There is seemingly no end to the attractions and activities available during breaks in the Lake District, whenever you happen to be visiting. The biggest star by far is the breathtaking beauty of its hills, lakes and mountains. But there are also many places to visit and sights to see. Here are just five of them in the Keswick area alone…
Honister Slate Mine. Not just a relic of Britain’s industrial past, this slate mine is still in full working order – the last of its kind. After being shown around the fascinating facility, nail your courage to the mast and take a spin on the UK’s first Via Ferrata zip slide. A great day out for adults and children alike.
Go Ape. If one session on the zip slide wasn’t enough, take a visit to the Lake District’s high-octane woodland centre. The kids will love testing their mettle on the assault courses and rope challenges high in the trees – and so will you, all overseen by fully-qualified instructors who will keep you safe while helping you discover just what you’re capable of.
Derwent Water. Keswick’s own lake is the perfect antidote to all the excitement, although this natural beauty offers a range of boat hires, water sports and boat trips, alongside the country walks and refreshing coffee shops next to the shore. The lake itself is not far from the city centre of historic Keswick town.
Ashness Bridge and the Bowder Stone. Just south of Keswick along the B5289, next to Derwentwater can be found a small road leading to the lovely village of Watendlath – and one of the most picturesque bridges in the region. This old stone bridge, athwart fast water, attracts scores of photographers thanks to its spectacular views. Back on the B5289, park up and walk to the huge Bowder Stone, a 2,000-ton fallen boulder. You can climb to the top by ladder and admire the view, and join hands around its base, or simply watch the “boulderers” trying to ascend it using only handholds.
Catbells Lakeland Walk. A great walk for all the family, which offers amazing vistas and a feeling of great accomplishment without the need to be a dedicated rambling hiker.