Keswick is an attractive and picturesque market town at the heart of the Northern Lakes, making an ideal base from which to explore the breathtaking scenery of the Lake District National Park or beyond to the Solway coast or Hadrian's wall. The peace and tranquility of this beautiful area can be enjoyed whatever time of the year you visit.
The 4000-year-old Stone Circle of Castlerigg lies to the east and overlooks Keswick in its valley setting, nestling neatly between the massive peak of Skiddaw (1034m) and the calm of Derwentwater. Keswick is a unique place, acclaimed recently as, ‘The Adventure Capital of the UK’ yet still a place of peace and tranquillity where both red squirrels and Ospreys can be viewed in their natural wild habitat. This natural playground is a magical place to be enjoyed and appreciated, yet conserved.
Though small in size, Keswick offers a wide range of indoor and outdoor attractions for the visitor. Most of these are within a ten minutes flat walk of Abernethy and include Hope Park; Fitz Park; Friars Crag; The Theatre by the Lake; the 1920's Alhambra Cinema; Keswick Spa Indoor Leisure Pool; King Kong Play and Indoor Climbing Centre; Derwentwater Launches; Derwentwater Marina; Keswick and Whinlatter Bike Hire; Puzzle World; Keswick Activity Centre; Keswick Pencil Museum and Keswick Museum and Art Gallery.
As well as a vast array of activities, the historic market town also hosts an array of independent shops, galleries, home-ware outlets and countless outdoor shops stocking all kit imaginable. The town also boasts a well established, twice weekly market offering much local produce, arts and crafts. There is also a large, quality Booths supermarket too.
The town has a multitude of eateries for all tastes and budgets. Traditional Lakeland pubs, modern English restaurants and bistros; Italian, Indian and Thai restaurants are all found within a short walk from the house.
Abernethy’s central Keswick location make many fell walks accessible from the doorstep. Skiddaw (3054ft), Lattrigg Fell (1207ft), Walla Crag, Cat Bells, Castle Craggs and Castlerigg Stone Circle can all be accessed on foot or by using the Derwentwater launches.
Many mountain bike trails can also be accessed from the town and Whinlatter Forest Park is a 10 minute drive with biking trails to suit all abilities.
Borrowdale Valley is 15minutes drive away with access to many Central and Southern Fells, including England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike. Honister Slate Mine with its Via Ferrata is located on a mountain pass between Derwentwater and the beautiful Western Lakes of Buttermere and Crummock Water.
Windermere and the Southern Lake District is approx. 30minutes drive with many more attractions on route ranging from Wordworth’s House at Grasmere to Brokhole Visitors Centre and Beatrix Potter World.
We, the owners, are a Cumbrian family who love the outdoors. We pride ourselves on providing a comfortable home stocked with maps, guide books and local information based on our own experiences and adventures. Adam, Deborah, Jos and Annabel