• Derwentwater and the Borrowdale Valley from Castlehead, © Jason Chambers
  • Derwentwater Sunset, © Jason Chambers

About Keswick

There are so many activities to enjoy in Keswick and the surrounding area whether it be outdoor or indoor.

Fell Walking

Most people enjoy heading out on to the fells during their stay with us. If you like walking there are endless possibilities, from relatively flat walks along the shore of Derwentwater, to the achievable climb to the top of Latrigg, rambles through the woods or proper mountain adventures on the Lake District’s highest peaks (Scafell, Helvellyn, Skiddaw and Blencathra are all within reach for a day out). Fells such as Catbells and Castle Crag have been made famous by Julia Bradbury’s TV series ‘Wainwright Walks’.

Mountain Biking

If cycling is for you then pick up the leaflet ‘Biking around Keswick’ detailing five ‘do-in-a-day’ bike rides on country lanes and off-road tracks amid stunning scenery. Whinlatter Forest is home to the Altura and Quercus mountain bike trails for those looking for adventure in England’s only true mountain forest.

Outdoor Activities

If you can do it outdoors, you can do it in Keswick! Every outdoor activity you can imagine is on offer here either for independent adventures or with local expert guides – try ghyll scrambling, rock climbing, abseiling, kayaking, canoeing, and sailing to name a few.

For those looking for something a bit more relaxing, play a round of golf at Keswick Golf Club or try your hand at Pitch & Putt in Hope Park. There’s rivers to fish in but an Environment Agency fishing rod licence is required to fish in all rivers, lakes and tarns; local bylaws must be observed and a permit is usually required.


The hills and lakes are teaming with wildlife. Don’t be surprised to see Red Squirrels, Deer, Otters and of course our lovely native Herdwick sheep aplenty! There are quiet hides where you can have a front row seat on all nature has to offer, although every step outside the town centre will expose you to an abundance of wildlife and wildflowers.

There are several excellent viewpoints to enjoy watching the Ospreys that have visited Keswick between April and September to breed for the past few years. These magnificent birds return to their Bassenthwaite nest and you can keep an eye on them via a webcam at Whinlatter Visitor Centre, see Lake District Osprey Project.