Nestled on the shores of Derwentwater is the Lake District’s most northerly town, Keswick. This attractive town is surrounded by fells and ideally located for exploring the rest of the national park.
Keswick has a long history as a bustling market town and there’s plenty for visitors to do and see. In the town centre there’s an excellent museum, art galleries and a selection of independent cafes and shops. From Keswick it’s easy to access the scenic landscapes of the North Lakes, where you can swim, sail or hike on the trails which meander around the water.
From Keswick, some of the Lake District's most enchanting attractions are easily accessible. The shimmering waters of Derwentwater are moments away. In the warmer months, it’s a popular spot to take a dip.Castlerigg Stone Circle
Alternatively, take a cruise with Keswick Launch. All year round, the cruiser sets sail on a 50-minute journey, stopping at various lakeshore jetties for passengers to admire the scenery.
Surrounded by dense forest to the north of Keswick is Skiddaw Mountain. At 3054ft, it’s England’s fourth highest mountain. There’s a good track from a car park near the town to the top of the mountain, where walkers are greeted by some of the Lake District’s most spectacular views.
If you’re feeling brave and fancy giving climbing a go, head for Keswick Climbing Wall and Outdoor Adventure Centre. The centre offers lessons for beginners as well as challenging sessions for more experienced climbers.
Keswick is also home to The Pencil Museum, where you’ll find the world’s longest colouring pencil, the first ever pencil and – surprisingly perhaps – a giant. It’s a fun family day out and you can even try your hand at creating your own cartoon.
If you’ve been enjoying the great outdoors and it’s time for a bite to eat, never fear. There’s a variety of cafes and restaurants in Keswick to provide you with much needed nourishment for your next adventure. The Saddleback Café is popular for its scones, breakfasts and excellent coffee.
“Nestled on the shores of Derwentwater is the Lake District’s most northerly town, Keswick.”
For an evening meal in pleasant surroundings, try Morrels on Lake Road, and for a taste of America in the Lake District, head for the ever-popular Bar Metro.
Keswick offers a good variety of entertainment including a cinema, Theatre by the Lake and the annual Keswick Mountain Festival, which features sporting events, world-class speakers and live music.