Keswick Travel Guide

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Keswick Highlights

  • Pro
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     Beautiful scenery - Great lakes and mountains 

  • Con
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     Parking Can Be Difficult (& Expensive) At Peak Times 

  • In a nutshell
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     If you only stay in one town in the Lakes District, make it Keswick 

Keswick Things to Do

  • Enjoy Hope Park

    Hope Park is a lovely space in Keswick to enjoy relaxing on a park bench. Maybe take in a game of crazy golf.

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  • Dodd Wood Osprey Viewing Point

    We spent a couple of hours at this relaxing place enjoying the countryside and seeing the Osprey nests.There are two viewpoints, both of which are staffed in the summer by friendly, knowledgeable RSPB volunteers. Start with the lower viewpoint where we were lucky enough to see some red squirrels in the woods as well as taking a look at the Osprey...

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  • Derwent Water

    This is one of the principal bodies of water in the Lake District,it lies wholly within the borough of Allerdale in Cumbria.The lake occupies part of Borrowdale and lies directly south of the town of 'Keswick'.It is both fed and drained by the River Derwent and measures 3 miles long by 1 mile wide and in some parts can be up to 22 metres deep(72...

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  • Hike up to Walla Crag

    This ended up as a full day's hike We set off on the morning, after breakfast, from our B&B in Kewsick and hiked first to the Castlerigg Stone Circle and then up to Walla Crag.It was a bit of a climb but well worth it for the views of Derwent Water and the town of Keswick from the top. We made it to the top for about 11:00, after setting out just...

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  • Hike to Castlerigg Stone Circle

    We hiked up to Castlerigg Stone Circle from our B&B in Keswick, after breakfast. The aim at the end was to be at Walla Crag.It was an easy hike from the town centre and we were lucky to have some decent weather when we arrived at the stone circle.As we arrived in the early morning it wasn’t crowded and so we were able to enjoy the silence and take...

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  • Cumberland Pencil Museum

    We did not take the tour of the Cumberland Pencil Museum; however, we did park at the pay and display lot in back of the Museum, which we found to be one of the cheaper and more convenient lots in the Village of Keswick. It is a few blocks walk from the Village center, but it is worth it due to the easy in and easy out access. Still, you want to...

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Keswick Restaurants

  • Fish & Chips

    We popped in here for a lovely plate of haddock and chips, all washed down with a splendid cup of tea.To have a sit down meal in a fish & chip shop is a rare treat for us, as we usually only get takeaways. The room upstairs is plenty big enough to fit you in, if you have left it late to get the nights supper.The fish was fresh and tasty and the...

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  • Try and eat a whole Cow Pie if you dare

    A cosy, old style pub with oak beams and wooden floors. The George has a good selection of beers from the local Jennings brewery. A pint of Snecklifter went down a treat, but to be honest I liked them all.We popped into the George on a couple of occasions during our stay in Keswick and it is a busy, friendly bar. You can eat in the restaurant, but...

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  • Don't Miss the Goulash

    This busy pub is a great place to stop off for deinner after a days walking in the Lake District.It was recommended by a friend, and so we popped in on the first night of our stay to see what it was like. A cosy somewhat smallish place, so come early to get a table, or be prepared to stand at the bar to wait for one.Good beer and even better...

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  • Sweeney's

    Sweeny's occupies several floors - the upper floors are accomodation (you can stay here, about 30-35 pounds per person per night), the ground floor is a restaurant and the lower floor (described as a cellar) has a more relaxed lounge/bar with sofas & comfy seats. Can't say. Since I was here last it's changed hands, so I dunno what's on the menu...

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  • No Tours, But Good Beer

    I had hoped that we could take a tour of the Keswick Brewing Co. operations. I was surprised to see that their operations were relatively small and that no tours were available. They do have a tiny gift shop. Their beer is quite good nevertheless and it was worth seeking out the small brewery while wandering the streets of Keswick. I liked their...

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  • Fantastic Pasties in Keswick

    I was looking for something for lunch while in Keswick and stumbled upon this little gem. Walking by The Cornish Pasty I was drawn to the piles upon piles of big, delicious looking pasties in the window. I got a ham and leak pasty for lunch and an apple and blackcurrant pasty for desert. They were both awesome. The ham and leek pasty was like...

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Keswick Nightlife

  • Theatre by the Lake

    This theatre used to be called The Blue Box and was a series of trailers arranged so that they formed a large proceneum. Now Keswick has a theatre to be proud of.In August 2005 I went to see a spoof crime play called "Dick Barton Special Agent". Smart casual

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  • Oddfellows Arms

    Set on two floors, the upper floor as I recall being more suited for eating than downstairs, though that wasn't compulsory. The food at this pub was the cheapest and also the most basic that we had. Much more of a "pre-prepared" feel to it, and kind of old-fashioned veggie choices (veggie lasagne, broccoli bake, stuff we thought was "inventive" 15...

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  • The Dog & Gun

    Wheyhey, NOT a Jennings Pub!Dunno what it is, it WAS Hartley's I think, but they are no more. Sells a variety of guest real ales and quite good food too. Nice fire in the winter, a bare slate floor and sturdily beamed interior give it a certain "rustic charm". Anything

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Keswick Transportation

  • Keswick Launch around Derwentwater

    The Keswick Launch is a great way to take a relaxing cruise around Derwentwater.In the summer, two ferries leave Keswick (anticlockwise 09:45, clockwise 10:00).It has six stop offs around the lake (clockwise):Ashness GateLodoreHigh B'howLow B'howHawse EndNichol Endand then back to Keswick.The round trip takes about 50 minutes, but you can hop off...

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  • getting to Keswick

    You can reach Keswick by road on the A66 either from j40 of the M6 or from the direction of Cockermouth.if travelling from the South Lakes,take the A591 from Windermere via Ambleside along Lake Thirlmere.

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  • Driving is a Must

    A car is an absolute must if you want to get the most out of the Lake District. Bus routes appear to be sporadic and they will not get you to some of the off the beaten path places that make the Lake District so special.We took the train from Edinburgh to Penrith and rented a car there to drive into the Lake District. Penrith wasn't a bad place to...

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Keswick Shopping

  • Little Shops Abound

    The Necessary Angel is just one example of the many little shops that abound in Keswick and the villages throughout the Lake District. This little jewelry shop is emblematic of many of them. My wife looked at the jewelry while I talked with the husband and wife owners of the shop. My wife found a couple things that she fell in love with and we...

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  • Saturday Market Day in Keswick

    We were there to meet some friends, and found ourselves in the middle of the Market. Whatever you needed - farmers market for food, clothing - new and previously-enjoyed (aka used), books, gadgets and gizmos - it all seemed to be there. At the market - whatever takes your fancy, or whatever you need. $ to $$ - you control your budget

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  • Market day in Keswick

    Keswick has an excellent little shopping centre with a good selection of various shops, and on saturday there is a open air market held in the square by the moot hall.Its not a huge market, and like all markets there is some "tat" there, but there is also some good little stalls selling local produce and handicrafts. Well worth a visit.

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Keswick Warnings and Dangers

  • Driving - Narrow Roads

    It took a couple days to get used to driving on the narrow roads of the Lake District. Many of the roads, especially the secondary roads, are only one lane wide, but they have traffic going in both directions. The key is to look for the sporadic wide spots in the road where you can pull over and let people by. Otherwise, you have to inch by and...

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  • Cows in the Road

    I loved everything about the Lake District, including driving there. One of the two biggest driving hazards, and the one I found most enjoyable and humorous, was cows in the road. They definitely have the right of way.

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  • How steep? Very.

    The road to Honister Pass and beyond is steep, narrow and, in the wrong season, can be treacherous. Since I'm a bit of an adrenalin junkie, these are things I never gave a thought to whilst I was driving over to Buttermere; in fact, I enjoyed it and, it was only after I returned to Australia that I realised there are those who don't enjoy this sort...

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Keswick Tourist Traps

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    by Galahad Updated Feb 26, 2004

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    Try to go to Keswick outside the main season, as for most of the year it is a nightmare to drive through. Once there, even the streets can be hard work (ie even the ones with no traffic).

    Unique Suggestions: Park outside the town centre and walk into town. Totally avoid the town in "Convention Week" and the Jazz Festival, unless you wish to attend either of those events.

    Fun Alternatives: There is a good by-pass road to the north of the town. Use it! Even if it is to get into town from the otherside.

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Keswick What to Pack

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    by vichatherly Updated Jan 27, 2012

    Luggage and bags: A rucksack is a good idea.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You'll want to do some walking, so some comfy, sturdy boots are essential.

    Photo Equipment: All my photos were taken with a small compact digital. I'm not one for lugging along a huge slr and a tripod, although I have now got a small gorilla tripod for the Canon.

    Miscellaneous: Expect it to rain at some point during your stay in the Lake District and so bring along light waterproof clothes.

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Keswick Off The Beaten Path

  • St. Cuthbert's Church - Lorton

    We stumbled upon St. Cuthbert's Church on our first afternoon in the Lake District. We arrived at Winder Hall early in the afternooon, had a delicious snack of tea and scones, and then went for a walk to explore the area and relax. Following roads and public footpaths brought us to St. Cuthbert's. The church is unassuming, but beautiful in a simple...

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  • Public Footpaths

    I loved the public footpaths that crisscross the many areas of the Lake District that make taking a walk so delightful. These footpaths frequently went through farmer's fields (which would never happen in the U.S.) where their cattle or sheep were grazing.

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  • Cumberland Pencil museum..

    The Cumberland Pencil Museum is the only attraction in the world devoted exlusively to the rich and fascinating history of the pencil.From the discovery of Borrowdate graphite in the early 1500's to the formation of the Cumberland Pencil Company in 1832,the museum charts the development of the humble pencil through the centuries.How to find Pencil...

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Keswick Sports & Outdoors

  • Easy Classic Keswick Walk

    This was an easy 3 hour walk we did in late December - considered to be a classic of Keswick for its views anytime of year. Its a circular walk starting at Hawes End Car Park (opposite side of lake to Keswick) and takes in the lower terrace path of Cat Bells - you can hike steeply up to the ridge path for a more challenging longer hike if desired -...

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  • Golf

    At Hope park there is a pitch & putt golf and also a crazy golf. These are both great fun and the pitch & put course must surely be one of the most scenic in the whole country.The crazy golf is my personal favourite though, cos I'm crap at golf and the "crazy" makes it even for everyone ;-) None, you get it all at the kiosk.

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  • Rowing

    On a sunny day it's nice to take a boat out onto Derwentwater. Rowing boats can be hired from the hut at the Keswick landings. Get one for a couple of hours - you can't really get anywhere in an hour. Note that Derwent Island (the nearest one) is private and you're not allowed to land there.

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