Things to do nearby Stickle Tarn
Keswick is one of the most popular locations in the Lake District. At the heart of its enduring popularity is the beautiful scenery, the ease of access to the fells, the fantastic range of activities, shops and places to eat and drink. It is friendly, busy town but there are plenty of quiet spots too. Stickle Tarn is perfectly situated to make the most of all its amenities on foot.
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. Morrel's is a good restaurant which serves pre-theatre specials and it's just downstairs from the apartment!
Keswick is a dream location for walkers, climbers and cyclists. There are plenty of fantastic fells to climb and low level walks by the lake or in the valleys. Mountain biking is a popular pastime with adventurous trails in Whinlatter forest as well as plenty of flatter, more sedate routes around and about. If you would like to explore the area on a bike but don't fancy exerting yourself too much why not hire an electric bike from E-Venture bikes just nearby? It makes a great way to explore the quieter roads and bridleways.
There are many walks from the door not least down to Derwentwater's shore nearby. It's a gentle potter which you can extend to the 10 mile walk around the Lake if you’re feeling more energetic. Alternatively you could catch a launch back from on of the jetties along the way. Another enjoyable walk is through Fitz Park, up Spooney Green and to the top of Latrigg – an easy fell which has fantastic views of Keswick and the surrounding area. Or, for something a bit flatter, why not walk through the nearby village of Portinscale to the Lingholm Estate, where you can enjoy locally-sourced food whilst overlooking the kitchen garden – once inspiration for Beatrix Potter’s Mr McGregor’s garden.
There are plenty of mountains to climb too of course. Nearby Keswick is Catbells (small and sweet with fantastic views), the Coledale Horseshoe (a 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 fit and super confident outdoors). You could potter up Walla Crag from the door too. There are wonderful views of Derwentwater from its summit.
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.
Why not enjoy some pampering during your stay at one of the well renowned spas in the are. Oxley's at Underscar is just nearby while Armathwaite Hall lies at the northern end of Bassenthwaite Lake boasting a wonderful outdoor hot tub.
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! The apartment is wonderfully placed for young visitors generally as Keswick's Leisure pool with its huge slide and wave machine is an easy walk away, great fun for the littlies! You also have a wonderful play park just next door to the leisure centre. There are two sides to Fitz Park one more formal than the other but both offering lots of scope for running around and turning cartwheels. While Hope Park just 100m from Stickle Tarn has a crazy golf course, a pitch and putt and a cafe for the obligatory ice cream! Crow Park just beyond it is the perfect place for a lakeside picnic and a paddle too.
You can also visit other popular Lake District destinations such as Grasmere, Ullswater, Ambleside and Windermere in around 30 minutes. If you'd rather not bother driving then the town's main bus station is just nearby and you can also hop on board one of the buses heading along Derwentwater into the jaws of the Borrowdale Valley right outside.