Keswick is a lovely Lakeland town in the County of Cumbria and well known for its scenic beauty, amid the Skiddaw Mountains and Derwentwater Lake, it is also the North Lakes most popular holiday destination
. The North Lakes area is compact and easy to explore whether for a short stroll or something a little more challenging there are walks to suit all abilities.
A popular Lakeland Fell walk is Catbells which is approximately 5km from Keswick from the top the views of Derwentwater and the surrounding Fell area are impressive.
You should take a trip on Derwentwater Lake; the Keswick Launch operates a trip around the lake (April-November) stopping at a number of places on the way. There are other options on offer you can hire a rowing boat and spend some time yourselves on the water. It is advisable to confirm the dates, opening times etc. before your holiday to avoid disappointment if an activity is closed for any reason. Contact www.keswick.org for up to the minute information/details on attractions, accommodation and activities etc.
Other things to see and do in and around the town include a visit to the Keswick Museum and Art Gallery the museum tells the story of Keswick’s past to present day. The Art Gallery has a variety of exhibitions by local and other artists throughout the year. Some of you may want to visit the Theatre by the Lake which is situated at the side of Derwentwater; the theatre produces a Summer Season of plays and hosts a programme of concerts, exhibitions, drama and talks. The famous Cumberland Pencil Museum is an interesting visitor attraction it tells the story of how pencils are made with in depth information, and displays on the History of Graphite Mining, worth visiting.
Keswick has a selection of shops to browse around as well as a good choice of outdoor clothing outlets there are antique, paintings, pottery and jewellery shops to keep you occupied. Keswick Saturday market offers a good range of crafts, pottery and local produce. You will find plenty of cafes, coffee shops, tea-rooms in and around the town where you can enjoy some food /refreshments and rest awhile; there are sufficient pubs and restaurants for a drink or evening meal.
There is a variety of accommodation on offer in the town and the surrounding area with something to suit all tastes from camp sites, guest houses, B&Bs, and self-catering cottages/log cabins.
Another popular tourist attraction is to the Castlerigg Stone Circle on the outskirts of the town, it dates from around 3000BC the circle of stones is thought to have had some astronomical significance or ceremonial purpose neither explanation is confirmed. The circle consists of 38 stones and within the ring is a rectangular of 10 standing stones.
If you enjoy cycling you will find plenty of cycle routes it is a great way to explore the area, either bring your own or hire one locally.
There are scenic bus tours these tend to run from the beginning of April through to October. There are several lakes within easy reach of Keswick giving you the opportunity to try a range of water sports which include windsurfing; sailing, kayaking and rowing, tuition is available at several centres. In addition other sports that you may like to try are paragliding, rock climbing, fell running, horse riding etc.
There are lots of attractions and activities plus some stunning scenery to enjoy in and around Keswick, to enable everyone to have an enjoyable holiday break