If you are looking for stunning scenery and delicious comfort food then this small town in the Lake District is hard to beat.
According to Fbm Holidays, Keswick is not only the most beautiful place in the UK, but one of its fish and chip shops has been dubbed the best of lakes by critics.
The 20 nearby National Trust sites are testament to the beauty of the place, while there is also a plethora of things to do, especially if you are looking for a family base to start exploring the Lake District.
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The sheltered and calm Lake Derwent is one of the highlights of the region, where you can try your hand at canoeing, sailing and rowing – disembarking from your boat to visit the islands on the water.
A pretty Victorian-style garden, with a grassy shore overlooking the lake shores, is also a scenic spot for a picnic.
Then there are wonderful easy walks to relatively hidden coves and beaches, as well as breathtaking scenery surrounding the water that includes many small hills (Latrigg) and larger mountains (Skiddaw) to climb if you are ready for a bigger challenge. .
For those thrill seekers, activities like rock climbing, kayaking and Ghyll scrambling abound in and around Keswick.
Otherwise, there are a few cool and slightly less intense attractions, like the Derwent Pencil Museum and the Theater by the Lake, which hosts a series of plays and concerts.
The town itself has a pretty market square, plenty of tourist shops and stores, and of course brilliant destinations for good food. Most notable is The Kingfisher, “the lakes best fish and chips,” according to one reviewer.
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To top it off, Keswick is home to a 38 stone circle called Castlerigg, less known than Stonehenge but arguably more beautiful for its romantic savagery.
And, if you needed one more reason to spend your next weekend away from London here, unlike most lakes, the small town is relatively easy to get to, as it can be reached by stepping out of the city. M6 to Penrith and taking the A66 Keswick bypass.
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