24 hours in Keswick

Image: The ascent to Cat Bells summit.

Keswick Mountain Festival Marketing Manager, Sarah, has pulled together her top things to do in Keswick if you only have 24 hours to spare.

Whenever I visit Keswick I tend to park up at the Lakeside Car Park.. There’s usually plenty of spaces and it’s ideally situated next to Derwentwater. My first port of call is to stretch my legs with a short walk with Vinyl (my beagle) along Friars Crag, which hosts our 5KM Trail Run!) and hugs the shores of Derwentwater. It has the most beautiful views and is a great way to start any visit to Keswick. While myself and Vinyl stretch our legs along the shoreline, my friend opted for a dip in Derwentwater, which serves as the venue for our Open Water Swims.

The next task is to grab some breakfast in town before taking on the local hills. Personally, I love Fellpack. It has a variety of food for carnivores, vegetarians and vegans alike! There’re eggs on the menu and crispy bacon so I’m happy. It’s dog friendly too, so Vinyl can join us!  

After breakfast we head over to the other side of the water to take on the mighty Cat Bells (which is one of the peaks in our Three Peaks Challenge). Your heart rate and temperature will increase dramatically as you climb up steep path and tackle some rocky features, but the view that opens out makes it more than worthwhile. We follow the well-marked path until we reach Dalehead Tarn, where we then drop down through slate mines (concentration required – it’s slippy!) and grab a cake and cold drink in Grange. We then return to where we started along lower level paths. This hike took around 6 hours including several photo stops and our cake/drink break, measured approximately 11 miles and took in just under 3000ft of ascent. If you fancy a hiking route that takes in all Three Peaks around Keswick, you can check out our Three Peaks Challenge.


Once our legs stopped feeling like jelly we returned to Keswick to freshen up and head out for a bite to eat. We are both fans of pizza so headed to the Square Orange. After our epic walk we were super hungry so opted for a non-standard order of 3 pizzas between the two of us washed down with a bottle of Rioja. The perfect end to a lovely day!

How would you spend your ideal 24 hours in Keswick when it’s safe to do so? Let us know in the comments below!


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