Keswick has so much to offer. From walks of various difficulties, to museums and leisure activities.
Walks in and around Keswick
There are many walks of varying difficulty which can be started at Keswick such as Skiddow, Latrigg, Walla Crag and that around Derwentwater. All these can be accessed using local buses and the Keswick Launch, giving you the opportunity to explore this amazing area without ever having to use your car. Here are just a few:-
Aproximately a 3.5 mile walk that is relatively easy would be around the shores of Derwentwater from Keswick. The starting point being in Keswick and then around the shores of the Lake to the Lodore Landing Stage. To return to Keswick, use the launches on Derwentwater (seasonal)
An easy up and down walk via Spooney Green is the Latrigg from Keswick walk. This will take you in a circular route around the summit.
For minimum effort try the Castlehead from Keswick walking route. This low wooded hill is only 162 meters high and is a great way to enjoy the most splendid views.
An easy short walk in the Borrowdale Valley is the Rosthwaite Circular and Dalton’s Cave walking route. One will encounter lots of interest in this short circular walk.
If you fancy a valley walk try either the Newlands Valley or Stonethwaite Valley walks both at low level and with historical and literary insights. Expect spectacular Lakeland valley scenery and striking river views.
The Castlerigg Stone Circle and Tewet Tarn will take you on a circular walk starting and finishing at the Stone Circles, over to Tewet Tarn, passing the isolated church of St John’s in the Vale. Along this walk you will get stunning views of Blencathra, Latrigg and Skiddaw.
A shorter walk taking in the Stone Circles is one with takes you along the old railway path returning via Springs Wood.
For the most spectacular views over Derwentwater to the fells beyond climb Walla Crag. From your starting point in Keswick this route will take you up to the Crag then drop down to Ashness Bridge and back via the Lakeshore.
If you take the Launch at Keswick you can then begin the climb up to the Catbells and return via the Lakeshore to Hawkes End.
There are also many forest walks in this area including Whinlatter which is England’s only Mountain Forest. Also try Dodd Wood and Great Wood which have a good network of paths.
For a spectacular experience try the Rannerdale Knotts and Valley of the Bluebells walking route in May. Particularly good mid month to experience the splendour of the bluebells but a good walk at any other time of the year and with superb views.
For the more adventurous the Cumbrian Way walk is a 120km route from Ulverston to Carlisle which passes right through Keswick.
Keswick St John’s which can be seen for miles around, from the top of Catbells and into the beautiful Borrowdale Valley, dates back to the 1800’s.
Crosthwaite Parish Church is dedicated to St Kentigern’s and is a Grade 11 listed building that opened in 1181.
Keswick Methodist Church welcoming both local people and visitors alike.
Keswick Leisure Pool
This superb facility offers hours of entertainment, including water slides and wave machines during peak season. With an onsite gym and cafe and also a Bicycle Hire Centre too, offering all you need whilst holidaying in the area.
Theatre By The Lake
Situated on the shores of Derwentwater, from May until November a resident company of up to 14 actors perform a summer season of 6 plays in repertory.
Keswick Museum & Art Gallery
Situated in Fitz Park, established in 1873 and re-opened after major refurbishment in 2014.
The Derwent Pencil Museum
The museum is home to 500 years of history of the humble pencil and still stands on the original factory site. Suitable for the whole family and a great all weather attraction.
Threkeld Quarry & Mining Museum
Only 3 miles from Keswick the museum takes full advantage of its position within the Lakes. The quarry itself is a RIGS site and displays contact between the ‘Skiddaw Slate’ and the granite intrusion. It has many fascinating features such as The Mining Section, The Quarry Room and guided tours through a reconstructed lead/copper mine.