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.

1 Visit the Bowder Stone

This precariously balanced boulder in Borrowdale has been a tourist attraction for over 200 years. Visit and wonder how it got there. 

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2 Complete The Keswick Mouse Trail

All the mischievous little mice from the Keswick Cheese Deli have escaped and are hiding in lots of wonderful shops around the town. Can you help to find all 22 of them? Collect a map from the Keswick Cheese Deli in Packhorse Court.

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3 Hike up Castle Crag

If you’re feeling energetic then why not take a hike up the smallest Wainwright, Castle Crag. You can explore the old mine workings on the top. Why not bring a thermos so you can enjoy a cuppa while you take in the stunning views over Derwentwater or down through the Jaws of Borrowdale?

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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.

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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.

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6 Picnic in the park

On a beautiful summer’s day there’s nothing better than having a picnic in one of Keswick’s parks. Hope Park in Keswick, has dramatic views overlooking Derwentwater and the surrounding fells, whilst Fitz Park sits below the majestic Skiddaw.

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.

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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.

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9 Walk round Derwentwater and find the hands

A classic walk round the lake is varied and not too challenging and you can explore the different coves and views. Plus if you get tired you can hop on the bus or the boat to finish your adventure. Can you find the hands sculpture?

10 Visit Catbells

A challenging walk up the iconic fell which flanks Derwentwater, Catbells offers unrivalled views of the area and a sense of achievement when you reach the summit. Make sure you check the forecast and bring the right kit before embarking on this one.

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