We wrote a whole post about the 5 Best Pubs in Keswick and the Surrounding Area. However we then decided to ask our customers on our facebook page for their favourite beer soaked carpet pubs in the surrounding area and got a great response. So here is a list of pubs, not compiled by us, but our loyal customers who rigorously and regularly check all the best pubs in the county for us.
Dog and Gun
A firm favourite. The pies and goulash are a particular hit with our guests!
The Pheasant Inn
Regularly topping the best pub grub in Keswick polls, it’s selection of cask ales help make this a real winner.
The Royal Oak
Warm, cosy pub with big comfortable armchairs! Like most places in Keswick, it’s also dog friendly.
An award winning independent pub with a wide selection of real ales.
If you’re a fan of a good pub quiz then head down to the Packhorse. It usually runs a quiz every Wednesday, but call ahead and double check!
Horse and Farrier
Nestled at the foot of Blencathra the Horse and Farrier is great rural pub if you’re coming in along the A66 from Penrith.
A favourite with both ourselves and guests this pub feels like it’s in the heart of the Lakes. At the bottom of Cat Bells, nestled in the Newlands Valley, Swinside offers not just a great traditional pub atmosphere, but also a spectacular panormaic view of the surrounding fells.
White Horse Inn
If you want a rustic Cumberland pub; this is the place. Slightly off the beaten tourist track it’s a great place for a post Blencathra hike pint.
If you’ve just climbed Helvellyn then this’ll be the first pub you come to, making it the perfect place for a celebratory pint!
The UK is famed all over the world for our traditional country pubs. With the old wood beams, comfortable chairs (or bar stool) and a menu where you can guarantee some classic dishes (think fish and chips, burgers and pies).
We’re very lucky to have so many great pubs so close to us. In fact the Eden district (which we are just 1 mile from) was voted the UKs number 1 place to live, in part by the high ratio of pubs per person. That’s the kind of stat we like.
This list is just a quick one and covers a range of pubs, from the ones in Keswick to the surrounding area.
The Swinside Inn is probably one of our favourite pubs in the area. At the foot of Cat Bells and with panoramic views all around the Newlands Valley it’s the perfect country pub for lunch or tea (dinner for the southerners).
Dog and Gun
It might well be a Green King Pub, but it’s a good one. A firm favourite of our guests. Very dog friendly and delicious food, right int he middle of Keswick
The Wainwright is a cracking independent pub right in the middle of town. Boasting an mind boggling array of local ales it’s the perfect place to enjoy a post walk pint.
The Pheasant Inn
It would be very hard to beat the Pheasant Inn, Keswick for food. This cosy 17th Century pub is a short stroll from the centre of Keswick and a perfect place for an evening meal of Sunday lunch option. Get your booking in early to avoid dissapointment.
The Kings Head at the foot of Helvellyn and Dunmail Raise is the ideal place for a celebratory end of day pint. Just a couple of miles from Low Nest put your feet up in front of the roaring fire and enjoy the ambience of this old Inn, which was once a vital stop before and after travelling over Dunmail Raise.
The National Trust is synonymous with the Lake District. This might be in part due to it’s connection to Mrs Hellis (Beatrix Potter), who used her mass of wealth to purchase, preserve and then donate vast numbers of farms and acres of land to the National Trust. But there’s far more than just land and farms to be enjoyed in the Lakes.
This really is a short list of National trust properties int he Lake District. You can find more here.
There are plenty of waterfalls in the Lake District, we can see some from Low Nest. But none are like Aira Force. The National Trust have done a great job of creating a lovely little walk from the bottom car park, winding up one side of the beck through ancient woodlands and over traditional lakeland stone bridges to give a spectacular view of the falls from multiple locations.
While it can be bashed out in less than an hour; we’d recommend you to take your time and enjoy the woods and surrounding areas. There is a cafe, but also a picnic area by the main car park so you can enjoy an al alfresco lunch. This could be a great stop off if you are visiting Ullswater for the day.
Hill Top Farm
Explore Mr Macgregor’s garden and get a glimpse into Beatrix Potters life at the house that she called home for much of her life in the Lake District. You can see what made this place so special and how it inspired her to preserve other farms like it (such as nearby Yew Tree Farm, the set of the movie Mrs Potter). Outside you can explore her famous gardens and take a walk to Moss Eccles Tarn.
Wordsworth House and Gardens
“The loveliest spot that man hath ever found”.
Discover the place that bred and inspired one of Englands greatest poets and laureates. Far more than just a house you can explore the gardens that captivated a young William and gave him a life long passion for gardening. Whats more; situated in Cockermouth on the edge of the Lake District, this is the perfect place to escape the busier in the central lakes at peak season.
If you’re ever exploring between Ambleside and Coniston then we thoroughly recommend stopping off and having a lovely stroll round Tarn Hows. This man made tarn offers a gentle yet very picturesque 2 mile walk, which can take an hour or 2 depending on how often you stop to admire the stunning scenery.
Situated at the bottom of Windermere the ground of this old country residence boasts a lovely manicured old country garden with quaint boathouses, rowing boat hire and plenty of space to enjoy a picnic. As a kid Alasdair’s family would take their canoe and boat down here.
I don’t think we’re breaking any news that it rains in the Lake District. The lush green fells need a regular soaking to keep themselves looking so good. But what to do when the heavens have opened? First of all; don’t worry, there’s loads of great things you can do when it’s raining in the Lake District, and in the surrounding area.
Things to do around Keswick
There’s lots of things you can do around Keswick when it’s raining. From the bustling markets and quaint cafes of the town itself, to the sophisticated distillery tours and historic mining museums. But for those who like to keep active the old slate mines at Honister are an ideal dryish activity, while the Keswick climbing wall also boasts a cafe! Here’s a few of our ideas for you
The Lakes Distillery
Fine food and extra fine booze. What’s not to love. Not just a maker of exquisite gin, The Lakes Distillery is the crafter of the finest English Whisky. As well as tours of the distillery there are numerous tasting experiences and a delicious bistro.
You can never tour too many breweries! Keswicks brewery not only offers tours, but also has its own bar.
Honister Slate Mines
Learn about the fascinating history of slate mining in the Lake District while exploring the old mine shafts.
Threlkeld Railway and Quarry Museum
Pan for (fake) gold while you wait for the narrow guage train to take you up the steep track to the top of the mine where you can explore old exavators.
The Puzzling Place
Enjoy optical illusions and puzzling puzzles. A great quick town escape.
Huddle inside one of the Keswick Launches and enjoy the spectacular scenery around Derwent Water.
Whether a total novice or experienced climber Kong Adventure, in the centre of Keswick is a great active wet weather option.
Keswick Climbing Wall
Just a 20 minute walk from Low Nest, next to the Castlerigg stone circles is Keswick Climbing Wall. Great for experienced and newbie climbers, with the added bonus of a cafe!
Dove Cottage and Wordsworth Museum – www.wordsworth.org.uk
Heaton Cooper Studio – www.heatoncooper.co.uk
World of Peter Rabbit – www.hop-skip-jump.com
Windermere Jetty Museum – www.lakelandarts.org.uk/windermere-jetty-museum
Hill Top Farm – www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hill-top
Wordsworth School – www.hawksheadgrammar.org.uk
Wordsworth House and Gardens – www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wordsworth-house-and-garden
Brantwood, Coniston – www.brantwood.org.uk
Muncaster Castle – www.muncaster.co.uk
Trains, Boats and Wildlife
Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway – www.ravenglass-railway.co.uk
The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway – www.lakesiderailway.co.uk
Windermere Jetty Museum – www.lakelandarts.org.uk/windermere-jetty-museum
Lakes Aquarium – www.lakesaquarium.co.uk
Coast Aquarium, Maryport – www.coastaquarium.co.uk
Lake District Wildlife Park – www.lakedistrictwildlifepark.co.uk
Get On The Water
Ullswater Steamer – www.ullswater-steamers.co.uk
Keswick Launch – www.keswick-launch.co.uk
Windermere Cruises – www.windermere-lakecruises.co.uk
Coniston Gondala – www.nationaltrust.org.uk/steam-yacht-gondol
Self Drive Motor Boat – All the main lakes have self drive motor boats available to hire. Most have an en closed cabin so you can enjoy the beauty of the lakes, but in the comfort of the sheltered cabin.
Kong Adventure – www.kongadventure.com
Keswick Climbing Wall – www.keswickclimbingwall.co.uk
Ambleside Climbing Wall – www.amblesideadventure.co.uk/ambleside-wall
Kendal Climbing Wall – www.kendalwall.co.uk
One last option; grab a coat and get out for a lovely walk in the rain. If the weather forecast is bad then we wouldn’t recommend doing anything to high or out of your comfort zone. But the rain gives a whole new dimension to the views you’d normally get. Particularly round tarns and lakes. As Billy Connolly says: there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes. So grab ya wellies and enjoy the Lake District at one of its finest moments.
After purchasing the land we were delighted to see stretches of new fencing along the tracks; however once we started putting sheep in the fields it was like a leaking ship. Actually it was more like the Mary Rose at points with not just agile lambs, but lame ewes escaping.
It transpired that shortly before the sale the previous owner decided to start putting in some new fencing, but before they could finish the job the land sale went through so some fields wen’t livestock proof. The crafty ewes had not only found their way onto the main track, but got under a second fence into a second field, broke through a third fence back onto the same initial track but on the other side of the gate and then into a third field. Confused? Welcome to herding sheep.
We have a complex contract; in that we are in charge of maintaining the land, including fences. Trevor, who rents the land, hasn’t said anything, but he’s too nice. So I decided to go and try to fix the fence.
Previously I’ve only seen 2 or 3 ewes in the escaped fields, but as I arrived to fix the fence I was confronted by dozens of ewes! Crap.
After fixing the gap under the fencing with a couple of old wooden gates and rocks I began to herd the old girls back in through the gates. As I calmly guided them with a readable amount of directional pressure they all made their way nice and calmly into the field. Boom, job done. I closed the gate and felt quite elated. But I’d missed one. Bugger. Sheep have a herding instinct, when they get scared the mass together and follow a leader. So 100 sheep can be easier to move than 1.
The dumb ewe kept trying to get through a gap I’d boarded up, but one that was under shrubs so I just couldn’t get close to grab her. In the end she bolted into the 3rd field. As I approached I saw another ewe in there; no problem I can grab the two of them, job done. But once in the field I could see was a whole flock in there. That was it, towel thrown in, time for the experts on 4 legs. There’s no human match to a good working collie, so i called Trevor in with his dog Roy.
While pissed I missed the one ewe there was great self satisfaction in fixing the fence and moving the majority in a fairly calm chilled movement.
The fence fixes were only temporary, once I’ve got over a recent bug I’ll have to get down and do something more permanent. I’ll keep you posted.