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Around Keswick and Derwentwater

Derwentwater is the “Jewel” of the Lake District and sits at the head of the Borrowdale Valley. Surrounded by mountains Keswick is the ideal location for walking, climbing or just enjoying the fantastic landscape.

To the North is Skiddaw which dominates the scene as it towers over Keswick. To the East Blencathra, with Clough Head and the Dodds forming the ridge to Helvellyn. South is Borrowdale and a multitude of Fells of all sizes leading to the highest point in England, Scafell Pike. West is Grisedale Pike and the Fells of Newlands Valley.

During your stay we can advise on the many walking routes which are accessble from Keswick with guidebooks and maps available.

Much of the beauty of the Lake District can be enjoyed from a low level, so always have your camera ready. The Keswick Launch Company cruises hourly around Derwentwater and provides breathtaking views as you complete a circuit of the lake. This is a great way to “get your bearings” before exploring further on foot to discover what the Keswick area has to offer. There are eight jetties you can sail to, then enjoy a walk on the fells or back in to the town.

There are stunning views in all directions from the launch which might urge you to set out on foot once you arrive at one of the jetties. Cat Bells, Lodore Falls, Ashness Bridge and Surprise view are just a few of the walks which are all easily reached from the boat landings. You can also visit the Lingholm Estate, a favourite holiday destination of Beatrix Potter, where you can walk around their restored walled garden and sample the delights of the Lingholm Kitchen cafe.

Beautiful Watendlath is 5 miles from Keswick where you will find a tea shop, a well stocked trout fishing lake and many easy Lake District walks. The village of Grange sits at the south end of the lake and further down the valley you will discover the villages of Rosthwaite, Stonethwaite and Seatoller. So many walks of all grades, as well as discovering amazing sights such as the Bowder Stone and Castlerigg Stone Circle, will keep you occupied during your holiday that you may not need to venture out of the Borrowdale Valley. All of this is only a few minutes from Keswick and can be easily reached by boat, bus, car, or on foot.


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 the award winning Theatre by the Lake. 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 the right is a selection of website links to activities for all ages. We are more than happy to advise and help with activities during your stay in our guest house and have many leaflets, maps and brochures to help you plan your activities.

Theatre by the Lake:

Tarn Hows is an ambassador of the Theatre by the Lake, Keswick. When you book with us you get a discount off your tickets to the main shows at the theatre. Go online at www.theatrebythelake.com or book your tickets at the box office on 017687 74411.  Don’t forget to use our discount code provided on your booking confirmation.

Keswick Launch: cruises around the lake, rowing boat and motor boat hire.

Nichol End Marine: all types of small boat hire, tuition and a cafe.

Derwentwater Marina: individual taster sessions in sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and ghyll scrambling.

The Lingholm Estate: favourite holiday destination of Beatrix Potter, walled garden, Lingholm Kitchen cafe.

Go Ape in Whinlatter Forest: treetop adventures for all.

King Kong Adventure Centre: indoor climbing wall, caving and ice climbing in the centre of Keswick.

Honister Slate Mine: beautiful slate, underground mine tours, via ferrata all in a stunning location.

Keswick Museum: An award winning museum showing the history of Keswick and special exhibitions.

Alhambra Cinema, Keswick: traditional cinema in the town centre showing new films and recorded live performances.


Rheged: large screen cinemas, exhibitions and craft shops.

Osprey Watch: view the nesting osrey live and find the best sites to see them.

Jennings Brewery Tour: nearly 190 years of brewing excellence, in nearby Cockermouth.

Keswick Brewery Tour: a small craft brewery right in the centre of town.

The Puzzling Place: a good wet-weather activity full of puzzles, gadgets and illusions.

The Lakes Distillery: the beautiful rennovated Victorian Model Farm is the home of world class spirits.