24 Hours in the Lake District

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Last Wednesday my boyfriend and I decided to book an impromptu trip to the lakes. We'd been to Keswick, in Cumbria, about five years ago during the summer and absolutely loved it. I'd always dreamed of going back and taking Rory with us, as the place is ridiculously dog-friendly, but as he doesn't travel well I thought it would never happen. However, over the past few years we've been building him up to travel longer distances and we had a bit of a 'Bugger it, you only live once' moment and decided to take him on his first holiday.

He was an absolute star for the whole four-hour journey and I couldn't have been prouder. We'd booked a little Airbnb for the night which he settled into straight away. It was in the perfect location - literally right in the centre of Keswick, a 30-second walk from some of our favourite shops and restaurants. I think the place we stayed out is up for sale so no longer taking bookings, but the host has some other properties nearby.

Things to do in Keswick 

No matter what time of year you visit, the Lake District is always breathtakingly beautiful, and November was no different. It was pretty cold, so we did have to wrap up warm, but when you're walking lots and exploring you warm up pretty quickly. Keswick is a gorgeous little town, with a massive lake and loads of cute shops, art galleries and dog-friendly pubs and cafes.

Even though we were only there for a couple of days, we got so much done. While it's great if you can stop for longer, I don't think there's anything wrong with heading to the Lake District for just one night. I thought I'd run through some of the ways to spend 24 hours in Keswick, in case you're thinking of heading there and stuck on what to do.

Take a walk around Derwent Water 

Derwent Water is an absolutely beautiful (and massive!) lake. Have a wander around it and take in the scenery - the autumn colours were so stunning when we visited. It's a great place to take pictures too - you can get some great shots of the mountains and we got some brilliant drone footage too.

Visit the shops for some souvenirs

There are loads of cute shops and art galleries in Keswick. It's a great place to get your hands on some one-off pieces and just browsing the shops is fun in itself. My favourite shop was probably Love the Lakes - I may have picked up a cheeky bottle of cherry bakewell gin liqueur in there!

Enjoy some pub grub 

After a long walk around the lake or up the nearby mountains, what better way to round the day off than with some delicious pub grub? Keswick is full of dog-friendly pubs, and my favourite has got to be the Dog and Gun. It's currently dressed up to the nines in Christmas decor and is such a nice, cosy place to visit. It's also extremely dog friendly, with treats for the pooches, and there's a warm log fire to cosy up by.

Other places to eat at worth mentioning: Casa Bella for delicious Italian food and Jasper's for breakfast or coffee and cake (it's also very dog-friendly and vegan-friendly!).

Have a boat ride on the Keswick Launch

The Keswick Launch has daily boat trips around the lake, and I totally recommend doing it if you go on a sunny morning. We headed out on the boat on Friday and the weather was beautiful. I loved taking in all the autumn colours, watching the sunlight reflect off the water and admiring all the stunning houses just off the lake. It's a 50-minute trip to go all the way round, but you can also get dropped off at one of the many jetties and walk back to the town, which is what we did.

I totally recommend visiting Keswick if you get the chance, it's just a lovely little place to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of city life. It's also perfect if you're looking for a dog-friendly holiday - we saw SO many dogs while we were there and Rory had the best time ever. I can't wait to visit again!

Where is your favourite place in the Lake District? Let me know!

All photos - By Tom Edwards