Walking is naturally one of the biggest activities when staying with us. Being fully surrounded by beautiful fells, it’s not hard to understand why.
The beauty of this area is the ability to walk some of the highest fells in the Lake District but also plenty of leisurely, low-level walks too.
On the doorstep, there is of course Carrock Fell, Mungrisdale Common, Bennerdale Crags, Souther Fell, and Bowscale Fell.
The iconic Blencathra is approximately 5 miles away but with Keswick and Ullswater being so close, there are also lots of Wainwright’s 214 fells to take on. These include Skiddaw, Helvellyn, Catbells, Fleetwith Pike, Haystacks, Walla Crag, Latrigg and Dodd, just to name a few.
Things to do in Keswick
Keswick really has something for everyone and for any weather.
- Alpacaly Ever After where you can walk with Alpacas
- The Lake District Wildlife Park - the award winning Cumbria zoo
- Alhambra Cinema and Theatre By The Lake
- Derwent Pencil Museum
- A great choice of outdoor shops to stock up on gear as well as independent gift and art retailers.
Adventure in and around Keswick
- Whinlatter Forest for superb mountain bike trails but also walks. Bike hire available too.
- Honister Slate Mine home to Via Ferrata, Mine Climbing, the Adrenaline Pass and the Infinity Bridge to experience the ultimate adventure amongst the majestic Fleetwith Pike.
- Newlands Adventure Centre for a wide range of outdoor activities.
On the water
- Derwentwater where the fells loom above it and where Derwentwater Marina is located for the Keswick Launch boat rides
- Nichol End Marina offer boat hire as well as other water activities including paddle boarding and also coffee and cake.
- The Lakes Distillery where the first single malt whisky was produced. Book guided tours and enjoy lunch in their bistro before stocking up on their award winning whisky, gin and vodka from their shop.
- The Lake District Osprey Project where Bassenthwaite ospreys can be seen from the specially designed viewpoints from April to September.
Things to do in Ullswater & Penrith
A short drive takes you to Ullswater and its tranquillity.
- The Ullswater Steamers is a must to enjoy this body of water and the surrounding fells. With a choice of piers, it’s a great way to travel between the villages of Glenridding and Pooley Bridge.
- Aira Force waterfall with a sight to behold. Stop off their on your steamer trip.
- Rheged – a very special destination for art exhibitions, cinema screenings, fabulous Cumbrian produce farm shop and café . Owned by the award winning Westmorland Group of the award winning Tebay Services.
Historic houses and castles
- Lowther Castle & Gardens
- Penrith Castle
- Hutton in the Forest Historic House & Gardens
- Dalemain House & Gardens
Things to do slightly further away
Being England’s largest National Park and newest UNESCO World Heritage site, the whole of the Lake District can be accessed from your base at Carrock Glamping Pods.
There’s the bustling central Lakes area of Grasmere, Ambleside and Windermere offering history, lakes and tarns and attractions such at Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top, Windermere Lake Cruises and Wordsworth at Grasmere.
Or perhaps the Cumbrian coast where the fells meet the sea at St Bees, the start of the Wainwright’s Coast to Coast walk. North to Maryport steeped in maritime history. The Georgian town of Whitehaven and The Beacon Museum and the start of the C2C bike ride or south to Seascale and Ravenglass.