Discover Keswick from Skiddaw Grove Market Days Keswick town is centred around its Market Square. There is a craft market each Thursday, where you can pick up souvenirs and locally made craft products. Every Saturday there is a general market too.
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Keswick Museum and Art Gallery – permanent display and changing exhibition programme. You can also hammer out a tune on a 500 million year old Xylophone! The Puzzling Place – world of optical illusion!
Cumberland Pencil Museum – attraction dedicated to the fascinating history of the pencil with coffee shop. 1
Key Bike bire Bus station Lake and Launches Tourist Information at the Moot Hall in Market Square Skiddaw Grove - turn right out of Vicarage Road and follow Crosthwaite Road into town centre
Traditional Launches Discover Derwentwater by taking a boat trip on a traditional launch. Catch them from the shingle beach and piers found near the theatre. Take a circular cruise to soak in all of the lake or break up your journey and hop off at various points around the lake for lakeshore walks or access to fells such as Catbells.
Exploring by Bus Whinlatter – England’s only true mountain forest. Enjoy forest trails, mountain bike routes, alfresco café, or tree top adventure at Go Ape. Borrowdale – Walker’s heaven. This majestic valley is home to a huge collection of high fell walks and low level rambles through charming valley villages. Buttermere – Escape to a quieter valley. Tranquil lake and calming valley for lakeside walks or exploring mountains. Dodd Wood – beside Bassenthwaite Lake is Dodd Wood. In summer this is home to the magnificent Ospreys. Here you will also find the historic home of Mirehouse. In summer, take the Osprey Bus.
Keswick Mining Museum – look into the past including disasters, explosives, fossils, dinosaurs and visit the amazing crystal cave.
Favourite Family Walks Slow the pace down at the lakeside walk at Friar’s Crag (walk from Theatre by the Lake), or along the old Keswick Railway path to the quintessential village of Threlkeld. For family fell walking opt for Latrigg which you can reach from the Railway path for relatively easy walking yet rewarding views.
Exploring Borrowdale, Honister and Buttermere Borrowdale Buses can be caught from the main bus station near Booths supermarket in the centre of town. Ask your host for a current timetable, pay attention to last departure.
South of Keswick lies the beautiful Borrowdale Valley; Alfred Wainwright called it the fairest valley in the Lake District, exploring its dramatic corridors and relaxing in its charming villages it’s easy to agree. Beyond this breathtaking valley is the dramatic Honister Pass (above) and the famous slate mines. This mountain pass takes you from Borrowdale, through some of the most spectacular landscape the Lakes has to offer, to the southern tip of stunning Buttermere. The Buttermere Valley remains rather undeveloped and therefore much more tranquil and relaxing. To explore Borrowdale, Honister and Buttermere you can make use of the hopon-hop-off bus service on routes 77/77A for around £6.50 (adults) and £4.75 (child). [April - November only]
Catch the 77A in the morning to enjoy soaking up the views around the shores of Derwentwater and down into the Borrowdale Valley. Borrowdale is idyllic fell walking territory, with popular walks along the Allerdale Ramble route to explore Castle Crag, an ancient fort atop a craggy hill with great views across the lake. You can also enjoy the quaint valley villages here and the Royal Oak at Rosthwaite is the perfect stop to sample some local ale.
Honister The winding mountain pass of Honister may get your pulse racing, but be sure to enjoy the dramatic scenery of this mountainous terrain as you head for the Honister Slate Mines (above). The slate mines are open to the visiting public for the chance to explore these historic mines and learn more about the world famous green Lakeland slate. Mine tours cost around £9.75 (adults). Here you can also take part in the adventurous via ferrata. (prices start at £25).
Pick up the 77A again and continue down into the Buttermere Valley. At the southern end is the peaceful Buttermere lake (pictured above), with lakeside walks, access to high summit trails such as Haystacks, a picturesque village with a couple of great pubs. Beyond Buttermere is Crummock Water, a rugged stretch of lake and an incredibly beautiful place to explore. Whinlatter to Keswick From Buttermere, catch the 77A to return to Keswick via the Whinlatter pass which meanders through England’s only true mountain forest, Whinlatter. You can of course hop off at Whinlatter to enjoy walking the forest trails, mountain biking adventure, swing between the trees at Go Ape or simply have tea and cake and bask in the views down to Bassenthwaite lake.
The Borrowdale valley Looking down Derwentwater the majestic Borrowdale Valley awaits you to explore. Alfred Wainwright called it the fairest valley in the Lake District, walking through its dramatic corridors and relaxing in its charming villages itâ€™s easy to agree. At the southern tip of Derwentwater lies the cute village of Grange, a perfect point to start exploring the Borrowdale Valley. You can get to Grange by bus (services 77 and 78, ask your host for a current timetable) during high season, or boat year round (take the launch to High Brandelhow and follow the Allerdale Ramble path through Manesty Park). Grange is the perfect place to enjoy tea and cakes before heading off to explore.
Leave Grange by continuing on the Allerdale Ramble route along the edge of Dalt Wood and follow sign posted paths to the top of Castle Crag. This unique jagged summit was once an ancient fort, but today you can take some time out to bask in the views towards Keswick and onto Skiddaw and Scafell in the opposite direction.
Continue off road onto the small village of Rosthwaite, around the outskirts of Johnny Wood, veering right to the village centre. Here you can take a rest and enjoy a glass of local ale in the Royal Oak Hotel.
Continue onto the Allerdale Ramble path past the waterfall of Scaleclose Force and onto the hamlet of Seatoller. Seatoller lies at the foot of the Honister Pass, a winding mountain pass leading to Buttermere. This hidden village in the corner of the Borrowdale Valley has quintessential Lakeland quarry workersâ€™ cottages and even a small cafe bar where you can pick up supplies for your walk ahead.
Return home by bus 78 (check current timetable, bus 77 also runs but only between April and October and last service is around 5pm). Alternatively the Cumbria Way path back to Keswick.
Whinlatter and Dodd Wood Whinlatter Whinlatter Forest Park is England’s only mountain forest and because of this, you get superb views of surrounding fells and lakes. It’s a beautiful destination for relaxing forest trails and a general wind down. But also world class for mountain biking between trees! Start your routes from Cyclewise bike hire, they can also advise of suitable routes and
Whinlatter is a beautiful place to explore with its array of mountain trails to wander and cycle tracks to get your heart racing. It also has an Osprey discovery centre with live video feed to the local nesting Ospreys. Dodd Wood is home to these fascinating birds where you can watch them from the viewing platform in all their glory. Exploring around Bassenthwaite Lake is a beautiful way to spend your day whether it’s in the many nature trails, at a visitor attraction or just soaking up the views at a beer garden! Dodd Wood, the Ospreys & Mirehouse Ospreys are a majestic bird of prey, they had not bred in England for more than 150 years but in 2001 a nesting pair of Ospreys came to Bassenthwaite and raised their chick. They have returned every year since. Their nest is at Dodd Wood, follow the woodland trails to the viewpoints and spy on them as they sore across the valley and hunt in Bassenthwaite Lake.
As well as a superb educational area it also has a live video feed to Bassenthwaite’s nesting Ospreys, with expert volunteers on hand to tell you more. Because of the varied habitats around Whinlatter, you can enjoy watching a wealth of varied wildlife. Rare red squirrels and Roe deer enjoy the shelter of the woodland; whilst Osprey’s bask above Bassenthwaite Lake and feed on fresh fish. The dramatic fells provide wonderful hunting grounds for other marvellous
provide maps. Follow the red routes for the Altura trail which prides itself as the trail that “puts the mountain back into biking”. Alternatively, the blue marked route, Quercus trail is better suited to those wanting to develop their basic off road skills but still enough rolling jumps and gentle berms to get your heart racing! Off the bike, the Siskins cafe provides you with a great view of Grisedale Pike, towering in the background as well as sumptuous food and refreshments. The café has an alpine style and feel, with indoor and outdoor eating areas the cafe is a great place to relax and reflect on the 2-wheel adventures and maybe prepare for another lap. The Forest Park also has an excellent visitor centre with gift shop for those momentos.
birds such as Buzzards.