Things to do nearby 4 Raven Lane
4 Raven Lane is perfectly placed to enjoy all the attractions of Keswick, with the calm and peace of countryside living. Snuggled in at the base of Skiddaw, the Lake District’s fourth highest mountain, there are plenty of fell walks to suit all abilities.
The top of Latrigg is within walking distance of the house, it is a rewarding walk with fantastic views of Keswick and the surrounding area. You can, of course, follow one of the paths up Skiddaw from the village. Or for something a bit flatter you could join the Allerdale Ramble allong the edge of Bassenthwaite or follow the edge of Derwentwater down the Borrowdale Valley, you can even enjoy a lunch in one of the hotels or cafes then catch a bus or launch back to town.
Other fell walks nearby Keswick are Catbells (small and sweet with fantastic views), the Coledale Horseshoe (a ridge walk, just amazing), and Blencathra (don’t go the Sharp Edge way unless you are super fit and super confident outdoors). Of course at Latrigg View is at the foot of Skiddaw England's fourth highest mountain why not bag this stunning peak on your visit?
For a great day out why not visit Mirehouse, a stately home still owned by a single family and only a five minute drive away. The house is open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons (plus Fridays in August) from April to October and has strong literary connections to Tennyson, Edward Fitzgerald, Thomas Carlyle and William Wordsworth. The grounds are open every day from March to October and include formal gardens, a wild flower meadow, a heather maze, a rhododendron tunnel, poetry walk and four adventure playgrounds in the woods. A circular walk also passes through parkland to the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake taking in the romantically-sited chapel of St Bega.
You are only a hop skip and a puddle jump away from the Lake District Wildlife park 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! An ideal day out for families.
Keswick is a wonderful vibrant little town. It remains 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. 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, comedy and music throughout the year.
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, why not pack a picnic and find a lovely spot for a wild swim in summer time?
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)
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 with an open fire. Morrells is a good restaurant which serves pre-theatre specials while it's hard to pass the chocolate fountain in the window of Java; a much loved coffee shop in town.
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. Mountain biking is a popular pastime either on your own or with an instructor. There are adventurous trails in Whinlatter forest as well as plenty of flatter, more sedate routes around and about
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 also a wealth of crystal clear streams in which to dip weary feet after long Lake District walks
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.