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Learning programmes for schools
and youth groups.

"It is three weeks since I left you at the crack of dawn to walk the next thirty two miles to Dalston on the Cumbria Way. Rain, wind and thick mist predominated as I rounded Skiddaw but after that I had a glorious walk, full of happiness. As ever staying in your hostel was an absolute delight ....the staff are all so welcoming and the ambiance perfect. I hope it is not too long before I am back."

Mary Pritchard, July 2019

Things to do

Please have a look at the contents on the left, for information about different activities.

Local events

The website maintains a good calendar of local events. You can also look at the National Trust and Lake District National Park websites to find smaller and more regular events.

Running races organised throughout the year by Keswick AC and Borrowdale Fell Runners.

February: Keswick Film Festival

March: Words by the Water Festival (Theatre by the Lake in Keswick)

May: Keswick Half Marathon

May: Keswick Jazz Festival

May: Fred Whitton Cycling Challenge

Keswick Mountain Festival

June: Keswick Mountain Festival

June: Bassenthwaite Festival

June: Keswick Beer Festival

June: The Lakesman Triathlon (Ironman distance, Keswick)

June: Keswick Midsummer Festival

July: Keswick Convention

July: Derwent Water Regatta

August: Bassenthwaite Regatta

August: Keswick Agricultural Show

September: Borrowdale Shepherds’ Meet

October: Lakeland Monster Miles Adventure Cycle-Cross Sportive

November: Derwentwater 10 Mile Running Road Race

November: Maryport Literature Festival

Lakeland Trails Races

Theatre by the Lake programme

Keswick Lecture Series

High Terrain Events

Keswick Museum

Rheged Centre film and events programme, near Penrith

Derwentwater Independent Hostel
Barrow House
CA12 5UR
Telephone: 017687 77246

Thank you to Geoff Williams, Rebecca Laff, Fiona McCarthy, John and Sam Snyder, and KTA for generously providing inspiring photographs.
Thank you to Lisa Bamford at Stoats and Weasels for designing our website, and to Sam Snyder for building it.
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