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Bassenthwaite Lakeside Lodges is part of our Wanderwood Lodge Holidays Collection, nestling on the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake at the foot of dramatic Skiddaw Mountain.
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The park is located in Bassenthwaite, Keswick, which is a small Lakeland village that has been voted the most peaceful place in the UK for staycations.
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Cumbria Visitor's Guide

Embark on a journey to Keswick, the Lake District's gem, where the blend of serene lakes and rugged peaks crafts the perfect backdrop for any escape. Savour local Cumbrian cuisine, from hearty fellwalker's lunches to sophisticated bistro fare. Thrill-seekers can scale Skiddaw's heights, while those seeking tranquillity might paddleboard on Derwentwater. Keswick's market town charm buzzes with cultural festivals and outdoor pursuits. Did you know? The area is home to the curious Castlerigg Stone Circle, predating Stonehenge! For a trip that suits lovebirds, families, or a squad of friends, a lodge stay here is unbeatable – it's the ultimate base to explore, unwind or simply soak in the views.

Why Take Your 2024 Lodge Break in Keswick?

Keswick is a gem in the Lake District, offering a blend of outdoor adventure and cultural experiences. In 2024, Keswick continues to charm visitors with its dramatic landscapes and vibrant community. **Keswick Mountain Festival** is a highlight, combining outdoor activities with live music. Lodges here offer a more intimate, homely base compared to hotels, often with stunning views and private amenities. Keswick's uniqueness lies in its proximity to both Derwentwater and the fells; it's an outdoor enthusiast's paradise with a touch of market town vibrancy. This year, keep an eye out for new lodge developments that promise eco-friendly stays without compromising on luxury.

If you're visiting Keswick with kids

Absolutely, Keswick is a playground for children with its mix of nature and adventure. **The Puzzling Place** and **Keswick Climbing Wall** are surefire hits. Lodges provide space for kids to play and are often located where little legs can roam free in nature. Plus, having a kitchen means easier meal times with picky eaters.

  1. Comfortable walking shoes
  2. Waterproof jackets and trousers
  3. Swimwear for lake activities
  4. Sunscreen and hats for protection
  5. Backpack for day trips
  6. Binoculars for wildlife spotting
  7. Board games for cosy evenings

Pet Friendly Keswick Adventures

Keswick is a treat for pets, especially dogs, with many trails and open spaces. You'll find a warm welcome for your furry friends at **The Dog and Gun** and **The Pheasant Inn**, where pets can rest by your side as you dine. When booking lodges, look for those with enclosed gardens to give your pets a safe outdoor space. Always keep an eye on local sheep and wildlife – keep dogs on leads where necessary.

Dog walking ideas in Keswick

Route Distance (miles) Scenery Postcode
Derwentwater Walk 10 Lake & Woodland CA12 5DJ
Castlerigg Stone Circle 1.8 Ancient Monuments CA12 4RN
Whinlatter Forest Park Varies Forest & Mountains CA12 5TW
Latrigg Summit 1.5 Valley Views CA12 4SY
Friar's Crag 0.5 Lake Views CA12 5DJ

Romantic Breaks for Couples

If you're planning a getaway with your other half, Keswick's lodges offer the perfect blend of seclusion and luxury. Imagine unwinding in a hot tub under the stars after a day exploring the fells. Many lodges in Keswick cater to couples with pamper packs and on-site spa facilities, adding that extra touch of indulgence to your stay. For dining, you can't go wrong with a meal at The Cottage in the Wood, a Michelin-starred restaurant with stunning forest views. It's the ideal setting for a romantic evening.

Local Cuisine and Dining Experiences

Keswick is a treasure trove of culinary experiences, with local dishes like Cumberland sausage and tattie pot taking centre stage. For a hearty meal, check out The Dog and Gun, known for its game and ale pie. Families will love The Pheasant, which offers a relaxed atmosphere and a diverse menu. Couples seeking a more intimate setting should head to Morrels Restaurant for a fine dining experience with locally sourced ingredients.

For a good night out

Keswick may be quaint, but it's got a vibrant night scene. For live music and a great selection of ales, The Chief Justice of the Common Pleas is a hit with locals and visitors alike. If you're after a traditional pub vibe, The George Hotel offers a cosy setting with a fantastic selection of drinks. For something more upbeat, Bootleggers Bar is the go-to spot for a lively atmosphere and occasional live bands.

Fishing

Anglers will find Keswick a fantastic base for fishing, with several lakes and rivers teeming with trout and pike. Here's a list of prime fishing spots:

  • Derwentwater - Known for its trout fishing. Postcode: CA12 5DJ
  • Bassenthwaite Lake - Offers pike and perch fishing. Postcode: CA12 4QZ
  • Thirlmere - Great for fly fishing, with brown trout and pike. Postcode: CA12 4TQ
  • Watendlath Tarn - A picturesque spot for catching trout. Postcode: CA12 5UW

Outdoor Adventures

Keswick is a hub for outdoor activities, with Keswick Adventure Centre and Platty+ leading the charge. They offer everything from kayaking and canoeing to ghyll scrambling and rock climbing. Prices vary, starting from around £30 for water sports. Most centres operate from March to October, with some activities available year-round.

Shopping and Souvenirs

Name Type On Offer Postcode
Podgy Paws Pet Shop Pet accessories, gifts CA12 5JD
The Keswick Boot Company Outdoor Gear Footwear, clothing CA12 5JB
Love the Lakes Gift Shop Local crafts, beauty products CA12 5DZ
Cherrydidi Keswick Art & Crafts Handmade gifts, artwork CA12 5JB
Treeby & Bolton Gallery & Shop Designer homeware, glass art CA12 5BX

Keswick's shopping scene is diverse, offering everything from outdoor gear to unique local crafts. Whether you're after a new pair of hiking boots or a handcrafted memento, you'll find it in this charming town.


Top lodge breaks for 2024 in Keswick

Bassenthwaite Lakeside Lodges, Cumbria

Driving Distance: About 14 minutes (6.11 miles) | Sleeps: Up to 6 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Bassenthwaite Lakeside Lodges offer a serene retreat nestled on the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake, with dramatic Skiddaw Mountain as a backdrop. Guests can expect a David Bellamy Gold Award-winning conservation site with private sailing, fishing opportunities, and luxurious lodges complete with hot tubs.

Who will love these lodges? Ideal for nature enthusiasts and those seeking a peaceful getaway, these lodges are perfect for families, couples, and pet owners. The best thing about this location is its unspoilt natural beauty and the chance to unwind in a hot tub after a day of exploring.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Onsite activities include woodland walks, cycling, and fishing in the stunning lake. For dining, Keswick is just 6 miles away, offering a variety of eateries and pubs. The site also features a DVD lending library and launderette.

What's nearby? Nearby attractions include the neighbouring Wildlife Park (25-acre), Keswick’s charming town centre, and outdoor activities on Skiddaw Mountain. Prices and driving times vary, but Keswick is about a 14-minute drive away.

Accommodation options: Accommodations range from the cosy Country Lodge Plus for 4 with a hot tub to the spacious Lakeland Lodge Plus for 6. All lodges are pet-friendly, catering to couples, groups, and families looking for a luxurious nature escape.


Lowside Farm Glamping, Cumbria

Driving Distance: About 12 minutes (7.56 miles) | Sleeps: Up to 4 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Lowside Farm Glamping offers a unique experience with cosy pods boasting stunning views over the Lake District National Park. Guests can enjoy the simplicity of pod living with the luxury of beautiful sunsets and sunrises.

Who will love these lodges? Perfect for couples or small families looking for a rustic escape, these pods are great for those who love the outdoors and want a more intimate connection with nature.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? The site is all about embracing the great outdoors, with an abundance of walking and cycling routes starting right at your doorstep. For dining, guests will need to venture into nearby towns.

What's nearby? The entire Lake District is on your doorstep, with Keswick and its attractions a mere 12-minute drive away. Prices for attractions will vary.

Accommodation options: The Bluebell pod provides a private seating area and a cosy living space, suitable for up to 4 guests and pet-friendly, offering a unique glamping experience.


Herdwick Croft, Cumbria

Driving Distance: About 15 minutes (8.09 miles) | Sleeps: Up to 4 | Pet friendly? No

What to expect: Herdwick Croft is a tranquil haven located in the peaceful village of Bassenthwaite, offering stunning views of local fells and the only lake in the Lake District. The park features luxury lodges with hot tubs, a bar & bistro, and is adjacent to a wildlife park.

Who will love these lodges? Ideal for those seeking peace and quiet, water sports enthusiasts, and wildlife lovers. The park's bar and proximity to a high-end spa make it a hit with couples and those looking for relaxation.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Enjoy paddle boarding, kayaking, and fishing on the lake, or simply relax at Herdwick Willy’s Bar & Bistro. The Lakes Distillery is also within walking distance for tours and tastings.

What's nearby? Nearby attractions include Keswick and Cockermouth towns, Crummock Water, and Whinlatter Forest Park, all within a 15-minute drive. Prices for activities and attractions vary.

Accommodation options: Accommodations such as the Ennerdale and The Woodland Boutique offer luxurious settings with private hot tubs and stunning views, catering to couples and small groups. Note that pets are not allowed.


Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat, Cumbria

Driving Distance: About 19 minutes (10.13 miles) | Sleeps: Up to 8 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat is an award-winning resort offering luxurious lodges and holiday homes with private hot tubs. The site includes a spa, gym, and the Copper Fells restaurant, ensuring a stay filled with indulgence and relaxation.

Who will love these lodges? Perfect for families, couples, and groups seeking a mix of adventure and pampering. The on-site amenities cater to those who appreciate a touch of luxury in their wilderness experience.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Onsite, guests can enjoy spa treatments, dine at the Copper Fells restaurant, or stay active at the gym. There's also a dog wash room and bike storage for outdoor enthusiasts.

What's nearby? Explore the historic towns of Keswick and Cockermouth, Derwentwater, Castlerigg Stone Circle, and the Lake District Wildlife Park, all within a 19-minute drive.

Accommodation options: From the Wordsworth Log Burner for 4 to the Turner 4 Log Burner for 8, the retreat offers a range of pet-friendly accommodations with modern amenities and cosy wood burners.


Don't Miss These Fantastic Days Out In Keswick

Theatre by the Lake

  • Opening Times: Varies per show
  • Prices: Varies per show
  • Postcode: CA12 5DJ
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: Lakeside Car Park

Theatre by the Lake offers a cultural feast for those who love the arts. With a diverse programme of plays, musicals, and dance, there's always something to catch your interest. The setting, with stunning views of Derwentwater, is a bonus. If you're staying in one of the lodges in Keswick, this is a perfect evening out. Book in advance to snag the best seats, and consider a pre-show dinner at the theatre's own restaurant for a full experience.

Phone number: 017687 74411 | Web: theatrebythelake.com


Derwent Pencil Museum

  • Opening Times: 9:30am - 4pm
  • Prices: Adults £4.95, Children £3.95
  • Postcode: CA12 5NG
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site

Who knew pencils could be so fascinating? The Derwent Pencil Museum is a quirky and educational spot that delves into the history of pencil making. Kids and adults alike will be intrigued by the World War II pencils with hidden maps. Don't miss the gift shop for unique souvenirs. It's an ideal rainy-day activity and a great way to mix up your outdoor adventures while staying in Keswick lodges.

Phone number: 017687 73626 | Web: derwentart.com


Keswick Climbing Wall

  • Opening Times: 10am - 6pm
  • Prices: From £9.50
  • Postcode: CA12 4RN
  • Est. time required: 2 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site

For an adrenaline rush, head to Keswick Climbing Wall. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned climber, there's a challenge for you. They also offer outdoor activities like kayaking and archery. It's a fantastic way to stay active, especially if you've been lounging at your lodge. Try to visit during off-peak times to avoid crowds, and if you're new to climbing, book an induction session to get the most out of your visit.

Phone number: 017687 72000 | Web: keswickclimbingwall.co.uk


Keswick Launch Company

  • Opening Times: 9:30am - 5pm
  • Prices: Varies by trip
  • Postcode: CA12 5DJ
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: Lakeside Car Park

Take to the water with Keswick Launch Company. Their cruises on Derwentwater are a serene way to enjoy the stunning Lake District scenery. You can hop on and off at various stops to explore, or stay on board for the full loop. Early mornings are magical, with mist rising off the water. If you're staying in a lodge around Keswick, this is a must-do. Remember to check the weather and dress accordingly – it can get breezy on the lake!

Phone number: 017687 72263 | Web: keswick-launch.co.uk


Castlerigg Stone Circle

  • Opening Times: Open 24 hours
  • Prices: Free
  • Postcode: CA12 4RN
  • Est. time required: 1 hour
  • Nearest parking: Small car park nearby

Castlerigg Stone Circle is an atmospheric and historic site dating back to the Neolithic period. It's free to visit and offers panoramic views of the surrounding fells. It's a peaceful spot for contemplation or a picnic. Sunrise and sunset are particularly special times to visit. If you're a photography enthusiast staying in a Keswick lodge, you'll want to capture the magical light here.

Web: english-heritage.org.uk


Hope Park

  • Opening Times: Open 24 hours
  • Prices: Free, small charges for activities
  • Postcode: CA12 5DF
  • Est. time required: 1-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: Lakeside Car Park

Hope Park is a delightful green space perfect for a leisurely stroll or a round of crazy golf. The park is beautifully landscaped with flower beds and offers activities like pitch and putt and remote-controlled boats. It's a stone's throw from the town centre, making it easily accessible from your Keswick lodge. Grab a coffee from the café and enjoy the tranquillity. If you're with kids, they'll love the play area.

Web: visitkeswick.com


Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast, a culture vulture, or just looking for a relaxing break, Keswick has something for everyone. And if you're staying in one of the cosy lodges in Keswick, these attractions are the perfect complement to your getaway. Enjoy your adventure!

FAQs

This is our first lodge break, what will it be like?

Expect a cosy retreat with stunning views of the fells. Lodges in Keswick often come with modern amenities, like fully-equipped kitchens and comfy living areas. Many have decking with hot tubs to soak in after a day's hike. It's a home away from home but surrounded by nature's beauty.

What should I pack when visiting Keswick?

Pack for the outdoors: walking boots, waterproofs, and layers for changeable weather. Don't forget swimwear for hot tubs and a good camera for the scenery. Inside your lodge, you'll want comfy loungewear and slippers. Essentials like toiletries, basic cooking ingredients, and a good book should also make the list.

Can you park outside the lodge?

Most lodges in Keswick offer parking, often right beside your accommodation. It's super convenient for unloading your gear. If you're staying at a larger lodge park, like Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat, they'll have a main car park and sometimes a few steps to your door.

What if it rains during my lodge break?

Rainy days are a chance to explore Keswick's indoor attractions. Check out the quirky Puzzling Place or dive into local history at the Keswick Museum. Your lodge is also perfect for cosy days in, with many offering board games, books, and smart TVs.

Can I get food delivered to my lodge?

Yes, you can! Keswick has several takeaways and restaurants that deliver. Plus, services like Lakeland Food Delivery bring local produce right to your door. For a special night in, consider a hamper from Keswick Cheese Deli or a ready-made meal from Home Cooked Keswick.

Is Keswick a good place to visit ‘off-season’?

Absolutely, Keswick is a gem year-round. Off-season means fewer crowds and often lower prices. You'll experience the lakes and fells with a different kind of beauty, whether it's autumn colours or snow-capped peaks. Plus, many lodges offer cosy features like log burners, making winter stays extra snug.

Will my hot tub be cleaned before we arrive?

Definitely. Lodges with hot tubs, like those at Whitbarrow Village, ensure a thorough clean and water change between guests. You can slip into your private hot tub knowing it's been prepped to high hygiene standards for your relaxation and peace of mind.

Are there any child-friendly activities nearby?

Keswick is fantastic for kids. Take them to the Lake District Wildlife Park or Derwent Pencil Museum. For outdoor fun, try Go Ape Whinlatter for treetop adventures. Many lodges also have board games and outdoor space for little ones to play.

How accessible are the lodges for those with mobility issues?

Many lodges in Keswick cater to guests with mobility needs. Look for lodges with ramp access, walk-in showers, and ground-floor bedrooms. Places like Bassenthwaite Lakeside Lodges offer specific accessible accommodation options. Always check with the lodge provider in advance to ensure your needs are met.

Are there any local events or festivals we should check out?

Keswick is alive with events. The Keswick Mountain Festival is a highlight for outdoor enthusiasts. For culture vultures, there's the Keswick Film Festival and Keswick Jazz Festival. Check out the local calendar when you book your lodge to catch these vibrant local experiences.

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