10 FREE things to do in Keswick
With the cost of living going up and budgets being squeezed, treats like holidays and days out can suffer. However, a stay in or day trip to Keswick needn’t break the bank. Here are some ideas of completely free things to do in the area. So, pack your picnic and your walking boots and check out these great ideas.
4 Take part in one of Keswicks parkruns
Whinlatter forest is England’s only true mountain forest. Set within the Lake District, a World Heritage Site, Whinlatter has unrivalled views across Bassenthwaite Lake, Derwentwater and Keswick. Although they do have paid activities you can visit and explore the extensive trails for free, and if you’re there on a Saturday morning, why not join in with their challenging parkrun. If you want a slightly gentler parkrun, Keswick parkrun along the railway path is more amenable.
5 Go for a paddle or dip in one of our lakes, rivers or nearby pools
In the summer months, why not have a refreshing paddle in Derwentwater or one of our beautifully clear rivers. If you are up for a longer visit, you can take a trip down Langstrath Valley to visit Black Moss Pot, a deep craggy pool perfect for dips, or the brave might even consider a jump. If you’re new to outdoor swimming then it is advisable to get guidance and advice – Swim on the Wild Side offer lessons.
7 Walk to Castlerigg Stone Circle
One of Britain's most impressive prehistoric monuments sits on a low hill to the east of Keswick with a ring of mountains surrounding it. Castlerigg Stone Circle is one of the earliest stone circles to be found in Britain and is important in terms of megalithic astronomy and geometry. You can take a short walk from Keswick to visit and it can also be popular to watch the sun come up here on the summer and winter solstice.
8 Go for a cycle
There is cycling for all ages and abilities here. Whether you want to have a play on Fitz Park’s BMX track, explore Whinlatter’s mountain bike trails, or a road cycle over the stunning passes (not for the fainthearted), there’s something for everyone. Also the new Keswick to Threlkeld trail is a great family cycle route.