Out & About

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 well reputed theatre. 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.

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.

To add to your enjoyment. San Ging is part of the Theatre by the Lake Ambassador scheme and guests receive a discount on tickets to in-house performances. Discount vouchers available on request.
Guests also have use of the spa at Armathwaite Hall hotel, Bassenthwaite

Below is a selection of website links to activities in and around Keswick. There are many activities, for all ages and abilities, in the Lake District and Cumbria. Please browse the sites below:

Walking & Other Activities

Where2walk in the lake district – Ideas for great walks in the local area. Where2walk presents the best walks in the Lake District, each walk is free to use and download.

Pace the Peaks – Guided walking tours, differentiated for all levels. Lake District Walking for singles or groups, join like minded hikers for day treks on the fells.

Keswick Canoe Company – Canoeing and bushcraft activities to suit all ages, abilities and requirements – families, couples, individuals and groups are all welcome.

Whinlatter Forest – England’s only true Mountain Forest. Offers a variety of activities including mountain biking, Go Ape, walking trails and family fun and much more.

Platty+ offers safe, friendly and relaxed water sports experience for everyone. Activities include: canoe, dragon boat, kayak, powerboat, raft building and many more.

Keswick Golf Club – At the heart of the beautiful English Lake District, Keswick Golf Club offers a unique golfing experience, with breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding Lakeland Fells, including Blencathra, Skiddaw and the Helvellyn Range

Watendlath Trout Fishery – 7 acre fly only fishery, 3 x 15ft Boats; good bank fishing. Stocked regularly with Browns Blue Trout and Rainbows. Tickets from Tysons Cafe, Watendlath, 9.00am – 5.oopm 7 days per week. Season 1st April – 31st October.

Keswick Climbing Wall – Keswick Climbing Wall and Outdoor Activity Centre has something to keep every member of your group or family happy – whether they’re into rock climbing and ghyll scrambling, kayaking and canoeing or archery and mountain walking.

Places of Interest

Theatre by the Lake – Famous theatre located near Lake Derwentwater. The theatre has brought the magic of theatre and the excitement of the imagination to one of Britain’s loveliest and remotest counties.

Keswick Pencil Museum – Located in Keswick, the home of the first pencil, visitors enter this museum through a replica graphite mine which would have served as the source of the pencil industry over three centuries ago. A journey of graphite and pencil discovery from its humble beginnings as a cottage industry to modern day production.

Alhambra Cinema – Cosy, traditional cinema in Keswick

Honister Slate Mine – Watch slate splitting and take tours down the mines