Things to do

Boats, buses, bikes and boots — we have it all covered in Keswick, the Adventure Capital of the North and since 2018 a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Boats

See the spectacular scenery of Derwentwater by Launch
See the spectacular scenery of Derwentwater by Launch

From Slee Cottage lake Derwentwater is a mere 5 minute walk away and from here you can hire rowing boats or take a cruise around the lake and see the stunning scenery from Walla Crag, Castle Crag round to the Catbells range. Hop on and off the launches at various landing stages. At other places around the lake you can hire canoes and kayaks etc.


Buses

The Honister Rambler is one of the most scenic bus routes in England
The Honister Rambler is one of the most scenic bus routes in England

Keswick is situated in the heart of the Lake District and buses can be caught from here to travel to Cockermouth in the west of the county, Carlisle in the north, Penrith & Ullswater to the east, and Grasmere, Ambleside and Windermere to the south. The very popular Honister Rambler bus does as it says. Travel the scenic route into the Borrowdale valley and alongside Derwentwater, over Honister Pass to Buttermere and return via Whinlatter Pass. Keswick Tourism have a great a variety of walking routes in and around Keswick on their website.  For those in possession of a Senior Bus Pass the whole County is accessible to you, allowing you to travel without having to worry about car parking etc.

For bus times visit www.traveline.info


Bikes

The Altura Trail at Whinlatter Forest puts the mountain back into biking
The Altura Trail at Whinlatter Forest puts the mountain back into biking

Mountain biking is a very popular activity in our area, no shortage of routes and suitable for the very beginner to the more experienced cyclist.  If you haven’t brought your own bike you will find three outlets in Keswick offering bike hire (including e-bikes) and they will equip you to get you on your way. Whinlatter can offer a great mountain bike experience following their Altura routes.

Keswick is also part of the C2C Network (Sustrans route 71) allowing cyclists to travel many miles on quiet country roads and railway lines.

If you are a U3A Member you will be more than welcome to join the Easy Wheeler and Social Groups when they meet.  For more details check the Skiddaw U3A website.

 


Boots

Good fell walking with great views
Good fell walking with great views

There can be no better place than Keswick to hike or climb. There are many walks that can be done starting from Slee Cottage. Around Derwentwater, Walla Crag, Latrigg, Catbells to name just a few.

If you have never ventured out onto the fells then visit the Tourist Information for a wealth of ideas and for those who are regular walkers but short of an idea or two then there is the full set of Wainwright’s on the bookcase just waiting to tempt you onto our fells. So no excuse, get those boots on and start walking!

If you are a U3A Member you will be more than welcome to join the Strollers, Roamers or Fell Walking Groups when they meet.  For more details check the Skiddaw U3A website.


Rainy Days

On the occasional wet days, there is plenty to see and do in Keswick.

There is the famous Pencil Museum, home to the world’s largest pencil, and a world of illusion at the Puzzling Place. Both within a short distance from the cottage.

Try a tour and sample of the Lake District Breweries. We have the famous Jennings Brewery in Cockermouth, Keswick Brewing Company and Lakes Distillery close by.

The area is also home to some delightful Art galleries.


Food & Drink

Keswick boasts a diverse selection of eating places from typical pub food (try the famous ghoulash at the Dog & Gun or attempt the cow pie at the George Hotel!) to fine dining and lots in between covering Indian, Chinese, Italian and Thai cuisine.

When walking around Derwentwater you must visit Grange Cafe in Borrowdale.  You can be assured of home cooked meals, snacks and cakes.  Try the Warm Sticky Gingerbread with Maple Syrup and Clotted Cream for a welcome treat!!

 

THERE IS SO MUCH TO SEE AND DO IN KESWICK AND THE SURROUNDING AREA IT WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA TO VISIT THE KESWICK TOURIST INFORMATION IN THE MOOT HALL TO GET UP TO DATE INFORMATION