Centrally located within the Lake District National Park, Keswick is the ideal base to explore many of the region’s nearby lakes, including Derwentwater, Bassenthwaite, Thirlmere, and Ullswater.
Keswick is also ideally situated for famous Lakeland mountains, such as Blencathra, Skiddaw, Helvellyn, and Catbells. Natural beauty aside, this pretty market town offers a wide range of attractions and activities to keep all members of the family entertained.
Come join us in 2017 and discover why Keswick is #theplacetobe. To find out more visit: www.golakes.co.uk and book yourself a break away.
Keswick Mountain Festival – Fri 9 – Sun 11 Jun 2017
World class sporting events, fun and challenging outdoor activities, festival camping, speakers and live music. Sign up to our e-Newsletter for the fastest route to tickets and the latest festival information as it unfolds. Music headliners include KT Tunstall, Cast, Peatbog Faeries and more to be announced.
Keswick Ghost Walks – from 6 Apr 2017
Keswick has another history full of murder, intrigue and tortured souls. From slate built houses to the surrounding lakes and fells this is an area steeped in legend and mystery. Follow “The Lady”… if you dare. Keswick Ghost Walks are written with an adult audience in mind but are broadly accessible to children 10 years and above.
What to Do…
On the border of Keswick lies Whinlatter Forest Park, England’s only true mountain forest. Rising 1000ft above sea level, the forest provides a whole range of outdoor activities for everyone, with fantastic walks, a forest Segway, and excellent mountain biking trails on offer, including the red-graded Altura trail and blue Quercus trail. You will also find the country’s highest GoApe course at Whinlatter, so whether it’s taking on tree-top high wires, tricky crossings, Tarzan swings, or exhilarating zip-wires, you are guaranteed hours of fun whilst unleashing your inner ape.
Visit Keswick Canoe & Bushcraft for canoeing and bushcraft activities to suit all ages, abilities, and requirements – families, couples, individuals and groups are all welcome. Try a half day canoe session and journey into the quiet bays around Derwent water and visit the islands. Or, why not try your hand at bushcraft and learn the essential skills such as wood collection and preparation, safe knife work, building shelters and fire lighting.
What to See…
Castlerigg is perhaps the most atmospheric and dramatically sited of all British stone circles, with panoramic views and the mountains of Helvellyn and High Seat as a backdrop. It is also among the earliest British circles, raised in about 3000 BC during the Neolithic period.
See it all on this new epic family-friendly minibus tour of all the best magical and historic Lake District views and places, including the breath-taking Langdale pikes, beautiful Buttermere, and the awesome Surprise View! Guided by the legends themselves, King Arthur, Merlin, and Eric The Viking, you will hear stories of history, myth, and legend on this six-hour adventure, with 18 stops for pictures and optional short walks.
Where to Refuel…
The newly opened Lingholm Kitchen has undergone a major £1million investment to create a new café and shop, alongside a striking new octagonal walled garden with views across to Skiddaw – the sixth highest mountain in England.
Built mainly from reclaimed materials in a Victorian style, the garden is built on the exact spot of the old kitchen gardens which Beatrix Potter credited as the inspiration for Mr McGregor’s garden (in The Tale of Peter Rabbit). Enjoy a range of locally sourced foods, home baked cakes, real barista coffee and an extensive range of teas. An artisan bakery has also recently opened to supply a tempting range of breads, bakes and cakes on site as well. Later, stroll down to the shore of Derwentwater and catch the Keswick launch for the first new jetty on the lake in 50 years.
Where to Stay…
Whether you’re pitching up a tent, hiring a caravan, or cosying up in a camping pod, you will be greeted by breath-taking surroundings and unforgettable nights spent sleeping under the stars.
A short walk away from the market town of Keswick and Derwentwater Lake, the elegant Keswick Country House Hotel is set in four acres of landscaped gardens. The hotel has a Victorian conservatory and cocktail bar, as well as a beautiful restaurant, which overlooks the gardens and offers an extensive menu prepared using the finest ingredients.
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