Lake District Activities and information in and near Keswick
Keswick is located in the Northern Lake District, 16 miles West of Penrith and 30 miles South of Carlisle. The town is situated at the foot of the Skiddaw mountain range and at the Northern end of Derwentwater, the widest lake in the Lake District. The town attracts a wide range of visitors who enjoy the beauty of the area. There are variety of shops, restaurants, cafes and galleries, a cinema, leisure centre, museum and the award winning Theatre by the Lake. There are also some stunning parks and the nearby lake, where you can hire rowing boats or take the launch. A number of places of interest nearby make this an exciting area to stay.
For a diary of Keswick events and festivals etc click here
Keswick is a haven for walkers who visit the beautiful town as a base for some of the best and most famous walks in England. Many visitors travel down Borrowdale Valley which is the most direct route to ascend Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England. There are many other activities to choose from in the area including cycling, water sports, fishing, bird watching and golf.
Below is a selection of website links to activities, information and eating places in and around Keswick. There are many activities, for all ages and abilities, in the Lake District and Cumbria.
Please browse the sites below:
Keswick Weather & Travel
BBC Five Day forecast– The Lake District weather is naturally unpredicatable but this is what the BBC says.
Weatherline – Local forecast for the Lake District National Park
MWIS – Mountain Weather Information Service forecast for the Lake District
Met Office Weather – Keswick weather direct from the Met Office
Keswick School – Weather station showing detail of current weather in Keswick area
BBC Travel News Cumbria – Winter travel advice. Keep up to date with all the latest road works, closures etc
Keswick & Lake District – Attractions and “Things To Do”
Theatre by the Lake – Keswick’s own award winning Theatre on the shores of Derwentwater
Honister Slate Mine – Via Ferrata, Underground Mine Tours and learn how slate is mined
Go Ape in Whinlatter Forest – Tree Top adventures for all, only a few miles from Keswick
Alhambra Cinema – Top Films and a quality traditional Cinema in Keswick
Keswick Museum – A gem of a museum showing the history of Keswick and its many artefacts
King Kong Climbing Centre – Indoor climbing, Ice climbing and other activities.
Keswick Launch – Lake cruises on Derwentwater, rowing boats and motor boat hire.
Keswick Climbing Wall – Indoor climbing and outdoor activities
Rheged – Large screen movies and many things to do, exhibitions, displays and shops. Well worth a visit
Keswick Golf Club – Enjoy a round of golf on one of the UK’s most beautiful courses
Keswick Bikes – Buy and hire road and mountain bikes, clothing and equipment.
The Cumberland Pencil Museum – The famous Keswick pencil museum
Keswick Mountain Rescue Team – If anything goes wrong you can call on them
Lake District Search and Rescue Dogs – SARDA Amazing dogs who help mountain rescue and other emergency services
Osprey Watch – Keep in touch with our own nesting Osprey
The Puzzling Place – Where seeing is not always, believing
The Wainwright Society – In honour of Master Fellwalker Alfred Wainwirght
Hill Top – Information and opening times for Hill Top the home of Beatrix Potter. Visit the National Trust web site
Keswick Restaurants – A selection of Keswick’s eating places that we recommend
Keswick Restaurants – A directory of eating places
Morrels – A fine restaurant on Lake road. Modern style and great food – tel 017687 72666
Casa Bella – Family run Italian style restaurant specialising in freshly cooked pasta and pizza – tel 017687 75575
The Chalet – A lovely spot for lunch just outside Keswick but no longer serving evening meals.
Lakes Bar & Bistro – Good food in a modern and comfortable environment. tel 017687 74080
Siennas – Restaurant and Bar – 017687 80430
The George – Good Beer and good food – tel 017687 72076
Skiddaw Hotel – 017687 72071
XV11 Coffee Shop & Bistro – tel 017687 71171
Lakeland Spice Cuisine – Indian Restaurant – tel 017687 80005
Silk Road – Chinese restaurant – 017687 71364
Golden Hills – Chinese Restaurant – tel 017687 773165
Pubs/Bars in Keswick
The George – Keswick’s oldest Inn. Good Beer and good food – tel 017687 72076
Bank Tavern – tel 017687 72663
Cafe Bar 26 – tel 017687 80863
Lake Road Inn – tel 017687 72404
Pack Horse Inn – tel 017687 71148
Pheasant Inn, Crosthwaite Road- Great food and great beer – 017687 72219
Square Orange Cafe Bar – 017687 73888
Es Bar – Mexican Tapas Bar. Music and food in a fun environment – tel 017687 75222
Keswick Mountain Festival – Activity based Festival held in May. Film, Lectures, seminars and activities for all outdoor enthusiasts.
Keswick Beer Festival – Popular annual beer festival held at Keswick Rugby Club on the first weekend in June
Keswick Film Festival – A fantastic programme of film from around the world.
Words By The Water – Keswicks literature Festival based at The Theatre by the Lake
Keswick Jazz Festival – Famous festival brings Keswick alive attracting visitors from around the world
Keswick Convention – Keswick’s Christian Convention which has been taking place since 1875
Keswick’s best outdoor retail shops
George Fisher – Nationally renowned Award winning outdoor shop based in Keswick
Rathbones of Keswick – Award winning Family run business providing excellent service.
Cotswold Outdoors – Excellent range of clothing and outdoor equipment
Needle Sports – For specialist climbing gear and advice in Keswick.
Outdoor Activities – Guiding/Climbing/Scrambling/Cycling
Keswick Adventure Centre – Organised activities for all grades in Climbing, Canoeing, Gyhll Scrambling, Biking etc. etc.
Carol Climb – Outdoor activities and expeditions in the Lake District and Southern Scotland.
More Than Mountains – Instruction in Climbing, Scrambling, Navigation, Guided Walks
Mobile Adventure – Keswick based Lake District Outdoor Activities to suit all grades and skill levels
Keswick Rambles – Guided walks in the Keswick area. See website for full details
The Lake District Walker – Based in Cockermouth and offering Guided Fell Walks in the Lake District
Pace the Peaks – Fell walking in the Lake District with Cathy Colam
Lake District Walking Routes and Photography Sites
Trekking Britain – Interesting walk routes and images from around the UK
mywainwrights – Photographic walking journal of the Lake District, North Penines & Snowdonia
Mad About Mountains – Photo images of Lake District fells
Rob Grange – Keswick based photographer specialises in Landscape & Weddings
Other Interesting Keswick Sites
Keswick Fairtrade Campaign – Glendale Guest House is a member of Keswick’s Fairtrade Campaign. More information here.
Keswick in Bloom – An enthusiastic group of volunteers who’s work enhances the natural and planted environment of Keswick
Official Tourist Information Sites
The Official Keswick Website – Keswick.org – Keswick Tourism Association, Accommodation, Walking Routes, Activities, Attractions, Adventure, Travel Timetables, What to see and What to do, and much more.
Lake District National Park Authority – Official Site for LDNPA
Cumbria Tourism – Regional tourist board web site for the Lake District and the whole of Cumbria
Visit Britain – Official site for all tourism businesses in Britain
Visit England – Accommodation and visitor attractions in England
The National Trust – Information on National Trust land & properties in the Lake District and the whole of Britain
Google Maps – Find it on the map with Google
Bing Maps – Great for route finding and post code search
The AA – Any route anywhere in the UK
Ordnance Survey – The best detailed mapping of the UK for walking, biking and travel
Keswick/Lake District Travel
Bus & Train – Getting to Keswick and getting around by Bus and Train. All the timetable information
Penrith to Keswick by Bus – Link to the timetable for the X5 Bus route
Davies Taxis – Reliable Taxi service based in Keswick
Trainline – Travel to and from Keswick by Train via Penrith. See timetable and buy tickets here on trainline.com.
National Rail Enquiries – Search routes and time tables anywhere in the UK
National Express – Nationwide Coach service in and out of Keswick
Virgin Trains – Rail tickets and timetables for the west coast main line
Keswick/Lake District Accommodation Sites
Do Keswick – Travel and community website for Keswick on Derwentwater
Keswick Guest houses – Directory of Guest House accommodation in Keswick
Lake District Cottages – Accommodation & tourist guide for the Lake District National Park
Lake District Cottages – Self Catering holiday cottages in the Lake District
Bed and Breakfast Directory – Accommodation search in UK
Weddings in Lakeland – The online wedding directory for the English Lake District
Virtual Lakes – Lake District photos, walks, tours and CD-roms. Daily full screen desktops
Lake District Guides – Accommodation, activities and walks in the Lake District.
English Lakes – Extensive guide to Cumbria & the Lakes with walks & information.
The Lakes– Lakes, Mountains , Walks & Attractions of the Lake District
Bed and breakfast UK – Directory of B&B accommodation in Lake District and UK
Glendale Guest House, Keswick is featured on YouStayUK.com, your guide to recommended things to do and B&B / Guest Houses in Keswick, Cumbria (inc. Lake District)