Things to do nearby Stone Cottage
Keswick is one of the most popular locations in the Lake District. It's the much-loved jewel in the crown of the northern Lake District thanks to its 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.
Stone Cottage is perfectly placed to make the most of all the walking in the area. Without troubling the car keys you can walk straight from the front door to the shores of picturesque Derwentwater, up lovely Latrigg or if you're feeling energetic and well prepared why not head up Skiddaw, the fourth highest mountain in England? 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 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).
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 15 minute walk away from Stone Cottage.
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. Morrell's 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. We also love the gorgeous cakes and quirky interior of Mrs F's Fine Food Emporium, and it's just a stone's throw from Stone Cottage! Slightly further afield why not take a trip to the Lake District Distillery? You could take a tour around the distillery or just enjoy a gorgeous meal in its popular bistro.
Keswick is a dream location for cyclists too. Mountain biking is a popular pastime with adventurous trails in Whinlatter forest and 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.
Younger visitors will love the Lake District Wildlife Park at the northern end of Bassenthwaite Lake where you can get to know Lemurs, Otters, Zebra and many more animals roaming the beautiful 25 acre estate. You can even arrange to be a zoo-keeper for a day! Families will also enjoy Keswick's Leisure pool with its huge slide and wave machine, great fun for the littlies! You also have a wonderful play park just a short walk away in Fitz Park.
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 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 easily visit Lake District destinations such as Ullswater, Ambleside and Windermere in around 30 minutes. Following the road outside the house will take you along stunning Thirlmere to Grasmere in about 20 minutes.