The Kingdom of Keswick
Keswick is located in the stunning centre of the Lake District, one of England's most treasured and renowned National Park. Enjoy the serene sense of tranquillity imposed by the calm, glittering lakes that surround while discovering the natural beauty of the area. Keswick is a rejuvenating refuge from which the escape the demanding duress of metropolitan life; you're guaranteed to return feeling totally transcendental.
A Charming Market Town
Begin your sojourn with tranquil stroll around the quaint cafés and shops of Keswick's enchanting Market Square; the most prominent building is the Moot Hall, which is the past was used as a prison, museum and courthouse, and rests before the breathtaking backdrop of Keswick's verdant, rolling valleys. Within the bespoke boutiques you'll discover photographs, paintings and pottery inspired by the scenic surroundings. Break for brunch in Morrell's Restaurant, where you can enjoy sumptuous snack plates like smoked haddock hash and brie and walnut tart amongst cosy and comfortable surroundings. Sip an aromoatic cup of tea before setting out to explore the luscious landmarks houses within the Lake District.
Wander the Wilderness
Take the short walk to the Lake Shore to enjoy a smooth ride on a traditional wooden rowing boat; slowly circumvent the lake, taking in the rolling hills that surround and enjoying the perfect peace of the area. Lace up your hiking boots in order to ascend the windy hilltop of Castlerigg, which overlooks the dramatic valleys of Keswick. Here, visitors will discover the 4000 year old Stone Circle, an alluring landmark reminiscent of Stone Henge. Seminal Romantic poets such as Coleridge and Wordsworth were inspired by the staggering beauty of the area, and similar landscapes are beautifully described in their poetry. Continue to wander the wilderness, voraciously drinking stunning scenery like glittering lakes, babbling brooks and towering trees, until you reach the Honister Slate Mine, the last functioning slate mine in the whole of England. There, visitors can take intriguing underground tours of the cavernous mines, donning head lights to explore every crevice and learn about the production of slate.
Soar to the Summit of the Peaks
On the same site of the subterranean mines, visitors can also experience an unforgettable method of exploring the precipitous climbing routes of the mountains. Via Ferrata (which translates from Latin as the Iron Way) is a series of metal cables, ladders, rungs and bridges used by mountaineers to ascend mountains. Upon the majestic Fleetwith Pike, a route has been constructed to allow the average person to safely enjoy the staggering views and transcendental scenery from the top of the magnificent mountain. Return from the dizzying summit and venture back into the centre of Keswick to enjoy traditional ales beside the gently smouldering fire at the Royal Oak Inn. After your invigorating hike, you'll be desperate to feast upon locally sourced specialities such as a warming lamb hot pot or lemon and thyme chicken fresh from the on site rotisserie.