Best 5 activities in Keswick!

As lockdown measures ease we thought we’d put together an itinerary for an ideal staycation weekend in the lakes. Get your summer ready to look forwards to, and book a lovely lakes escape. Tell us what you think and leave a comment on our socials if you have any other recommendations!


#5 Walk around Buttermere with homemade ice cream.

Buttermere is a firm favourite mainly due to its unspoilt nature, home to tranquillity which is shown in its unyielding natural beauty. Outlined with a gentle path making for a gratifying 2–3-hour walk round the lakeshore. The most loved view is looking down the lake from the western end towards Fleetwith Pike, which dramatically stands proud against the fells which its near vertical cliff; Honister crag. Adjoining nature’s own amphitheatre of inscrutable rock, Haystacks. Alfred Wainwright’s favourite fell. Finish your walk with some fantastic homemade ice cream or a pint at the pub in Buttermere village.


#4 Mountain Biking, Whinlatter Forest Trail Centre

Home to the longest purpose-built trail in the Lake District. Whinlatter is great for whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or just entering the world of two wheeled fun.

Whinlatter Forest has a great combination of climbs, descents, and single-track heaven on its various trails.

A personal favourite is 19km of off-road goodness, combining the North and South loops providing rear wheel drifting switchbacks, multiple line choices and epic views if you stop to catch then before berm heaven awaits on the descents.


#3 Sunset from surprise view with fish n chips

Named so because of its unremitting beauty, surprise view is worth the hair raising drive up over Ashness bridge once you get there, we promise!

Offering sublime vista’s across Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite Lake (The Lake Districts only ‘official Lake’) the views offered from this location are simply breath-taking at all times of the day however being there for the evenings golden hour is simply unmissable, gaze over the sky illuminated like a phoenix rising from the ashes leaving the Skiddaw and northern fells range appear ignited under the fiery haze provided from the sun setting behind the Solway firth.

Personally, this view is best accompanied with Fish and Chips from one of Keswick’s ‘Chippies’ and a bottle of Cumbrian brewed Ale.


#2 Spa Day at The Falls Spa, Lodore Hotel, Lake District Hotels

What better way to soak away any aches and pains from a day in the mountains than the newly built ‘The Falls Spa’, with incredible views from the outdoor infinity pool and an incredible glass fronted panoramic Sauna giving you unobscured views of the magnificent Catbells range across Derwentwater. You can Indulge yourselves in treatments from Elemis or a mud ritual in the Rasul chamber along with various full or half day treatments specially tailored for everyone from the mountain explorer, mum to be or even for the distinguished gentlemen. Take advantage of exclusive use of the Spa Champagne Bar and enjoy your well being journey.


# 1 Via Ferrata & Mine Tours, Honister Slate Mine

Of course, we would recommend a day out here at Honister as the ultimate must do to finish off a magical weekend in the lakes.

For the adventurers looking to get their hearts racing and blood pumping the Via Ferrata is the perfect choice, requiring a reasonable level of fitness, cliff edge ladders and rocky traverses across a unique landscape. Don’t forget to stop and look down below your feet and appreciate the truly epic views. An adrenaline rush with a taste of history and essence of industrial mixed with natural beauty. Feel yourself fill with an unmissable sense of achievement as you reach one of the finest central views the Lake District has to offer, Buttermere, Crummock and Loweswater. The Via Ferrata is not just for climbers and walkers but beginners and young families looking to create lifelong memories.

Follow your adrenaline thrilled experience with the second part of the All-Day Pass, Honister’s Mine Tour.Don your hard hat and miners’ lamp and take a step back into Honister’s rich 400 + year history on a fully guided mine tour.

Explore caverns and tunnels hand carved by men who dedicated their lives to their crafts. Hear how methods and machinery adapted and improved and learn how the craftsmanship has been passed down generations and is still used today to turn the 450-million-year-old ‘green gold’ into the finest stonework and roofing slates in the world.

Mountains Near Keswick

While exploring the enchanting landscapes of Keswick and its surroundings, adventure-seekers are spoiled for choice when it comes to scaling majestic peaks and conquering lofty summits. Here, we present a guide to the mountains near Keswick, each offering its own unique challenges and rewards for intrepid travelers.

1. Skiddaw

As the sixth highest mountain in England, Skiddaw dominates the skyline to the north of Keswick with its distinctive silhouette. A favorite among hikers, Skiddaw offers a variety of routes to suit all abilities, from gentle ascents to more challenging scrambles. At the summit, breathtaking views stretch across the Lake District, providing a stunning backdrop for a well-deserved picnic.

2. Catbells

A beloved landmark overlooking Derwentwater, Catbells is renowned for its accessible yet exhilarating trails. Perfect for families and novice hikers, the ascent of Catbells rewards adventurers with panoramic views of Keswick, Borrowdale, and the surrounding fells. With its grassy slopes and well-defined paths, Catbells offers a memorable introduction to the beauty of the Lake District.

3. Blencathra

Known as the “Conqueror of the Northern Fells,” Blencathra offers a challenging climb for experienced mountaineers. With its dramatic ridges and rugged terrain, this iconic peak presents a thrilling adventure for those seeking a true test of their skills. The reward? Sweeping vistas of the surrounding valleys and fells, making the ascent of Blencathra a truly unforgettable experience.

4. Helvellyn

Venture south from Keswick, and you’ll encounter Helvellyn, the third highest peak in England and a legendary destination for mountain enthusiasts. Whether you choose the exhilarating scramble up Striding Edge or the more gradual ascent via Swirral Edge, reaching the summit of Helvellyn is a monumental achievement. From its lofty heights, soak in views of Thirlmere, Ullswater, and beyond, as you stand atop one of the Lake District’s most iconic peaks.

5. Grisedale Pike

Located to the west of Keswick, Grisedale Pike offers a challenging yet rewarding climb for those seeking solitude amidst the fells. Ascend through ancient woodlands and heather-clad slopes before emerging onto the windswept summit, where panoramic views await. From the summit cairn, take in vistas of Bassenthwaite Lake, the Solway Firth, and the distant Scottish hills, making Grisedale Pike a must-visit for any keen hillwalker.

As you plan your mountain adventures near Keswick, remember to check weather conditions and prepare accordingly. Whether you’re a seasoned mountaineer or a novice hiker, the mountains surrounding Keswick offer a wealth of opportunities to explore the natural beauty of the Lake District. So lace up your boots, pack your rucksack, and embark on an unforgettable journey through some of England’s most stunning landscapes.

Things to Do in and Around Keswick

As you plan your adventure-filled weekend in the picturesque Lake District, we hope these top five activities have inspired you to make the most of your time in Keswick. Whether you’re seeking tranquil walks, heart-pumping mountain biking, serene sunset views, indulgent spa days, or thrilling Via Ferrata experiences, there’s something for everyone to enjoy amidst the natural splendor of our region.

At Honister Slate Mine, we’re proud to offer an unforgettable experience that combines adrenaline-fueled escapades with a rich appreciation for the history and natural beauty of the Lake District. Our Via Ferrata provides an exhilarating challenge suitable for adventurers of all ages, while our guided mine tours offer a fascinating glimpse into our 400-year legacy of slate mining.

As you traverse our rugged landscape, take a moment to soak in the breathtaking vistas of Buttermere, Crummock, and Loweswater from our elevated vantage points. Feel the thrill of accomplishment as you conquer cliff-edge ladders and rocky traverses, knowing that you’re following in the footsteps of generations of craftsmen who have shaped our landscape and industry.

But the adventure doesn’t end there. Keswick and its surrounding areas offer a wealth of experiences to delight every traveler. From leisurely strolls around the tranquil shores of Buttermere to heart-pounding mountain biking trails in Whinlatter Forest, there’s always something new to discover.

Treat yourself to a sunset picnic at Surprise View, savoring the beauty of nature as you indulge in classic fish and chips from one of Keswick’s charming chippies. Or unwind with a luxurious spa day at The Falls Spa, where you can soak away your cares in the outdoor infinity pool while gazing upon the majestic Catbells range.

Whatever your interests may be, Keswick promises a memorable escape filled with adventure, relaxation, and natural beauty. So pack your bags, lace up your hiking boots, and prepare for an unforgettable journey through the heart of the Lake District. We look forward to welcoming you to Honister Slate Mine and Keswick, where every moment is an opportunity for discovery and adventure.