There are so many amazing reasons to visit the beautiful and centrally located town of Keswick in the Lake District of England. It has awesome attractions for everyone, including both the avid and casual history lover, the extreme and occasional outdoor enthusiast, and all of those searching for a peaceful relaxation in one of the prettiest places on earth.
For all of the history lovers out there:
Keswick can trace its roots way back to 3000 BC – a time you might be familiar with due to the world famous Stonhenge down south. But though that one might claim the top spot in the stone circle community, there are actually hundreds of others scattered all throughout England with over fifty of them residing in the Lake District alone. And one of them, as you might have guessed, is located within walking distance of Keswick’s town center. Now the best hypothesis for why Castlerigg Stone Circle was erected was that it was used as a gathering place for markets, meetings, and festivals. But whatever it was used for, it was definitely done hundreds of years before the Stonehege was even created.
For all of the outdoor enthusiasts visiting Keswick:
Paragliding off one of the many fells overlooking Keswick is an absolute must for anyone looking to have both a breathtaking experience and stunning view of the town and its surroundings. There are two paragliding schools in operation here and they’re both run by extremely skilled pilots. The feeling of being able to soar through the crisp mountain air as you watch the world pass by below you is unforgettable. It’s definitely an experience every outdoor lover should have.
But for those that would rather have their feet stay firmly on the ground, then make sure to pack your hiking gear and head up the most well-known fell around: Skiddaw. Standing at 931 metres, but with well cared for paths, this mountain makes for a fantastic day hike for the whole family. It’s also a great start to do many different multi-day hikes over the surrounding peaks.
Other outdoor activities near Keswick include water sports on Derwentwater Lake, such as canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding, and sailing, and rockclimbing either indoors at KONG Adventure or outdoors at one of the many crags.
For everyone seeking relaxation in nature:
The Derwentwater is one of the main attractions in Keswick as this lake is also easily reached by walking from the town center. Though it’s a long twelve mile hike around the entirity of it, the path is in extremely good condition and pretty much completely flat. One also doesn’t have to do the full circuit as there are many turn offs to keep the walk short and enjoyable for even the youngest of kids.
There are numerous art pieces scattered around the trail, such as the cupping hands shown above, and if you visit during the autumn you’ll be in for a breathtaking treat as the world explodes in color all around. The heather on the fells turn a beautiful purple, while the leaves turn into a stunning display of different shades of red.
For foodies looking for a delicious experience:
Kat’s Kitchen of Keswick is a delicious experience that caters to vegetarians, vegans, people on gluten-free diets, and all of those just looking for an amazing meal out. They’re open from 10-5 every day of the week and serve some truly mouthwatering dishes like sheppardess pies, falafel wraps, mushroom stroganoffs, numerous daily specials, and a fantastic range of gluten free and vegan cakes!
I’ve had the pleasure of being able to dine here twice now and even though I don’t like cake nor chocolate, every time I pass by Kat’s Kitchen, I just have to indulge myself with a slice of their vegan chocolate and mint cake. It is honestly a slice of heaven on earth. Mmm mmm mmm!
What more of a reason do you need to visit this lovely town in the Lake District?