A guide to holidays in Keswick
Found on the shores of Derwentwater, one of the Lake District’s most popular lakes, Keswick is one of the largest towns in the region with plenty to enjoy both in and around the town. There is so much to see and do in the Keswick area, and our Keswick cottages are perfect for exploring all that the location has to offer.
Surrounded by fells, Keswick is a haven for those seeking a walking holiday, and it is the perfect place to explore the northern lakes from. Suitable to suit anybody is the walk up Latrigg, with an easy access path and a short length of around 1.5 miles. At the top, you can enjoy great views over Keswick and out to the Skiddaw range of mountains. Those seeking more of a challenge can take on the Wainwrights, a series of fells in the area that feature in Alfred Wainwright’s Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells.
For some level but equally scenic walks, why not try the Keswick to Threlkeld railway path as well as the Derwentwater Walk, a 10-mile waymarked walk taking you around the entire circumference of Derwentwater? You will enjoy spectacular views all the way round, and in the summer months it may even be warm enough to take a dip. It’s also possible to take in the stunning sights from on the water itself, with cruises provided by Keswick Launch. During the 50-minute journey, sit back and drink in the views from all angles, and enjoy a stop off at one of the many dropping-off points around the lake.
Besides its natural beauty, Keswick isn’t short of attractions, with one of them being the Lake District Wildlife Park, offering a fun day out for all the family. There is plenty to keep everyone entertained, whether you’re visiting for a short break or a longer holiday. Perhaps its most unique visitor attraction is the Pencil Museum. A visit here is more interesting than you might think, and on display you will find the first ever pencil as well as the world’s longest colouring pencil. For something a little more adrenaline-fuelled, head to the Keswick Climbing Wall and Outdoor Adventure Centre, which offers activities for both beginners and the more advanced, or the Newlands Adventure Centre, where you can try canoeing, kayaking and high ropes courses.
In the evenings, there are plenty of good places to eat or buy local food in the town, making Keswick excellent for both self-catering holidays, and for a special night out, try the Theatre by the Lake. Catch a performance of a classic play here while also enjoying the amazing scenic backdrop of Derwentwater. Keswick also holds an annual Mountain Festival, with a broad line-up that spans sporting events, live music and world-class speakers.
If you’ve been inspired to base your next Lake District holiday in Keswick, take a look at our complete collection of self-catering accommodation. From holiday cottages to apartments and luxury lodges, we have a variety of holiday lets to choose from to cater for breaks of all kinds. We even have a selection of dog-friendly holiday homes where your pet is welcome to come too.