Keswick is one of the Lake District's prime locations and it is surrounded by stunning valleys and villages. There are so many things to do both in and near the town and you can click here to discover all our Cottages near Keswick.
The town of Keswick has it all: shops, museums, galleries, pubs, restaurants, a lake, rowing boats and walks. The area is known for its excellent fell walking, and for the many festivals held throughout the year - from film and literature to a celebration of Christian life. You can easily hop on a bus to go and explore places like Borrowdale or Buttermere and enjoy the scenery on the way.
Threlkeld and St John's in the Vale
Threlkeld is linked to Keswick by the old railway line, now a pleasant wooded path. The route is perfect for strolls and family bike rides, plus there are some lovely picnic spots along the river Greta.
You'll find two fantastic pubs in Threlkeld called The Sally and The Horse & Farrier - perfect to visit after a hike up Blencathra.
The Threlkeld Quarry Musuem is on the lower slopes of Clough head. You can take a ride on the steam train into the heart of the quarry and learn all about the area's mining history.
The valley of Borrowdale is dotted with small villages, enchanting woods and steep mountainsides. The Borrowdale Rambler bus is the best way to enjoy the scenery as it winds its way through the valley all the way to Seatoller at the foot of the Honister Pass.
You can scale the high peaks of Scafell Pike and Great Gable from Borrowdale, or walk up the smaller fells of Castle Crag and Catbells which both have magnificent views from the summit.
Described as the only true lake of the Lake District (all the rest are meres and waters) Bassenthwaite Lake has some lovely walks and a sailing club. The village of Bassenthwaite is home to the Sun Inn, a traditional country pub with a reputation for good food. The peaceful lake is part of a large nature reserve. During the spring and early summer, Ospreys nest in the woods around Bassenthwaite thanks to a successful programme to introduce them to the area.
Portinscale, Braithwaite and the Newlands Valley
The villages of Portinscale and Braithwaite lead towards the Newlands Valley with its panoramic mountains and transfixing views. A hike to the top of Dale Head is a must do!
Beatrix Potter often holidayed in the valley and readers of her books may recognise the fells here from her illustrations. Click here to discover all our cottages to rent near Keswick.