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Thirlmere, Portinscale

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#6 of 7 in Nature in Keswick
Water Body · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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Welcome to the official page of Keswick Tourism Association. Keswick is an award-winning destination.

Keswick has been voted the 9th UK destination in the 7th annual Travellers’ Choice awards for Destinations; the best historic town in the Landlove Magazine Awards, and the winner of The Kennel Club's most Dog Friendly town award.

The A591 from Kendal to Keswick is the best drive in Britain, according to scientific formulas devised for car rental company Avis, and The Lake District was the winner in the Wanderlust Readers' Travel Awards 2015.

Go to www.visitkeswick.com to experience Keswick and the surrounding area that covers one half of the Lake District National Park. This is the perfect area to choose equally for gentle relaxation or for an action packed family adventure holiday with lots of things to do including activities and attractions.

The stunningly located town of Keswick, nestled on the shores of Derwentwater, has a wide array of shops and galleries. Eating out in Keswick is a joy with an exciting choice of restaurants, pubs or cafes. Explore the five major lakes, picturesque valleys and unspoilt villages with the mountains of Skiddaw, Helvellyn and Scafell all within easy reach.

This is a wonderful area in which to try new outdoor activities or to extend your existing skills. Walkers and climbers are spoiled for choice. From the high summits to forest trails and lakeside paths, there are walking routes suitable for all.

Within such a compact area as the North Lakes it is very easy to explore the neighbouring valleys and secluded places. To the east, for example, you can enjoy the lakeside paths beside Thirlmere. To the west you can explore the delights of Whinlatter mountain forest.

For visitors to Keswick and North Lakes there is a range of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets, whether you prefer a bed and breakfast (B&B), a guest house, hotel, or self-catering cottage, caravan or campsite.
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  • We had a lovely day at this reservoir. Quiet and peaceful and lots of pleasant walks around the reservoir and up into the mountains. I walked to Watenlath and was rewarded with some great views of... 
    We had a lovely day at this reservoir. Quiet and peaceful and lots of pleasant walks around the reservoir and up into the mountains. I walked to Watenlath and was rewarded with some great views of...  more »
  • This is in fact two natural lakes merged into one giant reservoir. It is a pity this glorious mountain lake is not more accessible because it has a primeval feel about it, wooded, remote and... 
    This is in fact two natural lakes merged into one giant reservoir. It is a pity this glorious mountain lake is not more accessible because it has a primeval feel about it, wooded, remote and...  more »

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