Insider's Guide to Lake District

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Keswick (pronounced “Kezick”), situated at the uppermost tip of Derwentwater, is the hub of the northern part of the Lake District. There are a few local points of interest, but attractions like the Pencil Museum are unlikely to detain you long and this market town functions best as a point of departure for tours of the magnificent nearby countryside.

Walking tours range from sedate circumnavigations of Derwentwater to a more demanding stroll up Skiddaw, one of England’s highest mountains. And once you’ve hung up your hiking boots, Keswick’s traditional pubs offer fine ale and hearty meals.

Practical Info

Getting to Keswick from either Windermere or Carlisle, the nearest transport hubs, will take around half an hour by car, a little longer by bus. A launch service calls at Keswick and six other points on Derwentwater.

Tours & Tickets

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4-Day Lake District Discovery

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Explore the rugged Lake District on this 4-day experience from Bowness-on-Windermere, including hotel accommodation and two full-day tours. With the charming ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $698.61

Ten Lakes Spectacular to Borrowdale, Buttermere and Beyond

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 167 Reviews

This tour covers Ten Lakes, three mountain passes and a lake cruise, a beautiful waterfall, Castlerigg Stone Circle and the ancient township of Keswick for ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $63.51

3-Day Lake District Discovery

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 17 Reviews

Enjoy two nights stay at Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel located close to Lake Windermere. This comfortable hotel, formerly owned by Beatrix Potter is set in ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $476.33

Private Tour: Lake District Day Trip from Windermere

Discover the beauty of the Lake District on this full-day tour, led by an expert driver-guide. Relax in the comfort of your very own private vehicle as you’re ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $119.08

4-Day Beatrix Potter Experience in Lake District Including Lakeland Tour, Ten Lakes Tours and Lake Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Discover the best of the Lake District and the places that inspired Beatrix Potter on this 4-day experience based in Bowness-on-Windermere. Stay three nights ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $698.61

3-Day Lake District and Hadrian's Wall Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Spend three days discovering the secrets of Roman Britain and the stunning English Lake District on this small group tour from Edinburgh. Follow the route of ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $395.35

Lake District Tour from Windermere: Ten Lakes in One Winter Day

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

See 10 lakes in one day on a 6.5-hour tour around the idyllic Lake District from Windermere! With an expert local guide, travel by coach around the region to ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 hours 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $47.63

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