Keswick Moot Hall
Launch service on Derwentwater
Derwentwater from Friar’s Crag
Theatre by the Lake in Keswick
Hands sculpture near  the shores of Derwentwater
Crazy golf in Hope Park
Castlerigg Stone Circle


Start the day by taking the launch service across Derwentwater to Hause End and then either an easy stroll along the lakeshore through Brandelhow woods past the “hands” sculpture or set off for the summit of Catbells. It is just a little mountain at 1481ft but quite a scramble and is iconic in the landscape of the Borrowdale valley. From the boat landings in Keswick you can take the path to Friar’s Crag and the view down the entire length of Derwentwater. This path is wheelchair accessible and is the project Croft House Cottages supports via Nurture Lakeland. We have collected over £2000 to date in this way.

Perhaps it is time for a lunchtime picnic on the slopes of Crow Park with the views of Derwentwater and Catbells. There are many cafes in Keswick where you can buy your picnic items. There is a market in the town on Saturday and on most Thursdays. In the afternoon the younger members of your party might like crazy golf in Hope Park, Keswick Pencil Museum and the Keswick swimming pool – which has a water slide and wave effect with a graded beach area for really little ones. Puzzling Place in the centre of Keswick will definitely leave you confused!

If you have a thirst for adventure then Keswick as the “Adventure Capital of England” is the place for you. You can canoe on Derwentwater, try ghyll scrambling, paragliding, mountain biking or climbing and many other adrenaline sports. A good way to end the busy day is to visit atmospheric Castlerigg Stone Circle – just within a mile of Keswick. Theories abound as to why this stone circle was constructed here but the majesty of the location is beyond question – especially on a stormy day when the clouds race across a darkening sky.

Perhaps end your day with a leisurely meal – there are three restaurants within walking distance of our four holiday properties (these are mentioned in the Walks section) and many more in Keswick and nearby. We can pass on to you recent recommendations from other guests. For evening entertainment there is the “Theatre by the Lake” opened in 2001. We can provide our guests with discount vouchers to the value of £3 for most of the productions. In the main season there can be as many as 3 productions each week in the main theatre and 3 in the smaller studio theatre. Some of the actors will be in three very different productions – in the same week……. If you are a film buff try the characterful Alhambra cinema with a varied programme of films.

Mountain Biking with Skiddaw in the distanceCanoeing on DerwentwaterSailing and the launch service on DerwentwaterParagliding – Applethwaite in the distance