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Lake District Activities in and near Keswick

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.

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:


Lake District WalksIdeas for walks in the area
Pace the PeaksGuided walking tours, differentiated for all levels

Sporting Activities

Platty PlusSailing lessons on Derwentwater
Keswick Golf ClubStunning mountain course in Threlkeld
Watendlath Trout FishingNo permits required for this weekly stocked tarn
Keswick Climbing WallExcellent facilities near town centre
Keswick Canoe CompanyCanoeing adventures for all abilities
Cumbria GyroplanesTake a flight in a gyroplane, the Lake District from above!

Places of Interest

Theatre by the LakeFamous theatre located near Lake Derwentwater
The Pencil MuseumWorld famous museum of pencils
Alhambra CinemaCosy, traditional cinema in Keswick
Honister Slate MineWatch slate splitting
Mirehouse Historic HouseHistorical house
Keswick LaunchCruises on Derwentwater
Osprey viewpointVisit the Osprey viewpoint at Dodd Wood

Further information can be found on the Keswick Tourist Information website or by telephoning the Tourist Information Centre on 017687 72645.