One day in Keswick? Wonderful! Several days would be better, but you can always come back. So what is there to see and do in one day in Keswick and the surrounding area?
I recently penned a post with ideas about how to spend One Day in The Lake District. This offered a choice of one day itineraries for visiting the Windermere and Grasmere area of the Lake District, but the Lake District covers a vast area with many places which are well worth visiting. Keswick is definitely one of them.
Keswick is in the north of the Lake District National Park, an old market town perched on the edge of Derwent Water and overlooked by Skiddaw, one of the highest mountains in England. It is one of the prettiest areas of the Lake District.
Things to do in Keswick – where to go, what to see
Here are some suggestions for some wonderful things to do in Keswick, all of which could be managed in one day (I’ve done them!) or you could linger and spend a couple of days.
Keswick, the town
Firstly, take a stroll around the town and soak up the atmosphere of this charming Lakeland town. The old Market Square is picturesque and there is a myriad of interesting shops to browse in the town. Of particular interest are the art galleries and craft shops featuring the work of local artists. Not surprisingly, there are also many outdoor gear shops! (Incidentally, I took advantage of lockdown to take these photos without people. Normally the town is full of hustle and bustle!)
A view of the lake
Next, take a walk along the side of Derwent Water out towards Friars Crag, a wonderful viewpoint over the lake. Admire the views looking over the lake and across to Cat Bells, another of the spectacular Lake District fells.
This is an easy walk from the centre of Keswick. Just walk along Lake Road, through Hope Park towards the lake and the boat landings. The path along the side of the lake to Friars Crag is well maintained and easy walking.
Depending on the weather and your interests, this walk could be just a half hour stroll out and back or could be extended along the trails for several hours. Another possibility would be to take a boat trip on the lake and these run regularly from the landing stages.
Derwent Pencil Museum
Visit the Derwent Pencil Museum on the edge of town. Graphite was mined in this area for many years and it was famous for its pencils. Discover how pencils were made in years gone by. The world’s first pencil was made in Keswick! This quirky museum is worth a visit.
Castlerigg Stone Circle
Another “must-see” on any day trip to Keswick is the Castlerigg Stone Circle. The views across the valley from this elevated site are stunning, taking in several of the most iconic mountains in the Lake District: Helvellyn, Skiddaw, Blencathra. It is worth heading up to Castlerigg just for the views, but add in the historical interest and it is clear why this is a popular landmark for visitors to Keswick. These standing stones from the Neolithic period date back to at least 3000 BC. There is some parking at the site, but it is limited. It is also possible to walk from the town and takes approximately half an hour.
The Lakes Distillery
Finally, drive the nine miles (approximately) along the A66 to The Lakes Distillery. This new distillery was established in some old Victorian farm buildings and the renovation is imaginative and beautiful. The stonework and ironwork, for example, are works of art in themselves.
A variety of tours are available and they run regularly throughout the day. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience the whisky making process and to sample the wares. The tour is very interesting, but photos are not allowed unfortunately. The first whisky from the distillery was bottled at the end of 2019. (We have a bottle, but have not yet opened it!)
The restaurant attached to the distillery is beautifully appointed and offers some tasty dishes.
And don’t forget to visit the alpacas!
Is it worth visiting Keswick?
Keswick is a traditional lake district town with a very distinctive charm. Is it worth visiting Keswick? Absolutely! A one day trip will give a flavour of the town, but it will leave visitors wanting to return and explore more. Enjoy!
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