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6 April 2015

Keswick Camping Long Weekend

This Easter weekend we went on a camping adventure to one of our very favourite places... Keswick, Cumbria in the Lake District. We are at Keswick probably every month, especially in the Summer for biking etc and it is only 45 mins from home.  We both know the town and area so well, my parents both grew up here and we owned a holiday home here too but I still look forward to visiting and it is lovely to be able to to enjoy a weekend in the town.

We camped at Catstlerigg Hall Campsite, really just a perfect example of a campsite. Stunning location check, look at that view, fab facilities, free showers, hairdryers, little campers kitchen, shop but at the same time it doesn't feel like Butlins, which many larger campsites sadly do.  We've been here a few times now and I'm pretty sure we will be back!

We headed over to Keswick on Friday afternoon, firstly popping into Whinlatter Forest for some biking. The weather was not great sadly, but who cares when you're biking, you just don't notice! You do notice when you stop biking however and you are covered from head to toe in mud!


After biking on Friday night we headed up the hill to the campsite and set up the tent and the air bed (you've got to be cosy, especially at this time of year, sleeping outside in Cumbria!) then we got washed and dressed and walked down the hill to meet our friends for tea at the pub, was great to catch up with them in Keswick and super exciting to hear about their wedding plans.

Saturday morning we woke to lovely sunshine! That's the thing about doing outdoorsy stuff in Cumbria, you just have to go for it. Don't let a little bad weather put you off, you can still have fun and you just might get a nice day in amongst all the gloom.

We wandered down the hill yet again, this time taking the time to check out the sights. No matter how many times I come to Keswick I always notice new little details, it's just the prettiest town.

Posh guest house, kind of different to our tent, but I wouldn't have it any other way!

Love this amazing terrace! wow!





We wandered into town and had a peek in the shops, stopping off for lunch, a pasty for me and fish and chips for Mark which we ate in the park on the way to the lake.

We wandered round to the Lake and this time kept going, and kept going and kept going, enjoying the lovely quite warmish sun and stunning views.



We ended up walking half way round the Lake and onto Grange for ice lollies, well deserved after that long walk, about 6 miles in total.  We then decided to get the bus home, but it was an open top bus (quite risky for Cumbria!) and it was a little windy up there on the upper deck back seat!

On Saturday evening we headed to our favourite Filling Station Cafe for big burgers, a few beers and enjoyed some live music.  Back up the hill (it's sooo steep up to the campsite!) to bed and home first thing Sunday morning.

Obligatory Lake selfie!

Have you been to Keswick? What's your favourite thing to do in the area?

2 comments:

  1. What a lovely way to spend the weekend. I can't wait to get the tent back out and head off camping after work on a Friday night. Our favourite spot in the Lakes is Pooley Bridge but we're putting a list together of campsites to visit in Cumbria and Northumberland and this site looks like a serious contender!

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    1. Hi Lindsay, thanks so much for your comment. Long time no see! I love Pooley Bridge too, so pretty. We camped there last summer. We do love Castlerigg tho, def reccommend it, lovely (but steep) walk down into town. x

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