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Things To Do In Keswick

  • Sophie
  • 17th June 2014

Go Ape at Whinlatter Forest Park is one of the most thrilling adventures imaginable.

Set 360 metres above sea level, this is the highest of all our zip slides. In fact, it's so high you can see all the way to Scotland. Swing through the trees and over water in England's only true mountain forest, soaking up some of the most spectacular views you'll ever witness of the Lake District. But what's there to do nearby before or after you've released your inner Tarzan? With the North Lakes and Keswick on your doorstep, there are plenty of things to do in Keswick. Here's a run-down of some ideas.

What to do in Keswick?

Go walking

Make the most of being in the stunning forest and embark on a walk; whether you're looking for a brisk one or a stroll, there are plenty of trails to suit all ages and abilities. Some walks offer spectacular views over Derwentwater, Bassenthwaite Lake and across the Skiddaw and Helvellyn ranges. There are permanent children's activity trails in place, giving your little monkeys a perfect opportunity to explore the forest and all the animals that live in it. Just pop into the Visitor Centre and grab a map - choose from the Tracks Trail or the Squirrel Scurry.

Where to go?

Stroll around Keswick

Keswick, although only a small town, is a lovely place to explore. The heart of Keswick is the Market Square, ringed round with shops, restaurants and hotels. Just a short walk from the Square you'll find two lovely parks, offering things to do such as crazy golf. Fitz Park has a first-class children's area, as well as riverside picnic tables. There are some fantastic art galleries and independent shops dotted around town, and the main pedestrianised area makes for a pleasant shopping experience.

Where to eat?

Casa Bella

Situated in the heart of Keswick, Casa Bella is run by a family who, in turn, welcome families with open arms. If you're a fan of fresh pasta and pizza, look no further. Due to its increasing popularity, Casa Bella now takes up not one but three shop units on one of the town's busiest streets. There's the new addition of a 'Gelateria' if you're just after a coffee or ice cream. At the other end of the spectrum, they serve some of the best steaks in town, as well as a variety of chargrilled chicken dishes.

And something for a rainy day?

Cars of the Stars Motor Museum

A hit with adults and children alike, the world famous Cars of the Stars Museum in Keswick was opened to the public in 1989 and features some of the most iconic cars from films and television. Get your camera ready and take some snaps of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Only Fools and Horses' 'Robin Reliant', Knightrider's KITT and many more. There's also a collection of autographs to go alongside them, and even some rides for the kids. The perfect way to spend a few hours if the heavens decide to open.

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