Hope Park has attractive landscaped grounds with a stream, garden and woodland walk set in magnificent scenery.
For both visitors and locals alike Hope Park is one of Keswick's main attractions. Located between Keswick town centre and Derwentwater it is a favourite stopping place en route to and from the lake. Hope Park offers a very popular 9 hole pitch and putt course, 18 holes of obstacle golf, and an 18 hole putting course. It is intended to add a boules pit for 2012 to the activities on offer. Additional environmentally friendly features are the woodland walk and the wildlife observation point.
Take a stroll through the beautiful formal gardens where you'll find plenty of seats to relax and watch the world go by.
Refreshments are available at the kiosks; hot and cold drinks, snacks and confectionery, and ice creams. Seating at picnic tables is also available nearby for your enjoyment. New for 2012 is a cafe where refreshments can be taken.
History of the Park
Hope Park has developed considerably since 1925 when the land was used for grazing the railway coach-horses which drew weary passengers from the busy Keswick Station to the hotels in the town. Sir Percy Hope owned the land and began developing it into a miniature golf course. It was opened on 27th May 1927, since when the park has become an important recreational area for both the residents and the increasing number of visitors to Keswick. The ornamental garden was once the private garden of Lady Hope. It was the wish of Sir Percy and Lady Hope that the inhabitants of Keswick and visitors to the town would continue to enjoy these recreational facilities.
Also visit our other park in Keswick at Fitz Park, Station Road.
Situated between the river and Station Road, Upper Fitz Park has a wonderful landscaping of trees and ornamental shrubs, which make an idyllic setting for the games available here. An 18 hole putting course, bowls and grass tennis courts are popular with all ages. Seating within the park and refreshments are available at the games kiosk, providing hot and cold drinks, confectionery and ice creams.
Across Station Road is Lower Fitz Park which is the setting for the cricket club, the new multi use games area and the new, much acclaimed children’s play area.
Hope Park is situated opposite Lakeside Car Park and the Theatre by the Lake enroute to Derwentwater.