of this park has a lot to offer for mountain bike enthusiasts. For casual riders, there’s the Quercus Trail, a smooth track with gentle berms and shallow climbs. And for accomplished bikers, the 12-mile Altura Trail blends together all kinds of jumps, rocks and cork screws.
The Skiddaw Loop
There’s a reason the Skiddaw Loop is a Lakeland classic. You’ll ride through some of the most wild and beautiful sections of the Northern Fells, with panoramic mountain views around every bend. The circuit is best for experienced mountain bikers, as some of the twists and turns can prove to be quite a challenge.
Derwentwater
Derwentwater is one of the main bodies of water in the Lake District National Park – and it’s perfect for pooches who love nothing more than to splash about. There are also companies that offer boat cruises which allow pets on board – just make sure you keep your furry friend on a lead!
Lowther Castle & Gardens
This charming castle and its grounds welcome well-behaved dogs with open arms. As long as your pooch remains on a lead, you can both wander where you please on the premises. Dogs are even allowed inside an area of the café, provided they are calm around strangers.

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Traveler's Reviews & Photos

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Very Good
Keswick is a lovely town with a good selection of shops, pubs and restaurants. W e find it to be well situated for travelling round different areas and it has the bonus of having Derwentwater on its doorstep
RICHARD
United Kingdom
April 21, 2017
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Very Good
Keswick is well located for fell walking, climbing, and sightseeing. There are two market days namely Thursdays and Saturdays. Lots of places to eat and drink. There are also lots of outdoor clothing shops. All-in- all a great centre for Lake District attractions.
Margaret
United Kingdom
April 23, 2017
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Exceptional
It's a beautiful litle town. You can find everything what you need. And has a lovely markets wher you can buy handmade stuff. Ohh and this place is the most dog friendly place ever. The dogs can go everywhere.
Ramóna Szidónia
United Kingdom
April 23, 2017
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Good pubs and eating places in a central location to explore The Lakes. The Wainwright pub and The George Hotel were good for ales and food.
Ken
United Kingdom
April 21, 2017
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Exceptional
Lovely country town. Very friendly people. Ate at the Bank Tavern, good food and good range of real ales. Pubs get full very quickly in the evenings.
Peter
United Kingdom
April 22, 2017

Accommodations and Hotels in Keswick

Highfield Hotel & Restaurant

8.9 Excellent

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$84

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Crow Park Hotel

8.8 Excellent

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$90

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The Leathes Head Country House Hotel

9.4 Wonderful

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$174

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Royal Oak at Keswick - A Thwaites Inn of Character

8.5 Very Good

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$132

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Skiddaw Hotel

8.7 Excellent

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$134

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Derwentwater Hotel

7.7 Good

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$89

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Inn on the Square

9 Wonderful

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$168

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Lyzzick Hall Hotel

9.4 Wonderful

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$190

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The Kings Arms Hotel

8.5 Very Good

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$97

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A really nice walk around Derwent Water, about 8 Miles. You can walk part way around Lake a catch the Keswick Launch to take you back to Keswick if you do not want to walk so far. There is a good Tourist Information Office in the centre.

Plan route, plan for wet and dry weather. Always follow Country Code, don't leave rubbish behind unless its binned. Remember to leave it as you found it so others can enjoy it.

The performance at the Keswick Theatre was fantastic, and that is from someone who never goes to the theatre

The shops are unique where you can find things that are not "run of the mill" chainstore goods.

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What's the countryside best for in Keswick?

The entire town of Keswick and Derwentwater is surrounded on all sides by mountains.

Views of derwent water from ashness bridge.

Take good boots and waterproofs.

Be well equipt and take advice.

Inspirational!

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