Outdoor and Adventurous Activities in Keswick

For visitors with a sense of adventure, Keswick is paradise: on land and on water – hiking, biking, climbing and running, canoeing, kayaking and other water sports.

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There’s so much going on to get the heart pumping in the great outdoors.  

Mountains to scale, lakes to explore, and indoor climbing walls to stop you climbing the walls if the weather’s not playing ball.

So whether you’re an experienced adventurer, only getting started, or just want to have some energetic fun, pack your outdoor kit and head to Keswick for days out you won’t forget in a hurry.

 
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Keswick Launch Co.

Fancy being your own skipper and sailing round Derwentwater to explore the lake, its inlets, beaches and intriguing islands? You can hire a self-drive motorboat – or a rowing boat if you fancy a workout too – from Keswick Launch Co.

You can rent a motorboat big enough for up to eight adults and set sail on a two-hour cruise around the lake – you can even go all Swallows and Amazons and land on three of the lake’s four islands for a little explore (Derwent Island is private), or pull into one of the bays dotted around the shore and have a picnic.

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01768 772 263

Keswick Launch Co.
Derwentwater Foreshore
Keswick
CA12 5DJ

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Whinlatter Forest

Adrenaline fuelled adventure, you say? Well, Whinlatter Forest (England’s only true mountain forest) would like to say hello and welcome. Welcome to exhilarating mountain bike trails – including the longest purpose-built trail in the Lake District. Miles and miles and miles of walking trails for hikers of all abilities. And challenging running trails, from a leg-stretching 2.5km to 5 and 10km routes for longer distance-lovers, which reward the big climbs with stunning views. Want more?

There are also the numerous treetop adventures of Go Ape for those with a head for heights – you can see Scotland on a clear day from the top of the highest route, and rugged all-terrain Segway hire if you prefer to keep your feet nearer the ground as you explore on two wheels.

And, you can even explore the forest roads on horseback if you’ve come to the Lakes with your horsebox.

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01768 778 469

Whinlatter Pass
Keswick
CA12 5TW

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Kong Escape Room

A climber is missing. The clock is ticking. The weather is bad – really bad. Strong winds, lashing rain, low visibility. You only have an hour to solve the clues and help the mountain rescue team locate the fallen climber. Can you do it in time?

A trip to the Kong Escape Room in Keswick is a great way to spend some time on a rainy afternoon. Working together as a team, it’s up to you to work out the various puzzles and find out where the stricken climber is so the rescue helicopter can save him before it’s too late. Good luck!

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01768 775 907

Heads Road
Keswick
CA12 5EZ

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Keswick Climbing Wall

If it’s too wet to tackle the fells, you’re new to climbing, or you just want to have a bit of fun, then a mere five-minute drive from Keswick is the beautifully located Keswick Climbing Wall – it’s right next to Castlerigg Stone Circle, with views over to the imposing Helvellyn range through the always-open double-doors.

Inside you’ll find over 40 rope climbs and a large bouldering area for climbers of all abilities and ages, with experienced instructors on hand to help and advise.

You can just turn up if you already know what you’re doing, or you can book one of the lessons if you’re a beginner or need a bit of a refresher.

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01768772000

JW34+J5 Goosewell Farm
Keswick
CA12 4RN

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Kong Adventure

A climber is missing. The clock is ticking. The weather is bad – really bad. Strong winds, lashing rain, low visibility. You only have an hour to solve the clues and help the mountain rescue team locate the fallen climber. Can you do it in time?

A trip to the Kong Escape Room in Keswick is a great way to spend some time on a rainy afternoon. Working together as a team, it’s up to you to work out the various puzzles and find out where the stricken climber is so the rescue helicopter can save him before it’s too late. Good luck!

Website >

01768 775 907

Heads Road
Keswick
CA12 5EZ

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Keswick Parkrun

Keep fit, make friends, enjoy nature. Organised by friendly volunteers, the Keswick 5k Parkrun is open to all abilities and ages and takes place every Saturday morning at 9am (just make sure you’re registered and bring a scannable barcode).

Beginning at the Keswick railway path, the entire circular route is on a mostly flat, permanent path, although it may get a bit muddy in places – it has been known to rain a bit in Cumbria – with fabulous views of the River Greta all the way round. And once your run is done, you’re welcome to join the organisers and other runners for a well-earned brew in the Museum Café at Fitz Park in Keswick.

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See Course page for more details.

The event takes place at:
Keswick Railway Path
Station Road
Keswick
CA12 4NF

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Keswick Junior Parkrun

A great way to burn off energy and make new friends, the Keswick Junior 2K Parkrun is open to children aged 4 to 14 and takes place every Sunday at 9am. It’s open to all abilities but make sure your child is registered first and brings a scannable barcode.

The course takes in a couple of loops on tarmac paths around Lower Fitz Park, starting and finishing at Café West, which can be found next to the Station Road park entrance. And afterwards, you’re invited to join the organisers, participants and other parents for a drink at the café.

Whinlatter Forest Parkrun

Keep fit, make friends, see the sights. Organised by friendly volunteers, the Whinlatter 5k Parkrun is open to all abilities and ages and takes place every Saturday morning at 9am (just make sure you’re registered and bring a scannable barcode).

Parkruns don’t get much more scenic or beautiful than this. Taking in views of Derwentwater and the surrounding mountains and fells, this challenging trail run is a hilly loop through the forest that begins and ends at the main car park. And when your run is done, you’re welcome to join the organisers and other runners for a well-earned cuppa at café Ambio.

Keswick Kayaking

Get a different view of the Lake District by taking to Derwentwater or one of the rivers that lead from the lake in a Keswick Adventures guided kayak tour. Ideal for individuals and families, this relaxing activity lasts about three hours and all the equipment you need is supplied – just bring your swimsuit and a towel.

The experienced instructors will tell you all the water safety procedures and kayaking techniques you need to know before you get paddling, and they’ll also point out areas of interest and tell you stories as you glide gently through the water.

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07712 162 088

Keswick Adventures
The Pencil Factory
Carding Mill Lane
Keswick

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Keswick Paddleboard and Canoe Hire

Choose your craft and get out on the water to explore Derwentwater and its islands. At Derwent Water Marina you can pick from paddleboards, sit-on and sit-in kayaks, canoes, pedalos and rowing boats to get afloat and navigate the serene surroundings, taking in the magnificent views as you make your way around.

You can hire craft between April and October, and if you want to stay together as a family on board, there are rowing boats, canoes and pedalos that hold four people, as well as double and triple kayaks. You can also book onto one of their taster sessions or courses if you want to improve your skills.

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01768 772 912

Derwentwater Marina
Portinscale
Keswick
CA12 5RF

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Fitz Park BMX Pump Track

Shredders assemble! If you’re into berms, step-ups, rollers, doubles, and triples, then pad-up, fire up the Go-Pro and get yourself down to the inspiring surroundings of Fitz Park in Keswick where you’ll find a quality, purpose-built pump track.

Ideal for all ages and abilities, this well-equipped BMX track was built after some tireless campaigning by local enthusiasts, and you can find it right behind the football pavilion.

8 Briar Rigg
Keswick
CA12 4NW

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Keswick Leisure Pool (Gym, not a pool!)

Located in the market town of Keswick. Parking is available and a pass can be collected from reception to display in your car whilst using the centre.

Keswick Yoga

Tray Hughes: Yoga Teacher & Therapist – Based in the beautiful Lake District. With weekly classes in and around Keswick, Cumbria as well as Workshops & Retreats at home.

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