Things to do nearby Arcadia
Keswick is one of the most popular locations in the Lake District. At the heart of its enduring popularity is the beautiful scenery, ease of access to the fells, and the fantastic range of activities, shops and places to eat and drink. It is a friendly, busy town with plenty of quiet spots too.
The town also has an Art Deco cinema showing new releases and on Sundays there is a film club at 5pm. The Theatre by the Lake is on the edge of Derwentwater and shows a varied programme throughout the year – it is less than a ten minute walk from Arcadia.
As well as outdoor activities Keswick is a popular destination for shoppers. There are a number of independent shops selling interesting local and regional wares. There is a lovely bookshop that opens late during the summer and a fascinating second hand bookshop on Station Street. As for outdoor shops Keswick has a wide range of independent retailers as well has several high street outdoor retailers. There is a popular Victorian Fayre and Christmas Market as well as regular local markets through the year.
There are many walks from the door; try walking through Springs Wood to Castlerigg stone circle - from Arcadia turn left out of Chaucer House and then take the third right onto Spring Road, through Springs Wood to Castlerigg Stone Circle. This is one of the oldest stone circles in Britain, thought to be over 5000 years old. The 360 degree views are breathtaking.
There are plenty of great places to eat out in Keswick with several stylish bars as well as the traditional pubs, restaurants, lovely tearooms and cafes. The Dog and Gun is a favourite, famous for its Goulash and warm and cosy with an open fire. Morrells is a good restaurant which serves pre-theatre specials. If Thai food is your thing then a trip to Shemara Guest House is essential. The owner provides an authentic Thai menu using genuine ingredients.
Keswick is a dream location for walkers, climbers and cyclists. There are plenty of fantastic fells to climb and low level walks by the lake or in the valleys. Mountain biking is a popular pastime with adventurous trails in Whinlatter forest and more steady routes such as the old railway line to Threlkeld which is flat (ish) and picturesque.
If you are looking to try a new activity or hire an outdoor instructor then Keswick is the place to be. There are plenty of companies and trained instructors in the town eager to show you the ropes be it on a guided walk, climbing, watersports or by bike.
The jewel in Keswick’s crown is Derwentwater. This beautiful lake is surrounded by terrific mountain scenery and has several picturesque islands. The Keswick Launch operates a service around the lake stopping at several jetties around the lake. It is ideal for sitting back and enjoying a cruise or getting off to explore on one of the seven landing stages. You can also hire rowing boats and explore the islands.
From Keswick, take a trip down the Borrowdale valley. This is a beautiful spot with many good pubs and walks. Here you will find the starting point for climbing up Scafell Pike – England’s highest mountain.
There are plenty of other mountains to climb too. Nearby Keswick is Catbells (small and sweet with fantastic views), the Coledale Horseshoe (a ridge walk, just amazing), Skiddaw (one of the Lake District’s highest mountains) and good old Blencathra (don’t go the Sharp Edge way unless you are super fit and super confident outdoors).
If you continute down the Borrowdale Valley you will get to Honister Pass and Honister Mine. Try out one of their mine tours. Or if you’re feeling brave, experience their via ferrata.
If you continue over Honister you will get to Crummock Water, Buttermere and Loweswater beyond. All beautiful small lakes with fabulous walks. The Kirkstile Inn at Loweswater is one of our favourites.
You can also visit Lake District destinations such as Grasmere, Ullswater, Ambleside and Windermere in around 30 minutes.