A Guide To Autumn In Keswick
It feels like summer has flown by in the blink of an eye, and now we have autumn to look forward to. The changing of the seasons is truly beautiful in the Lake District, and Keswick is no different: the days might be getting shorter, but you can still pack a lot in during your visit!
One of the best things about the Lake District is the stunning landscapes, and here in Keswick we have the best of both worlds with incredible lakes, fells, and woodlands all within walking distance, as well as a beautiful historic market town to explore. Around this time of year, there’s no better way to appreciate the changing colours of the leaves than exploring the local area, whether you choose to walk or cycle. We have lots of different walking and cycling routes for you to choose from, from easy rambles to some more challenging routes that will get your blood pumping, and bike rides that are suitable for all the family.
Another great place to explore during the autumn is Whinlatter Forest: just a short drive from Keswick, England’s only mountain forest has a wildlife trail, walking and cycling paths, an adventure playground, and visitors' centre and café. For a unique perspective on the changing autumnal woodland, have a go on a Go Ape Segway, or swing through the trees in the Go Ape Tree Top Adventure.
You might even spot some local wildlife while you’re exploring the woods and fells around Keswick: we’ve written a handy guide all about local Lake District wildlife and where you can spot them, from red squirrels to ospreys, red deer, roe deer, otters, and peregrine falcons. Remember to keep your distance and try not to disturb any wildlife you see, but if you manage to snap a photo, do remember to share it with us on our Facebook page.
Once you’ve spent a fun-filled day exploring, now that the nights are starting to draw in, there are plenty of cosy pubs and fantastic restaurants in Keswick where you can enjoy a delicious meal and wind down at the end of a busy day. From traditional pub food by a crackling fire at The George, to dry-aged steaks or seafood cooked right at your table at The Sizzling Stone, there’s a great range of cuisines and places to eat in Keswick.
If the days are a little colder, or if you don’t feel like heading out of Keswick to explore, there’s still plenty to do in town. Our high street is home to a great range of local and independent shops, selling everything from books to bikes, fashion, homeware, gifts and much more.
You could also indulge in a visit to the theatre: Theatre by the Lake is Keswick’s incredible professional theatre, set on the shores of Derwentwater, which stages up to nine productions per year of both classic and modern plays, as well as being the home of local festivals for jazz, literature, and, of course, film. To see what’s on during your autumn visit to Keswick, take a look at their website.
The fantastic Alhambra Cinema is the perfect place to spend a rainy afternoon; this traditional cinema is over a hundred years old, and is open seven days a week, showing the latest film releases, as well as classic films and showings from the National Theatre and the Royal Opera House. There’s sure to be a film for you, from family-friendly fun to Hollywood blockbusters.
A staple event during autumn is Halloween, and we can’t think of a better way to mark the occasion than a spooky ghost walk with Lakeland Hauntings. Join “The Lady”, your mysterious tour guide, as she takes you on a guided walk and divulges some of the local legends and dark secrets of Keswick’s hidden history.
We hope that we’ve given you some inspiration for your autumnal visit to Keswick. To find out more about staying in Keswick, including where to stay and what to do, take a look around our website.