The Lakes, Mountains and Valleys around Keswick in the Lake District
It doesn't matter which way you approach Keswick, the views will take your breath away. Spectacular panoramas are waiting for you on every route.
From the east Blencathra looms above you, from the north and west the mighty Skiddaw and Bassenthwaite Lake await, while from the south the scenic route from Windermere gives you give lakes to behold - Windermere, Rydal, Grasmere, Thirlmere and Derwentwater as well as stunning mountain scenery - the lower slopes of Helvellyn and the glacial valley of St John's in the Vale.
This route has been named Britain's best drive in a poll by the Sat Nat company Garmin.
The North Lakes has some of the most dramatic landscapes in the country and its beauty lies in its accessibility for all.
Keswick is fortunatate in being positioned at the point where all the routes meet, making it an excellent base from which to explore the Lake District. Whether you're staying in the town centre or in one of the surrounding villages it's quite possible to park your car for the duration of your break and either walk from your door or take advanctage of the local bus service when you want to venture a little further afield.
Within easy reach of Keswick are the four highest mountains in England - Scafell Pike 978m, Scafell, 964m; Helvellyn 950m; and Skiddaw, 931m - and six major lakes - Derwentwater, Bassenthwaite Lake, Thirlmere, Buttermere, Crummock Water and Ullswater.