Things to do nearby The Stables (Keswick)
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.
As well as outdoor activities Keswick is a popular destination for shopping. 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 (Thursday and Saturdays). 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 only a 20 minute walk away from The Stables.
There are many walks from the door; walk through the park, up Spooney Green and to the top of Latrigg – an easy fell which has fantastic views of Keswick and the surrounding area. Beyond this of course lies Skiddaw, the fourth highest mountian in England and the iconic backdrop to many a Keswick photograph. Well worth the walk if you're feeling energetic.
There are plenty of other mountains to climb in the local area too. Nearby Keswick is Catbells (small and sweet with fantastic views), the Coledale Horseshoe (a ridge walk, just amazing) and good old Blencathra (don’t go the Sharp Edge way unless you are super fit and super confident outdoors).Or for something a bit flatter why not potter down to Friars Crag and beyond along the lake shore. Alternatively a lakeside stroll along the quieter side of Derwentwater from Portinscale to The Borrowdale Hotel for a delicious lunch and catch the launch back to town.
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 cosy atmosphere with a roaring 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. However once you discover The Pheasant Inn which is just a 300m walk from The Stables you might not want to venture any further. This popular pub serves excellent home cooked food and local real ales. Don't forget to book!
Keswick is a dream location for cyclists too. Mountain biking is a popular pastime with adventurous trails in Whinlatter forest an a wealth of bridleways over the fells as well as plenty of flatter, more sedate routes around and about. Of course the quality of the road cycling in the area can't be understated as so many classic sportives use the Honister, Newlands and Whinlatter passes close by. Don't forget The Stables has a lockable shed for bike storage.
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.
For a spot of indulgence on your break why not visit nearby Armathwaite Hall's spa? It offers a wide range of spa treatments, a beautiful infinity pool, several hydrotherapy areas and, my personal favourite, a stunning outdoor hot tub overlooking the beautiful grounds. A fabulous place to enjoy a glass of fizz.
From Keswick, take a trip down the Borrowdale valley. This is a beautiful spot with many good pubs and woodland walks. Here you will find the starting point for climbing up Scafell Pike – England’s highest mountain.
If you continue 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 and bridge of infiniti!
If you carry on 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.