Keswick and the North Lakes are renowned for their fantastic choice of outdoor activities, water sports and spectacular fell walks. Enjoy great family water sports on Ullswater and Derwent water and challenging fell walking around the Northern and Eastern Fells.
Places to stay in the North Lakes cater for all tastes and budgets from luxury spa resorts and hotels around Bassenthwaite to walker friendly B&Bs in Keswick and family camping and caravan parks around Ullswater. The choice of traditional real ale B&B pubs and inns in the North Lakes is outstanding and beautiful self-catering holiday cottages and lakeside lodges in the North Lakes also feature strongly.
North Lakes accommodation around beautiful lakes and fells cater for all budgets and tastes. Find budget family caravan and camping parks around Ullswater and luxury lakeside spa leisure hotels around Derwentwater, Thirlmere and Bassenthwaite. B&Bs cater well for walkers and are numerous across the area and in walking holiday hotspots like Keswick. Traditional real ale inns in the North Lakes offering B&B accommodation are extensive across top North Lakes walking areas such as Buttermere, Borrowdale, Glenridding and around Keswick.
Visit beautiful heritage lakeside stately homes, fun family wildlife parks, underground mine tours and famous historic attractions like Wordsworth House, the poet Wordsworth's birthplace home in Cockermouth. Places to eat and drink in the North Lakes include beautiful award winning lakeside restaurants and a fantastic choice of traditional real ale pubs serving fine locally sourced pub meals. Lakeland crafts and gift shops are numerous around North Lakes villages like Caldbeck and specialist shopping centres like Keswick, Penrith and Cockermouth.
Outdoor activities and walking in the North Lakes is superb from watersports playgrounds Ullswater and Derwentwater to walking around the Lakeland peaks of Skiddaw, Blencathra, Scafell Pike and Helvellyn. Keswick is a superb base for walking and outdoor activity holidays. Keswick walks, cycling trails and fun family attractions and museums are all plentiful and the Keswick shopping scene is one of the best in the Lakes for art, crafts, outdoor clothing and great markets.
Penrith attractions include a choice of specialist shops, markets and character heritage inns serving the finest Lakeland Ales. Watersports, boat trips and outdoor activities feature around Derwentwater and Ullswater and find some of the best mountain bike trails in the Lake District in Whinlatter Forest Park to the west of Keswick.
Some of the Lake District's most famous walks can be found in the North Lakes including favourite Wordsworth walks around Ullswater and the popular Catbells Walk west of Keswick. Great family cycling trails are around Keswick, or visit birds of prey centres and wildlife parks around Penrith, underground mine tours and a host of North Lakes outdoor activity centres offering everything from canoeing and sailing to ghyll scrambling and hill walking.