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Why Keswick Is The Place To Stay When Visiting The Lake District

Posted on 20th July 2018 by CE Team

Traditional, stone-built cottages in Keswick are perfectly situated for visitors of all ages to enjoy an exciting mix of outdoor activities in Lake District. From peaceful lakeside walks with your family dog, to scaling the rugged heights of Mount Skiddaw, there are so many things to do in Lake District, you’ll never have time to be bored.

Self-Catering Holidays In Lake District Cottages

The picturesque market town of Keswick can keep you well supplied with all the fresh produce and local delicacies you need for a relaxing self-catering holiday. Beautifully appointed cottages in Keswick include Rose Terrace and Marley’s Den which are both within easy access of shops and the market square. While many Lake District cottages are ideal for older couples and small groups of friends, there are others in Keswick such as Tommy’s Cottage that can easily accommodate a family of six and their pet. With so many of the Lake District cottages being suitable for pets, it means every member of the family can share in the carefree holiday fun.

Things To Do In Keswick and the Lake District

Keswick is situated on the edge of Derwent Water, once a favourite haunt of the children’s author and artist, Beatrix Potter. There are many gentler paced lakeside trails with picnic areas that families with younger children can enjoy. Walkers with dogs often head for the stunning scenery of Brund Fell, the Great Wood at Derwent or the Cat Bells Lakeside Trail. Another popular walk takes you through the mysterious, ancient stone circle at Castlerigg. There is a large collection of plants in the landscaped gardens at Hope Park and the excitement of a BMX bike track at Fitz Park. There are many opportunities to see more of the majestic Cumbrian scenery by pony trekking. Supervised pony treks are available from different centres to suit both beginners and experienced riders. A ten-minute drive to the north of Keswick takes you to Bassenthwaite Lake where there is a nature reserve and a safari park with a variety of animals including meerkats, lemurs and yaks.

Outdoor Activities In Keswick


There is an imaginative choice of outdoor pursuits for visitors in search of adventure including a zip wire ride at Keswick’s Fitz Park. The nearby adventure centre offers you the chance to test your nerve with a dramatic abseiling drop of one hundred feet down Woden’s Face in the Borrowdale Valley. Keswick is ideally situated for mountain hiking or rock climbing enthusiasts. There are mountain peaks of varying heights to suit beginners or experienced climbers. Rugged mountain hiking trails can be found at Latrigg and Blencathra, while Grizedale Peak, Great Dodd, Hellvellyn and High Seat are just a few of the challenging peaks that are ideal for rock climbing. Not far from Keswick, there are mountain bike trails on the banks of the River Greta and in the Winlatter Forest. A Via Ferrata, a type of assault course that makes use of the natural terrain with additional steel ladders and rope nets, has been developed at Honister Crag. Derwent Water and nearby Ullswater are popular for water sports such as canoeing and wind surfing and have courses available where you can construct your own raft.

Holiday Cottages In Windermere

Self-catering cottages in Keswick are much sought after due to their perfect location for a variety of outdoor activities in Lake District. However, some visitors to Cumbria choose to travel slightly further south to stay in similar cottages in Windermere, where they will find even more things to do in Lake District.