Things to do nearby 26 Blencathra Street
Keswick is a jewel in the Lake District's crown with a wonderful array of things to do on your visit. It is surrounded by fantastic mountain scenery. Its proximity to the hills means there are excellent walking opportunities right from the doorstep, and its relatively central location and good transport links mean many other parts of the Lake District are also easily accessible. 26 Blencathra Street is perfectly placed to make the most of all of this with many walks straight from the door and the centre of town just short potter away.
For the retail gurus among you, there are a number of independent shops and galleries 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 both independent retailers and high street outdoor chains. There is a popular Victorian Fayre and Christmas Market as well as regular local markets through the year (Thursday and Saturdays) selling a wide range of wares as well as local produce and art. All this is just a few minutes stroll away.
For those looking for culture, the town also has an Art Deco cinema showing new releases and independent films with a film club at 5pm on Sundays. The popular and highly regarded Theatre by the Lake is on the edge of Derwentwater and shows a varied programme of music and theatre throughout the year. Each year there's also a jazz festival as well as a mountain festival with lectures outdoor events and concerts.
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 atmosphere. Morrells is a good restaurant which serves pre-theatre specials. We also love the gorgeous cakes and quirky interior of Mrs F's Fine Food Emporium! There's also the opportunity of getting some excellent fish and chips which you can take to enjoy with the town's magnificent surroundings for a view.
There are endless walking opportunities from the cottage itself. The old Railway path which is now a cycleway offers some gentle pottering along the river Greta. Alternatively why not head up Latrigg – an easy fell which has fantastic views of Keswick and the surrounding area. Ancient Castlerigg stone circle is only a mile from the edge of town, and is one of the most spectacularly sited stone circles in the country.
Keswick is a dream location for cyclists as well as walkers and climbers. Mountain biking is a popular pastime with adventurous trails in Whinlatter forest as well as plenty of flatter, more sedate routes around and about. For the roadies among you Keswick is hard to beat with Honister, Newlands and Whinlatter passes all within ten miles of the cottage and the base of Kirkstone less than 20 miles away. Little wonder that The Tour of Britain chooses to use the town! There's even a handy shed in the garden of 26 Blencathra Street for bike storage.
For a spot of indulgence on your break why not visit a nearby spa? Just up the road from Keswick is Underscar with its delightful pool, restaurant and treatment rooms. Further along beyond Bassenthwaite is Armathwaite Hall. 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.
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. During the school holidays there are plenty of events going on. You can even arrange to be a zoo-keeper for a day at any time of the year!
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.
Five minutes walk from the centre of Keswick 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 woodland 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 fine 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 confident with a head for heights).
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 are beautiful small lakes with fabulous walks served by excellent pubs. The Kirkstile Inn at Loweswater is one of our favourites.
You can also visit other popular Lake District destinations such as Grasmere, Ullswater, Ambleside and Windermere in around 30 minutes.