For lakes and fells.

TV dinners

The commercial centre of the northern Lakes, the market town of Keswick has grown to become an important base for visitors. But, despite the abundance of places to eat and stay around the pedestrianised Market Place, plus the beacon-like eatery from TV chef Peter Sidwell, it still feels like a typically Lakeland town.

The community guide Indulge yourself in the Lake District has more.

Culture vultures

Derwentwater lies just to the south with lake cruises and activities, while fells-walking forays to Skiddaw, Buttermere and Catbells are all within easy striking distance. For a more sedate stay, the town’s excellent Theatre by the Lake has top-notch drama, music and literary events – see my Lake District nightlife page for more.