If you’re familiar with the Lake District or considering visiting Cumbria for the first time, then the unforgettable market town of Keswick needs to be at the top of your “to do” list.
Not only is it a great way to experience all the wonderful things the English Lake District has to offer, it also provides attractions that are unique to Keswick. That’s why this pretty Cumbrian destination has scooped a number of tourism awards over the years. Interestingly, this includes winning the title of The Kennel Club’s most Dog-Friendly town. Clearly bringing your four-legged friend is a possibility, as well as the rest of your family.
Easy To Get To
The appeal of Keswick starts from the moment you set off to discover its stunning location and excellent amenities because one its advantages is how easy it is to get to. Unlike some of the more remote Lake District destinations.
Keswick is just 20 minutes from Junction 40 of the M6, in the North of the Lake District. Should you prefer to leave your car at home, the town is a taxi ride or bus journey from the well-served Penrith railway station.
The Finest Lake District Backdrop
Despite its excellent road access, Keswick still manages to feel like a town at the heart of all that makes Cumbria so loved by both British and overseas visitors. Not least as it has perfect examples of what makes this part of the world so breathtaking.
On the edge of Keswick, the magnificent Skiddaw Mountains don’t just change appearance throughout the seasons, but can also look different from one day to the next. The vast Derwentwater lake is within easy walking distance of the town centre. In the unlikely event you need a change from admiring this stunning body of water, then just four miles from Keswick you can opt instead to explore the equally beautiful Bassenthwaite Lake.
These lakes are not the only ancient features of the landscape. On a hilltop just outside Keswick is Castlerigg Stone Circle, which has been standing proud since the Neolithic era.
Enjoying The Great Outdoors
Though it has some fabulous specialist shops and some fascinating town centre architecture, for most visitors Keswick’s main pull is that it is the perfect base for enjoying walks, hikes, climbs and other outdoor activities nearby.
Staying in accommodation in Keswick (see below) puts you in a great spot to try your hand (or foot) at a wide range of sports and activities, such as the outdoor pursuits offered by the Newlands Adventure Centre.
If you can’t pull yourself away from the town’s year-round appeal, then why not try your climbing skills in a contained fashion, with the Keswick Climbing Wall, or enjoy strolls through the lovely parks there.
On the shores of Derwentwater is one of the most important reasons that visitors to Keswick return throughout the year. The wonderful Theatre by the lake provides excellent live performances suitable for the whole family, as well as great refreshments and that fabulous natural backdrop.
The 2018 calendar of events at the theatre include Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense, Single Spies and Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. There will also be the world premiere of Rails by Simon Longman and Bold Girls by Rona Munro. If you plan to visit late 2018, the Christmas production is Beauty and the Beast.
Other tourist attractions include the interesting Keswick Museum, which has plans in 2018 for both a specialist climbing exhibit and a project to see the town through the eyes of its local women.
One of the more recent additions to Keswick is the family-friendly Puzzle Place, a great indoor activity to exercise your brain.
Places To Eat And Stay
The best, freshest local produce can be found in Keswick’s welcoming cafes and restaurants, including Cumbrian specialities.
After all that fresh air and good food, you will need somewhere to enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep, accommodation in Keswick is first class and hoteliers are always happy to provide advice and tips for visitors.