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Things to do in Keswick

Located just over 40 minutes’ drive away is the stunning, historic market town of Keswick that’s nestled on the shores of Derwentwater.

'Keswick' is said to be an Old English name that means 'farm where cheese is made' or ‘cheese farm’ and was first recorded as a settlement in 1240. The origins of Keswick being a market town date back to 1276 when Edward I granted Thomas, Lord of the Manor of Derwentwater, a charter to hold a Saturday market, which has maintained for a continuous 700+ years existence.

At the heart of Keswick is the Market Square, which is surrounded by a wide array of shops. The pedestrianized areas in the town are a no car zone (apart from the odd delivery van), so it provides a pleasant and relaxing shopping experience.

If walking or hiking is more your thing then you’re in for a treat by visiting Keswick. To the south is Scarfell Pike and to the north is Skiddaw, which are England’s 1st and 3rd highest mountains making a fantastic challenge with breath taking views of the lakes. 

If you’re looking for a more relaxing walk, then to the west is whinlatter forest with walking route ranging from a relaxing stroll to a challenging trail through the hills and not to mention the lake side paths to which Keswick is nestled upon.

To find out how to get to Keswick from Windermere suites, feel free to use the Google Map below.