Amy’s muchbetter guide to Keswick

Why Keswick?

Keswick has been crowned one of the Lake Districts adventure hubs for obvious reasons. The provision of outdoor retailers and adventure activity providers is abundant. Youre spoiled for choice of adventure, with the breathtaking landscape right at your finger tips.

No where else in the Lake District can you find yourself in such a lively and vibrant town with the mountains and lakes just a moment away. Theres no escaping the dramatic fells, they tower above the town waiting to be explored. Its not just a destination for experienced adventure seekers, there are also loads of fantastic activities for those looking for an introduction into adventure sports.

Favorite spots for Amy in Keswick?

Keswick itself is alive with atmosphere but just 5 minutes stroll from the town centre you can find yourself along the shores of Derwentwater.

Friars Crag lakeside walk is a hot favourite for lakeside views, its an easy walk but the views across the water and down in Borrowdale are the superb. (Not necessarily adventurous but beautiful!). The Borrowdale Valley is an incredible walking destination with a varied landscape with walks available for most abilities, whilst visiting make sure you explore some of the charming valley villages for a pint in a village pub.

Its also a great place to go rock climbing. The nearby Newlands Valley is the perfect place to try ghyll scrambling. Canoeing, windsurfing and sailing can be enjoyed on Derwentwater or Bassenthwaite Lake, both just a stones throw away from the town centre. Whinlatter is the best place for mountain biking, cycle through the beautiful forest park and enjoy wonderful views across Bassenthwaite Lake and onto Blencathra and Skiddaw.

Favorite places to grab some food in Keswick?

Good Taste sells honest good grub made by celebrity chef Peter Sidwell. The Lakeland Pedlar serves delicious fresh vegetarian food and is very popular with cyclist. Theres a huge range of pubs to sample, which sell classic pub food, too difficult to pick a favourite but no harm in trying a few

Favorite places for a drink in Keswick?

To try local ale, you can visit the Keswick Brewery which offers tours and beer sampling, a great way to spend a few hours on a rainy day. The Royal Oak in Borrowdale is the perfect stop when exploring this breathtaking valley. Another Royal Oak, this time in Braithwaite, is a great place to have a rest after exploring Whinlatter Forest Park or on the C2C route by bike.

Whats the best time of year to come to Keswick?

Summer can get very busy, which is great for atmosphere but not so great for last minute bookings with adventure activity providers. Spring and Autumn are quieter and actually more beautiful times of year to come because of the colours and generally (please note generally!) more reliable weather, (check out the weather). The Lake Districthas had some great winters recently (typically in December), Keswick and the North Lakes have received great dumps of snow and opportunities for heart racing winter activities is to be had.

Anything else you need to share for people planning a muchbetter adventure to Keswick?

The Tourist Information Centre found in the main square of Keswick is an adventure base, this means staff are knowledgeable about local opportunities and can point in the right direction for planning your perfect adventure, as well as being the place to go to pick up the latest brochures and leaflets on what to do and where to go.

If youre looking for a green place to stay, Nurture Lakeland supports accommodation providers who are committed to looking after the local environment, a list of these can be found on the Green Directory.

If youre a walker or fell runner, visit Fix the Fellsto discover how you can fill in your footsteps by reducing your impact on the fells or donating to maintain our upland landscapes.

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