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Keswick Tourist Information Centre is in the market square in the beautiful Moot Hall, a 4 minute walk from Underhill. There are plenty of leaflets and guides, and the staff are very helpful. Definitely worth popping in whilst you’re in the town.
- Open 7 days 9.30am to 5.30pm
- Free wifi
- Dogs welcome
- Leaflets, guides and advice
- Fishing permits
Hill Walking Keswick is a great location to base yourself for a day in the hills. There are short and long, easy and hard walks from our door. We have lots of guide books and maps in the snug and here’s some more links you might find useful.
- Weather forecast
- Keswick+ Fellwalking
- Keswick.org walking routes
- WalkingInCumbria-routes around Keswick
- Miles without Stiles- accessible routes
- Mountain Rescue website
MTB/Road Cycling. Whether you’re a lycra spinner in an aero tuck, a baggy pumper shredding sick trails or a family of four looking for a relaxed flat ride, Keswick is a solid base. There are plenty of cycle hire (Whinlatter Bikes in Keswick) shops, Whinlatter MTB centre and road routes. The 2013 Tour of Britain route passing through Keswick. If you need any advice, parts, accessories or even a new bike the guys at Whinlatter Bikes are really helpful.
Places to eat. For a small town Keswick has a huge choice of places to eat, it can get very busy especially at bank holidays so we’d recommend booking in advance. If you forget you’ll still get seated somewhere nice but you may have to eat a bit later than planned. I’ve listed some of our favourites below, we like them because they are friendly, informal, good value and serve great food. Dont just take our word for it, there are too many good places to list, check out trip advisor for inspiration Tripadviser – Places to eat in Keswick
- Fellpack – Hearty comfort food with a twist.
- The Round – Sister bar/restaurant to Fellpack, this is a great place for a burger and a cheeky cocktail
- Little Chamonix – Pop in for a tasty toastie, amazing homemade cakes and the best scones in the Lakes!
- The Square Orange – Little place, great atmosphere, tasty tapas.
- Merienda – Great coffee and cakes, or a tasty evening meal by candlelight
- Bar eS – Mexican Tapas and craft beer
- The Pheasant – a short wander from the town centre to a cosy pub with great food.
- Thyme Bar & Bistro – Delicious food and great service.
- Casa Bella – Great cheesecake & Gelato
Pubs There’s lots of great places to stop for a post hill pint or cheeky vino with your pals.
Keswick market is every Thursday and Saturday in the town square and is full of all kinds of interesting and local produce.
Running & Fitness
Some might sniff at the idea of running on holiday but they’ll never experience the pure joy and peace of exploring new and stunning landscapes under your own power. Even I can occasionally be spotted (like a partially shaved bigfoot) subjecting a pair of locally made New Balance to my 120kilos.
- Running routes you’ve mapped
- Trail Run suggestions
- Keswick Park Run
- Keswick Athletic Club
- The Bob Graham Round
- Local Gym
Climbing & Scrambling for crag rats and scramblers the Lake District is probably familiar to you but here’s a couple of local links to read through whilst you skive at your work computer, look busy!
Ghost walks I can’t recommend these highly enough; funny fascinating and creepy.
Theatre by the Lake located at the shores of Derwentwater, apart form a range of shows, productions, films and activities there is a great bar and café.
Beatrix Potter used the profits from her book sales to buy Hill Top farm and 14 others, she championed conservation and particularly the famous herdwick sheep. When she died she left more than 4000 acres of land to the national trust.
- Beatrix Potters former home Hill Top
- The World of Beatrix Potter
- Beatrix Potter and the lake District
William Wordsworth sparked off tourism to the area in 1820 when he published ‘Guide through the District of the Lakes’. He was born in Cockermouth and later lived in Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount.