Days Out in Keswick

However long you are staying in Keswick you'll want to make the most of your time here. We've put together some of our favourite things to do in and around Keswick allowing you to mix and match and create your own itinerary whether it be for 48 hours, 72 hours or a longer visit. For first time visitors we hope this will help you to get your bearings around the town whilst more regular visitors will discover some hidden gems in the wider area and encourage you to come back time after time. 

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We've no shortage of eating places in and around Keswick for a light lunch, afternoon tea or takeaway. After a day out on the hills or exploring the local attractions you'll find restaurants offering a worldwide choice of cuisine, pubs and family friendly places to eat in the evening.

When you are looking for a little retail therapy you will find a tempting array of shops for all your everyday needs and gifts to take home. Shopping in Keswick is very enjoyable, the compact streets are ideal for browsing with lots of independent shops to enjoy.

Get to Know Keswick

Keswick Market Square Lake District Keswick Market Square
Keswick Boat Landings Lake District Keswick Boat Landings
Friar's Crag Derwentwater Keswick Lake District Friar's Crag
Weekly Market in Keswick Lake District Keswick Market

Morning - Spend the morning browsing round Keswick town centre.  You will discover lots of lovely shops both in the main Market Square and down every alley and side street. There are unique independent shops not found in the traditional high street. Most of the art galleries are off the main square and sell photographs, paintings, pottery and jewellery by local artists and craftspeople. If you need outdoor gear or equipment Keswick has a wide range of specialist retailers plus you will find a good choice of fashion shops.There are various shopping areas in Keswick with a mixture of traditional and contemporary shops, don't miss Packhorse Court, just off the Market Square, Lake Road and St John's Street aswell as Station Street and Tithebarn Street. There is a weekly market on Thursday and Saturday.
Afternoon - Take the short walk  to Derwentwater lakeshore and boat landings. The regular launch service around the lake starts from here and rowing and small motor boats can be hired. It takes about 15 minutes level leisurely stroll via Lake Road and the beautiful gardens of Hope Park to walk to the lake from Keswick Market Square. There are seven waymarked walks signposted  from the National Trust shop at the boat landings. Ranging from just 15 minutes to 1¾ hours the routes are easy to follow, whichever one you choose . If time is short only five minutes walk brings you to the not to be missed Friar's Crag with its tremendous views across the lake and towards Borrowdale. 

A Bird's Eye View of Keswick

View from Latrigg over Keswick Lake District View from Latrigg over Keswick
Fitz Park play area Keswick Lake District Fitz Park play area
Keswick Museum Lake District Keswick Museum
Path up Latrigg Keswick Lake District Path up Latrigg
Morning - Climb up Latrigg from Keswick, the return trip being easily achievable in 2-3 hours depending on your pace and the number of stops. The views from the summit over Keswick town, Derwentwater and the surrounding fells are breath-taking and will give a real sense of achievement. 
Afternoon - The route returns through Fitz Park so you could either spend the afternoon here and enjoy the great playground aswell as a putting green, a large open recreational area and riverside picnic benches. Alternatively visit Keswick Museum located between Upper and Lower Fitz Park where you will discover the rich social and industrial heritage of Keswick.

A Day out in Whinlatter Forest

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Whinlatter forest adventure playground keswick lake district Whinlatter Forest Wild Play
Hire a bike from Cyclewise in Whinlatter forest Keswick lake district Cycewise bike hire in Whinlatter Forest
Go ape tree top trek whinlatter forest keswick lake district Go Ape in Whinlatter Forest

Spend a day in Whinlatter Forest, England’s only true mountain forest just above Braithwaite, Keswick. Start off with a visit to the Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre.

Morning - Hire bikes from  Cyclewise Whinlatter and create your own adventure following the forest mountain bike trails! Or enjoy a walking one of  the waymarked trails, with routes for all ages and abilities and great for families.
Afternoon - Enjoy 2-3 hours in the trees at Go Ape Whinlatter, taking on zip wires, Tarzan swings, rope ladders and a variety of obstacles and crossings. The Whinlatter WildPlay trail is for children of all ages. Its 9 different play areas take you on a journey through the trees and include a climbing wall, water features, giant swings and a secret path.

Explore Keswick's Great Indoors

Puzzling Place Keswick Lake District Puzzling Place
Derwent Pencil Museum Keswick Lake District Derwent Pencil Museum
Keswick Leisure Pool Keswick Lake District Keswick Leisure Pool

We do get the odd rainy day but Keswick is beautiful on the indoors too with a choice of unmissable museums and attractions.

Morning - Start your day with a visit to the world-famous  Derwent Pencil Museum. Through words, pictures and carefully restored machinery you can trace the history of pencil making and see how Derwent Fine Art pencils are made today. Or visit  Puzzling Place which houses a mind-boggling array of optical illusions, holograms, interactive exhibits and an anti-gravity room.
Afternoon -  Just across town is the superb Keswick Leisure Pool complete with water slide and wave machine ideal for a wet day or also to cool off on a hot day.

A Day in Borrowdale

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The Bowder Stone Keswick the Lake District The Bowder Stone
Honister Slate Mine Keswick the Lake District Honister Slate Mine Keswick the Lake District
Honister Slate Mine Keswick the Lake District Honister Slate Mine

Leave the car behind and explore Borrowdale using the  local Keswick bus services . In the summer months buy an explorer ticket and hop on and off the Honister Rambler bus. Over the winter the Borrowdale Rambler goes from Keswick as far as Seatoller.

Morning - Leave Keswick and journey along the shores of Derwentwater into the jaws of Borrowdale, one of the most spectacular valleys in the Lake District.The route follows the river upstream past Rosthwaite before reaching Seatoller. From the valley floor the road winds steeply up the Honister Pass. Arrive at  Honister Slate Mine where you have a choice of activities. Go deep underground on a guided mine tour of the last working slate mine in England. For a more adrenaline filled activity try the via ferrata, the original miners' track up the steep outer incline of Fleetwith Pike or climb the mine, an adventure deep inside the heart of a Lake District mountain. 
Afternoon -  Don't miss a visit to the  Bowder Stone , one of the most famous rocks in the Lake District.  Ashness bridge is one of the most photographed bridges in the Lake District. This fine small bridge is a perfect foreground for the view north over Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite with the mass of Skiddaw rising steeply above Keswick. 

A Family Day out on Derwentwater

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Morning -  The Derwentwater lakeshore circular walk makes a great start to your day. The route sets off through the woods, a great place for games of hide and seek. Don't forget to take a bag to collect things like pine cones along the way. This pram friendly route takes you as far as Calfclose Bay and then returns via the lakeshore. There are a few tree roots to negotiate along the way but nothing an all terrain pram couldn't handle. View and download route..
Afternoon -  Take your time on the return route stopping to picnic and paddle on the way. Even in colder weather splashing in the lake in wellies is great fun. Feeding the ducks and skimming stones are always popular activities. Just before getting back into Keswick town centre Hope Park offers traditional games such as crazy golf and pitch and putt and Cafe Hope where you can enjoy refreshments in or outside the cafe or take away.