When the prime locations were handed out in the Lake District, it’s pretty clear that Keswick was near the head of the queue. Skiddaw, the fourth highest mountain in England, rises less than four miles (6.4km) to the north - overlooking Bassenthwaite Lake - while Latrigg is low and close enough to climb between breakfast and mid-morning coffee. 

Derwentwater is a few minutes stroll to the south, the road into Borrowdale begins at the edge of town and Newlands Valley is across to the west. It’s no surprise that Keswick is one of the most popular tourist places in the Lake District. 

Home to a theatre, two museums and lots of outdoor clothing shops, Keswick also hosts a number of annual festivals, ones that embrace film, literature, jazz, beer and, naturally, the great outdoors.  

Of course it can be pretty busy in the season but, as with Bowness-on-Windermere and Ambleside, you don’t have to go that far to find peace and quiet and plenty of great walking. 

Attractions

Information

Keswick Tourist Information Centre, Moot Hall, CA12 5JR: 0845 901 0845, www.lakedistrict.gov.uk

Keswick website: www.keswick.org

Alhambra Cinema, St John’s Street, CA12 5AG: 017687 72195, www.keswickalhambra.co.uk  See also www.keswickfilmclub.org

Keswick Reminder. Weekly newspaper covering Keswick and north Lakeland. www.keswickreminder.co.uk

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