There are possibly few more scenic places to visit than the Lake District in Cumbria. Part of that beauty is to be found at Keswick & North Lakes, which covers half of the Lake District National Park in Cumbria. Visitors here will find accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets, whether it be a luxurious holiday home or cosy cottage that’s budget friendly.
The area is well known for its range of outdoor activities and with so much water in the area, fishing is naturally a very popular pastime here. Permits are usually required to fish or launch a craft here so visitors can obtain Keswick Anglers Association permits from the Keswick Tourism Information Centre in Market Square. Canoeing, kayaking, dinghy sailing, rowing, dragon boating, Viking longship and power boating are all available on Derwentwater at Keswick.
Golfers can try out the challenging 18-hole course at Keswick Golf Club, and there is a nine-hole miniature golf course at Hope Park. No holiday in Keswick & Great Lakes is complete without taking a walk along the network of paths through the countryside and hills. Energetic visitors to the area may like to tackle some of England’s highest peaks such as The Scaffells or Skiddaw, which are within easy reach of Keswick.
There are many old fashioned shops in the area providing a pleasant change from large shopping centres found in bigger towns and cities. Independent shops sell antiques, books, paintings and pottery, jewellery, speciality foods and local produce. Keswick also has a huge choice of outdoor clothing and equipment retailers. Keswick & North Lakes has no shortage of places to stop for a spot of lunch of dinner with many village pubs, cafes and tea rooms located here.
There are many arts and crafts galleries here, which is not surprising given the area inspired noted artists such as Turner and Constable. The area has a rich history and several museums reflect different aspects of this includingCumberland Pencil Museum and the Keswick Mining Museum. Keswick's Theatre by the Lake is situated on the shores of Derwentwater and is in one of the most picturesque locations in the country.
The Lake District is the wettest part of England, due to its location on the northwest coast of England and its mountainous geography. The average rainfall for the Lake District is over 2,000 mm a year, but there is a very large local variation with some parts of the Lake District with Keswick below the average at 1,470 mm per year. The driest months of the year are normally between March and June with July and August generally the warmest with an average of 19C.
Manchester Airport (MAN) serves more domestic destinations than any other UK airport and is an ideal link to Cumbria being just two hours drive away. Domestic flights from London are offered by British Airways and BMI. Aer Lingus and Ryanair offer flights to Manchester from Ireland, while many of the major European airlines such as Air France, KLM and Lufthansa fly here too. The nearest railway station to Keswick is Penrith, on the West Coast Main Line, a distance of 17 miles and a bus service connects Penrith railway station with Keswick Bus Station.