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Lake District Lovers

Things to do in Keswick, Lake District

derwentwater from walla crag

Wrapped up in some of the most enigmatic scenery of the Lake District, Keswick is a colourful market town that casts its spell on everyone who visits. There’s no doubt you’ll fall in love with its distinctive charms and awe-inspiring backdrop. Packed with artisan shops, traditional pubs, stylish restaurants, and galleries, you’re never short of things to do in Keswick.

Arguably most well known for its weekly market that takes place in Keswick market square by Moot Hall, this is a vibrant Lakeland town full of life. But there are plenty of things to do just outside of the town centre too.

One of the best things to do in Keswick is a lakeside walk along the shores of Derwentwater. You’ll be introduced to plenty of notable spots such as Friars Crag, Ashness Bridge and Jetty, Calfclose Bay and the Centenary Stone.

view of keswick from Castlehead woods

Fell Walks from Keswick

Keswick is a great starting point for some of the more popular fell walks in the Lake District. With many of the fells overlooking Derwentwater, you can enjoy striking views. One of the most iconic walks is Catbells, which is a steep but short climb and a favourite walk for beginners or families with young children. Another fantastic viewpoint overlooking Derwentwater is from the summit of Castlehead Woods. As well as some of the higher Northern and Central fells, more of the popular walks from Keswick include:

  • Walla Crag
  • Castle Crag
  • Latrigg
  • Skiddaw
  • Dodd Wood
  • Keswick to Threlkeld Railway trail
  • Derwentwater lakeside walk
catbells and derwenwater lakeshore
Catbells and Derwentwater Lakeshore

Keswick Attractions

If climbing fells isn’t your thing, there are lots of places to visit in Keswick with attractions for all ages. From interesting museums and landmarks to indoor activities perfect for rainy days in the Lake District, there’s never a dull moment.

  • Castlerigg Stone Circle
  • Millican Dalton’s Cave
  • Hope Park and the bronze statue of Max the Miracle Dog
  • Lodore Falls
  • Derwent Pencil Museum
  • Keswick Museum and Art Gallery
  • Puzzling Place
  • Newlands Adventure Centre and Keswick Climbing Wall
  • Theatre by the Lake
max the miracle dog statue
Max the Miracle Dog

Outdoor Activities in Keswick

For anyone who loves to be in the fresh, open air, the outdoor activities here provide some of the best things to do in Keswick. The youngsters will love the crazy golf, woodland trail and remote-control boats at Hope Park, while the parents can enjoy a coffee and amble around the gardens. Go Ape at Whinlatter Forest offers great activities for kids and adults that love an adrenaline rush with activities such as Segway, Treetop Challenge, zip lines and high ropes to tackle. But if you like to get out onto the water, these water-based activities on Derwentwater will be right up your street.

Self-Catering Accommodation in Keswick

AD – If you’re looking for self-catering accommodation, Sykes Cottages have many hand-picked cottages in Keswick. From dog friendly holiday cottages and lakeside accommodation to self-catering farmhouses, you’ll find something to suit your needs. Visit Sykes Cottages to explore their properties.

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