Burns Farm is ideally situated for fell-walkers, but there are lots of other activities on offer too. Keswick and the surrounding area has much to offer for the enthusiastic family; children young and old, and those who are still young at heart!

Walking in the Lake District

Walking in Keswick the Lake District

The following links, kindly provided by David Kindly, guide you through some of the nicest walks in the Lake District by photo. David’s website, Walk the Fells, has a mound of detailed and mapped walks for you to enjoy.

St John's-in-the-Vale4.8 miles3 hrs
Tewet Tarn5.5 miles3 hrs
High Rigg
Latrigg5.6 miles2 hrs 20 mins
Skiddaw14.2 miles9 hrs
Threlkeld9.4 miles3 hrs 15 mins
Blencathra17.3 miles6 hrs 5 mins
Clough Head
Castlerigg Stone Circle4.6 miles2 hrs 10 mins
Naddle Bridge5 miles2 hrs 5 mins
Naddle Valley5 miles2 hrs 5 mins
Castle Lane4.1 miles1 hr 30 mins
Walla Crag6.2 miles2 hrs 5 mins
Long Distance Footpath walkers looking for routes in or crossing the Lake District will not be disappointed. Most famous is probably the Coast to Coast Walk devised by Alfred Wainwright. This 304km (190 miles) route connects St Bees Head in Cumbria with Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire, with an optional section that crosses the summits of Helvellyn and Striding Edge.

Watersports in the Lake District

Watersports on Derwentwater

Our nearest is lake is Derwentwater, 4 miles away in Keswick. Derwentwater provides endless sailing opportunities, and if the weather is particularly good, even a little swim! Visit Derwentwater Marina for sailing, wind-surfing, canoeing, kayaking, and even ghyll scrambling and climbing. Or go on one of the regular launches, provided by Keswick Launch Co. – useful to use to get to hop and off at any of the 7 landing stages to get to and from many walks around the area, or just sit back and enjoy a 50 minute round trip and admire some of the most awesome views in the world. Rowing boats and self-drive motor boats are also available for hire at the Keswick boat landings on an hourly or half-hourly basis. There are plenty of Lakes around us too however; Bassenthwaite, Buttermere, Ullswater, Windermere, to name a few, all of which deserve a visit in their own right.

Cycling in the Lake District

Cycling in Keswick the Lake District

The C2C Cycle Route was developed by Sustrans in partnership with various Local Authorities, Groundwork West Cumbria, North Pennines Tourism Partnership, Forest Enterprise and the Lake District National Park amongst others. The route was opened in 1994, running from Whitehaven on the west coast of Cumbria, to the North East coast at Sunderland, and has an average of between 12,000 and 15,000 cyclists completing the route every year. The old railway track, which is on the Coast to Coast route, runs through the woods by Burns Farm and is within easy access to our campsite.

Fishing in the Lake District

Fishing in Keswick and the Lake District

The Lake District has a wealth of lakes, rivers and tarns which offer excellent fishing. The deep water trout and the char are the most common. An Environment Agency fishing rod licence is required to fish in all rivers, lakes and tarns. Local byelaws must be observed and a permit is usually required before starting to fish or launch your own craft. Rod licences, Bassenthwaite Lake permits and Keswick Anglers Association permits are available from Keswick Tourist Information Centre. Some fisheries in the area:

River Derwent and Greta

  • Location: Keswick
  • Contact: 017687 73965
  • Info: Only fly fishing methods are allowed.
  • Fish: Brown trout, Sea trout, Salmon.

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  • Location: Keswick
  • Contact: Keswick Anglers Association
  • Info: Use of live or dead freshwater fish at any time and maggots between 15 March and 15 June as bait is prohibited. Boats are available for hire. Your own boat may be launched with permission. A 10mph speed limit must be observed.
  • Fish: Brown trout, Perch, Pike, Roach.

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Bassenthwaite Lake

  • Contact: 017687 79633
  • Info: Your own boat (no power) may be launched with a boat permit.
  • Fish: Brown trout, Perch, Pike, Dace, Roach.

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Watendlath Tarn

  • Location: Watendlath, Keswick
  • Contact: 017687 77362
  • Info: A trout fishery stocked with rainbow trout. Tickets and fly-fishing tackle can be obtained from the Tea Rooms at Watendlath.
  • Fish: Rainbow Trout.

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  • Location: Buttermere
  • Info: No power craft. A limit of 10 craft for canoeing, windsurfers, dinghies and rowing boats.
  • Fish: Trout, Char, Pike, Perch.

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Crummock Water

  • Location: Buttermere
  • Contact: 017687 70208
  • Info: No power craft. A limit of 10 craft for canoeing, windsurfers, dinghies and rowing boats. No launching facilities.
  • Fish: Trout, Char, Pike, Perch, Salmon (from July onwards), Sea Trout (from July onwards).

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And if you’re looking for even more activity ideas, visit the GoLakes website which has a good resource for activities and things to do in the Lake District.

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