Things to do nearby Siskin, Easedale House
Keswick, the much-loved jewel in the crown of the northern Lake District, includes gorgeous scenery, ease of access to the fells and the fantastic range of activities, shops and places to eat and drink. It is a busy and friendly town with plenty of quiet spots, too. Keswick is one of the most popular locations in the Lake District.
If you’re looking for excitement and discovery, Keswick is a hub of activity. Rent a bike from Keswick Mountain Bikes, clamber up the climbing wall or have a go at dragon boating on the beautiful Derwent Water. Whatever outdoor activity you’re into, it’s bound to be available in Keswick. An array of outdoor shops are located in the town centre and there is plenty to do for little adventurers, including visiting the King Kong play centre and the Puzzling Place (we’ll leave that to your imagination!), crazy golf and radio controlled boating. Evenings in Keswick can be spent at any of the town's wonderful restaurants, which feature Thai, Mexican, Spanish and Italian cuisine; there are also three traditional fish and chip shops. Those looking for a more cultural experience will be enthralled at the Theatre by the Lake.
Rising above the nearby village of Braithwaite is the hilly Whinlatter Forest with numerous mountain bike trails, walking trails, a play trail and the Go Ape high rope course. The shop and cafe in the visitor centre are well worth visiting, as well as the interesting information display and webcam of the Osprey nesting site overlooking Bassenthwaite. The town of Keswick is within walking distance and has a tourist information centre, numerous independent and outdoor shops, as well as a theatre, cinema, pubs and restaurants offering a wide range of differing cuisines.
The Caldbeck Rambler is a seasonal (Easter - October) circular bus route from nearby Keswick to Caldbeck, with destinations along the route including the Lake District Wildlife Park (it has a petting zoo, soft-play centre, café and bird of prey displays), Dodd Wood (a forested mountain with Osprey viewing points), Mirehouse (a historic house and gardens with wooded adventure playgrounds and lakeside walks) and Castlerigg Stone Circle (English Heritage say this “is perhaps the most atmospheric and dramatically sited of all British stone circles, with panoramic views and the mountains of Helvellyn and High Seat as a backdrop”). An additional service runs at weekends and school holidays, including a bus to Carlisle.
The market town of Cockermouth (which became famous in November 2009 and again in 2015 for the unbelievable floods) is a 20-minute drive from the cottage. The town has now been revamped and completely recovered; it has a fantastic array of independent shops, restaurants, cafes and other attractions, such as Jennings Brewery and Wordsworth House, the childhood home of the known poet William Wordsworth, which is now being cared for by the National Trust.