Things to do nearby Scots Pine
Keswick is one of the most iconic 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 and Scots Pine is perfectly situated on the quiet outskirts to make the most of all it has to offer.
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 huge array of both independent and 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 of plays, music comedy and events throughout the year – it is only a 20 minute walk away from Scots Pine
There are many walks from the door, continue up the road into Brundholme Woods and up the woodland paths 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.
You could also take a walk or a short drive up to the beautiful and mysterious Castlerigg Stone circle. It is believed to predate even Stonehenge making it one of the oldest stone circles in Europe. Castlerigg’s spectacular position on top of a small hill between Keswick and Threlkeld has 360 degree views including Helvellyn, Skiddaw and Blencathra.
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. However once you discover The Pheasant Inn, which is a pleasant walk from Scots Pine, 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. Little wonder that the Tour of Britain has used the town on several occasions.
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 Oxleys at Underscar for a pampering day. Alternatively you could visit Armathwaite Hall's spa at the other end of Bassenthwaite. 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 why not 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 from Keswick. There's so much to explore in the area and Scots Pine is a perfect base from which to do it.