Keswick is a lovely lakeside town, right next to Derwent Water. There's some quaint shops, delicious food offerings and fantastic local walks and attractions.
This visit, we enjoyed wandering around the shops and a delicious lunch of Traditional Fish & Chips and The Old Keswickian. We'd highly reccommend it if you're in the mood for a good English Classic! Also, highly reccomeded is a visit to Ye Olde Friars of Keswick, Established in 1927 and home to all things sweet and delicious. It's a chocolate lovers paradise! For those with children there's the little Touchwood Toy Shop, full of traditional wooden toys and plenty of character - worth venturing off the beaten path to visit. Another family-friendly attraction is the World of Illusion: "The Puzzling Place"- good fun for all the family!
As well as the individual shops and small businesses, there's a selection of larger local chain shops and high street names too: Joules, White Stuff, Herdy, The Bath House, and Booths are all worth a visit.
For a coffee break, we found "Java & Chocolate" to be excellent, even for picky coffee drinkers like us. Ken had the best Mocha he's ever had, flavoured with chocolate from their ever-flowing chocolate fountain! Amazing! We didn't succumb to a cake, but their offerings looked delicious.... maybe next time!
After wandering around the shops, and with a good lunch in our bellies, we headed out of town to explore the lakeside boat landings before heading out for a good walk. (It's worth mentioning the lakeside crazy-golf as another great family friendly activity).
This time our walk was Friar's Crag and Castlehead. It was a shorter 3 mile walk and realtively easy with the exception of the short ascent up Castlehead... worth it for the views! (Here's the directions we followed if you'd like to try it for yourself)
After all that, we happily got back in the car and drove the scenic route home, enjoying the beauty of the Lake District and Cumbrian countryside. A perfect day out.
Distance: 37.4 miles
Approx 1 hour